Thursday, July 28, 2005

The AFL-CIO split: is it a bad thing or good thing and for whom? Yes, this is time for big questions asked idiotically.

I've worked with the AFL-CIO of North Carolina and spent most of grad school (and almost none of my working life) thining about labor issues, so I feel that I have the necessary gravitas to answer my own dumb question ambiguously. Thus: I'm inclined to say both or neither. The talk about SEIU courting Republicans chills me to my core. However, it seems fairly obvious that the AFL-CIO is a dying giant bereft of new ideas. It seems even more obvious to me that the only way the US labor movement can survive is by reaching out across borders and into white-collar jobs and contract-labor jobs. How it's supposed to do this, I have no idea. But the way that people work has changed over the last 20 years, making connection with other workers on the economic issues that bind us a far more difficult prospect.

Here, as with so many social changes, I'm hoping for the best and doing jack.

4 comments:

Snoozy :) 5:41 PM, July 28, 2005  

Nice blog :)

I'm a little concerned you might not make your target of 50 books - It's almost August and your not yet halfway through. I suggest one of three things to remedy this problem:

1) Read really really good books you cant put down so you get through them faster (Try The DaVinci Code by I can't remember the author)

2) Read Childrens Books. Enid Blyton wrote a lovely collection about 'The Faraway Tree'

3) Lie. Put down titles that you didn't actually read so the world doesn't know you failed.

In the event that you actually do make the said target of 50 books, congratulations in advance. You obviously don't have children.

:p

Hayden Childs 5:59 PM, July 28, 2005  

Thanks, Snoozy. I think the reason I'm behind on the book project is that I do have a son, born earlier in the year.

Tiffany 12:14 PM, July 29, 2005  

Snoozy, where have you been??

Hayden Childs 3:26 PM, July 29, 2005  

Sleeping?

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