‘A freeze is not a fix’

I confess to having little experience with unions, but judged from a distance the developments in the West Virginia teachers strike are quite new in the modern history of organized labor. The teachers have ground the state to a halt and have gotten even the state senate to scramble for ways to yield to theirContinue reading “‘A freeze is not a fix’”

The decline of labor unions

Rich Yeselson kicks off a four-part series commissioned by Talking Points Memo on the history of labor. The key paragraph, which should have been the introduction: With the brief exception of the late 1930s followed by the anomalous period of the Second World War, labor has never had a juridical and statist presumption that itContinue reading “The decline of labor unions”

‘Unions are inherently conservative institutions’

Published last Labor Day, this Jonathan Cohn piece about unions remains scintillating (h/t Digby): Pretty much in every other country in Western Europe, Canada, even Australia and the U.K. (which share some labor-management features with the U.S.), the assumption is that unions are basic ingredient of liberal capitalism. Among conservatives and business owners in thoseContinue reading “‘Unions are inherently conservative institutions’”

The myth of the 80-hour workweek death march

I see a lot of this, er, activity ’round these parts, and administrators think they can stay productive as long as they want too: If you work more time than your comfortable maximum and keep doing it, your productivity will drop and keep dropping. Quite rapidly, you will become less productive than you would beContinue reading “The myth of the 80-hour workweek death march”