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What we can learn from Starbucks Workers United

The surge of union organizing at anti-union Starbucks has resulted in nearly 300 union stores in about a year. While the corporation is refusing to bargain, firing organizers and closing stores, this …

Cabbies' rescue is overdue, but welcome

"Lifesaving and historic.”That's how Bhairavi Desai, the executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, which represents yellow cab, livery, green car, black car and app-dispatched …

Plentiful union assets should be used to organize

After four decades of consistent decline in union density rank and file,  members might expect to see our unions’ assets dwindling. That, however, is not what is happening.

CUNY's campus cops deserve better

They have the authority to make arrests, but not the financial clout to afford a studio apartment. Peace officers at dozens of CUNY campuses are responsible for doing warrant checks, vouching …

For many, Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer — a day for parties, going to the beach and cookouts. For others, it’s a day for sales and back-to-school shopping. But for working people …

U.S. sliding into authoritarian rule

The January 6th House Committee investigations this summer have delivered compelling evidence of an attempted coup by then-President Donald Trump. These revelations add the U.S. to the list of failed …

Traitor Joe’s

What's with the play on words? What treachery could a grocery chain be guilty of: bar code mischief? No, prices are fair and reasonable. But they may have betrayed the principle of labor relations …

The Democrats are riding the much celebrated Inflation Reduction Act all the way to the midterms. But scratch below the surface and the law doesn’t live up to the hype.We hear that the IRA is the …

Chipotle gets grilled

With sincere corporate modesty and prodigious gall, Chipotle Mexican Grill proclaims its mission to "cultivate a better world" and affirms it "is more concerned about creating lasting connections …

STAT! Pay EMTs what they deserve

What's the loudest sound in New York City? It's the bang for the buck we get from our EMTs. Their value is stupendously high but their salaries are appallingly low. The budgetary hyenas chatter about …

The Ancient Mariner's contract

The Staten Island ferry workers labor dispute, which has been under-reported, could easily be cured by a simple device: a time machine. Roll back the calendar to 2009, revert to that year's costs of …

Loyalty oaths

According to thermodynamics, energy cannot be changed or destroyed. It changes states. Does this law of nature apply also to the loyalty oaths required of teachers?  Periods elapse when …

Teflon principals

Let sleeping dogs lie. Unless they're rabid and replicating. This applies to rogue school principals too. The Department of Education has a rock collection. Hiding under each specimen is a …

The Charter School Propaganda War

There's no rest for the insufferable. They don't take holidays. It's midway through the summer, but there's no time off for those who see it as their sacred mission to profane our public …

Don't compare apples and oranges. That's what people say who don't want you to notice that their fruit grove is planted in enriched fertile soil that gives them an advantage in life. Fruit envy. …

A Republican prosecutor I can support

Every now and then, I have to step back and realize that not all DAs are created equal.  I also have to recognize that political reality is such that my point of view and that of the left …

It's early June, 1944. D-Day is about to be launched on the beaches of Normandy. The liberation of Europe would be the prize. General Dwight Eisenhower is in charge. He bears a heavy weight upon his …

Eulogy for a just society: 1932-2022

For a historically brief period brought about to some degree by the worst economic depression in U.S. history, there was a burst of progress in the economic and social life of the American …

A summertime syllabus

Hey, it's summer!  Tell the students in your life not to sweat the small stuff, such as saving the planet.Put the dysfunctions of the school system on the back burner of your consciousness.

We are close to having the nation take a significant backward step.

Teacher Burnout: Who Put Out the Fire?

What does "teacher burnout" have in common with music?Every musical composition ever written in all genres and styles according to Western musical theory is made up of a unique configuration of just …

For kids’ sake, prop up the schools budget

As things stand, we're in for a big fall. Mayor Adams and the City Council have opted to let the schools budget hemorrhage. They will claim that letting the schools bleed out is an act of fiscal …

Forget democracy, we aren’t even a republic

Under what theory or practice is the United States a “republic” under the definition of the term? 

Homeschooling and the politics of education

We've all heard the phrase "elephant in the room" to describe a significant obstacle or problem in plain sight that people choose to pretend they don't see because for one reason or other they're not …

Gone missing: Democracy

This country is certainly “exceptional.” Particularly given the number of mass shootings, which of late appear to be happening at a rate of one a day.   Take a look at the modern …

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