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With Traditional Unions on the Decline, Can Members-Only Unions Breathe Life Back Into Labor? – Working In These Times

This article goes in-depth on members-only unions, especially in the South. Apparently, they’re far in between, but they exist and are often very civil rights-oriented. Read this:

What is often lost in many of the discussions on workers’ rights is that members-only unions are not a theoretical construct or historical remnant. In fact, beyond UAW Local 42, a variety of public and private-sector locals have operated on a members-only basis for many years, with varying degrees of success. For example, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has approximately 120,000 members in members-only unions spread across Texas, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Virginia.

Most of the existing members-only unions are located in southern states, because legal conditions in those states such as right-to-work laws make it difficult to organize a majority union. Similarly, most members-only unions are public-sector unions, because many states that are inhospitable to labor can easily pass laws that limit collective bargaining rights in the public sector. However, there are members-only unions in the private sector and in other geographic locations as well.

via With Traditional Unions on the Decline, Can Members-Only Unions Breathe Life Back Into Labor? – Working In These Times.

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In These Times: “Why the Left Isn’t Talking About Rural American Poverty”

First off, I’m guilty of this.

Second off, right now I’m reading another article on members-only unions and how they fair in very rural, politically anti-union states like Texas and North Carolina. I’m wondering if members-only unionism (aka “minority unions”) are the only sort of unionism that can work here in rural Georgia. But read this, first:

If you spend time among coastal liberals, it’s not unusual to hear denigrating remarks made about poor “middle Americans” slip out of mouths that are otherwise forthcoming about the injustices of poverty and inequality.

Yet, since the 1950s, Americans living in non-metropolitan counties have had a higher rate of poverty than those living in metropolitan areas. According to the 2013 American Community Survey, the poverty rate among rural-dwelling Americans is three percent higher than it is among urban-dwellers. In the South, the poorest region of the country, the rural-urban discrepancy is greatest—around eight percent higher in non-metro areas than metro areas.

So why is the poverty of rural America largely unexamined, even avoided? There are a number of explanations.

via Why the Left Isn’t Talking About Rural American Poverty – Rural America.

Facebook: the “UGLY”

This is part of a three-part article for The Macon Statement titled “Facebook: Good, Bad or Ugly?“.

Harry Underwood
October 11, 2010

Facebook: the “UGLY”

Over the Internet, particularly on such prominent uses of this network as the World Wide Web, browser security has long been an issue for those who use Microsoft Windows-based computers, as the platform has, for much of its history, been the primary target of malware infections and unscrupulous “black-hat” cracking (in other words, using a computer network to gain unauthorized entry into other computers for malicious, bad-faith purposes).

For Windows users who spend a large chunk of their waking hours on social network services such as Facebook, the threats of having a user account compromised or one’s own computer being compromised are very real and can manifest themselves when one is not aware or safeguarding of their own security or privacy.

For instance, the wide diversity of accessible media and apps hosted on the user or group pages of the website can hide malware

The implications of having one’s own Facebook user account compromised by another person can wreak havoc on one’s own sense of personal security and can, in extreme circumstances, force the user to create a new user account. However, tools for recovery of control over one’s own Facebook account exist on the site.

“Honestly, it has only ever happened once and it happened when I couldn’t gain access to my own account,” said Cameron Walker, a student at Macon State. “All I had to do was change my password and everything since then has been fine.”