Category Archives: Labor Issues

The Benefit of Investing in Unions

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By GREGORY N. HEIRES Union-busting law firms and right-wing groups charge that unions are fleecing members through mandatory dues charges. What’s worse, they say, workers get little back for their contributions. “Union Dues Are A Prohibitively Bad Investment” blared the … Continue reading






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The Instability of Labor and the Gig Economy




By GREGORY N. HEIRES The gig economy is receiving a lot of attention these days as online businesses like Uber car service and Airbnb Inc. hoteliers prosper. Optimists predict online businesses will continue to grow rapidly and workers will increasingly … Continue reading






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The Union Advantage for Contingent Faculty




By GREGORY N. HEIRES Over a 30-year career, union representation can mean an additional compensation of at least $1 million for a full-time professor at public regional universities, according to a recent study. The study is good news for adjuncts … Continue reading






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The Threat to Black Public Sector Jobs




By GREGORY N. HEIRES The Great Recession disproportionately harmed public sector black workers—and especially black women. Job losses and growing racial inequality in the public sector threaten the gains that minorities and women have made over decades through government employment. … Continue reading






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The War on Unions




By GREGORY N. HEIRES As unions come under harsh attack nationwide, they need to do a better job mobilizing members, working together, building community alliances and strengthening their political operations. Around the country, labor unions are fighting back as state … Continue reading






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The Greening of the Labor Movement




By GREGORY N. HEIRES Thousands of union members participated in Sunday’s People’s Climate March, which is believed to be the largest demonstration by environmental activists ever to take place in the United States. National, statewide and local unions played a … Continue reading






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Civil Rights and Union Organizing




By GREGORY N. HEIRES With unions nearing extinction in the private sector and under relentless attack in the public sector, making union organizing a civil right could help revive the battered U.S. labor movement. A bill recently proposed by Rep. … Continue reading






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Lousy Job? It’s Your Fault!




By GREGORY N. HEIRES Technological change and inadequate education are often cited as the principal causes of our wage crisis. This argument, in a certain sense, blames workers for their plight. They are unwilling to invest sufficiently in their education, … Continue reading






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How Outsourcing Whacks the Middle Class




By GREGORY N. HEIRES In his best-selling book “Capital in the 21st Century,” French economist Thomas Piketty identifies privatization as one of the causes of global inequality. Indeed, the sell-off of public assets in the former Soviet Bloc, Europe and … Continue reading






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Book Review: When Government Helped




By GREGORY N. HEIRES The New Deal era beginning in the 1930s set up the government structure we enjoy today. But ever since, conservatives have waged a protected war on “Big Government.” The assault on government deepened with the presidency … Continue reading






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