Subject: Labor

  • Local Contracting—Cost Cutting, Economic Development, Or Both?

    We recently published both an article and an Answer column that shows how one group in Philadelphia, WPRE/NR, is challenging the conventional wisdom that scattered site, small-unit rehab has to be more expensive than new construction. There are a few…

  • At Last, Apprenticeships Will Be for All People

    Not surprisingly, last Friday's headlines focused on the announcement that the Obama administration had rejected the proposal to build the Keystone XL pipeline. But on the same day, it gave notice of another key decision that, while less headline-grabbing, may…

  • On Beyond Income: Asset Building and Union Organizing Go Together

    I wrote earlier this week about how the current increase in labor organizing among service workers calls for a conscious choice by other nonprofits who work with low-income households to offer our solidarity to those campaigns. Beyond the fact of…

  • On Progressives and Picket Lines

    The story was very different, depending who told it. To the organizers of the I'M HOME and National Manufactured Homeowners' Assocation conferences, news that the Seattle Olive 8 hotel, which they had booked for their annual conferences this past November,…

  • Fukuyama’s Wisdom on Rent Control and Unions Is Anything But Conventional

    The ideas of Friedrich Hayek (1899-1992) are making a comeback, in large part due to Glenn Beck, who has touted the libertarian economist and philosopher’s views on his TV show. The essence of Hayek’s views — spelled out in his…

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    Community-Labor: A Coalition Whose Time Has Come

    Ed Gorman of the NCRC board introduced Mark Ayers, president of the building trades department of the AFL-CIO, as “the man who is opening the door” to community-labor partnerships. Speaking at a “special session” on New Alliances at the NCRC…

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    Triangle Shirtwaist Fire at 100: Businesses and Politicians Still “Cry Wolf”

    A year and half ago Donald Cohen and I created the Cry Wolf Project to expose how business organizations and conservative politicians repeatedly evoked the claim “job killer” to fight financial regulation, ending subsidies to banks offering student loans, OSHA…