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How do artists' unions work? [more inside]
posted by quaking fajita on Aug 31, 2016 - 11 answers

Who Killed Detroit?

A Republican Facebook friend recently made a post about the dangers of unionization, pointing to the decline of the US auto industry as an example. Is my friend right or wrong in saying that "the unions killed Detroit"? What books, articles, or research should I read on the topic so that the next time the topic comes up, I can make an informed contribution to the conversation?
posted by chickenandwine on Aug 28, 2015 - 16 answers

My parents are very perplexed by all this

Tell me about your transition from white collar to blue collar work. Bonus points if you're a woman or in a trade union. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jul 24, 2015 - 18 answers

Modern Union Activity and Corporation Responses

I'm doing some background research for a writing project and I'm looking for material related to recent burgeoning union activity, particularly in the fast food and retail sectors. [more inside]
posted by smithsmith on Feb 11, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me unionize my generation

Very specifically; I have the option of trying to get my class of IT workers at a University to join UPTE but I don't like them for various reasons and want something more exclusive to me and my peer group. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 3, 2014 - 6 answers

How to find out which chemical plants are union shops in La./Tx.

How do I figure out what chemical plants in Houston-Beaumont-Port Arthur and South Louisiana are union shops? [more inside]
posted by CtrlAltD on Jun 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Getting cold feet on refinance with unknown 3d party credit union

Does anyone know the skinny on CU Community, a credit union lender based in Springfield, MO? [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Mar 6, 2014 - 6 answers

So what are the rules around PACs and labor unions?

What are the rules that govern disclosure and contributions to Political Action Committees? Are there any disclosure rules related to labor unions transferring funds from their own budget into a separate PAC that they control (fees, disclosure, etc)? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Feb 1, 2014 - 5 answers

For career and appropriate tech: Should I be an electrician or plumber?

I'm currently in the application process for the plumbers/pipefitters and electricians unions in my area. I'm trying to decide which one I'd prefer, if I get a choice. I like that both are licensed trades where I could work on big industrial/commercial projects but also have good residential skills. Also, I'm interested in alternative/appropriate/transition technology -- and I'm wondering which trade would give me more versatile skills for that sort of application. Any advice on which trade might give me more skills to make appropriate tech? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 22, 2013 - 4 answers

Economic Fantasy And The Anti-Anthem.

Settle a bet: Friend claimed that Terry Pratchett's "Going Postal" and "Making Money" where unique in the fantasy genre for dealing so much with the economics and " white collar" systems of a fantasy setting. I said that couldn't be true but couldn't think of any examples ( they abound in Sci-Fi, but we're talking wands and robes here, and the Baroque Cycle is only kind-of-fantasy). So, what are some examples of fantasy novels where things like labor unions, mediums of exchange, guild politics, trade imbalances, commodities markets, hostile takeovers and government regulation are both explored and woven into the plot? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Aug 26, 2013 - 30 answers

What do you know about being management in a union environment?

I may, in the future, have the opportunity to move to a management role in a union environment at a state university. Some state universities have professional unions and some have service employee unions. Do you have experience working or managing in an environment like this? How is it different from working in a non-union academic environment? If I were to make a move like this, how could I be the best manager for both union and non-union people possible?
posted by eleanna on Jun 22, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me learn more about the labor and leftist movements via audio

I'd like to learn more about the history of the left, particularly the far left, particularly as it relates to me, a late-20's north american male. I'd love to learn more about the left, labor, unions, communism, socialism, labor laws, etc., particularly in what factors and machinations gave and took away rights and freedoms. Here's the kicker - I'm really, really hoping to find them in audio format so I can learn while I exercise. Audiobooks, podcasts, lectures, etc. [more inside]
posted by rebent on Mar 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Changing to a Credit Union

Recommendations for a credit union bank in Boston, Massachusetts. [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Dec 20, 2012 - 11 answers

Credit Union Law...

[US banking law filter] So my credit union 'forces' me to deposit checks, payable to me, into a savings deposit account (share deposit account), rather than my checking account. I'm not sure they should be doing this. Lots of gory details inside.... [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde on May 25, 2012 - 11 answers

Pros and Cons of Unions?

How do the pros and cons of labor unions really add up? [more inside]
posted by Fists O'Fury on May 6, 2012 - 37 answers

What are the arguments against trade union influence in Australian politics?

Could someone please explain to me the arguments against and counter-arguments for the role of unions in the Australian Labor Party? [more inside]
posted by teem on Mar 4, 2012 - 3 answers

How can labor unions grow in the United States?

What (and where) is the best current thinking on the future of the labor movement in the United States? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Feb 8, 2012 - 7 answers

Looking for a rebuttal to this argument about unions.

Please point me to rebuttals to the argument that public employee unions have an inherent conflict-of-interest because union members vote for their own bosses. [more inside]
posted by mullacc on Nov 29, 2011 - 9 answers

Now Jimmy Hoffa was buried or something? Was that it?

What is the best one stop book for the history of the American labor and union movement? Extra bonus points for a legal perspective. [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange on Nov 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Where are the books on doing research in support of a union organizing campaign?

I am looking for books, articles, courses, or other materials on doing research in support of union organizing campaigns. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2011 - 2 answers

Do you have to have your greencard to apply for union membership?

Bricklayers: Can illegal immigrants join your union(s)?
posted by Ys on Aug 23, 2011 - 3 answers

Because the $641 plane ticket is too expensive.

I want to donate towards the fight in Wisconsin, as there is no way to be there myself. What organization should I donate to? [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous on Mar 10, 2011 - 6 answers

How do corporations and unions influence elections?

How do corporations and unions influence lawmakers? [more inside]
posted by morninj on Mar 8, 2011 - 8 answers

Years of Travail: The Birth of Labor and Radical Politics in the US 1870 - 1945

Good Books about history and personages of the American Left from post Civil War to WW2? [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon on Feb 20, 2011 - 8 answers

Do I need to be in a union?

I've been contacted by a union organizer regarding the potential formation of a union to represent administrative staff at the large public university where I work. What does this mean? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2011 - 18 answers

How many union members are there, everywhere?

What are some good sources that compare union density in the US and around the world? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Oct 31, 2010 - 6 answers

Did the transatlantic union merger mean anything?

Two years ago the American United Steelworkers and the British UNITE merged to form what was then referred to as a transcontinental "super union". I can find all sorts of articles before and just after this occurrence, but very little follow up. This isn't particularly surprising: Labor news in the U.S. barely gets any coverage. But does anyone know how the merger turned out? [more inside]
posted by LeonBernstein on Sep 8, 2010 - 1 answer

Know any non-fiction works on the end of American liberalism?

Know any non-fiction works, books preferred but online/journal/paper articles too, on the end of American liberalism? [more inside]
posted by SollosQ on Jul 19, 2010 - 2 answers

How is SEIU pissing off every other labor union in the United States?

[Labor union filter] U.S. labor unions are fighting, and most opinions point to SEIU as the bad guy in a couple specific conflicts - that between SEIU and UNITE HERE, and that between SEIU/UHW and the NUHW. I think I agree that SEIU is the aggressor, but I can't find enough information to really decide. Please tell me what is going on between SEIU, UNITE HERE, and NUHW. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2010 - 6 answers

What's the opposite of crossing the picket line?

How best can I, as a passing pedestrian, indicate support for a picket line? Is my current method appropriate, or weird? [more inside]
posted by librarina on Jun 7, 2009 - 15 answers

Escape from Chase

Credit union virgin. Several questions re CUs in Seattle area. [more inside]
posted by zenpop on Jun 1, 2009 - 25 answers

The People's $$$

Are there national Credit Unions? If you move, how does one access funds/do money management at a Credit Union when there's no branches of that Credit Union in your new state? [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on Jul 16, 2008 - 15 answers

Financial FUBAR

Financial FUBAR!! I am having a serious problem with my Credit Union. I am trying to quit but due to a screw up on their part, and mine, they will not let me and are dunning me for monies I do not feel that I am liable for. [more inside]
posted by paulboc on Mar 23, 2008 - 6 answers

Why are TV studios and sports teams allowed to colluded in labor negotiations?

Question about the Writer's Guild strike and comparable situations in other industries: why are the studios allowed to negotiate as a single entity, the AMPTP? How does this situation compare to the various US sports leagues and the auto and airline industries? [more inside]
posted by mullacc on Dec 28, 2007 - 9 answers

Is good group health insurance available through unions, clubs, associations, etc?

Are there real, decent options for getting group insurance other than from an employer? I'm mostly thinking about unions, associations, professional organizations, etc. [more inside]
posted by weston on Aug 24, 2006 - 15 answers


A friend of mine is flying on Delta soon and wants to know: if they strike, will another airline honor her ticket? [more inside]
posted by philulrich on Mar 23, 2006 - 4 answers


If a union challenges your previously non-union position and wins, now making your job the only union position in the immediate office, what can you do about it? Can you really be forced to work a union position if that's not how the job was presented to you 4 years ago when you took it?
posted by nramsey on Dec 9, 2003 - 9 answers

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