Ohio Does Something Right

It might be so much campaign-season posturing, but Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has done something that’s exactly what ought to be done. Strickland penned an executive order in August preventing executive cabinet agencies, boards and commissions from signing a contract to purchase services outsourced to other countries.

Defending the decision against complaints from “free” traders, Strickland wrote:

They have every right to try to wrestle even more American jobs away from us. But I’ll tell you this, we have every right to say no…We believe in fair trade here, and we know that both our countries benefit from it…But let me say this as well—no one in India, or anywhere else, is going to tell the citizens of Ohio where we can create jobs or how we can spend our resources.

Damn skippy!

12,000 Minnesota Nurses Walk The Hell Out

They returned to work today, but did you know that yesterday marked the largest walkout by nurses in America like, ever?

The one-day work stoppage netted 12,000 nurses walking off the job yesterday. That’s a humongous labor action. HUGE. And you probably didn’t hear about it. Because the corporate media these days thinks it’s very important to report on “business” but doesn’t seem to think that labor merits the same attention.

This is why I will try to start blogging more in this space about the things I learn from catching the Workers Independent News each day. This daily three-minute dose of labor news will put you in the know about what’s happening with folks who, like most of my fellow Americans, actually have to live off of a paycheck.

Shameless plug: Workers Independent News runs every hour on the hour from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays on my Live365 radio station, Radio B.O.N.K.. Or you can catch it at the WIN Web site. But this is a fine news source that more Americans should follow, IMHO.

And more power to those Minnesota nurses. Keep fighting!

Hear, Hear!

From this week’s Group, 2009 Year-End Awards edition. The category: “Enough Already!”

John McLaughlin: Free trade—enough already! A bad idea, that’s right, a bad idea during the worst economic crisis since World War II, and when unemployment is double-digits, free trade is not the golden fleece. Limited protectionism is the golden fleece.