What will happen in America when overworked employees begin to demand to be paid what they are worth?
Tobias Michaels Con Edison is a billion dollar power company in New York that is waging war against its workforce. In doing so millions of other people are at risk of facing power outages during a heat wave. In order to force concessions on the union – Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Local 1-2 [...]
A Conversation Worth Having: Labor writers debate “Left Anti Unionism” in The Nation Magazine And arrive at no agreement and no solutions! Tobias Michaels The Nation magazine recently held a roundtable blog discussion that debated the effects of the failed Wisconsin recall. The discussion is important because of the seriousness of its subject. Such open [...]
Tobias Michael Rising up out of the South Waterfront in Portland, Oregon are two gleaming condominiums that make a perfect metaphor for the New Economy that has been promoted by urban planners since the 90s. Beneath the foundations of those condos, buried underneath several layers of concrete, is the sediment and debris of the past. Where [...]
Tobias Michaels From Washington, D.C. to California, public employee unions one after the next have taken massive concessions in this year’s latest round of bargaining. Terms such as “furlough,” “automatic layoff,” along with “increased employee contributions” for health care and pensions have become so commonplace that public employee workers can scarcely remember a time that [...]
Tobias Michaels Introduction At the time of this article, the United States of America is approximately 17 months away from the 2012 Presidential election. The last three years of President Barack Obama’s term has been instructive for workers. His election as president was greeted with fanfare, much like that of a prince being crowned king [...]
George Parker was one of the greatest salesmen/conmen of the 20th century. Unsuspecting tourists would arrive from out of town, and they would meet the nicest man as they toured the Brooklyn Bridge or caught a sporting event at Madison Square Garden. In hushed tones, Parker would show tourists realistic looking deeds that to the [...]
Tobias Michaels According to recent reports by the World Health Organization (WHO), up to 2 billion of the world’s 6 billion human beings could contract the virus known as H1N1, more commonly known as “Swine Flu.” It is the default assumption by many people that if the World Health Organization has issued such a declaration [...]
There are two points that undermine Goldman Sachs’ credibility regarding their claim of successful repayment of TARP funds. The first is the 10 billion dollars that was given to Goldman Sachs came directly from the government. What about the money that was paid to Goldman Sachs from other bailed out firms, in particular, A.I.G.? This money is not reported as coming from the government, although Goldman Sachs never would have received these funds if the government hadn’t intervened.