blogs: Post your own views on labor issues
Blogs are interactive Web sites that let readers
dialog by posting their own comments. The AFL-CIO has a blog at http://blog.aflcio.org
and Change to Wins is at www.changetowin.org/connect.
provide national overviews of key labor news with special emphasis on issues in
the upcoming national elections. These are a good way to keep informed on labors
political and organizing work, which is largely ignored by the mass media, and
to post your views to a labor audience. DC 37s parent union, AFSCME, has
started a blog at http://www.afscmeblog.org,
which does not yet provide for readers to post their own comments.
Review is a popular independent labor blog focused on organizing and politics.
It is published by Teamsters staffer Richard Negri at www.unionreview.com and
is one of the few sites where you can not only respond to posts but post your
Joes Union Review at www.anti-union.blogspot.com
is more New York City-oriented. Published by Joe Welch, an enthusiastic rank-and-file
construction worker, it often critiques mass media treatment of workers and unions.
and Joe have sparked union members to create their own blogs across the country.
The day after I met him, Joe called me up and told me he had created a blog for
my WBAI radio show, Building Bridges, at www.buildingbridgesradio.blogspot.com.
Its really that simple to create blogs. One easy free way is to go to www.blogger.com.
progressive blogs are www.DailyKos.com,
where AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee often posts. A site that is strong on
economics and free trade issues is http://www.workinglife.org,
published by Jonathan Tasini, executive director of the Labor Research Association.
you just read, post comments or create your own blog, blogging is a great way
to participate in the kinds of discussions necessary to reinvigorate the labor
movement. Blog on!
DC 37 members can access these blogs using the computers
at the DC 37 Education Fund Library, Room 211 at union headquarters.