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What Everyone Ought to Know About the Fight Along the Waterfront

What Everyone Ought to Know About the Fight Along the Waterfront
In Part 2 of my interview with Mike Casey, president of UNITE HERE Local 2, Mike channels the late, great organized labor leader Jack Henning and tells us what the fight along San Francisco’s waterfront is really about. What do you think is going to happen with the waterfront and the...

Is Labor Day Relevant?

Is Labor Day Relevant?
I posed this question to Mike Casey, the 19-year President of Local 2, UNITE HERE!, which represents about 12,000 San Francisco and San Mateo hospitality workers. Mike has been at the forefront of the labor movement his entire adult life and has fought more than his share of battles. Currently,...

When the Earth Shakes, Prevailing Wage Becomes Law

When the Earth Shakes, Prevailing Wage Becomes Law
I’m a fan of prevailing wage. Prevailing wage sets a minimum hourly rate on public construction projects and can include standards for health and pension benefits. In my tenure as the Business Representative for IATSE Local 16, we expanded prevailing wage in San Francisco to include theatrical...

The First Rule of Negotiation

The First Rule of Negotiation
What is that one important rule of negotiation? I posed this question to several of my organized labor colleagues who make their living negotiating contracts and fighting for better wages, conditions, health care and pensions for their members. They are seasoned veterans who are committed to doing...

How My Brother’s Passing Changed My Life

How My Brother’s Passing Changed My Life
My life changed forever when my older brother John died. He was only 52, married, with two young children. John worked hard his entire adult life, most recently as a Business Agent for the Sprinkler Fitters Union. Growing up in a strong labor union family, John and I and our eldest brother Joe,...