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    Unions and dying textiles

    Here are a couple of other nuggets of interest from my research on the Pillowtex story: Bill Mann of The Motley Fool, who once had a personal tie to Cannon Mills, wrote shortly after Pillowtex’s bankruptcy that “no amount of protectionist legislation can change” the fact that domestic textiles…
    Locker Room contributor, September 22, 2003
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    another leftist ‘teach’-in

    Announcement on the UNC-CH list-servs: quote ————– On September 23rd, 2003, Barbara Ehrenreich (author of Nickel and Dimed: On [Not] Getting by in America) and 5 other speakers will discuss and analyze the conditions and lives of low-wage workers in North Carolina. The teach-in will be held in…
    Locker Room contributor, September 22, 2003
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    the union mythology

    Paul Chesser’s article today reminds us that even in a right-to work state, labor unions can have a lot of influence — influence that can work against the welfare of the workers they supposedly champion. The union sales pitch is hard for many to resist. They promise better pay…
    Locker Room contributor, September 22, 2003
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    NC’s Sorry Educational Output

    I always get tickled at the number of North Carolina politicians and educrats who celebrate our recent gains on state and national tests given in elementary and middle school. First, you can’t really tell how big these gains are given how much North Carolina’s test-taking population has changed over the…
    Locker Room contributor, September 22, 2003
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    Another education panacea:smaller classes

    Another educational panacea comes in for criticism in another OECD report. Smaller class size is assumed to always lead to better educational results, but it’s a very questionable assumption. Smaller classes supposedly allow teachers to give students more individual attention. But it would be preferable to have a competent teacher…
    Locker Room contributor, September 19, 2003
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    The Sad State of Education

    Excerpted from the North Carolina Family Policy Center Newsletter: The United States spends more per student on public and private education than other industrialized countries but gets average results on student performance, according to an international report released September 16. The report, published by the OECD, reviewed education spending and…
    Locker Room contributor, September 19, 2003
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    UNC Workers and the ‘Living Wage’

    According to the living wage study by the NC Justice and Community Development Center, the housekeepers and groundskeepers at UNC-CH are making a fairly decent living. In their report, “Working Hard is Not Enough,” they claim that a single parent with one child needs $22,608 per year, while a…
    Locker Room contributor, September 19, 2003
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    After Isabel, please stop swelling the rivers

    One remarkable feature of the leftist thoughtworld is the fickleness of its “concern” over “the downtrodden.” Usually, of course, third world workers are mascots of leftist sentimentality, in need of their protection from the evils of American-owned factories paying starvation wages. But when it comes to the textile business,…
    Locker Room contributor, September 19, 2003