From In These Times… “This week renowned labor lawyer Thomas Geoghegan filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of the workers laid off from Rolf’s in December 2010 and December 2011, arguing that the company violated the WARN Act both times by failing to give 60 days notice or 60 days severance pay. The suit [...]
We set up the incentives to keep our best and brightest out of Detroit … (They) went off to work at AIG.
My letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal, published over the weekend. Regarding John Fund’s “As Wisconsin’s Battle Heads to Court, Unions Try to Oust a Judge” (Cross Country, April 2): Mr. Fund says that I believe paying union dues should be voluntary. Sure, a membership that pays dues voluntarily will be more [...]
Progress Illinois has a good write up on the issue: A federal court ruled that Chicago Public School teachers laid off last summer for budgetary reasons have the right under the U.S. Constitution to show they are qualified to fill new vacancies within the district as they arise. In the ruling, the judges affirmed a [...]
Tom weighs in on the Wisconsin 14 boycott.
… a Regular Chicago Guy Who Wants to Be Mayor
From the Chicago Sun-Times: He may be behind in the polls and in fund-raising, but on Friday, City Clerk Miguel del Valle picked up the endorsements of both Hispanic commissioners on the Cook County Board. “He knows what it takes to build healthy neighborhoods, to bring vibrancy, to put people to work,” Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” [...]
The Canadians consider the Germans.
A shout out from the Atlantic
On Tom’s Bookshelf
Barbara Ehrenreich - Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War
Jefferson Cowie - Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class
Simon Johnson and James Kwak - Thirteen Bankers
Richard Rorty - Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature
Olivia Manning - Fortunes of War: the Balkan Trilogy