Monthly Archives: October, 2015

The Rather Innocuous Introduction of a Bad Bill


Here is the “right to work” legislation introduced in the Ohio House this morning:

HB 377 UNION DUES (Brinkman, T.) To prohibit any requirement that employees of private employers join or pay dues to any employee organization and to establish civil and criminal penalties against employers who violate that prohibition. En. 4119.01, 4119.02, 4119.04, 4119.05, 4119.06, 4119.07, 4119.08, and 4119.99.

Introduced in House (10/22/2015)

In an earlier post, I reported on Brinkman’s announcement that he intended to introduce this bill, which would affect private-sector, and not public-sector, unions in Ohio: see: I noted in that post that either Brinkman’s bill is an effort to test again whether union solidarity can be undermined or it is underlain by the assumption that the Supreme Court will eliminate “fair share” for public-sector unions in its ruling on the Friedrichs case.

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A Model for Union Activism against Neoliberal Education Reforms—from Mexico


Sin acuerdos concluyó esta tarde la mesa de negociación entre el Ejecutivo local y los integrantes de la Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (CNTE), por lo que las autoridades se comprometieron a entregar este sábado 16 de junio, una segunda respuesta que será analizada por los magisteriales. Fot La jornada Michaocan

The following paragraphs are from an article Lois Meyer and Ricardo Rosa published by Truthout on October 15:

“The weakening of the public sphere in US education, painful as it is, is minor compared to recent developments in Mexico. For nearly two years, tens of thousands of Mexican teachers have mobilized against so-called ‘education reforms,’ especially in the southeastern Mexican state of Oaxaca, though virtually nothing of this massive teacher movement has been reported in mainstream US media. In Oaxaca and beyond, protesting Mexican teachers have demonstrated, gone on strike, seized buildings, closed highways and confronted the police and army, mainly nonviolently. According to the reformist teacher union movement (the CNTE), the ‘education reforms’ imposed by President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration have nothing to do with educational improvement and everything to do with an aggressive neoliberal political agenda, the privatization of schools and attacks on hard-earned labor union rights and protections…

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Putting the Compensation of the Leaders of National Unions in a Meaningful Context


The Taxable Compensation of the Presidents of the Largest Unions in the U.S.:

In February 2014, the National Review published an article by Jim Geraghty titled “America’s Richest 2%: Union Presidents.” That article included the following paragraphs, heavily slanted to make the salaries sound outrageously disproportionate to what anyone in such leadership positions should be earning:

One union president can say—either with pride or with shame—that he is, indeed, one of America’s richest one-half of 1 percent. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees’ international president, Gerald McEntee, had a gross salary of $1,020,751 in 2012.

“American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten is listed as having a base salary of $396,304—with more than $160,000 in “benefits and other compensation.” This puts her in the richest 1 percent, as the threshold for that distinction is a salary of $394,000. Fifteen staffers at the organization collect more than $200,000…

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What Happens when Expatriated Workers Return Home?


Over the past few decades, multicultural studies, diaspora studies, and cross-cultural and transnational studies have all provoked considerable scholarly interest and have become distinct disciplines, reflecting the dramatic increase in the mobility of the global population.

In the midst of these broader movements of people, corporations have placed considerable value on international studies, foreign-language studies, and study abroad. In an increasingly interconnected world, an employee who is “at home” outside of his or her nation of origin is generally a considerable great asset.

There has also been a massive increase in corporate outsourcing (which has received the lion’s share of public attention) and insourcing (which, with the exception of farm workers, has received much less attention, though it has apparently created all sorts of issues recently for the administration of my university because of irregularities in how visas have been processed and in how the imported workers have been employed).

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