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Prepping for Labor Day’s morning News Roundup, I pulled a lot of great national Op-Eds about labor and the world of work. Mother Jones‘ profile of Mother Jones. AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka reminding me of the “greeters” at Wal-Mart. Later in the day, Michael Moore hit us (and Rahm Emanuel) with humor, and Roger Ebert & Open Left provided the soundtrack.
But I only linked the national stuff when I gave Google “Labor Day + NJ” I got mostly weather. Beach traffic. So, here I am.
Where are the great New Jersey labor writers?
Look, I admit ignorance here. My father was a union organizer, back when that got you blacklisted, and tracked by Sen. Joe McCarthy. My mother, in a teachers union. But I have never been a union member, despite my sometime nickname Norma Rae. And I frankly think the days of Which Side Are You On? have grown more complicated in this suburbanized state where a union-busting governor pits the rest of us against union workers and tells us they’re our trouble. More complicated because sometimes unions are, as E.J. Dionne, Jr. points out (in a post outing himself as a union romantic), union movements can have failures; corruption, undemocratic action, some union contracts excessive, “solidarity” that can turn into intimidation.
This site is dedicated decoding the political zeitgeist, but I’m convinced we’re not telling the whole story. The issues, problems, and victories of work, of working people, and of unions? Women’s wages. Immigrant working conditions. Cooperation/struggles between unions. Successes. Failures. Challenges. Stories.
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