Boy, was I horribly, stupidly wrong last week: Any week that sees the death of a union-hero like Ron Carey is most definitely not a good week for labor. Over at The Nation, Steve Early and Rand Wilson have written an eloquent and powerful remembrance of Carey and the fight he and other dissident unionists led against the Teamsters' old guard. They also point to this memorial site where Carey's fellow members of Teamsters for a Democratic Union share their reminiscences of the man, which provide a real sense of how courageous and inspiring Carey was.
Brian Cook was an editor at In These Times from 2003 to 2009. He now works on the editorial staff of Playboy magazine.