I took a walk across town to the United Steelworkers building, which turned out to be pretty much deserted. I walked down the main streets where the businesses were largely closed, the sidewalks were ... deserted. Except for lots of cops. The office buildings are closed, some have concrete barriers around them. more »
inthesetimes.com — With hundreds of heads of state at the United Nations summit on climate change in New York this Tuesday, there is a renewed sense of urgency in achieving a global treaty to curb global warming.
Whether industrial and developing nations reach consensus on a new post-Kyoto Protocol framework ahead of the Copenhagen meetings in December remains to be seen. But as countries try to shift to a green economy, international and domestic labor unions have been active in ensuring that their priorities are represented in negotiations.
The media image of the unemployed factory worker is usually male. But the reality is that working women have been hurt as much as men when it comes to manufacturing job loss. The impact is often worse for women because many are single parents. more »
nytimes.com — When China’s president, Hu Jintao, attends the G-20 summit meeting this week in Pittsburgh, he will no doubt complain about the punitive tariffs that the Obama administration recently slapped on Chinese tires and steel.
While Mr. Hu is certain to make his displeasure known to President Obama, the man responsible for pressuring the administration to act on those disputes will be elsewhere, sitting in his office a few hundred yards from where the meeting is taking place.
That man is Leo W. Gerard, the president of the United Steelworkers, often viewed as the No. 1 scourge of free traders.
Speaking Tuesday on a Campaign for America's Future conference call, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown said that the climate change legislation will not get 50 Senate votes if it does not place a tariff on imports that have unacceptably high carbon footprints. more »
George Will again travels the well-worn road of labeling every instance of supporting labor a cave-in while every instance of catering to corporations is enlightened policy-making. This time, a group of well-armed commenters counter him with the facts.