Category Archives: Labor and Unions

Analysis: PA Has the 4th Most Hotels with Labor Law Violations of all 50 States

New analysis from the nonprofit news organization PublicSource which operates out of Western Pennsylvania shows that when it comes to the number of hotels violating labor laws, Pennsylvania has the fourth most of all 50 United States. Leah Samuel of … More after the jump

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Reducing Incarceration Is a More Important Liberal Goal Than Protecting Prison Jobs

Reducing the number of people in prison and then closing those prisons is a critically important progressive goal, but as I’ve pointed out before, fewer prisons will require fewer corrections officers. Unions don’t like it, but they’re clearly wrong on … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Labor and Unions

PLCB Advertising Controversy Goes to the Heart of the Stupidity of the State Monopoly

Via Kari Andren, here comes the latest in a genre of controversy I don’t really understand: Although state Liquor Control Board chief executive Joe Conti claimed his agency channeled no resources to promote its eight controversial in-house brands of wine … More after the jump

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Philadelphia’s Restaurant Industry Creates A Lot of [Bad] Jobs

Yesterday Next American City published my piece on the implications of low-income jobs, and non-traditional labor organizing, for our cities.  The second half of my post, which I’ll focus on today, is about the restaurant industry (which, unlike Wal-Mart style retail, I’ve had personal experience in). … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Greater Philadelphia, Labor and Unions Tagged

Herman Cain Wants You To Intimidate Your Employees

Last Friday Herman Cain’s “Truth Tour” made a stop in Philly, at the non-union Ritz-Carlton downtown, to remind employers to pressure workers to vote for Romney. Cain’s new group, The Job Creators Action Fund, provides management with the materials to  subject employees to … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Greater Philadelphia, Labor and Unions, Miscellany

You Have No Rights at Work

This election season has done an excellent job of showcasing an important, and little understood, truth about political freedom in the American workplace. In short: There isn’t any, unless you happen to be the boss. Last Sunday, In These Times’ Mike Elk … More after the jump

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Philly Councilman Jim Kenney is Excellent on Immigration

It’s very rare that you see a politician, even a politician in a safely liberal city, tell the truth about immigration. But that’s exactly what Jim Kenney did at the Philadelphia restaurant summit, and he deserves our support: But there … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Labor and Unions

Richard Trumka and AFL-CIO Slam Romney on Mine Safety and Black Lung

AFL-CIO is out with a brutal new mailer hitting Mitt Romney on his opposition to tough mine safety standards. The issue is that the Romney-Ryan ticket is turning a blind eye to the doubling of black lung rates in recent … More after the jump

Posted in Labor and Unions

Wage Theft in Philly

Jake Blumgart’s City Paper feature on wage theft in Philly is a must-read. Wondering why we haven’t seen a big push from unions for a strong anti-wage theft ordinanceat the city level, and higher staffing levels at the state Department of Labor and Industry. … More after the jump

Posted in Economy, Labor and Unions

Regionalizing Police Services is a Progressive Alternative to Austerity Budgeting

Over on the other blog I’ve been writing about a proposal for a regional police department for a few Slate Belt towns that actually seems to have a good chance of passing. Regional police departments are a good idea in … More after the jump

Posted in Budget, Economy, Labor and Unions