Some of my steelworkers retiree friends are a little nervous because Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, talked about "economic treason" in a speech this month in Ohio.
Last month's congress of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), in Vancouver, Canada was an eye-opener. Labor in every country to shift gears and rethink how to fight. But this congress gave a clear picture of how the crisis is bringing to life "workers of the world unite" in real time.
Stopping the spill, and beginning recovery, is beyond the capacity of a private corporation.
British Petroleum is now putting a special spin on the crisis caused by the explosion of its oil well in the Gulf of Mexico - and it's the most revolting spin yet.
A new political and economic model, a new New Deal, is urgently needed, but the tycoons of finance are not about to yield their power - it will take a series of struggles.
A Gulf Coast disaster has again shocked an entire nation. The callous corporate disregard for safety, workers' lives and environmental devastation is infuriating and mind-boggling.
The focus on "fiscal responsibility" conceals the real causes of the crisis, and if we don't address those we don't have a snowball's chance in hell of lifting workers out of the quicksand.
According to the conventional wisdom, the United States is a center-right country.
When we rail against corporate abuses on these pages and elsewhere, we sometimes forget that a corporation is not a person.
If you rely on the major mass media to get a picture of what's going on in the world you probably think the economic crisis in Greece was caused by irresponsible Greek workers living high off the hog.