This is a great interview with Nellie Gorbea, who is running for Rhode Island Secretary of State. She looks like the most experienced candidate for the job, and talks about the work she has already done in the Secretary of State’s office, including facilitating the unionizing of the office’s employees. She does not have the ability to personally bankroll an expensive campaign, so will be depending on grassroots messaging and support.
Adjunct professors joining labor unions to voice concerns about low pay, job security – The Washington Post
Say it with me now, “The people…united….will never be defeated….”
For those who wonder if they are in a high-stress, depression-prone job:
Interesting… free labor rises up.
I have a soft spot for adjuncts, because more than a few of my friends are in the awkward position of being rich intellectually but poor financially. What does it say about our priorities when we cannot pay our higher education professionals a living wage?
Just what kind of fees are we paying in Rhode Island under the current treasurer’s “alternative” investments?
A very long and thorough look at Hostess Brands as it goes through bankruptcies and tries to avoid its pension obligations.
Originally posted on The Academe Blog:
Just after the New Year, Hostess Brands, the largest producer of baked goods in the United States, filed for bankruptcy. Formerly called Interstate Bakeries Corporation, the company had previously filed for bankruptcy protection in 2004. It emerged from what became the most protracted bankruptcy process in history in 2009 and renamed itself Hostess Brands. The resolution of that previous bankruptcy filing was secured through major concessions by the company’s unionized employees in exchange for equity in the company, infusions of cash from GE Capital and three private equity companies–one of which, Ripplewood Holdings acquired a 50% share of the company–and the termination of public trading of the company’s stock.
Now, just two years after emerging from that historically protracted bankruptcy process, the company is filing for bankruptcy again. Analysts estimate that the company has between $500 million and $1 billion in assets, and the company’s management claims that its biggest…
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Thank you to workers of the world.
Diane Ravitch provides the full text of Randi Weingarten’s response to “Won’t Back Down,” the hollywood film that Walden Media is releasing in September. The purpose of the movie seems to be not only to demonize teachers, but to direct everyone to vote for the parent trigger laws in November so we can hasten the privatization of public education. Randi Weingarten responds with scathing criticism of the movie on Diane Ravitch’s blog.
The silly picture is from another website I learned about through Ravitch’s blog, Last Stand for Children.