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Such good, strategic points. Thanks for making them, and I hope the AFL-CIO is paying attention.

I've from a labour background and have been involved in the environmental movement most of my adult life, and am so disappointed that the environmental movement hasn't said anything about Gaza, and wish they could be more like much of the labour movement that has endorsed a ceasefire.

I know these movements are so different -- one working class, the other middle class as just one example -- but I wonder if it would have a radicalizing effect to unionize some of them. And, who knows? Maybe some of the environmental organizations' funders support Israel. Is Greenpeace unionized? What about Avaaz?

Just a wild fantasy but I thought it couldn't hurt to share.

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Jan 5Liked by Hamilton Nolan

Am I an irredeemable scumbag if I buy your book on Amazon to save $7? Just asking I don’t actually want an answer 😃

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Jan 4Liked by Hamilton Nolan

From an economic modelling perspective, prior to negotiations you should maximize your outside option, as it is the base negotiating point. The outside option is partially influenced by external factors, partially by decisions the involved party makes. It seems like in the case of some unions, they did not maximize their outside option.

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Or, you could be the president of the Teamsters and just meet with fascists.

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Way way WAY too Trot for me.

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