United We Stand, Divided We Beg

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The common in Greenfield, Mass., was one of 1.200 sites Monday where working people and their allies gathered for a day of rallies, teach-ins, and religious services organized by the AFL-CIO. The day was the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., in Memphis to support the rights [...]

April 4, 2011: We Are One

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson On this day, 43 years ago, Martin Luther King was gunned down in Memphis as he stood up with striking sanitation workers and faced down the armed forces of a city and state to demand dignity and the right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life. [...]

Street Heat Rises

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson While I write this I’m listening to the speakers at a rally at the Lansing, Michigan, state house. It’s a live video feed arranged by Michael Moore, god bless him. I don’t know how long the rally will continue, or when you’ll read this, but if you want to see whether [...]

Please Vote in Today’s WSJ Poll

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Please vote in today’s Wall Street Journal Poll on Public Sector Collective Bargaining Rights The Wall Street Journal asks: should state employees have collective bargaining rights? Please vote now, before you do any other thing, and ask your friends to vote, too. If you’re not sure the answer matters, see the [...]

‘I Would Join a Union’

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson For my father, whom I honor by using his last name in the middle of mine, joining a union was not an option. He was a printer. He loved the printed word, and he loved the process by which words got put on paper. Part of how I learned to read [...]

The Lesson of Upper Big Branch Mine

Posted by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I’m posting this entire article from the Monday, April 12 edition of Truthout because I don’t want to put you to the trouble of clicking on the link.  It’s too important, something that should concern every one of us who works for our living or cares about someone who does. [...]

Get To Know HAARM

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson SEIU (Service Employees International Union) is my favorite labor union.  It doesn’t betray its members, unlike another I could mention, but won’t. It puts its money where its mouth is — in this case working for real health insurance reform — again, unlike said other international union. Now SEIU has launched [...]