Friedrichs, the Roberts Court, and the willful ignorance of privilege

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. If the discussion yesterday is any indication—and usually it’s a pretty good one—the Supreme Court seems poised to make a serious blow against public employee unions. And it’s part of a pattern: this Supreme Court’s credence of arguments that support privilege. This time, it’s… More Friedrichs, the Roberts Court, and the willful ignorance of privilege

Happy Birthday, OSHA! Now protecting workers for forty-three years

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) went live on April 28, 1971.  In the years since, it has been OSHA’s mandate to protect workers from employers, whether through drafting and enforcing rules on workplace safety or health, or protecting whistleblowers.  OSHA has become a conservative whipping-boy for having the temerity to enforce laws that can mean the… More Happy Birthday, OSHA! Now protecting workers for forty-three years

This week’s Friday Funnies: Daily Show 2012 classic on “right to work” in Michigan

For your viewing pleasure, Jon Stewart skewering Rick Snyder’s push for right-to-bust-unions “right to work” in Michigan in November, 2012. The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Daily Show on Facebook

Unlike Colbert, college football coach follows age-old anti-union playbook

The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,Video Archive Another development in the continuing story of the Northwestern University football players who dared, dared suggest that their university cared more about dollars than athletes, and that perhaps unionization might get them a voice in their own employment “student-athletic careers.”  And some of… More Unlike Colbert, college football coach follows age-old anti-union playbook

NCAA athletes closer to unionization, closer to the workplace safety they deserve

Two days ago, adjuncts unionizing in DC, yesterday, a ruling from a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regional director that college athletes may unionize.  The ruling is essentially provisional, because Northwestern University, one of whose football players pushed for the union, will appeal the decision to the NLRB.  The AP does a pretty good job… More NCAA athletes closer to unionization, closer to the workplace safety they deserve