MyDD Labor Coverage Announcement

Alright, we've got an announcement.  MyDD is hiring the indomitable Taylor Marsh to cover the nurses lockout in Las Vegas.  We're not sure how long this fight is going to last, but Chris and I feel very strongly that labor and the netroots need to build a long-term alliance because our interests align.  You might have noticed over the last two months of the election we had a bunch of sponsored areas of the site, including the Governor's forecast and a series of posts from the Teamsters.  This is a similar arrangement.  SEIU is going to be sponsoring coverage of this dispute.  

Taylor's role is to give us a sense of what's going on in Las Vegas, to cover the politics, and to help the netroots play a role in ensuring that the concerns of these nurses regarding their patients are taken seriously by United Health Services.  Now, we're not covering this dispute because it's a good thing to do.  MyDD as a site focuses entirely on progressive political power, and labor disputes like this are where the rubber meets the road.  The right has undertaken a successful 50 year campaign to destroy unions, and as a result union density has declined, leading to a much tougher electoral map for us Democrats.

We're hoping that better coverage of labor fights, including the political arrangements that help or hurt workers, will improve the climate for progressives.  We're also hoping that all of you get involved however you can in putting pressure on United Health Services.  Please blog about this fight, research it, or do whatever you can, and let us know.  We're going to be linking out as much as possible to other blogs covering the Las Vegas fight. These corporate goons fund the right-wing that attack us every day, and it's time to stop their immensely cruel practices and vicious political tactics.

Tags: Labor, SEIU, Taylor Marsh (all tags)

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natural crossover

Every time I get to meet a shop steward and listen to them talk for more than 5 minutes, I end up thinking that they should be blogging. The voice is there and as it gets out more it will grow in strength.

There's a gap in culture and real barriers in technology, but in the mid-to-long run I think these worlds will converge in very effective and powerful ways.

by Josh Koenig 2006-12-05 08:51AM | 0 recs
Cover Goodyear Strike!

Goodyear workers across the country in 16 plants have been on strike for 10 weeks now.  I've seen almost no coverage of this across the blogs.  If MyDD is really becoming more dedicated to labor coverage, I'd suggest you start keeping the community informed about this important movement for workers.

by NewProgMod 2006-12-05 08:59AM | 0 recs
Re: Cover Goodyear Strike!

That's the beauty of blogtopia (yes, we know that skippy coined the phrase) - there's nothing stopping you from covering the story right here and now.

by Michael Bersin 2006-12-05 09:05AM | 0 recs
Re: Cover Goodyear Strike!

Agreed, complaining is the easy part.

by MNPundit 2006-12-05 09:23AM | 0 recs
Re: Cover Goodyear Strike!

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by Teamsters 2006-12-05 09:29AM | 0 recs
Re: Cover Goodyear Strike!

I've blogged about it before on dailykos under a different name.

by NewProgMod 2006-12-05 09:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Cover Goodyear Strike!

I have blogged about this strike.

by Matt Stoller 2006-12-05 09:36AM | 0 recs
Two Things

1) This is such a good idea, I want to chip in $50 to help out but I cannot find a MyDD "contribute" button.  Is there one?  It should be a permanent feature of the homepage.

2) A number of unions still at this late date have racial issues, e.g., the Steelworkers, and progressives need to pick carefully the battles we choose to join.

by Arthurkc 2006-12-05 09:03AM | 0 recs
Re: MyDD Labor Coverage Announcement

Great Move!!!! Go Taylor!

by Bob Brigham 2006-12-05 09:07AM | 0 recs
Re: MyDD Labor Coverage Announcement

I'm very much in favor of this experiment.  A lot of progressives who grew up hearing the Reagan-era critiques of unions don't necessarily understand that Labor is more than just a special interest, even though they would probably check off "pro-union" on a survey.

John Edwards, among others, really gets this.  Empowering unions holds the key to so much else that we want to accomplish.

by Steve M 2006-12-05 09:30AM | 0 recs
Re: MyDD Labor Coverage Announcement

Fantastic news.

Here is my humble offering on the subject.  I tied it into the CA back story.  There are some good stats on patient mortality with regards to staffing ratios courtesy of the Feds.

by juls 2006-12-05 10:46AM | 0 recs
Re: MyDD Labor Coverage Announcement

Thank you for doing this. I know many Nurses and their job is difficult. Those that try to be good nurses and dare to complain about inadequate patient care are treated harshly by management.

I would love to see the Democrats make Labor and Worker's Rights a huge priority in the new congress. Those rights have eroded much too much under republican leadership.

by pablue 2006-12-05 11:02AM | 0 recs
excellent news.

thanks for doing this. i also think you are spot on about the need for the netroots and labor building a long term alliance.

taylor is a great choice for this project as well. she'll kick ass at this.

that said, i also really hope to see more blogging of labor issues by those from within labor itself.

by lipris 2006-12-05 12:01PM | 0 recs
Re: MyDD Labor Coverage Announcement

Let's make sure, as we educate readers about Labor issues, that they can follow up with a little research of their own.

To that end, the name of the company is Universal Health Services, not United. They are for-profit, making aobut half their money off their 23 (I think that's current) acute-care hospitals and another half off their over 100 behavioral health centers around the country. On the latter tip, they've really been on an acquisition binge, buying up little facilities (both for-profit and, more frighteningly, previously non-profit) at a rapid clip, since that kind of density gives them a lot of power on the pricing end.

Which, I'm guessing, is one reason why SEIU is taking them on in Vegas, to get people more aware of just how predatory this company is. (They cut staff everywhere, the main way for-profits make money--of course, they call it "economies of scale"!)

Want to learn if they own anything near you? Their website has a locator map:
http://www.uhsinc.com/hospitals.php

Dig in...

by Lefty Minion 2006-12-06 06:13AM | 0 recs

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