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April 6th, 2014
thesmithian

Put aside…the shameless hypocrisy of these self-styled heroes of the free market secretly engaging in…grotesquely anti-competitive practices. What’s particularly interesting to witness is how, in contrast to the…public face of the Silicon Valley execs (the corporate mottos of Apple and Google are “Think Different” and “Don’t Be Evil”), in fact, when it comes to protecting their profits, these companies demonstrate the kind of ruthlessness that would do the old-school robber barons proud.

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April 1st, 2014
thesmithian
…the skills myth—like the myth of a looming debt crisis—is having dire effects on real-world policy. Instead of focusing on the way disastrously wrongheaded fiscal policy and inadequate action by the Federal Reserve have crippled the economy and demanding action, important people piously wring their hands about the failings of American workers. Moreover, by blaming workers for their own plight, the skills myth shifts attention away from the spectacle of soaring profits and bonuses even as employment and wages stagnate. Of course, that may be another reason corporate executives like the myth so much.
March 28th, 2014
thesmithian

' …rapper/actor Common held a concert in Jackson, Mississippi…'

…to support Nissan workers in nearby Canton who are trying to organize and join a union. Common was joined at the concert by actor Danny Glover, and Sean (Diddy) Combs sent a video message of support, saying “my heart is with you, my spirit is with you and the workers at Nissan. Workers’ rights are civil rights.”

more, plus video message, here.

March 26th, 2014
thesmithian

…a group of Filipinos including Filipino-American labor leader Larry Itliong’s son Johnny Itliong joined others in showing their disappointment of the depiction of Filipino labor leaders that stood side by side with Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Al Rojas and others as the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (led by Itliong) and National Farm Workers Association would merge to become known as the UFW…“It’s an injustice to my father that he is not at that table (referring to pivotal scene in the new Chavez movie) and that was everything that he fought for was to get the bargaining rights on that piece of paper and in the movie it shows him in the crowd as a spectator and that’s not right in my heart and I don’t think it’s right for our Filipino community to be a spectator to something that he was a major player in.”

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March 26th, 2014
thesmithian

There are now more people working as private security guards than high school teachers.

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March 25th, 2014
thesmithian

…reaches its goal of reminding audiences how far migrant workers have come in America since the ‘60s, and how far they have yet to go toward better working conditions and higher pay. It only takes a pinprick to burst open floodgates of public consciousness. The spirit of Cesar Chavez lives on.

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…reaches its goal of reminding audiences how far migrant workers have come in America since the ‘60s, and how far they have yet to go toward better working conditions and higher pay. It only takes a pinprick to burst open floodgates of public consciousness. The spirit of Cesar Chavez lives on.

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March 22nd, 2014
thesmithian

'Confidential internal Google and Apple memos, buried within piles of court dockets…clearly show that what began as a secret cartel agreement between Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google’s Eric Schmidt to illegally fix the labor market for hi-tech workers, expanded within a few years to include companies ranging from Dell, IBM, eBay and Microsoft, to Comcast, Clear Channel, Dreamworks, and London-based public relations behemoth WPP. All told, the combined workforces of the companies involved totals well over a million employees.'

much more, here.

March 14th, 2014
thesmithian

'…new filings for jobless benefits hit a fresh three-month low last week, suggesting the economy was regaining strength after an abrupt slowdown caused by severe weather.'

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February 26th, 2014
thesmithian

'…it takes an effort to realize that the tech economy is man-made, and that…human beings have the capacity to shape and reform it for the public good. It would be easier to remember this if every time you clicked “BUY,” searched for an article, or texted a friend your screen flashed the face of a worker who once held a job that made way for your seamless online experience.'

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February 16th, 2014
thesmithian

There are restaurant jobs closer to home, but she is willing to drive the extra miles for a simple reason…

February 14th, 2014
thesmithian

Volkswagen wants to establish works councils at its Chattanooga plant…In Europe, these groups…collaborate on issues such as plant rules, work hours and vacations. In VW’s experience, cooperating with employees through these councils increases productivity and profitability. Because the councils discuss labor issues such as work hours, VW and the UAW have determined that to legally establish them in Chattanooga, the plant must be unionized. This is intolerable to the GOP.

bold, ours. more, here.

February 11th, 2014
thesmithian

'Few phrases represent as big a chasm between idea and reality as “rock ‘n’ roll musician.” Even in the free-music era, we still picture, in many cases, when we think of rock ‘n’ roll, the mythological characters of the ’60s and ’70s, or even the anti-culture martyrs of the ’90s. But…what does the ceiling look like for a member of a successful indie act? A little over $100,000 a year. The floor? $435.'

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