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Thank Non-Union Construction Companies (and Federal Preemption) for Those Collapsed Cranes in Miami

Thank Non-Union Construction Companies (and Federal Preemption) for Those Collapsed Cranes in Miami

Among the scariest images of Hurricane Irma were two collapsed cranes at construction sites in Miami.  If you’re wondering why Miami doesn’t have stricter laws regulating construction cranes, the answer is that when Miami enacted a law requiring cranes to withstand...

UAW Loss at Nissan

UAW Loss at Nissan

Workers at the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi voted “overwhelmingly” against representation by the United Auto Workers last week.  The loss marks a very disappointing outcome to a years-long organizing drive by the UAW and yet another set back for the labor...

Guest Post: Why UBI Proponents Should Support Labor Law Reform

Guest Post: Why UBI Proponents Should Support Labor Law Reform

In recent years, political actors from a wide variety of backgrounds have begun to advocate for an unconditional basic income (UBI). The core idea is simple: the state would give all citizens or lawful residents regular cash grants without work requirements or means tests. I find the idea appealing, all else being equal, since it could help alleviate or even end dire poverty. But I believe any path to a progressive UBI must run through labor law reforms such as higher minimum wages and stronger collective bargaining rights. In this post, I explain why.