Labor Day — A Chance to Thank Labor Unions

Labor Day women workers march for their union

Women workers promote their union. (Dept. of Labor image

Today is Labor Day, so I’m sending out BIG thanks to my union ACT-UAW local 7902.

THANKS for getting New School and NYU adjunct professors fairer pay and….wait for it — benefits! And thanks to our local’s awesome president, Emily Barnett.

Don’t believe propaganda that unions are bad. They protect workers and make the whole community better and fairer. It is true that some union leaders have behaved badly in the past, but overall, unions are very good for America.

Read some good articles about the state of workers and unions today:

How Strong Labor Unions Help Everyone Who Works Earn More — Salon

Labor Movement Faces Challenges Amid Growing Public Support For Unions — NPR

This Labor Day put down your iPhone and celebrate the way its founders intended — Chicago Tribune

Welcome, Spring!

This is one of my favorite trees in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It hasn’t bloomed yet, but it has a carpet of purple crocus at its base to remind us that spring is only a few days away.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is one of the great treasures of New York City. If you’ve never been there, I recommend you visit sometime between now and the end of April, when new sprouts come up daily and the place is alive with new life and renewed spirit.Favorite Tree