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The kicker? These schools are having hissy fits over the idea that the city might charge them rent for the facilities they use—they say they can't afford it and are public schools that shouldn't be charged rent. At base, the issue is this:
“These are private-sector salaries,” said Brooklyn College professor David Bloomfield, noting charter schools don’t always act like public schools.
“There is a degree of shape shifting. They’re private when they want to be private. They insist that they’re public when making use of public revenue sources.”
Workers at a New York casino are getting a big raise thanks to a new deal with the Hotel Trades Council.
Chicago Whole Foods worker Trish Kahle writes not only about why she's joined the one-day fast food and retail workers but where she thinks the campaign could be going and how it could change unions:
[S]ome left and union activists have raised concerns about the movement’s potential and the limitations of its strategy – perhaps most notably about SEIU’s history of settling concessionary contracts, cutting deals with employers that short workers, and most recently, in the health care wars in California. Others are concerned the workers aren’t in control. Still others worry Fight for 15 isn’t a real organizing drive, but a PR campaign. [...]
The Left needs to move beyond conceptualizing workers’ institutions like SEIU as monoliths incapable of change. It’s difficult to change them, but not impossible. Anger over the betrayals of business unionism and bureaucracy should not trick us into seeing unions as completely and irreparably divorced from the membership. Rather, it should make all the more clear the need to organize new workers and rebuild unions from the bottom-up.