Joe Burns, a former local union president active in strike solidarity, is a labor negotiator and attorney. He is the author of the forthcoming book Reviving the Strike: How Working People Can Regain Power and Transform America (IG Publishing, 2011) and can be reached at email@example.com
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Look Past Public Workers—the Root of Labor’s Crisis Lies in Private Sector
When I remember the heroic upsurge in Madison this winter, the subtitle of labor journalist Steve Early ’s latest book comes to mind: “The Birth of a New Workers’ Movement or the Death Throes of the Old?” Although Early was speaking of the grandiose promises of the Change to Win union federation, the question can be applied to the massive demonstrations in Madison.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
It’s Time to Revive an Old Rallying Cry: Labor Is Not A Commodity!
During last year’s strike against Mott's , the apple juice maker, Tim Budd, an employee on the bargaining team, heard a plant manager say across the bargaining table that employees were “a commodity like soybeans and oil, and the price of commodities goes up and down.” Mott’s management quickly disavowed their errant manager’s statement.