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Bait And Switch Over Manufacturing Jobs

Since the general election I’ve been laying low, listening to people talk about the new administration and what President Donald J. Trump means to them. Most supporters found a lot of what the president said and stands for to be … Continue reading

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Reflections On Labor Day 2016

Labor Day means much more than sales events and holiday excursions. The day honors the men and women who provide the work that fuels our economy. Reports of falling unemployment, growing wages, and rising consumer confidence in the United States … Continue reading

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Flint and Reagan's Wake

Driving out of Flint, Mich. on Bristol Road wasn’t in the plans. I interviewed some 30 people, all but one male, for truck driving jobs at the Days Inn across from the GM plant. Tired and ready for sleep, I … Continue reading

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Oscar Mayer's Long Road

DAVENPORT — The Kraft Foods Oscar Mayer plant on Second Street will be razed as its new owner, Kraft Heinz, plans to move operations and layoff much of the workforce at the long-time meat packing plant. Wednesday’s announcement, that Kraft … Continue reading

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Pushing Back On Raising Minimum Wage

RURAL JOHNSON COUNTY — The nearby City of Solon is concerned about the impact of the recently passed county ordinance to raise the minimum wage. The city council doesn’t buy in, local businesses don’t buy in. On Sept. 10, the … Continue reading

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The Union Difference: Fair Wages and Benefits

The continuing debate over our economic inequality focuses on globalization and technology. These are seen as the determinants of our transformed economy and rising inequality. Remedies usually focus on better education and more training. But this explanation largely omits discussion … Continue reading

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Two Things About Labor

As a child Dad would take us to the Eagles hall for a Labor Day event sponsored by his union. There were speeches and socializing, food and beverages, and one year I won a canned ham in a raffle which … Continue reading

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Wages And Private Sector Unions

As we approach Labor Day, the lockout of United Steel Workers at six Allegheny Technologies plants is a sad commentary on the state of affairs of public sector unions. “Management has locked out more than 2,000 workers in an effort to … Continue reading

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Everyone's Becoming Fungible

(Editor’s Note: Robert Reich has been a media pundit, lecturer and writer popular with progressives. From time to time he hits home as with this post on the lack of income predictability for a growing segment of Americans. It is … Continue reading

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Slavery And The Costco Halo

On Thursday the Los Angeles Times reported a Costco member sued the retailer on allegations that it knowingly sold frozen prawns that were the product of slave labor. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in the Northern District … Continue reading

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