By Michael Messina
Here at Labor 411 we have to be on top of all the current labor news in the country. Admittedly, that news can often be quite dry, so I rounded up a few guys who love to talk labor, economics and the like, and make the topic accessible and often fun. And we just happen to share a similar point of view. Enjoy!
If there’s a particular author you love, let us know in the comments!
One of the most well known and vocal proponents for unions and organized labor. Reich served as the Secretary of Labor for the Clinton administration, has authored more than a dozen books, teaches as a professor at UC Berkeley and recently released a full-length documentary currently out in theaters called “Inequality for All.”
His quirky shorts on the economy are entertaining and easy to follow, which makes him very approachable as an educator on an often frustrating topic.
See the trailer for his film, along with all his articles and shorts on his web site.
A long-time friend of labor, Meyerson writes political opinion regularly for the Washington Post, L.A. Times and sits as the editor-at-large for The American Prospect. Organized labor and unions are common topics in his articles, of which he writes several every week. He’s good at what he does, and he’s on our side.
Read his latest articles here (updated weekly).
Krugman teaches as a professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University and regularly contributes to the Op-Ed section of the New York Times. Krugman tends to delve pretty deep into the world of economics (he’s a professor in the subject after all), so be prepared to take notes and have a dictionary nearby. He doesn’t explicitly discuss organized labor as much as Reich or Meyerson, but there’s a lot to be learned here.
For those in unions in California, Cohn is one of your biggest defenders. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Cohn writes on politics in California for Frying Pan News. Read his exposé on attacks on the middle class and unions in the Golden State at the link below.