Posts Tagged ‘Collective Bargaining’

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory…a metaphor for the modern high-tech sweat shops – Part 1

September 3, 2013

102 years ago a careless mistake caused the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory to become a fiery death trap.   It was perhaps the most deadly industrial accident in the history of New York City.  The loss of life was amongst the greatest in US history for any industrial accident. 146 garment workers died, the youngest victim a mere 14 years of age.


Bring on the bloggers…

February 27, 2011

For many years people  have  been grousing about a lack of investigative reporting in the blogosphere.  I myself have been concerned about the fate of investigative reporting because I have seen few stories where either bloggers or traditional reporters actually got down and dirty and stared digging if things didn’t smell right.

Well here is a case where two bloggers managed to bring a story to life.

The Buffalo Beast – a.k.a. fake David Koch:

First and most celebrated we have Ian Murphy of the who managed to get Scott Walker to do more in self-revelation by pretending to be David Koch than  he could of pretending he was a Wisconsin state senator.   A job well done – and I understand that your site got overloaded with traffic for a couple of days….AH!  The price of instant fame!


Governor Scott Walker – union buster extraordinaire – trending towards the diabolical….

February 24, 2011

Buffalo NY blogger vs Madison WI Governor Scott Walker

Hats off to Ian Murphy – a writer fro the without him  – no one would know the extent of the diabolical intent of the debate raging in Madison WI over collective bargaining.

Apparently, this gentleman doesn’t know the meaning of the word “no” and when the democratic State Senators claimed that they could not get in contact with the Governor Walker – he jumped in with an out-of-the-box method of establishing contact.   Pretending to be billionaire contributor David Koch  – Mr. Murphy found that Governor Walker had a surprising amount of time on his hands for a simple phone conversation.

Thinking he had a sympathetic ear – the Governor let down his hair and established for the record that he was sleazy enough to be a master exploitive politics.  He also had enough hubris to fancy himself a latter day Ronald Reagan.

By all means go to the Buffalo Beast to see the transcript – I have embedded  the interview conducted by Lawrence O’Donnell on “The Last Word” yesterday.

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From Egypt to Wisconsin – the contagion spreads…

February 18, 2011

Right now Madison Wisconsin is the epicenter of an epic fight for workers around the United States.   Recently, I wrote a blog about overpaid union workers in New York digging in their heels. I don’t know the details of how well paid the public union workers are paid in Wisconsin.  My blog referred to New York State where private sector salaries in comparable fields were lagging as much as 25% in some areas.  But in a very real sense – it doesn’t matter because the issue has morphed into something far more significant.

Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin puts collective bargaining on the chopping block.

Newly elected tea party Governor – Scott Walker has decided to undertake some massive union busting by stripping collective bargaining rights for many of the public unions.