Bobbi Murray

Bobbi Murray has reported on politics, economics, police reform, and health care issues for Los Angeles Magazine, L.A. Weekly, and The Nation.

Recent Articles

The Trump NLRB’s Anti-Labor Day

The National Labor Relations Board is not just changing rules but reversing long-standing precedents.

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Jon Elswick/AP Photo The NLRB under Trump represents a tectonic shift in the way the agency has traditionally operated. Capital & Main is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political, and social issues. The American Prospect is co-publishing this piece. Employee rights advocates say this Labor Day’s family barbecues and union solidarity picnics will take place in the shadow of a Trump administration that has quietly stacked the National Labor Relations Board with anti-labor members. The federal agency is far less well-known than the IRS or EPA, but its five presidential appointees issue rulings with often far-reaching consequences for America’s working men and women. The NLRB was created in 1935 to oversee collective bargaining and protect labor standards; the majority of its current board have worked for years with pro-employer firms and worked on behalf of industry . Under the Trump administration, says Henry Willis , a veteran...

No Seat at the Table: Steven Greenhouse on Labor’s Silenced Voice

A veteran labor reporter finds hope for unions in boycotts, minimum-wage campaigns, and strikes.

Capital & Main is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political and social issues. The American Prospect is co-publishing this piece. Author Steven Greenhouse is convinced that too few Americans fully understand what, he says, “unions have accomplished for tens of millions of workers in the United States.” It’s a central inspiration behind his new book, Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present and Future of American Labor . Greenhouse, who covered labor and workplace issues for the New York Times for 19 years, provides a dynamic picture of labor’s role in advancing income equality and workplace protections in the United States—from teenage garment workers in New York fighting for a 52-hour week in 1909 to the current struggle for a $15 minimum wage, even as union membership has declined to just 10 percent of the national workforce. Greenhouse recently spoke with Capital & Main. The interview has been edited for...

L.A. Times: Will Union Vote Conk Tronc?

In response to management turmoil, editorial staffers at the Los Angeles Times are voting on unionization for the first time in the newspaper's history.

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Capital & Main is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political, and social issues. The American Prospect is co-publishing this piece. L os Angeles Times readers who have been unaware of the paper's endless management turmoil and policy changes can always view the damage in its print edition. Thinner news sections, a dwindling number of bylines and the wrap-around advertising that disguises the front-page all hint at the ongoing upheaval at the top. Front-line reporters who bear the brunt of the turmoil have organized a union drive in response. As the Los Angeles Times Guild organizing committee announced in an October 24, 2017, letter signed by 44 editorial staff, “We wanted to stem the flight of talent and halt the steady erosion of pay and benefits.” It’s the first time in the famously anti-union paper’s history that editorial staff members have taken such a step—driven, they say, by a management that has...