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Roger Bybee: Retailers’ Xmas strategy reflects iinequality

Income inequality colors retailers’ expectations The imposition of mandatory work on Thanksgiving for low-wage workers at Wal-Mart and other big-box retailers has attracted extensive media coverage, spotlighting how the holiday season is less than merry for many low-paid workers. But another effect of America’s inequality is becoming visible in retailers’ plans for sales during the Read more…

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Roger Bybee: One-side striker massacre a ‘clash’

Text flawed in its coverage of labor-management violence Here’s one lesson that I want to leave you with: critically consider everything you read and hear, whether it comes from an authority like the news media or the Sloane-Witney textbook (and me as your instructor. You will never receive any reprisal for challenging me, either disagreeing Read more…

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Roger Bybee: The shutdown and “Obamacare”

  Be sure to check out this great comic, The Strip | By Brian McFadden New York Times  Sept. 29, 2013  URL: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2012/07/08/opinion/sunday/the-strip.html?ref=sunday#1 Next   September 29, 2013–updated Oct. 1   THE GOP AGENDA: FORCING DELAY OF AFFORDABLE CARE ACT UNTIL GOP GAINS MAJORITY IN BOTH HOUSES IN ORDER TO PERMANENTLY KILL IT Despite Republicans having Read more…

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Roger Bybee: The shutdown and “Obamacare”

  Be sure to check out this great comic, The Strip | By Brian McFadden New York Times  Sept. 29, 2013  URL: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2012/07/08/opinion/sunday/the-strip.html?ref=sunday#1 Next   September 29, 2013–updated Oct. 1   THE GOP AGENDA: FORCING DELAY OF AFFORDABLE CARE ACT UNTIL GOP GAINS MAJORITY IN BOTH HOUSES IN ORDER TO PERMANENTLY KILL IT Despite Republicans having Read more…

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Roger Bybee: 5 Key Tasks for the new Secretary of Labor

WEDNESDAY JAN 30, 2013 1:15 PM 5 Key Tasks for the New Secretary of Labor BY ROGER BYBEE To strengthen unions, the next Labor Secretary will need more support from the movement than departing secretary Hilda Solis received.   U.S. Department of Labor / Flickr / Creative Commons With President Barack Obama set to appoint a new Labor Secretary Read more…

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Roger Bybee: With Massey Energy Execs Cutting Deals, Will the Don of Coal Country Finally Face Time?

WEDNESDAY JAN 23, 2013 10:20 AM With Massey Energy Execs Cutting Deals, Will the Don of Coal Country Finally Face Time? BY ROGER BYBEE Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was known for micromanagement. In 2010, 29 mine workers were killed in an accident deemed his company's fault. (WIkimedia Commons)   Don Blankenship, the former Massey Energy Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Who will replace Hilda Solis?

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, here seen visiting with community and business leaders in Minneapolis, announced on January 9 that she was resigning from her cabinet position. (US Department of Labor /Flickr / Creative Commons) WEB ONLY// FEATURES » JANUARY 14, 2013 Who Will Replace Hilda Solis? The next Labor Secretary must be a fierce advocate—and as Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Who will replace Hilda Solis?

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, here seen visiting with community and business leaders in Minneapolis, announced on January 9 that she was resigning from her cabinet position. (US Department of Labor /Flickr / Creative Commons) WEB ONLY// FEATURES » JANUARY 14, 2013 Who Will Replace Hilda Solis? The next Labor Secretary must be a fierce advocate—and as Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Wisconsin to Be GOP’s Own Privatized Idaho? Or Will Voters Strike Back?

Friday Jun 17, 2011 10:22 am Wisconsin to Be GOP’s Own Privatized Idaho? Or Will Voters Strike Back? By Roger Bybee A sign outside of the Wisconsin State Assembly yesterday denotes the impact the budget plan may have on Wisconsin residents.   (Photo via ) To borrow a phrase from an old B-52’s song, Wisconsin’s Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Why is Recovery So Feeble?

Why Is the Recovery So Feeble? Ask (Laid-Off) Public-Sector Workers April 17th, 2012 | Roger Bybee The slashing of public-sector jobs—concentrated in states Republicans took control in 2010—is accounting for a major slowing of the nation’s economic recovery. In a recent report issued by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), economist Josh Bivens calculated that the U.S. has Read more…

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