Tag Archives: Labor

Soon We’ll All Be Temp Workers

Soon We’ll All Be Temp Workers
Nissan, the first of many foreign automakers to set up shop in Tennessee, is leading a trend. Companies from Amazon to Asurion to Dell have outsourced their warehouses and call centers to the hundreds of staffing agencies that have cropped up in the region. Tennessee went from having 51,867 temporary workers in 2009 to 80,990 in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics -- while median wages have stayed flat. That accounts for nearly ... Read more

A Healthy Economy Cannot Rest on Financialization

A Healthy Economy Cannot Rest on Financialization
“I wish someone would give me one shred of neutral evidence that financial innovation has led to economic growth — one shred of evidence.” —Paul Volker (2009) All of us suspect the obvious — that Wall Street not only is too big to fail, but also just too damn big. But where's our evidence? It's one thing to direct our anger at financial elites and the top one percent. It's quite another to make a factual case that Wall Street, indeed, is ... Read more

How did our financial system become so undemocratic?

How did our financial system become so undemocratic?
Our financial destiny does not have to be governed solely by the interests of Wall Street. As we limp from crisis to crisis spurred on by the logic of “high risk, high reward” and the technocratic jargon of modern portfolio theory, it would serve us well to remember that, in addition to building wealth for the working class through pension plans, organized labor was also able to direct the power of finance through democratic means. Not ... Read more

Proposed MD Fracking Project Highlights Need For Blue-Green Solidarity

Proposed MD Fracking Project Highlights Need For Blue-Green Solidarity
350.org has worked for years to stake out the Keystone XL pipeline as a defining issue in the battle against climate change, but with fracking quickly emerging as a new flashpoint, the national group is doubling down this year on efforts to help local groups stop LNG export terminals in Maryland and the Pacific Northwest. Meanwhile, unions in the beleaguered construction industry are hoping to ride the fracking boom by securing union jobs in ... Read more

What Does the VW Vote Say About the U.S. Model for Labor?

What Does the VW Vote Say About the U.S. Model for Labor?
Current management theory recognizes that businesses do better when employees are involved in decision-making. But that trend ran smack into the paternalistic view that workers are replaceable parts in the narrow vote by workers at Volkswagen (VW) in Chattanooga, Tennessee to reject the United Auto Workers (UAW). Here was a case where right-wing politicians, who usually worship at the alter of business, decided that a business that actually ... Read more

Workers in TN Could Form First Works Council in U.S.

Workers in TN Could Form First Works Council in U.S.
On Feb. 12–14, workers at the Chattanooga, Tenn., Volkswagen factory will vote to unionize. If successful, they plan to organize under the works council model that is common at the company's factories outside the United States. Currently, the Tennessee location is the only major Volkswagen production facility in the world that does not have labor representation. Works councils enable workers to collaborate with management in improving the ... Read more