Just Because You Can…

As a high school teacher, I see many types of “authority” figures mostly by way of other teachers and the parents of my students.

Some are paranoid that given an inch, the kids will take a million miles, so they create rules for absolutely everything. If a kid could in some way have a choice about something (taking the stapler from the room for example), there is a posted rule, or a spoken rule, or something.… [Read more]

What Labor and Unions Did for You

I found the story of the 1914 Ludlow Massacre, and it spoke to me.

Here’s a brief synopsis from the excellent piece above:

“… the Ludlow Massacre of striking coal miners, [which] was one of the most brutal attacks on organised labour in North American history.

It was the pinnacle of efforts by the National Guard and local strike-breakers under the command of the Rockefeller family to suppress a strike of twelve thousand workers.[Read more]

#HugAThug

Yes, that’s what the hashtag said: #HugAThug.

During a check of Facebook and the Twittersphere for information about ‘work’ and organised ‘labour unions’ I came across that hashtag. Given that my search was rather specific and timed in advance of Labor Day, when that particular hashtag popped up it caught my attention.

It took a moment before things began to click; it wasn’t referring to a hip-hop album, it was referring to union workers.… [Read more]