McUnion

This story and the potential for change it brings excites me more than the #funemployment hippie* party, #Occupy, ever did. Insightful, Hamilton Nolan writes: By 11:30 this morning, several dozen people wrapped in winter coats and wielding hand-drawn posters had assembled on the corner in front of the Wendy’s on the Fulton Mall in downtown Brooklyn,…

What Chicago’s Schools Want to Evaluate In the District’s Own Words

Dylan Matthews lays out the rift between Chicago’s teachers and the city’s management in some numerical detail. Bottom line, teachers are being asked to do more with less. Less pay, more accountability, but still no real authority. As the education reform movement has made clear, teachers are to be the most responsible for student achievement, despite having…

How Much is Enough, When is Enough Enough, or When is Enough Too Much?

The elephant in the LoOG room has only been the most significant election this Tuesday, Wisconsin’s recall election of Gov. Scott Walker. Governor Walker punked the educrat-union-political complex by tightening its belt bigtime—the only question was whether he’d get away with it. Looks like he has—all major networks have called the recall that he won’t…

Labor Roundtable: The Labor Movement, Redistributive Justice, and Procedural Fairness

by Tim Kowal The left’s alignment with unions is more than merely political—it is ideological.  The major justification for continued existence of unions, particularly public sector unions, borrows heavily from a liberal conception of redistributive justice, as follows: · As a matter of first principles, all Americans are entitled to a minimum standard of living. …

Labor Roundtable: Dreams of a Libertarian-Labor Alliance

by Freddie deBoer One of the divides in current political discourse that is the most meaningful for me, and one of the most important for the future of the American left-wing, is whether American liberals should favor a labor-based vision or a government redistribution-based vision. These are of course not mutually exclusive. I believe in…

quote for the morning

“A combination of dumb drug laws, dysfunctional parole policies, “three strikes” laws passed by initiative, an endless procession of tougher-than-thou politicians, and a famously thuggish and politically powerful prison guards union has gotten California into this mess.” ~ Kevin Drum on California’s overflowing prisons.  Read the whole thing.