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September/October 2007

Issue 271

Annual Labor Issue

  • Starting on the Shop Floor

    An interview with Susan Helper

    UAW membership is now below 600,000; Chrysler has been acquired by a private-equity firm; parts manufacturers have filed for bankruptcy protection. In this context of turmoil and loss of labor power, we turned to economist Sue Helper for an in-depth perspective on the industry and its workers.

  • Access to Paid Sick Days

    By Elise Gould

    Workers at the bottom of the wage scale, those making less than $7.38 an hour, are five times less likely to have sick days than workers at the top of the scale, those making greater than $29.47 an hour.

  • Dropkick Murphys: Friends to the Working Class

    By Paul Piwko and Sarah Bromley

    Smart. Aggressive. In your face. Committed to economic justice. These words describe an effective union organizer; they also describe the no-nonsense punk rock band Dropkick Murphys, a true friend of organized labor.

Available only in the print edition of Dollars & Sense:

  • featureLazy Man's Labor Policy
  • featureUp Against the Charros and the Changarros
  • featureWomen of NAFTA
  • featureIraqi Workers Strike to Keep their Oil
  • featureOutsized Offshore Outsourcing
  • the short runChocolate offshoring; NLRB busts its union; robot temps
  • lettersDarfur Debate
  • active culture Day Laborers at Camden Yards/KatrinaRitaVille Express
  • making senseNorthrup Grumman Strike
  • centerfoldInnovative Labor Strategies