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Thank goodness for this

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Just what we need in light of impending catastrophe. Let the roadmap for rebuilding be heard.

a must-listen

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if you're a progressive, you need to listen to this.
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Rank #1: Belabored Podcast #46: What’s Left, with Adolph Reed

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This week, Belabored talks to political scientist Adolph Reed about his recent article in Harper's magazine, examining the broad prospects for today's left, the need to focus on inequality, why the labor movement matters, and why Democrats relying on big money donors is like keeping a Komodo dragon in your bedroom. Plus: a strike in Vermont, a lawsuit at McDonald's, a modest proposal for executive salaries, and more.

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Mar 21 2014

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Rank #2: Belabored Podcast #186: “A Boss Is a Boss”

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If you have ever been involved in any kind of campaign, social movement, labor group or volunteer project, you’ve interacted with the world of nonprofit organizations—the sector of the economy that purports to operate in service of a public-interest mission. The term nonprofit evokes a sense of charity and altruism. But at the end of the day, the nonprofit is also a workplace—one that often operates just like any profit-driven corporate enterprise, except maybe with lower pay and more thankless labor. We speak with Kayla Blado, president of the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU), and Adam Simpson, a member of the newly formed union of the workers at the Democracy Collaborative, about why workers at nonprofits should all join unions and why they often don’t. 

While the GM workers consider a tentative agreement, we check in with the Chicago teachers on strike. And we explore new efforts to organize workers in California’s home childcare and marijuana industries, and a budding union at a green power company. With recommended reading on bargaining for the common good in Chicago, and Big Oil’s plunder of native lands.

This week’s show was supported by our monthly sustaining members. If you think our work is worth supporting, please consider becoming a member today. If you’re interested in advertising on the show, please email ads@dissentmagazine.org. And as always, if you have any questions, comments, or tips, email us at belabored@dissentmagazine.org.

News:

Signs of Discord as U.A.W. Locals Consider G.M. Deal (New York Times)

GM-UAW deal calls for 9,000 jobs, $9,000 ratification bonus, e-truck at Detroit-Hamtramck (Detroit Free Press)

Why Are Chicago Teachers Striking Against Mayor Lori Lightfoot? They’ve Been “Lied To” Before. (In These Times)

Josh Eidelson and Sarah Jaffe: Belabored Podcast #1: “We Will Shut Down Your City,” An Interview with Karen Lewis (Dissent)

The push to unionize cannabis workers, explained (Vox)

Michelle: “Hardhats vs. Hippies”: How the Media Misrepresents the Debate Over the Green New Deal (In These Times)

Michelle: California’s Home Day Care Workers Win the Right to Unionize (The Progressive)

Conversation:

Kayla Blado, President, NPEU, and Director of Media Relations at Economic Policy Institute

Adam Simpson, Program Associate, Democracy Collaborative 

Nonprofit Professional Employees Union

Democracy Collaborative

Kayla Blado: The Answer To Burnout At Work Isn’t “Self-Care”—It’s Unionizing (In These Times)

Nonprofit Workers Need Unions, Too (Jacobin)

Argh: 

Sarah: Rebecca Burns, What’s at Stake in Chicago Teachers’ Strike: Whether Unions Can Bargain for the Entire Working Class (In These Times)

Michelle: Nick Martin, The Connection Between Pipelines and Sexual Violence (New Republic)

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Oct 18 2019

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Rank #3: Belabored Podcast #68: Good Cop, Bad Cop, with Joshua Freeman

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Belabored talked to historian Joshua Freeman about how police and their unions fit within the labor movement, and the political contradictions of uniformed officers getting organized.

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Jan 09 2015

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Rank #4: Belabored Podcast #87: Class War in the Classroom

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Megan Erickson joins us to discuss her new book, Class War: The Privatization of Childhood, and how education can't solve inequality, but can become less unequal.

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Oct 03 2015

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Rank #5: Belabored Podcast #130: Retail Warriors

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In this special episode on the retail industry, organizers and workers from around the country talk about their fights to win fair wages and scheduling.

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Jul 02 2017

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Rank #6: Belabored Podcast #184: Organizing the Unorganizable, with Jason Moyer-Lee

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General Motors workers took to the picket lines this week around the United States, in an unexpected and major strike that has long-term implications. We talk to autoworker Sean Crawford about the strike and what’s at stake. Then, from the UK, as the Labour party gathers for its annual conference and The World Transformed festival, we bring you an extended interview with Jason Moyer-Lee of the Independent Workers Great Britain (IWGB), a new union organizing everyone from foster care workers to Uber drivers to video game programmers—everyone, in other words, that the rest of the labor movement tends to say can’t be unionized. We learn how they’ve done it and more. 

We also check in on gig economy workers in California after a big victory, and Kickstarter employees who’ve filed charges of retaliation for union activity. For Argh, we talk about yoga instructors unionizing, and think about what stake unions have in fighting for housing justice for all. 

This week’s show was supported by our monthly sustaining members. If you think our work is worth supporting, please consider becoming a member today. If you’re interested in advertising on the show, please email ads@dissentmagazine.org. And as always, if you have any questions, comments, or tips, email us at belabored@dissentmagazine.org.


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Michelle: Hey, Uber and Lyft: Gig Work Is Work. California Just Said So. (In These Times)

Unionizing Workers Just Accused Kickstarter of Retaliatory Firings in a Federal Complaint (Slate)

Corruption Cases in the Auto Workers Complicate Bargaining (Labor Notes)

Striking GM Workers Deserve Our Support (The Nation)

What’s at Stake in the General Motors Strike (Dissent)

Conversation:

IWGB Union

Jason Moyer-Lee in the Guardian

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Michelle: Marnie Brady, Workers and Renters of the World, Unite!  (Jacobin)

Sarah: Sarah Jones, The Scourge of Worker Wellness Programs (New York)

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Sep 21 2019

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Rank #7: Belabored Podcast #133: Laboring Against Privatization, with Joseph A. McCartin

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Joseph McCartin joins us to talk about the history of public worker unionism, the legacy of PATCO, and how today’s workers can build power across the workforce.

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Aug 25 2017

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Rank #8: Belabored Podcast #102: A Left Turn on the Campaign Trail, with Eric Fink

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An interview with Eric Fink, a democratic socialist candidate for State Senate in North Carolina, who is challenging one of the lawmakers behind the state's HB2 “bathroom bill.”

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Apr 29 2016

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Rank #9: Belabored Podcast #170: An Amazon Autopsy, with Camille Rivera

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An interview with RWDSU's Camille Rivera, on the labor and community organizing behind the defeat of the Amazon HQ2 deal in Queens.

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Mar 02 2019

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Rank #10: Belabored Podcast #169: Shutting it Down, with Sara Nelson

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We're joined by AFA President Sara Nelson, whose leadership of flight attendants and calls for a general strike helped end the government shutdown.

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Feb 15 2019

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Rank #11: Belabored Podcast #167: L.A. Teachers Shut It Down, with Alex Caputo-Pearl

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A report from the picket line.

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Jan 14 2019

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Rank #12: Belabored Podcast #148: Organizing Outside the Law, at Labor Notes

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How do we advocate for workers when the rules are rigged against us? Sarah and Michelle sat down with four teacher organizers for a special panel discussion at the 2018 Labor Notes conference.

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Apr 13 2018

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Rank #13: Belabored Podcast #152: SCOTUS’s Epic Fail, with Celine McNicholas

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Economist Celine McNicholas breaks down what last week's Supreme Court ruling means for workers—and why more individual arbitration is bad news.

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Jun 01 2018

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Rank #14: Belabored Podcast #145: Rights and Rebellions, with Shaun Richman

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Facing a legislative onslaught, the labor movement must rediscover its fighting spirit—and find ways to turn the GOP attack to its own advantage.

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Feb 23 2018

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Rank #15: Belabored Podcast #178: A Nurse’s Prescription for Fixing Healthcare

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Unionized nurses are campaigning for sweeping changes to the healthcare system, including Medicare for All and safe staffing levels in hospitals.

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Jun 21 2019

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Rank #16: Belabored Podcast #101: Ireland Rising, with Ronan Burtenshaw

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A conversation with Irish journalist Ronan Burtenshaw about the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, its legacy, and the Irish left today.

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Apr 15 2016

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Rank #17: Belabored Podcast #4: “Talk To Someone Like Me”

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Sarah and Josh interview Hyatt hotel housekeeper Cathy Youngblood, a leader in UNITE HERE battling with the hotel giant, on Obama’s choice of a Hyatt heir to run the Commerce Department, and her “Someone Like Me” campaign calling for a worker to be added to Hyatt’s board. Plus labor news and "I wish I'd written that!"

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May 03 2013

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Rank #18: Belabored Podcast #69: Laborers and Lovers, with Andrew Cherlin

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What does the decline of stable working-class jobs mean for the working-class family? Belabored asks Andrew Cherlin, author of a new book, Labor's Love Lost, on the rise and fall of the nuclear family in America, and how the workplace shapes our family life.

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Jan 23 2015

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Rank #19: Belabored Podcast #146: West Virginia Teachers Win

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We talk to three West Virginia teachers about why they went on strike, how they won, and how the labor movement can carry their momentum forward.

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Mar 10 2018

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Rank #20: Belabored Podcast #172: Putting Climate Justice to Work, with Rusty Hicks

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Capitol Hill is abuzz with the Green New Deal. But is the rest of the economy, and its workers, ready for the kind of dramatic transformation that the climate change movement is calling for?

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Mar 30 2019

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Belabored Podcast #192: Unions for All, with SEIU Local 26

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This week, workers with SEIU Local 26 rallied in the streets of Minneapolis to call for #UnionsforAll. As union contracts expire for about 8,000 union members, who work in the janitorial and security sectors across the Twin Cities area, workers called for “jobs that support joyful families.” We speak with the current and former presidents of SEIU Local 26, Iris Altamirano and Javier Morillo, about the labor movement in the Twin Cities, which includes not only SEIU workers but also a robust network of grassroots worker centers, and what the union is looking forward to in the coming contract negotiations. 

In other news, we look at a new collective bargaining agreement for women basketball players, and we also talk to Zara Nasir and M. Ndigo Washington on their quest to unionize New York City Council staff, Gawain Kripke on Oxfam’s report on global economic and gender inequality, and Sharon Block and Ben Sachs on their new blueprint for overhauling labor law to fit the twenty-first century. With recommended reading on the unions fighting to organize in the gig economy, and mothers struggling to find decent childcare. 

Note for our listeners: we’ll be taking February off as we work on other projects, but we’ll be back in March!

This week’s show was supported by our monthly sustaining members. If you think our work is worth supporting, please consider becoming a member today. If you’re interested in advertising on the show, please email ads@dissentmagazine.org. And as always, if you have any questions, comments, or tips, email us at belabored@dissentmagazine.org.

News:

Oxfam “Time to Care” report  (Oxfam)

City Council staffers gather signatures, small donations to create NYC’s first large new union in decades (NY Daily News)

Clean Slate for Worker Power (Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School)

W.N.B.A. Makes ‘Big Bet on Women’ With a New Contract (New York Times)

Conversation:

Iris Altamirano, new president of SEIU Local 26, and Javier Morillo, former president of SEIU Local 26

U of M research offers rare look at the lives of janitors (MinnPost)

Argh, I Wish I’d Written That: 

Michelle: Ashley Fetters, The Working-to-Afford-Child-Care Conundrum (The Atlantic)

Sarah: Bethan Staton,The upstart unions taking on the gig economy and outsourcing (Financial Times)

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Jan 24 2020

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Belabored Podcast #191: A Mass Strike Against Macron, with Colin Kinniburgh

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Workers across France have been on strike over pension reforms for six weeks now—what began with railway workers spread throughout the public sector and has given us dramatic photos of striking ballerinas and massive marches across Paris, but also extends into the energy sector and even to Amazon warehouses. This week saw the first big march since the holidays, as negotiations pick back up, and we talk with Dissent‘s own Colin Kinniburgh, now living in France as a freelance reporter who’s been covering the strike. He explains what President Macron wants to do with the French pension system, why protesters are occupying BlackRock offices, what this has to do with the gilets jaunes, and much more. 

We also look in on a new effort to organize video games workers, the union-busting of Honduran fruit workers with Gabriela Rosazza of International Labor Rights Forum, the effects of California’s AB5 gig worker law on freelancers with Tia Koonse of UCLA Labor Center, and the closure of auto plants on opioid-related deaths. For Argh, we consider whether work is driving us to therapy (and whether therapy will solve our workplace problems) and the problems with treating sex workers as victims in need of intervention. 

This week’s show was supported by our monthly sustaining members. If you think our work is worth supporting, please consider becoming a member today. If you’re interested in advertising on the show, please email ads@dissentmagazine.org. And as always, if you have any questions, comments, or tips, email us at belabored@dissentmagazine.org.

News:

Auto plant closures may lead to more opioid overdose deaths, Penn study finds (WHYY)

Freelancers fear California’s new gig worker law will wipe them out (LA Times)

Major union launches campaign to organize video game and tech workers (LA Times)

Fyffes’ Women’s Day Announcement Attempts to Distract Consumers and Investors from Union-Busting on its Farms (ILRF)

Conversation:

Colin Kinniburgh

Colin Kinniburgh: Climate Politics after the Yellow Vests (Dissent)

Colin Kinniburgh: Don’t Mess With French Pensions (The Nation)

France’s Pension Battle Heats Up (The Nation)

French women may be the biggest losers under Macron’s pension reform plan (France 24)

Why France’s ‘unsustainable’ pension system may well be sustainable (France 24)

Crowdfunding and solidarity: How French rail workers sustain a record-long strike (France 24)

Argh, I wish I’d Written That: 

Sarah: Josh Gabert-Doyon, Why Work Is Driving More of Us to Therapy (VICE Canada)

Michelle: Melissa Gira Grant, Human Trafficking Courts Are Not a Criminal Justice ‘Innovation’ (The New Republic)

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Jan 11 2020

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Belabored Podcast #190: The Year in Labor

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We round up 2019 with the good, the bad, and the ugly of the year in labor. From the Green New Deal to the gig economy, from Lordstown autoworkers to Los Angeles teachers, from new media unions to the National Labor Relations Board, from the Google uprising to the government shutdown.

In other news, we look at transit worker strikes in the UK; the demand for union democracy at UAW; noncompete agreements, with Heidi Schierholz and Stephanie Russell-Kraft; and Harvard graduate workers on strike, with Ege Yamusak. With recommended reading on the imaginary British working class, and existential climate crisis for Australian workers. 

This week’s show was supported by our monthly sustaining members. If you think our work is worth supporting, please consider becoming a member today. If you’re interested in advertising on the show, please email ads@dissentmagazine.org. And as always, if you have any questions, comments, or tips, email us at belabored@dissentmagazine.org. Thank you to CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies for loaning us recording space.

News:

RMT to protest at Parliament tomorrow over threat to ban transport workers from taking strike action (RMT)

Boris Johnson has issued declaration of war on railway workers, unions warn (Morning Star)

Sarah: Even in Defeat, Labour Mobilized the Working Class (Progressive)

Experts Say Harvard Internal Email About Grad Union Strike May Violate Labor Law (The Crimson)

#hgsustrike (Twitter)

Six UAW Locals Back Direct Elections of Top Officers (Labor Notes)

Noncompete agreements: Ubiquitous, harmful to wages and to competition, and part of a growing trend of employers requiring workers to sign away their rights (EPI)

Michelle: Hell No, You Can’t Go (Work Somewhere Else) (Progressive)

Conversation:

Sarah and Michelle talk about this year’s biggest labor stories

Belabored Podcast #168: Victory in L.A., with Arlene Inouye (Dissent)

Sarah: ‘This Is Much Bigger Than Us, Than Our Union, Even Than Our City’ (The Nation)

Belabored Podcast #169: Shutting it Down, with Sara Nelson (Dissent)

Belabored Podcast #172: Putting Climate Justice to Work, with Rusty Hicks (Dissent)

Michelle: “Hardhats vs. Hippies”: How the Media Misrepresents the Debate Over the Green New Deal (In These Times)

Belabored Podcast #175: Shut off the Apps, with International Striking Uber and Lyft Drivers (Dissent)

Michelle: Hey, Uber and Lyft: Gig Work Is Work. California Just Said So. (In These Times)

Belabored Podcast #187: After the GM Strike, Now What? (Dissent)

Sarah: The Last Stand in Lordstown (New Republic)

Belabored Podcast #188: What the Chicago Teachers Won (Dissent)

Michelle: Can Google’s Soul Be Saved? (Progressive)

Why Newsrooms Are Unionizing Now (Nieman Reports)

Unprecedented: The Trump NLRB’s attack on workers’ rights (EPI)

Argh, I wish I’d Written That: 

Michelle: Zacharias Szumer, Instead of Choking on Smoke, Sydney Workers Are Walking off the Job (Jacobin)

Sarah: Dawn Foster, The great myth of the British working class (Huck)

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Dec 20 2019

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Belabored Podcast #189: International Solidarity

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How do we reach across borders to build a truly international labor movement? How does labor beat a rising far right that pitches nationalist arguments to try to win over working-class people, and how can we learn from the international solidarity of the past? We bring you a conversation today on all of these topics and more, recorded live in Erie, Pennsylvania, between Eugenio Narcia Tovar, of the Frente Auténtico del Trabajo (FAT) in Mexico, Louise Casselman of the Public Service Alliance in Canada, and Tom Bobrowicz of UE Local 506 in Erie.

We also talk to striking university lecturer Claire English and security worker Amjad Khan in London, look at union-busting inside the house at the National Labor Relations Board, and greet a new coalition dedicated to tackling Amazon. For “Argh, I wish I’d written that,” we consider labor’s ongoing fight against sexual harassment and the long fight for paid family leave.

This week’s show was supported by our monthly sustaining members. If you think our work is worth supporting, please consider becoming a member today. If you’re interested in advertising on the show, please email ads@dissentmagazine.org. And as always, if you have any questions, comments, or tips, email us at belabored@dissentmagazine.org.

News:

Agency Workers Stage Protest Against Labor Board Actions (Bloomberg)

Universities have driven their workers into the ground. That’s why I’m striking (Guardian)

Back on Strike (London Review of Books)

University staff make trade union history as UCL employees and outsourced workers strike together (Morning Star)

Michelle: Black Friday Amazon deals’ costs: Workers’ health, climate change and your own taxes (NBC)

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Conversation:

Eugenio Narcia Tovar, of the Frente Auténtico del Trabajo (FAT) in Mexico

Louise Casselman of the Public Service Alliance in Canada

Tom Bobrowicz of UE Local 506 in Erie

Overcoming Fear: Creating a Trinational Workers Toolkit (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung NY)

Argh, I wish I’d Written That: 

Michelle: Mona L. Siegel, The Forgotten Origins of Paid Family Leave (New York Times)

Sarah: Kim Kelly, Labor Took on “Bad Bosses” Long Before #MeToo (The New Republic)

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Dec 06 2019

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Belabored Podcast #188: What the Chicago Teachers Won

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After eleven days rallying in the streets, the Chicago Teachers Union ended their strike and inked a tentative agreement with many hard-fought gains. We speak with teacher and organizer Kenzo Shibata and education scholar Lois Weiner about what the recent wave of teacher strikes signifies about union militancy today, how radical rank-and-file movements have reshaped teacher unions, the struggle to protect public schools from neoliberal reform agendas, and the wider role of public-sector unions in the community.

In other news, we look at Google workers taking action on climate change and immigrants’ rights, Instacart shoppers in revolt with Vanessa Bain, a labor mobilization at a Los Angeles museum, and the Little Rock teachers’ fight for bargaining power with Kimberley Crutchfield. With recommended reading about revising antitrust law and the gig economy’s new Taylorism.  

This week’s show was supported by our monthly sustaining members. If you think our work is worth supporting, please consider becoming a member today. If you’re interested in advertising on the show, please email ads@dissentmagazine.org. And as always, if you have any questions, comments, or tips, email us at belabored@dissentmagazine.org.

News:

Marciano Art Foundation and the value of ‘art labor’ (KCRW)

Marciano Art Foundation lays off visitor associates days after union drive is announced (LA Times)

Michelle: Can Google’s Soul Be Saved? (The Progressive)

Google Workers For Action on Climate (Medium)

Little Rock teachers to go on strike over district’s control (AP)

Instacart Has Retaliated Against us — Update (Medium)

Instacart Cuts ‘Quality’ Bonus After Workers Go on 3-Day Strike (Vice)

Conversation:

Lois Weiner, @drloisweiner

Kenzo Shibata, @KenzoShibata

Sarah: The Chicago Teachers Strike Was a Lesson in 21st-Century Organizing (The Nation)

Sarah: How Chicago Teachers Built Power Between Strikes (The Progressive)

It’s Chicago Educators Versus the Ruling Class (Jacobin)

Chicago Teachers Didn’t Win Everything, But They’ve Transformed the City—And the Labor Movement (In These Times)

Argh: 

Sarah: Josh Gabert-Doyon, I Saw the Gig Economy’s Bleak Future During a 96-Hour Work Marathon (Vice)

Michelle: Sanjukta Paul and Sandeep Vaheesan, Make Antitrust Democratic Again! (The Nation)

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Nov 16 2019

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Belabored Podcast #187: After the GM Strike, Now What?

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The strike at GM is over, the deal has been ratified, and what have the workers learned? What has the country learned? We pick apart the details, the history, and what remains to fight for with autoworker Sean Crawford from the Flint assembly plant, UAW local 598, and Ruth Milkman, distinguished professor of sociology at CUNY and author of, among other books, Farewell to the Factory. They discuss the past of the UAW and its future, the questions around plant closures and electric cars, what it would take to really rebuild union strength in manufacturing, and much more. 

We also get an update on the Chicago Teachers Union, who have a tentative agreement and are back in the classroom as we speak, and the journalists at WHYY who voted to unionize this week. We dig into the Trump National Labor Relations Board’s record with Celine McNicholas from the Economic Policy Institute, and find out what happened to the miners from Blackjewel who occupied the railroad tracks and held up the coal train when their company suddenly went bankrupt and cut them all loose. For Argh, we consider the revolt in Chile, where neoliberalism began, and from right here at Dissent, why we need a working-class media. 

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Unprecedented: The Trump NLRB’s attack on workers’ rights (Economic Policy Institute)

Blackjewel Coal Miners to Get Millions in Back Pay After Train Blockade (New York Times)

Kentucky Miners Are Camped Out on Railroad Tracks, Blocking a Coal Train, Demanding Their Stolen Wages (Labor Notes)

Chicago Teachers Union reaches Tentative Agreement for new contract with Chicago Public Schools (CTU)

CPS strike over, classes to resume Friday as Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Teachers Union reach deal on makeup days (Chicago Tribune)

Sarah: How Chicago Teachers Built Power Between Strikes (Progressive)

Workers at WHYY, Philly’s public radio station, vote to unionize (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Conversation:

Sean Crawford, UAW local 598

Ruth Milkman, Sociology Professor, CUNY

GM Workers Ratify Contract Though ‘Mixed at Best’ (Labor Notes)

Strike over! UAW workers ratify contract with GM. Here’s what’s next (Detroit Free Press)

Sarah: The Last Stand in Lordstown (New Republic)

Sarah: The Return of the Strike (Progressive)

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Michelle: Carla Murphy, Why We Need a Working-Class Media (Dissent)

Sarah: Felipe Lagos-Rojas and Francisca Gomez-Baeza, Chileans Have Launched a General Strike Against Austerity (Jacobin)

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Nov 01 2019

1hr 19mins

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Belabored Podcast #186: “A Boss Is a Boss”

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If you have ever been involved in any kind of campaign, social movement, labor group or volunteer project, you’ve interacted with the world of nonprofit organizations—the sector of the economy that purports to operate in service of a public-interest mission. The term nonprofit evokes a sense of charity and altruism. But at the end of the day, the nonprofit is also a workplace—one that often operates just like any profit-driven corporate enterprise, except maybe with lower pay and more thankless labor. We speak with Kayla Blado, president of the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU), and Adam Simpson, a member of the newly formed union of the workers at the Democracy Collaborative, about why workers at nonprofits should all join unions and why they often don’t. 

While the GM workers consider a tentative agreement, we check in with the Chicago teachers on strike. And we explore new efforts to organize workers in California’s home childcare and marijuana industries, and a budding union at a green power company. With recommended reading on bargaining for the common good in Chicago, and Big Oil’s plunder of native lands.

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News:

Signs of Discord as U.A.W. Locals Consider G.M. Deal (New York Times)

GM-UAW deal calls for 9,000 jobs, $9,000 ratification bonus, e-truck at Detroit-Hamtramck (Detroit Free Press)

Why Are Chicago Teachers Striking Against Mayor Lori Lightfoot? They’ve Been “Lied To” Before. (In These Times)

Josh Eidelson and Sarah Jaffe: Belabored Podcast #1: “We Will Shut Down Your City,” An Interview with Karen Lewis (Dissent)

The push to unionize cannabis workers, explained (Vox)

Michelle: “Hardhats vs. Hippies”: How the Media Misrepresents the Debate Over the Green New Deal (In These Times)

Michelle: California’s Home Day Care Workers Win the Right to Unionize (The Progressive)

Conversation:

Kayla Blado, President, NPEU, and Director of Media Relations at Economic Policy Institute

Adam Simpson, Program Associate, Democracy Collaborative 

Nonprofit Professional Employees Union

Democracy Collaborative

Kayla Blado: The Answer To Burnout At Work Isn’t “Self-Care”—It’s Unionizing (In These Times)

Nonprofit Workers Need Unions, Too (Jacobin)

Argh: 

Sarah: Rebecca Burns, What’s at Stake in Chicago Teachers’ Strike: Whether Unions Can Bargain for the Entire Working Class (In These Times)

Michelle: Nick Martin, The Connection Between Pipelines and Sexual Violence (New Republic)

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Oct 18 2019

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Belabored Podcast #185: Riding for Deliveroo, with Callum Cant

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The gig economy gets a lot of press, but relatively little of the writing on the subject comes from the inside. Callum Cant’s new book, Riding for Deliveroo, aims to change all that. It’s a firsthand account of being a Deliveroo driver in the UK, as well as an analysis of how platform capitalism functions—or doesn’t function—and what it would take to remake it so that it worked for the workers, and therefore for all of us. Cant sat down with Belabored for an in-depth discussion of his work, from the day-to-day grind to the organizing process that is still powering waves of wildcat strikes of Deliveroo and UberEats couriers across the UK, and offers some suggestions for how better to understand the people who work in these jobs.

We also bring you updates from the GM strike and from the Chicago Teachers Union, where another strike looms as well; we check in on graduate employees’ up-and-down fortunes with the NLRB, and the UK Labour party’s radical policy agenda laid out at its recent conference, including the embrace of the four-day working week. For Argh, we consider the struggles when the union’s the boss, and why the path to climate justice runs through victory for the autoworkers at GM.

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News:

Michelle: Trumpsters: Grad Students Are Not Workers, Have No Rights (The Progressive)

Sarah: The Road Not Taken (on GM at Lordstown) (The New Republic)

As GM strike continues, talks advance at Fiat Chrysler, Ford (The Washington Post)

3 Chicago unions, including CPS teachers, could soon go on strike together in ‘an extraordinarily disruptive moment’ (Chicago Tribune)

Sarah: The Four-Day Work Week—Not Just a Daydream (The Progressive)

Belabored #177: More Hours for What We Will, with Will Stronge (Dissent)

Conversation:

Callum Cant at Notes from Below

Riding for Deliveroo: Resistance in the New Economy (Polity)

Argh: 

Michelle: Jane McAlevey, The Path to Climate Justice Runs Through the UAW Strike (The Nation)

Sarah: Hamilton Nolan, SEIU’s Nasty Fight With Its Own Staff Union (Splinter)

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Oct 05 2019

1hr 30mins

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Belabored Podcast #184: Organizing the Unorganizable, with Jason Moyer-Lee

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General Motors workers took to the picket lines this week around the United States, in an unexpected and major strike that has long-term implications. We talk to autoworker Sean Crawford about the strike and what’s at stake. Then, from the UK, as the Labour party gathers for its annual conference and The World Transformed festival, we bring you an extended interview with Jason Moyer-Lee of the Independent Workers Great Britain (IWGB), a new union organizing everyone from foster care workers to Uber drivers to video game programmers—everyone, in other words, that the rest of the labor movement tends to say can’t be unionized. We learn how they’ve done it and more. 

We also check in on gig economy workers in California after a big victory, and Kickstarter employees who’ve filed charges of retaliation for union activity. For Argh, we talk about yoga instructors unionizing, and think about what stake unions have in fighting for housing justice for all. 

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News:

Michelle: Hey, Uber and Lyft: Gig Work Is Work. California Just Said So. (In These Times)

Unionizing Workers Just Accused Kickstarter of Retaliatory Firings in a Federal Complaint (Slate)

Corruption Cases in the Auto Workers Complicate Bargaining (Labor Notes)

Striking GM Workers Deserve Our Support (The Nation)

What’s at Stake in the General Motors Strike (Dissent)

Conversation:

IWGB Union

Jason Moyer-Lee in the Guardian

Argh: 

Michelle: Marnie Brady, Workers and Renters of the World, Unite!  (Jacobin)

Sarah: Sarah Jones, The Scourge of Worker Wellness Programs (New York)

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Sep 21 2019

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Belabored Podcast #183: Troublemaking in Asia

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There’s a whole world of labor activism outside the confines of the United States, so we’re devoting this episode to a breakthrough event in Asia last month. Our friends at Labor Notes held their first ever conference in Asia in August, bringing together labor organizers and activists from across the continent in Taipei. They discussed everything from the Hong Kong strikes to gender discrimination to the challenges of organizing across global supply chains. We caught up with Saurav Sarkar of Labor Notes and Kevin Lin of International Labor Rights Forum for a report back.

In other news, we cover the southeast strike by AT&T featuring Bernie Sanders, an attack on the right to leaflet, the future of gig economy delivery workers, and catch up with Lordstown’s Chuckie Denison. With recommended reading on the secret world of art handlers, and the sick politics of worker wellness.

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News:

#PayUp

State of Pay — Doing Right By Our Shoppers (Medium)

AT&T strike comes to an end after agreement is reached with union (WLOX)

Bernie showed up to a Union Strike against ATT! (YouTube)

Sarah: The Road Not Taken (New Republic)

This May Be the Worst Trump NLRB Decision Yet (On Labor)

Conversation:

Saurav Sarkar and Kevin Lin

Labor Notes Asia Conference

Argh: 

Michelle: Zachary Small, The Danger Epidemic in Art Handling (Hyperallergic)

Sarah: Lena Solow, The Scourge of Worker Wellness Programs (New Republic)

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Sep 06 2019

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Belabored Podcast #182: (Slowly) Seizing the Means of Production

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How would the workplace be different if the workers owned it?

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Aug 23 2019

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Belabored Podcast #181: Hong Kong Pushed to the Edge

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Following Hong Kong's first general strike in decades, three activists talk about labor's role in the protests.

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Aug 09 2019

1hr 7mins

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Belabored Podcast #180: General Strike in Puerto Rico Gets the Goods, with Mercedes Martinez

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The President of the Puerto Rico Teachers Federation talks about this week's protests and the ongoing fight against corruption.

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Jul 26 2019

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Belabored Podcast #179: Samsung’s Labor Abuses

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South Korean journalist Lee Jae-yeon discusses her investigation of working conditions in Samsung factories in nine cities in India, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

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Jul 12 2019

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Belabored Podcast #178: A Nurse’s Prescription for Fixing Healthcare

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Unionized nurses are campaigning for sweeping changes to the healthcare system, including Medicare for All and safe staffing levels in hospitals.

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Jun 21 2019

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Belabored Podcast #177: More Hours for What We Will, with Will Stronge

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What if the best thing we could do—for ourselves, the planet, and even our workplaces—was to work less?

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Jun 07 2019

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Belabored Podcast #176: Talking Union in NYC

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Three New York organizers—Bhairavi Desai, Bianca Cunningham, and Valeria Treves—talk about how the labor movement can evolve to become more inclusive, powerful, and responsive to the needs of diverse working-class communities.

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May 24 2019

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Belabored Podcast #175: Shut off the Apps, with International Striking Uber and Lyft Drivers

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Drivers and organizers in New York, Los Angeles, and the UK talk about Wednesday's strike.

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May 10 2019

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Belabored Podcast #174: Stop & Strike

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Stop & Shop workers staged the biggest private-sector strike in years. We talk to two of the strikers about what they won.

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Apr 26 2019

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Belabored Podcast #173: Wages for Warcraft, with Jamie Woodcock

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The labor that makes the multi-billion-dollar video-game industry possible, educators fighting back in New York and Chicago, the IRS auditing poor people, and much more.

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Apr 16 2019

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