Lou Siegel

Los Angeles-based union activist Lou Siegel teaches labor studies at L.A. Trade Tech College and blogs at laborlou.com.


Fear and Loathing at the Supreme Court

Union organizing could suffer a devastating blow by the U.S. Supreme Court this term. In November, justices hear a case on labor-management “neutrality pacts” -- agreements which spell out each ...

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Obama Picks a Bad Penny for Commerce

Barack Obama’s nomination of Penny Pritzker as Commerce Secretary was a poke in the eye of the American labor movement. The niece of the founder of the Hyatt Hotel chain ...

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Unions Hold Hope for Latino Workers

Ask Los Angeles Times reporter Alana Semuels why union membership in California rose by 100,000 in 2012 and she’ll give you a simple answer: “Latino workers.” To explain the contrast ...

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Jerry Brown Finds His Groove

Expect scuffles between Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats over the governor’s budget blueprint. California’s social services have certainly been cut to the bone during the recession. But Brown’s proposal for ...

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Bob Filner: All smiles for now.

San Diego: Republican City Gets Progressive Mayor

California’s second-largest city has a progressive mayor, former Democratic U.S. House member Bob Filner -- who beat his Republican rival by three points in November. The 70-year old Filner spent ...

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Making History: Remembering Jeff Stansbury

I wrote this post for The Stansbury Forum, a site honoring the work and spirit of union activist, writer, friend and mentor Jeff Stansbury, who died in 2008. Five years in Los ...

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