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:

Emotions Run High on Vote on Trade Pact (free)

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.

August 10, 2005 in Blogs, Politics and Unions | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

April 25, 2005

Wal-Mart Blogs

Wal-Mart Blogs

Wake Up Wal-Mart (UFCW) - comments allowed

Wal-Mart Watch (SEIU) - comments allowed

Wal-Mart Free NYC
(NYC Central Labor Council) - no comments allowed at present

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

April 25, 2005 in Blogs, Wal-Mart Watch, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

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 25, 2005 in Blogs, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

April 17, 2005

Economics Blog/Resources

Nouriel Roubini , an Economics Professor at NYU, has just launched Roubini Global Economics Monitor.

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.

April 17, 2005 in Blogs, Current Affairs, Economy and Unions | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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 21, 2005 in Blogs, Workers' Rights | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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.

March 6, 2005 in Blogs, Labor Law (Canada), Labor Law (United States), Workers' Rights | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

February 14, 2005

Valentines Day Special

US Government to Wal-Mart: Be my Valentine?

Labor Blog reports (Here and Here) on the sweetheart deal the Department of Labor has cut with Wal-Mart over child labor and other violations. Below is an excerpt, please visit Labor Blog for more:

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.

February 14, 2005 in Blogs, Wal-Mart Watch | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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.

February 14, 2005 in Blogs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack