There is a lot of talk in the media about the confederate flag, as we have talked about here and here recently. This was, as we all should know, brought about because of the massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina by white supremacist Dylann Roof. In the days following […]Read more "Trans Pacific Partnership and Labor"
There is an immediate sense of absurdity in considering the relevance of labour unions to our most ancient ancestors. I bring that up first not to subvert that feeling but to highlight the fact that for an almost total majority of human history any discussion of organized labour was moot. This dialogue has only become […]Read more "Part 1: The Working Diaspora – Chapter 1: The First Thinker/Gatherers"
Benefits are put forward by pro-union organizers. These benefits include equity in pay, workplace safety, humane work hours, job security and participation in the process of deciding how the company will change over time. Critics of organized labour disavow such benefits and, indeed, instances in which unions have failed in their intentions and left businesses […]Read more "The Ecology of Unions. Introduction."
On September 5th there were worldwide strikes/walkouts in the fast food sector of the restaurant industry. These happened in support of the call for “$15 and a union.” You may or may not know much about the current campaign to raise the minimum wage but I would guess you have heard of it. Due in […]Read more "The Fight for 15 and business unionism."
May 1st is May Day AKA International Workers’ Day. This day is not widely celebrated in the US, even though the day came about because of events that took place here. Or rather, maybe, that is why it is not recognized here. The Haymarket Affair was an event that took place in the context of […]Read more "The Story of Labor Day and May Day"
We all know the stress and the strain of restaurant work. From fast food to sit-down dinning. We know the riggers of sweating in a hot kitchen for too little money an hour. Of rushing around from table to table for the tips that we hope will be enough to cover the rent. We all […]Read more "An open invitation to all restaurant workers"
On Thursday morning we were in Ben Lomond at a nice little cafe called Coffee Nine. We were in a bit of a hurry so we were not there very long but the place ha a good amount of setting, the bathroom was outside, they have wifi not sure if there is a password; and […]Read more "Dos Cafes"