labor and unions

Virginia Union Members Witness Benefits

Editors’ Note: Excerpted from the Daily Press, February 2, 2020. Contrary to the policy views of political and business leaders, working folk favor union membership and fully understand the benefits. Many recent polls indicate a majority of Americans favor unions…. Read More ›

Virginia Workers Deserve Rights

Editors’ Note: Excerpted from an article in Blue Virginia, January 11, 2020, by Brian D. Teucke. As with many public policies, Virginia’s ban on public sector employee collective bargaining has a historical origin. Virginia is one of only nine states… Read More ›

Organizing for Gig Workers

Editors’ Note: Excerpted from The New York Times, January 9, 2020, by David Gelles. As noted in last week’s  post regarding Eugene Scalia, the new Secretary of Labor, the decline of membership in union organizations accompanied by a rising gig… Read More ›

Amazon’s Speed Creates Disposable Workers

Editors’ Note: Sourced from, which monthly honors excellence in journalism. This article was published in the November 25, 2019 issue of Reveal, and was awarded Hillman’s December Sidney Award for exposing sky-high rates of injuries at Amazon warehouses.  By… Read More ›

The Dignity of Labor

An online search of the term “hard work” will deliver a large number of discussions of the term “dignity of labor” as a Christian value or ethic, and that seems well in accord with the view of many in our… Read More ›

Serfing the Gig Economy

Due to trade crises and labor shortages toward the end of the Roman Empire, large tract farms cultivated by slaves were converted to estates owned and managed by wealthy individuals and families. Tenant farmers whose status gradually became hereditary now… Read More ›

A Brawler for the War on Workers

America’s working class is in desperate shape, and its longtime protectors — unions — have lost much of their power. Editors’ Note: Adapted from The New York Times, August 11, 20119. By Nicholas Kristof   President Trump talks a good game about helping… Read More ›