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Progressive Patriotism – Things for Progressives and Liberals to Think About, and Do, on July 4th

Friends and Colleagues: In honor of July 4th, Dick Flacks and I have posted an article, “Progressives Take Back the Flag” on Huffington Post. We write that: “This July 4 feels different. We no longer have a president in the

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Business “crying wolf” on credit card reform and labor law reform

Friends and Colleagues: My occasional coauthor Donald Cohen and I would like to solicitic your help.  Perhaps you’ve noticed a regular theme in some of our recent articles — the tendency of business lobby groups to “cry wolf” whenever liberals

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Why liberals need labor

Despite its paltry membership (12.1% of the workforce), the U.S. labor movement remains the nation’s most potent force for progressive change and the most effective vehicle for electing Democrats. As Kelly Candaele and I point out in our article in

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Bad News and Good News for American Workers on Labor Day

Friends and Colleagues: First, the bad news. Only 12.1 percent of all workers –  7.5 percent of private-sector workers and 35.9 percent of public-sector workers — are union members.   That’s a sharp decline from 10, 20 and 50 years ago.

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What have unions ever done for us ? – Monty Python Australian style

Friends: Watch this video and send it to anyone who has ever asked, “why do we need unions?” The AFL-CIO and/or Change to Win should make a US version of this. It would help lay the groundwork for getting the

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Why we need labor law reform for a better America

Friends, Colleagues, and Students: I have coauthored an article with Kelly Candaele in the current (May 11) issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education about the Employee Free Choice Act, a key bill to reform America’s one-sided (anti-union) labor laws.

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