Monthly Archives: March 2009

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

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

Rumble in the Bronx support (BCTGM) Local 50 – Don’t buy Stella D’oro Cookies!

Thanks to @in_struggle for alerting me to the video. I was really amazed and humbled to read about this local union in the Bronx and their fight against Brynwood Partners owners of Stella D’oro and the cookie factory on W 237th Street and Broadway. But far from cowed by the odds they face, after seven

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

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