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Labor’s promise

Dick Meister, former labor editor of the SF Chronicle and KQED-TV Newsroom, has covered labor and politics for a half-century. Contact him through his...

Brown or Whitman? No contest

Sidebar to The pummeling of SF LaborJerry Brown or Meg Whitman? Barbara Boxer or Carly Fiorina? For labor voters, the choice should be obvious.All...

The pummeling of SF Labor

Click to read sidebar, Brown or Whitman? No contestWith five supervisorial seats open and only one incumbent running, the Labor Council has had a...

9/11 rescuers need rescuing

Dick Meister, former labor editor of the SF Chronicle and KQED-TV Newsroom, has covered labor and politics for a half-century. Contact him through his...

SEIU and the new McCarthyism

The demise of our once great union has implications far beyond our locals in California

Hands off social security!

Dick Meister, former labor editor of the SF Chronicle and KQED-TV Newsroom, has covered labor and politics for a half-century. Contact him through his...

Historic election for labor

Labor and Democratic Party leaders are concerned – and rightly so – that labor's rank-and-file may not turn out in November to support labor-friendly...

Safety first!

Dick Meister, former labor editor of the SF Chronicle and KQED-TV Newsroom, has covered labor and politics for a half-century. Contact him through his...

Congress is acting stupidly

Dick Meister, former labor editor of the SF Chronicle and KQED-TV Newsroom, has covered labor and politics for a half-century. Contact him through his...

An extraordinarily good man

Dick Meister, former labor editor of the SF Chronicle and KQED-TV Newsroom, has covered labor and politics for a half-century. Contact him through his...

Progressives, labor, grassroots win in May 18 primaries

Forget all the talk of anti-incumbent (and by implication, anti-Democrat and anti-Obama) sentiment in the electorate. The primaries May 18, which I talk about...

ENDORSEMENTS: National and state races

Editor's note: the file below contains a correction, updated May 5 2010.  National races U.S. SENATE, DEMOCRAT BARBARA BOXER The Republican Party is targeting this race as one...

Cheating U.S. workers

The drive to strengthen workers' rights is one of the most important ever undertaken by an American administration Hundreds of thousands of workers are...

A union that made black history

The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters was a pioneering union that led the battle from the l930s to l950s against racial discrimination that laid...

Labor widens and radicalizes its SF hotel fight

By Steven T. Jones After a three-week break in their ever-escalating labor battle with the owners of San Francisco’s biggest hotels, Unite-Here Local 2 workers...

Meister: A lesson too long unlearned

Wisconsin has enacted a law that makes the teaching of labor history and collective bargaining part of the state's model standards for social studies...

Dick Meister: We need jobs! Now!

The most sensible job creation program comes from the AFL-CIO and a coalition of civil rights and other organizations By Dick Meister ...

Dick Meister: Obama, labor, and FDR

Obama is well on his way to becoming the most pro-labor president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt By Dick Meister (Dick Meister, former San Francisco Chronicle...

Michael Moore coming to SF

By Steven T. Jones We’re now getting word that the Commonwealth Club’s Inforum speakers series has just landed a big fish for this week: filmmaker...

Dick Meister: Labor’s White House friend

President Barack Obama brings new hope to America's working families, says AFL-CIO president John Sweeney By Dick Meister (Dick Meister, a San Francisco-based journalist,...

Do the right thing, Dianne

With EFCA finally within reach, Sen. Feinstein has announced that she is looking for a "less divisive" option

Feinstein MIA on Employee Free Choice Act

By Tim Redmond So why is Sen. Feinstein the only Democrat in the California delegation who hasn't signed on as a cosponsor of the Employee...

Dick Meister: Labor’s high hopes

LABOR'S HIGH HOPES By Dick Meister Organized labor is rightly claiming a major role in the Nov. 4 victories of President-elect Barack Obama and congressional...

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