posts and bio Rosemary Feurer
The pundits always seem to miss the politics of capitalism in their effort to explain inequality.
It looks like a new book by Peter Lindert and Jeffrey Williamson, Unequal Gains: American Growth and Inequality Since 1700, is gaining traction among the punditry class, following last year’s nod to Thomas Piketty’s Capital.Read more →
The waning days of April have a little recognized convergence, inviting us to think about connections between workers issues and environmental concerns.Read more →
Growing Apart is one of the most valuable tools for teaching about labor and inequality that I have seen in recent years. It’s a one-stop place for all the great graphs and charts to show the rise in inequality, the rise of right-to-work states, the declining value of the minimum wage versus the rise in executive pay at the top.ThisRead more →
The Chicago Teachers Union’s (CTU) recent decision to boycott Illinois Standards Achievement Tests, its efforts to fight privatization of education and school closures, and its attempt to break free from business-as-usual politics harkens back to a rich and largely hidden history.Read more →
I often hear from trade unionists who stop at Mother Jones’ gravesite and monument in Mount Olive, Ill., (just off Highway 55, about an hour north of St. Louis) and are moved by the experience. For example, during the struggle of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) union against Hostess Brands in late 2012, someone left a Twinkie on Mother Jones’ grave with a note, “Mother Jones, we need you now!”Read more →