Category Archives: Labor Issues

RI rings in $8 minimum wage, paid family leave – News Local Rhode Island – Boston.com

Woot! Woot!

RI rings in $8 minimum wage, paid family leave – News Local Rhode Island – Boston.com.

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….”

Adjunct professors joining labor unions to voice concerns about low pay, job security – The Washington Post.

10 Careers With High Rates of Depression – Health.com

For those who wonder if they are in a high-stress, depression-prone job:

10 Careers With High Rates of Depression – Health.com.

Campaign to end unpaid internships heads to campus – Salon.com

Interesting… free labor rises up.

Campaign to end unpaid internships heads to campus – Salon.com.

The Adjuncts, United, Will Never be Defeated

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?

Adjuncts from more than 20 Boston-area colleges announce plans to unionize – Babson – Your Campus – Boston.com.

Rhode Islands Scary State Treasurer – Forbes

Just what kind of fees are we paying in Rhode Island under the current treasurer’s “alternative” investments?

Rhode Islands Scary State Treasurer – Forbes.

Kiersten Marek:

A very long and thorough look at Hostess Brands as it goes through bankruptcies and tries to avoid its pension obligations.

Originally posted on 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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Bread and Roses for Labor Day

Thank you to workers of the world.

Randi Weingarten: “Won’t Back Down” is a “false and misleading depiction of teachers and unions”


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.

Interview with Sheldon Whitehouse at Netroots Nation 2012

Short interview with Sen. Whitehouse in which he extolls the virtues of Netroots Nation, appreciates the value of the Occupy Movement, and talks about his efforts to keep funding for wellness and health. He also talks about his phone conversation with President Obama following the Buffet Rule vote in the Senate, and how the fight is not over to change our tax policies to support the middle class.

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