"Strong, responsible unions are essential to industrial fair play. Without them the labor bargain is wholly one-sided. The parties to the labor contract must be nearly equal in strength if justice is to be worked out, and this means that the workers must be organized and that their organizations must be recognized by employers as a condition precedent to industrial peace." .. (Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis)
"History is a great teacher. Now everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them." .. (Martin Luther King Jr.)
contrasting how America once liked to imagine it’s law enforcement (‘Mayberry’ was apparently a fictional town in two old US TV sitcoms) with the oppressive and often deadly reality of today’s excessively militarized policing.
news that Obama will use presidential ‘at-the-stroke-of-a-pen’ executive powers to side-step Republican intransigence and agree a sweeping climate-change deal that compels nations to cut fossil fuel emissions .. (story here)