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About the Janus ruling

by Dan Burns on June 28, 2018 · 2 comments

scotus2A couple of items:

A 2015 study found strong empirical evidence that unions may help children move up the economic ladder.
According to the study, the New York Times reports, “Children born to low-income families typically ascend to higher incomes in metropolitan areas where union membership is higher. The size of the effect is small, but there aren’t many other factors that are as strongly correlated with mobility.”
The positive impact of unions on children’s upward mobility isn’t exclusive to low-income children, the Times reporters note, and they extend beyond families with union workers to nonunion families too.
(Jeff Bryant/

After holding steady for decades, the percentage of American workers in all jobs who would say yes to join a union jumped sharply this past year, by 50%, says a new, independent study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The evidence is clear: The popularity of the labor movement is surging as more people want to join unions than ever before. Every worker must have the freedom to negotiate in a union over pay, benefits and working conditions.

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Support for unions continues to grow

by Dan Burns on August 19, 2015 · 2 comments

I’m not in the habit of paying a lot of attention to witless ninnies, unless I have to. I did happen to notice something about Republican presidential candidate and disastrously failed Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker having made a campaign stop in Minnesota. I’m passing this along, about support for unions continuing to rise, that I saw at Daily Kos.

Gallup did the polling.

Support for universal access to safe, legal abortion has also been rising, and presumably the plethora of assaults on those rights is also part of the dynamic on that.

The problem is getting this kind of support to consistently manifest, electorally. If everyone eligible would vote, based on where they’re at on the issues, two elections in a row (it would actually take three, six years, to clean out the U.S. Senate, but two would go a long way), right-wingers would be out of power at the federal level, and in all but 10-15 states, with massive benefits for practically everyone. It doesn’t seem like that should be so much to ask. Apparently, it is.
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