August 10, 2005
Labor Blog Makes Front Page of NY Daily
Jonathan Tasini's Working Life blog has made front page news. Today's NY Sun, in a front page article on Democrat & CAFTA supporter Congressman Meeks, credits Tasini with exposing a fiery letter sent from Meek's office towards a critic of Meeks stance on Cafta.
Here is a link to the NY Sun article and an excerpt:
Mr. McKay's heated e-mail was first reported yesterday on a labor-related blog, Working Life, which is run by freelance journalist Jonathan Tasini. Mr. Tasini is among those who have called for the CAFTA 15 to be punished. "They must pay," he wrote.
April 25, 2005
Global Watch Wal-Mart (Independent Activist) - comments allowed
Always Low Prices Always (Objective Blog focuses on more than just labor issues) -comments allowed
The Box Tank (Critical of Big Box stores with a focus on Wal-Mart) -comments allowed
Blogs Will Change Business
This week's Business Week magazine features an extensive story on blogs and blogging.
Click here for the article: Blogs Will Change Your Business
See Thoughts From a Management Lawyer for more articles on blogging and business.
April 17, 2005
The site is going to be an important resource for topics in economics as well as a portal to Roubini's blog as well as other blogs in the field and related areas. Check it out.
March 21, 2005
Blogging and Corporate Policy
Thoughts From a Management Lawyer has an excellent post (with many links) on Corporate blogging policies. This is becoming even more important as bloggers come under fire by their employers.
On another blog I wrote a short informal essay on the subject. You can see that post HERE.
cross posted on Cognitive Dissonance
March 06, 2005
On my personal blog I've posted an informal essay that I wrote last year about blogging and the workplace.
Today, CNN online has an article about bloggers who have been fired from their job as a result of their blogging. As the article states:
Annalee Newitz, a policy analyst at the civil liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation, said employees often "don't realize the First Amendment doesn't protect their job."
The First Amendment only restricts government control of speech. So private employers are free to fire at will in most states, as long as it's not discriminatory or in retaliation for whistle-blowing or union organizing, labor experts say.
February 14, 2005
Valentines Day Special
US Government to Wal-Mart: Be my Valentine?
Here's why the deal smells like rotting corporate sludge:
1) The deal to let the Wal-Mart corporate office look at all minimum wage and overtime complaints was kept secret until the New York Times confronted DOL about it. There was no public announcement prior to this date, despite the fact that the DOL usually announces such compliance deals with great fanfare.
2) As far as anyone can tell, no Wal-Mart employees were informed of the compliance agreement, even though it had been implemented as early as January 10 (see the email).
3) While the headlines talk about child labor violations, the email is much broader and says any information on any fair labor standards violation investigation should be turned over to Wal-Mart.
4) Were Wal-Mart employees ever informed that their complaints about their employer to the DOL were just being passed off to Wal-Mart corporate headquarters in Arkansas? Giving Wal-Mart this information secretly is a recipe for employees to face retaliation. Notably, there is no instruction in the email to assure the confidentiality of the employees who might make a complaint.
5) If the DOL receives a complaint, do they just ask Wal-Mart to fix the problem for the individual worker? There is nothing in the directive that requires the DOL to investigate to make sure workers in similar jobs aren't suffering the same violations. And since the complaints are never made public, they may never hear they have the right to seek legal relief.
6) Wal-Mart agreed to pay $135,000 for nationwide violations, yet the state of Maine alone fined Wal-Mart $205,650 for child labor violations. The DOL fine was obviously chump change-- a lick, not even a slap on the wrist.
New Labor Blog
There is another new labor blog; Labor Commons.
Here is an excerpt from the introduction:
For as long as the labor movement has existed, so has portentous discussion about its future. Lately much of the discussion has focused on globalization, changes in the industrial base which have fostered unionism's decline, and on the need to evolve the top-down organizing styles made obsolete by the openness and grassroots nature of the internet.
Thanks to LaborProf Blog for the tip.