Category Archives: Labor

Netroots Nation and How the 99% Talk Hurts Consensus

For the first time since 2006, I went to Netroots Nation, as it’s held in Providence. There was one panel about public transportation, entitled “Saving Public Transportation,” whose speakers included Larry Hanley, who dominated the discussion; a moderator; and three … Continue reading

Posted in Consensus, Labor, Politics and Society, Transportation, Urban Transit | 20 Comments

The Option of Profitable Transit

David Levinson’s post saying that transit should strive to restructure and be profitable stirred much discussion on neighboring blogs, including Human Transit (which broadly agrees with the idea if not the libertarian tone) and The Transport Politic (which does not), … Continue reading

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Buy America is a Scam

Streetsblog’s interview with Amalgamated Transit Union President Larry Henley hits on the normal points regarding labor issues and transit, but one bit there deserves additional followup, regarding Buy America provisions: Tanya Snyder: Some transit advocates are also critical of things … Continue reading

Posted in Incompetence, Labor, Politics and Society, Transportation | 47 Comments

Organized Labor and the Housing Protest

In both the US and Israel, the power of organized labor is in decline, and union membership is increasingly restricted to public sector and legacy manufacturing employees, who are usually well-compensated and have a middle- or even upper-middle class income, … Continue reading

Posted in Israel, Labor, Politics and Society | 6 Comments

On Privatization

My post identifying the FRA as American passenger rail’s biggest nemesis drew a lot of links due to the relevance to Rep. Mica’s proposal to privatize the Northeast Corridor. So it is time to step back and ask in general … Continue reading

Posted in Consensus, Good/Interesting Studies, Labor, Politics and Society, Studies | 14 Comments