labor and unions

Colloquy: Promote the General Welfare

Editors’ Note: This is the third in a series feature in which VF editors may join along with volunteer contributors to discuss a contemporary topic. This “real time” installment features Jim McCarthy, Frank Blechman, Barbara Levine, and Andrew Scalise. Our… Read More ›

Worker-Owned Businesses Compete

Editors’ Note: Excerpted from The New York Times, December 29, 2020. Worker owned businesses are by definition not socialism. Such cooperative enterprises are genetically democratic and antithetical to the corporatism that characterizes American business. The US boasts hundreds of cooperative-owned… Read More ›

VoxFairfax Colloquy #1

Editors’ Note: We are experimenting with  a new feature, in which the VF editors, Jim McCarthy and Michael Fruitman,  join with contributors, in this case Frank Blechman and Andrew Scalise, to discuss a topic in “real time.” Let us know… Read More ›

Briefly Noted . . .

SCHOOL SEGREGATION LONG GONE, RIGHT? RIGHT? According to a new report from VCU and Penn State, school segregation is getting worse in Virginia, not better. And one driving factor is segregation within school districts. The report calls on state leaders… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

LOUDOUN INVITES UNIONS In the footsteps of Portsmouth (see last week’s VoxFairfax, Brief Cases), the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has invited unions to speak with county employees as a first step toward unionizing. Prior state law prohibited union organizing… Read More ›

Brief Cases

MURDEROUS GANG WAR IN PWC Four Prince William County men killed by gunfire in 2019 were the random victims of a local “clique” of the criminal street gang Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), who carried out the fatal shootings “to further their… Read More ›

An Unseen and Overlooked Workforce

Editors’ Note: Reposted from NPR, September 17, 2020.  The issue raises serious questions about a government policy created 82 years ago with good intentions versus contemporary knowledge and values.  Can we do better?   By Alina Selyukh Jerry D’Agostino had a… Read More ›

Brief Cases

COVID AND DEMOGRAPHICS ALTER POLITICAL DYNAMICS In Virginia, as of 10/02, early in-person voting reached 362,000, while mail ballots numbered 278,710, for a total of 640,710 in the first two weeks of voting. Over 749,000 mail ballot requests remain outstanding…. Read More ›

Reflections on Labor Day

By Frank Blechman When my children were small, I taught them that holidays on the civil calendar are monuments to political strength. Columbus Day, for example, only became a ‘thing’ in places with large enough Italian-American communities to make it… Read More ›