Monthly Archives: March 2009

labor fist

Albany dysfunction deux : MTA fare hikes

Albany dysfunction deux : MTA fare hikes

Earlier today I blogged about New York’s Workers’ Compensation Board and its link to the dysfunctional legislature that is Albany. Now I get an email from the Working Families Party about the MTA fare hikes which said the following. I’m sure you’ve heard that the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) voted last week to raise fares

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Injured workers in NY know the true meaning of dysfunctional Albany…

Back in 2004 I remember all the hullabaloo about the Brennan Center report calling Albany the most dysfunctional legislature in the nation. This dysfunction is like a disease which has infected almost every aspect of government down to New York’s Workers’ Compensation Board. From Consumer Reports: The New York Times starts a new series today

labor movement

The race to the bottom

This is what you get when it’s “free trade” and not fair trade. About 90 percent of the former mill workers surveyed last fall found some other form of employment by the end of 2008, but those workers rehired by service-sector companies such as Wal-Mart and The Home Depot complained they earn far less as

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The world plagued by Monsanto

So I read on Common Dreams that Monsanto is trying to “fight back” using Web 2.0. One example of a company that effectively did that is PC maker Dell Corp. Dell-bashing escalated a few years ago, giving rise to the term "Dell Hell." When the company finally started its own blog, it became the forum

poverty

Shantytowns on the rise throughout America

This is really starting to look ugly. Like a dozen or so other cities across the nation, Fresno is dealing with an unhappy déjà vu: the arrival of modern-day Hoovervilles, illegal encampments of homeless people that are reminiscent, on a far smaller scale, of Depression-era shantytowns. At his news conference on Tuesday night, President Obama

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