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A fitting memorial to labor’s dead and injured

April 26, 2010
Dick Meister, formerly labor editor of the SF Chronicle and KQED-TV Newsroom, has covered labor and politics for a half-century.We’re coming up on another...

Cheating U.S. workers

April 19, 2010
The drive to strengthen workers' rights is one of the most important ever undertaken by an American administration Hundreds of thousands of workers are...

Stop mistreating working women!

April 12, 2010
Dick Meister, formerly labor editor of the SF Chronicle and KQED-TV Newsroom, has covered labor and politics for a half century. Contact him through...

True believers

April 5, 2010
The best season of the year is finally here. Baseball season. Sure, it's only a game - but it’s a game that can be...

Si Se Puede: The legacy of Cesar Chavez

March 31, 2010
(Scroll down for a personal note from Dick Meister)March 31st is a special day in eleven states, including California, and in dozens of cities...

A good, stubborn Irishman

March 29, 2010
He was one of the last of the old-line labor leaders who once had great influence in many cities. He was Irish-Catholic, of course,...

Harry Bridges: Working class hero

March 25, 2010
He died 20 years ago this month, but I can still see him, a tall, wiry, gray-haired, hawk-nosed man. I can hear him. I...

Let the Eagle Fly!

March 22, 2010
The long and dramatic struggle for basic labor and civil rights by the California farmworkers led by Cesar Chavez is wonderfully told in an...

Safe at last?

March 5, 2010
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...

Obits for sale

March 3, 2010
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...

State by state, unions matter

February 19, 2010
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...

A union that made black history

February 12, 2010
The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters was a pioneering union that led the battle from the l930s to l950s against racial discrimination that laid...

Dick Meister: Combating workplace violence

February 6, 2010
Organized labor and its allies are rightly alarmed over the high incidence of on-the-job accidents that have killed or maimed many thousands of workers....

Know Your Class

January 4, 2010
(Dick Meister, former labor editor of the SF Chronicle and KQED-TV Newsroom, has covered labor, politics and other matters for a half-century.) When Jack...

Meister: Union rights for airport screeners

December 29, 2009
Airport screeners and other vital employees of the Transportation Safety Agency should finally have the basic rights and protections they have so long...

Meister: A lesson too long unlearned

December 27, 2009
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: Too damn old!

December 18, 2009
The right to protection from age discrimination will remain a second class civil right (Dick Meister, formerly labor editor of the SF Chronicle and...

No peace, no work

The ILWU hopes the dramatic act of shutting down West Coast ports will inspire Americans everywhere to oppose the war

The business of censoring labor

Most people, of course, work for a living. They spend at least half their lives working and, in fact, define themselves by their jobs....

An Unhappy Anniversary for Labor

It was 25 years ago this month that Ronald Reagan struck the blow that sent the American labor movement tumbling into a decline it’s...

It’s criminal what Congress has done to the working poor

OPINION Congress's Republican leaders belong in prison. They have openly violated one of our most basic laws, the 68-year-old Fair Labor Standards Act. It...