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A fair day's wage

  • Ten facts retailers don't want you to know about online shopping (though if you read Daily Kos Labor with any regularity you know most of them already)
  • It's illegal to not pay someone to do an actual job, a job just like any of your employees would do only for no pay. Yet a federal judge is looking for someone to do the exact same work as his paid clerks, but for free.
  • American Airlines tried to cut costs by having a non-union contractor install some airplane seats rather than using its own unionized maintenance crews. The seats came loose, having been installed by people who didn't actually know how to install them.
  • Here's a very nice thing that didn't come without struggle:
    Of the $11 billion in construction bonds approved in California this November, the largest portion by far came from the $2.8 billion property tax measure (Proposition Z) to finance current and future facility needs for the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD). It is also one of the largest projects in the region to include local hire for construction workers residing in the lowest income areas of the school district.

The War on Education


  • Condolences to his family and friends:
    Marvin Miller, the soft-spoken union head who led baseball players in a series of strikes and legal battles that won free agency, revolutionized sports and turned athletes into multimillionaires, died Tuesday. He was 95.

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