My Gedanken Experiments

Sinister Writings (from the left)

Labor

There is no way an individual can stand up to a corporation in negotiations. Whether it is wages, working conditions, hours, pension, or vacation, the corporation always has the upper hand. In the past, benefits we now take for granted were gained by tough negations conducted on behalf of workers by labor unions. Many of these benefits are being lost now that unions are losing power. They include pensions, working conditions, wages, and knowing schedules in advance. Unions are our last bastion against corporate feudalism. In these rants and essays, I describe the union movement from medieval times to present, and what we need to do to make them stronger and more effective.

Migrant Children

Many years ago, our family was visiting the missions of California.  We were traveling from Mission San Antonio de Padua (or San Miguel, I forget which) to Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad.  Since it was well off the highway we were traveling back roads.  We were driving by huge corporate...

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