The state is currently at an impasse. The federal government is threatening to withhold some $1 billion dollars in education aid if the stakeholders in New York do not agree on a teacher evaluation system. The best option for students and teachers would be for all of the players to agree on a fair evaluation system in the near future to avoid losing that money, and more importantly, ensure that every student has quality teachers and a good education. The … Read More
The off-year elections held last Tuesday have been analyzed from many angles. The general consensus among pundits is that the results bode well for Democrats in next year’s elections. This contention is a reasonable one given the most significant results: voters in Ohio rejected an anti-collective bargaining law and voters in Mississippi voted against criminalizing abortions. So that would mean that voters in a swing state and a red state are swinging to the left and that bodes well for … Read More
On Tuesday, ACT NOW joined MoveOn, DFA, the Job Party, and a host of other groups to rally in Union Square in support of workers’ rights and the American Dream. We thought you might like to see a few photos of some of our Organizers, Paul, Allison, and Ethel, sporting colorful signs by our good friend Debo Gaffaney. We also loved this adorable video of one very committed activist (taken by the Job Party’s Harry Waisbren).
Folks who know me might on most days be hesitant to call me an optimist. They might point out that I’m quick to espouse the negatives in any situation and skeptical of the positives. They might even be so bold as to pronounce me a pessimist at heart. Plus, I did just post about a bunch of things that make me angry… Nonetheless, so as to not have my fine name further besmirched by such pronouncements, and to prove that … Read More
Paul Krugman really went down the wrong path this time. In his latest column, Krugman argues that: The notion that putting more kids through college can restore the middle-class society we used to have is wishful thinking. It’s no longer true that having a college degree guarantees that you’ll get a good job, and it’s becoming less true with each passing decade. So if we want a society of broadly shared prosperity, education isn’t the answer — we’ll have to … Read More
I wrote on Tuesday about the challenge of marketing unions to a young audience. Just a few hours later, I saw this video.
Labor has a serious marketing problem. This challenge was brought to life by an interesting event that I attended yesterday about the labor movement and younger workers. The speakers did a good job of discussing the galvanizing effects of events in Wisconsin, as well as the ongoing unionization drives in industries like higher ed and publishing. While I’m sympathetic to those who are trying to improve the lives of workers, what struck me most about the event was how alien … Read More
Your high school English teacher was right. Sometimes it’s best to make your point as simply as possible. Amid all of the lofty and apocalyptic rhetoric about the battle in Wisconsin over collective bargaining rights for public employees, this video clip caught my eye.
[ Cross-posted at ProgWoman ] What has been happening in Madison, Wisconsin, should cheer anyone who has lost hope in American democracy. It is even balm for the despair many of us feel about the often passive Democratic Party. While the Democratic state senators Governor Scott Walker needs to kill collective bargaining remain holed up in an Illinois motel, thousands of protestors—public workers and their supporters— fill the public spaces of the Wisconsin’s rococo capitol building. Many of them have … Read More