Confronting the pandemic, Trump acts. Trump’s lawyers today are expected to file a legal brief urging the Supreme Court to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act, even as coronavirus cases climb across the U.S. and soaring unemployment forces millions off employer-based health plans. First, shame on our national union leaders who have opposed national […]Read More Today, in the midst of the pandemic, Trump files brief to strike down entire ACA.
There is a popular cafe and book store in Washington D.C. called Busboys and Poets. When I’m in D.C. to attend a union convention or a protest, I try to drop by. Busboys and Poets is a community, even as it is located in seven different neighborhoods. The name Busboys and Poets refers […]Read More Closing the Wardman Park Hotel where Langston Hughes was a busboy and poet.
Anne and I were in Athens, Greece last year at the same time Mike Pompeo paid a visit. Thousands of Greeks protested his visit. Not far from our hotel where we were staying stands a statue of Harry Truman. Every time there is a protest of American policies or a visit from somebody like Pompeo, […]Read More Goodbye Columbus.
The Chicago Tribune describes the difficulties facing Mayor Lightfoot and other city mayors in reforming policing through contract bargaining. While Mayor Lightfoot is not alone, we have a “lodge” of the Fraternal Order of Police that is headed by a racist and hostile leader, an open Trump supporter, who has made it clear he has […]Read More Why is the legislature silent on police reform?
Adeshina Emmanuel, an editor at Injustice Watch and a former guest several times on Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers, has been long-time observer of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police. I urge you to read his article. He documents, as I have done in my recent posts, how the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the […]Read More A failure by organized labor to shun the FOP will drag our movement down.
In Chicago the police union is not a part of Chicago’s labor council. But nationally, there has been a call for the labor movement in whatever ways to shun the police unions. A small number of locals are affiliated with the AFL CIO. I have written extensively how the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police and […]Read More The labor movement must shun the police unions. Seattle expels theirs from the King County Labor Council.
I have argued for the Illinois state legislature to remove from collective bargaining language that protects police misconduct, abuse and brutality. I haven’t heard back yet from any state legislators, even my own. I have heard back from union people, even some union leaders, who agree with me. The principle is simple. Mayor Lightfoot should […]Read More Protecting public workers rights to bargain. No contract should be about hiding police abuse and misconduct.
Of all the ideas for policing reform, I have been focused on how the FOP collective bargaining agreement is an obstacle to reform. I believe that no single solution should be considered without looking at the way policing fits into the entire system of economic inequalities and racism. As a life-long unionist I feel a […]Read More The Illinois legislature must act to remove FOP contractually protected misconduct and abuse.
I’ve received lots feedback on my blog post and on my Sun-Times op ed piece about the the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Collective Bargaining Agreement. To review. I called for the state legislature and Governor Pritzker to remove the due process provisions that protect cops from criminal prosecution. The Mayor should not have […]Read More The cop code of silence is contractual. Get rid of it.
The news that HBO was, at least temporarily, moth balling the racist film, Gone With the Wind, brought back memories of my mother. I wouldn’t exactly call her a helicopter mom in that I pretty much could run the old north Philly neighborhood where I spent my first nine years of life unsupervised. But she […]Read More The gone with the Gone with the Wind curriculum.