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Work Less, Better For The Planet

No more “I ate bad food last night” or “the kid kept me up at night with a fever” as excuses to stay away from work. It’s to save the planet I’m staying home.

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Whose Recovery?

   It is going to take the concerted effort of a lot of voices to overcome the noise being generated by the people who would like us to think that economic salvation is at hand. So, we need to keep pointing out some harsh realities facing real people. For example: The number of Americans filing […]

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Climate Change And “Just Transition”

   Over to Copenhagen (A lovely city to visit): how exactly do we adjust the global economy to save the planet from catastrophic changes AND do so in a way that is fair to workers. The process is called "Just Transition". The international labor movement–there is a delegation in Copenhagen drawing from labor around the […]

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It’s Not “Protectionism”

   Last week, I wrote about the energy bill and passages that impose penalties on countries that violate the bill. The president thinks this is "protectionism": “At a time when the economy worldwide is still deep in recession and we’ve seen a significant drop in global trade,” Mr. Obama said, “I think we have to […]

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Trade and Climate

   Trade and climate change are closely connected issues. Think just about the carbon emissions of planes and ships traversing the globe carrying stuff that we consume. I’ll come back to that in a sec.    Yesterday, Rep. Mike Michaud of Maine introduced the House version of the TRADE Act; the Senate’s sponsor is Sherrod […]

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The Right Way To Bailout The Auto Industry

I’ve been reading the various proposals about how to bailout the auto industry. Some of the ideas are good but one piece floating around in the punditry is foolish and dangerous. This has to be done right–and it has to be done in a way that does not attack the workers of the industry.   […]

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Market Fundamentalism Is The Enemy

   Last night’s debate, not surprisingly, didn’t finger the real culprit in the economic crisis hitting people everywhere–by the way, an economic crisis that is a far more ancient phenomena than the last few weeks. The real culprit is Market Fundamentalism.    And, so, I offer you this: "The Audacity of Timidity: Where Is The […]

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So-Called “Free Trade” Killing The Planet

    Most of what I write about so-called "free trade" has focused on the horrendous hits that workers take from globalization that is all about one major thing: seeking out the lowest wages. But, there is another piece to this: so-called "free trade" is destroying the planet. Oh, yes, I’m sure the advocates of so-called […]

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Clean Air And Labor Rights–A Nice Connection

    I’ll be writing a lot more in the future about the links between labor and the environment. Here’s a development that I’ve been following for some time. The Teamsters have had a long-term project to organize drivers in the ports, particularly on the West Coast–there are thousands of drivers who could potentially be Teamsters […]

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Green Jobs

    So, I’ve been at a conference on "Green Jobs" here in Pittsburgh. I’ve written about this topic before and you’ll see more about this in the future. But, for today, just quickly–we all know that we have to move from a carbon-based economy and I think there is a huge opportunity for labor to […]

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Green Jobs

    So, I’ve been at a conference on "Green Jobs" here in Pittsburgh. I’ve written about this topic before and you’ll see more about this in the future. But, for today, just quickly–we all know that we have to move from a carbon-based economy and I think there is a huge opportunity for labor to […]

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The Wal-Mart Divide-And-Conquer Strategy

    I have to give Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott credit: he knows how to run an offensive campaign. I mean that in two ways. Offensive in the sense that he is refuses to lay back and absorb beating after beating, and is taking his campaign right to his critics and to the public. And offensive […]

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The Wal-Mart Divide-And-Conquer Strategy

    I have to give Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott credit: he knows how to run an offensive campaign. I mean that in two ways. Offensive in the sense that he is refuses to lay back and absorb beating after beating, and is taking his campaign right to his critics and to the public. And offensive […]

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Wal-Mart and Phony Environmentalism

    If the term "greenwash" hasn’t been given its own entry in the dictionary yet, let me propose that, when it does, it is linked directly to the word "Wal-Mart". For those not yet familiar with the term,  "greenwashing" occurs when a company pretends to be environmentally progressive yet is quite misleading about its true […]

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Wal-Mart and Phony Environmentalism

    If the term "greenwash" hasn’t been given its own entry in the dictionary yet, let me propose that, when it does, it is linked directly to the word "Wal-Mart". For those not yet familiar with the term,  "greenwashing" occurs when a company pretends to be environmentally progressive yet is quite misleading about its true […]

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Oh, No…The WTO Wants A Piece of Climate Change

   The thing that struck me most this morning (that would be Monday morning here for those of you reading this Sunday night) as I was riding in a cab to a meeting in Bali at the UN climate change meeting was this front-page headline in The Jakarta Post: "Climate Change A New Focus For […]

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