Business Insider on the price of labor

My browser has "recommended reading pages" it offers me when I open a new blank tab.

Although I usually ignore these as most of them are blatant attempts to entice one to paywall-restricted contents, I found an article from Business Insider which is apropos to several of gjohnsit's essays as regards the price of labor.

You Took Shop or Sewing

...then you joined labor.

Or you joined management.

In my junior high-school all the boys took classes in woodworking and metalworking. I know I took a class in mechanical drawing also, but that was held in a regular classroom. The girls took cooking classes and sewing and - I think - typing. After class the bolder boys would compare notes with the girls wearing bras. I think.

Bringing In The May: The Heroes of Haymarket

The following is a republication of a Beltaine Diary I wrote and published in 2015, with some small updates.

Bringing In The May:
The Heroes of Haymarket

by Sean McCullough

One hundred and thirty-one years ago, history was made at the Haymarket Square in Chicago, Illinois.
This piece of history was so critically important to the lives of working men and women ever since that time that almost every nation on Earth, the United States of America alone excepted, celebrates its laboring population on the first of May.
I feel that we here at caucus99percent need to remember what happened on that fateful May evening in 1886, and the heroes who sacrificed their lives so that their fellow workers might have access to reasonable working and living conditions.
For more on this important story, please join me below the fold.

Beltaine with Walter Crane!

This Essay is one I published over at TOP in 2015, with a few changes and updates. It develops an idea which I find fascinating: that the International Labor Day, May 1, is the extension of the ancient Holy Day of Beltaine, and part and parcel of its resurgence in modern times. And the artwork of Walter Crane is pretty cool, too!


American workers can do everything right and still lose.

This diary is simply a pointer to the best article I’ve read on the plight of organized labor in the US. I would urge you to read it in full if you have an interest in labor, unions, or the working class as a whole. It presents a good explanation for why the organized labor has been eviscerated in this country and an excellent explanation for why organized labor is essential to maintain a strong, secure working class.

Why I Gave Up The Fight For Employment

For the past year or so I've just been humoring everyone by looking for work. In fact, yesterday marks the only interview I've had in the last year and a half. Maybe 2 years. I put in all sorts of applications to many different places, especially over the last 6 months, and up until earlier this month, I didn't even get a single god damned call back.

Sanders: DNC Stacked Platform Committee with Lobbyists While Rejecting Labor Leaders

US Uncut, is reporting that Bernie today stated that the DNC had rejected his proposed platform committee appointment of Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United.

DeMoro's response was:

Why I Think the Illinois Primary Will Be a Pleasant Sanders Surprise

As the Illinois Democratic approaches, I find myself increasingly optimistic about Bernie Sanders' chances. I don't claim to have any hard data. I was talking with an Illinois State University professor whose insight and expertise I trust. He says there really isn't any hard polling data that he to which he has access. I base my analysis on some broad impressions of the arc of Democratic politics the past several years.