Hey, GOP: How’s That Union-busting Thing Working Out for You?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The people who want to break the back of the labor movement call the legislation they’re pushing a “right-to-work” law. They’re so cute, those Right-wingicans. Stuff enough money in their campaign stash and they’ll call a turd an orchid – and try to pass a law to make you call it [...]

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. [...]

Remembering Triangle Shirtwaist

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson One hundred years ago today, on March 25, 1911, 146 garment workers, mostly women and mostly Jewish and Italian immigrants, some as young as 14, died in a horrific fire. Most, if not all, of their deaths could have been avoided. In a surprisingly passionate article in Fox Business, which I [...]

Out in the Street

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The more of us that show up at rallies and demonstrations, the sooner we’ll get our country back. Libya to the contrary notwithstanding, it may be a little easier to get people out in the streets to overthrow a dictator than to defeat a legislature that promotes union busting, unbridled capitalism, [...]

The Lazy Way of Water — and a Word About Union Busting

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The thing to remember about water when the lowest level of your house is being flooded is that it’s as lazy as a three-toed sloth. Well, almost as lazy.  Sloths are known for hanging upside down and moving as little as possible. There’s a reason for this: their diet is made [...]

The Punch Line Is At The End

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Once in a while, but not often, the ugly in the world gets to me and I go into my cave and sulk. That’s what yesterday’s silence was about. I couldn’t think of a pleasant thing to say, and figured the most life-affirming thing I could do was keep my hands [...]

Walk Like an Egyptian

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson In his first few weeks in office, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed tax cuts that will add about $120 million to his state’s deficit over the next two years. Wisconsin’s anticipated budget shortfall this fiscal year is $130 million. To help pay for this deficit, Walker filed legislation to skin $30 [...]

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. [...]