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Member Blogs

  • Portside - Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 11:28pm
    The 2,135 graduate assistants will become the largest union on the campus, followed by the faculty with about 1,700 members, and the staff union which has about 1,600 members. About 85 percent of UConn’s employees are unionized. “The university has been, and will continue to be, neutral with regard to this effort,” Stephanie Reitz, a spokeswoman for the university, said. “Individual graduate students are free to make their own decision."

     

    More than 2,100 graduate assistants working at the University of Connecticut have won the right to form what will be the largest bargaining...
  • Portside - Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 11:26pm
    The 2,135 graduate assistants will become the largest union on the campus, followed by the faculty with about 1,700 members, and the staff union which has about 1,600 members. About 85 percent of UConn’s employees are unionized. “The university has been, and will continue to be, neutral with regard to this effort,” Stephanie Reitz, a spokeswoman for the university, said. “Individual graduate students are free to make their own decision.

     

    More than 2,100 graduate assistants working at the University of Connecticut have won the right to form what will be the largest bargaining group...
  • Portside - Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 9:50pm
  • Portside - Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 8:54pm
    This working paper was prepared for a forum on the top one percent to be published in the Summer 2013 issue of the Journal of Economic Perspectives. It is an analysis of the pay of the top 1 percent, specifically CEO's and top financial professionals as a form of "rent." In other words, the pay is not related to the talent or the productive effort of these individuals and if it were cut through taxation, there would be no harm to the economy.

    The debate over the extent and causes of rising inequality of American incomes and wages has now raged for at least two decades. In...

  • Portside - Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 7:59pm
    The bus drivers' strike in Burlington, Vermont succeeded through a powerful combination of workers organizing on the job and organized community solidarity, the roots of which go back to at least 2009.

    An 18-day bus drivers’ strike in Burlington, Vermont, ended in a win April 3 when drivers ratified a new contract 53-6.

    Strikes are rare these days, and fewer still result in victories—so why was this one different? What generated public support for the strike, despite management’s aggressive plan to blame drivers for the loss of bus service for nearly three weeks?

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  • Portside - Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 7:46pm
    We can, and must, create common ground between the labor and climate movements. To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, if God had intended some people to fight just for the environment and others to fight just for the economy, he would have made some people who could live without money and others who could live without water and air. There are not two groups of people, environmentalists and workers. We all need a livelihood and we all need a livable planet to live on.

    In an era in which our political system is dominated by plutocracy, grassroots social movements are essential for progressive...

  • Portside - Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 7:34pm
    This is the heart of the new financialism and it is happening all over the country. If this were just one isolated case, we could probably live with it. It might even lead to a new law that would outlaw Ackman's outrageous behavior. But this kind of de-creative destruction is now a central feature of our new financialized economy.

     In a free-enterprise system businesses are born and destroyed through the play of ruthless competitive forces, all seeking profits. Bad products and services disappear and new ones take their place. Overall, society supposedly improves as it marches over the...

  • Cyberunions - Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 4:21pm
    For those of you who might not know, Cyberunions is a proud member of May First / People Link (If you’d like to host your site on our servers join mayfirst here) who this year began a monthly digital gathering called People Links and this month the discussion is quite intriguing about the heartbleed security flaw.

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  • FAIR - Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 4:11pm
    David Brooks says the Middle East thinks Obama has a "manhood" problem.
  • FAIR - Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 2:45pm
    There are plenty of reasons to be skeptical about reports about the military strikes in Yemen.