The tactics being waged against television writers fighting for benefits and membership in the Writers Guild of America (WGA) are unique. Writers who work for shows that fall under the dubiously titled category “Reality TV” have faced an uphill battle in the struggle for labor rights.
Before the ’06 elections, more than a few skeptical voices asked what substantial progress could be achieved through the peoples’ massive get-out-the-vote campaign. We had tried before and failed. Yet after the ballots were counted, even the most cynical admitted that an uncommon opportunity was at hand. There comes a time — when we must seize the opportunity to plant the seeds of real change.
With the purchase this week of Chrysler Group by Cerberus Capital Management, the proverb “Let the buyer beware” should be replaced with one that reads, “Let the workers beware.”
Art Shields was the Daily Worker’s greatest labor reporter. I got to know Art and his wife Esther, herself a labor journalist, soon after I joined the staff of the Worker in January 1967. Art helped me hone my writing skills. He was a role model in his loyalty to workers and their struggles.
PITTSBURGH — “I can’t tell where the coal company ends and MSHA begins,” Deborah Hamner told the Charleston Gazette after a five-hour meeting with the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration in which the agency released its findings on the 2006 Sago Mine disaster. Hamner’s husband, George Junior Hamner, died in the disaster.
DETROIT — If there is a crisis in the auto industry, it certainly cannot be seen when looking at the compensation of its top management. While autoworkers are being laid off, seeing their plants close and being pressured to grant health care and work rule concessions, those they work for are going in an opposite direction.
HOUSTON — On May 10 at least 30 labor supporters gathered outside the School District’s administration building here to support the teachers union’s demand for higher salaries for education workers.
NEW YORK — Climate change is a labor issue. A large and growing section of world labor now agrees that fighting global warming and building sustainable economies with good jobs for workers go hand in hand.
CHICAGO — Question: Who would order the captain of a 767 jet, loaded with passengers and crew, to take off with a split in one of its tires?
There is a “tug of war” raging worldwide over reforms in China’s labor law, according to Brendan Smith, Tim Costello and Jerry Brecher, authors of a report released April 5 by Global Labor Strategies (GLS).