Archive for the ‘Labor’ Category

If you boycott Forever 21, you’re probably a hypocritical moron

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Via Facebook I hear about this letter that the U.S. clothing store Forever 21 sent to many of its employees, telling them they will be cut from full-time to part-time to avoid incurring the costs of medical and dental insurance mandated by the looming Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. One or ...

Right-to-work laws are un-libertarian

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

A local (Michigan) radio show was recently discussing the right-to-work law being debated in the state legislature. One pro-union caller said (paraphrasing), “It’s simple math. When a union represents the employees of a company or of an industry, the employees earn higher wages because the union has major bargaining power ...

As Chicago teachers strike, parents turn to agorism to educate their children

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

The Chicago public school teachers' union strike is still ongoing, so I can only assume the agorism and community cooperation described in this article remain accurate or have even expanded: In the wee hours Sunday, she [Sarah Liebman] worked the phones to figure out somewhere her 4-year-old son could spend the ...

Adam Davidson on Standard Motor Products

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

I loved this EconTalk podcast with guest Adam Davidson, who co-founded NPR's Planet Money and writes the It's the Economy column for the New York Times Magazine. The subject of the podcast was Davidson's recent article in The Atlantic, Making It in America, about the Greenville, SC factory of Standard ...