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Why Labor Unions Ought To Develop More Leaders

Why Labor Unions Ought To Develop More Leaders
Organized labor reminisces too much. I understand why. Look at this graph. The percentage of union workers peaked in 1954 at almost 35% and has been in steady decline since. Today, a little over 11 percent of the workforce claims union membership. The reasons for labor’s decline are numerous and...

Why Labor Union Leaders Should Run for Elected Office And How We Can Help

Why Labor Union Leaders Should Run for Elected Office And How We Can Help
Last year, I ran for San Francisco District Supervisor in a crowded field of nine candidates and lost by 132 votes out of 35,351 votes cast. I would be less than truthful if I told you I wasn’t disappointed. But my campaign experience also opened my eyes to new possibilities for organized...

Who Will Lead Tomorrow’s Labor Movement?

Who Will Lead Tomorrow’s Labor Movement?
I grew up the son of a labor leader. I believe my membership and leadership in the labor movement is part of my genetic code, passed down to me from my father, who served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the San Francisco Labor Council and my Irish immigrant grandfather who served in the San Francisco...

Twitter for Trade Unions

Twitter for Trade Unions
Is your trade union on Twitter? Are you? If not, you should be. Twitter is a powerful social media tool that keeps you informed as events occur. You can keep up-to-date on your labor union, your industry and any other news or personal interests. Savvy trade unions tweet or post messages about...

How to Manage Employer Disputes and Duplicity

How to Manage Employer Disputes and Duplicity
Even after you’ve secured a contract with an employer, there are always a few executives you’ll find yourself negotiating with every week forward. Surprised? Some employers just have a history of not being honest and forthright. They’ll say one thing and then sneak behind your back and do it...