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OUR Walmart Rolls Out a New Tactic: Get Arrested

By Sean P. Redmond 10/16/14

While the worker center group Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC) did not have much luck organizing protests earlier this week, another union front group managed to engage in some relatively disruptive made-for-media street theater today.  


Nothing-Burger Restaurant Protests

By Sean P. Redmond 10/16./14

In their ongoing effort to reverse a prolonged decline in membership, labor unions have employed a number of creative strategies with mixed success.  One prominent tactic has been to create or collaborate with worker centers that engage in street theater and made-for-media stunts while circumventing federal labor laws governing picketing.  Those efforts have often yielded spotty results as an episode this week illustrates...  


Louisville’s Minimum Wage Slog

By Sean P. Redmond 10/15/14

With mid-term elections approaching, all of Washington, DC has become more or less paralyzed and the chances of any major legislation passing before January are low at best.  That certainly seems to be the case when it comes to increasing the minimum wage, something the administration has been promoting for some time.  However, despite the bleak prospects of action on the federal minimum wage, plenty is abuzz at the state and local level...


Members-Only Machinations

Sean P. Redmond 10/10/14

The United Auto Workers (UAW) has been trying desperately to unionize automobile plants in the American south as a critical component of its survival strategy, but so far it has not had much luck.  Consequently, the union has embarked on a campaign to organize so-called members-only locals to gain a foothold at factories it is targeting, and its machinations seem rather curious...  


L.A.’s Minimum Wage Lunacy

By Sean P. Redmond  10/7/14

The Los Angeles City Council last week gave final approval to an inflated minimum wage for large hotels, a move that has been in the works for since at least the beginning of this year.  The final vote ratifies the council’s previous approval of the measure on September 24 and sends it to the mayor, who is expected to sign it, thereby creating one of the highest minimum wage rates in the country...