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How John Wooden Helped Me Prepare for Labor Negotiations

How John Wooden Helped Me Prepare for Labor Negotiations
  I draw inspiration from many places, but one of my favorite sources for material is John Wooden, the legendary coach of the UCLA Bruins. Wooden coached the UCLA Bruins to 10 NCAA national championships in 12 years, including seven consecutive titles. He’s also famous for his “Woodenisms,”...

Who Will Lead Tomorrow’s Labor Movement?

Who Will Lead Tomorrow’s Labor Movement?
I grew up the son of a labor leader. I believe my membership and leadership in the labor movement is part of my genetic code, passed down to me from my father, who served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the San Francisco Labor Council and my Irish immigrant grandfather who served in the San Francisco...

Hey

Hey
  Did you know that “Hey” was the Obama campaign’s most popular E-mail subject line during the 2012 presidential race? Obama’s re-election campaign became famous for testing absolutely everything about its E-mails, from subject lines to font size to mild profanity,...

Why the New Economy Shrinks the Middle Class and How We Let It Happen

Why the New Economy Shrinks the Middle Class and How We Let It Happen
“Be grateful for whatever you get, this is the new economy.” Andrew Ross, San Francisco Chronicle. Andy Ross actually wrote this in his weekly Sunday column on October 13, 2013 to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) union workers. We’ve become a nation of accepters and I don’t mean that in a...

Don’t Make This Negotiating Mistake

Don’t Make This Negotiating Mistake
You just gave a solid offer to the employer on behalf of your labor union members. The employer’s lawyers are now grilling you on one of the proposal’s finer points. While explaining a proposed contract term, you mistakenly show your hand, sending a signal to the employer that this particular...