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

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137
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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 #49: Mapping New York’s New Labor Movements, with Ruth Milkman

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In New Labor in New York, editors Ruth Milkman and Ed Ott of the City University of New York analyze thirteen worker centers and labor groups focused on the new "precariat": traditionally non-union sectors like street vendors, domestic workers, struggling freelance “creatives,” and restaurant workers. This week on Belabored, we speak to Milkman about what these case studies tell us about the future of labor.

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Apr 11 2014

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Rank #2: Belabored Podcast #78: The Union and the University

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Organizers from five private universities discuss what's next for grad student unionism.

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May 29 2015

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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 #186: “A Boss Is a Boss”

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Two organizers discuss recent efforts to unionize nonprofit workers. Plus: an interview with Chicago teacher Kenzo Shibata about the first day on the picket line.

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Oct 18 2019

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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 #100: How Uprisings Happen, with Mark Engler

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For the 100th episode of Belabored, a special live-recorded discussion with Mark Engler, about his new book This Is an Uprising, and what the labor movement can draw from popular protest.

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Apr 08 2016

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Rank #7: 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 #8: Belabored Podcast #3: “Strike.”

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Sarah and Josh talk strikes: the latest wave of one-day, low-wage, non-union work stoppages and, hypothetically, what might happen if everyone doing care work in America...stopped.

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Apr 26 2013

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Rank #9: 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 #10: Belabored Podcast #138: Wobblies of the World, Then and Now, with Peter Cole

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The history of the IWW—and its concept of "One Big Union"—holds lessons for the labor movement today.

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Nov 03 2017

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Rank #11: 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 #12: Belabored Podcast #115: Organizing for Power, with Jane McAlevey

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Jane McAlevey joins us to talk about her new book, No Shortcuts, strategies for workplace organizing, and what's wrong with Saul Alinsky.

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Oct 28 2016

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Rank #13: Belabored Podcast #190: The Year in Labor

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Sarah and Michelle talk about this year's biggest labor stories.

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Dec 20 2019

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Rank #14: Belabored Podcast #39: The Real State of the Union, with Heather McGhee of Demos

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Special guest Heather McGhee of Demos responds to the President's address with policy solutions that could alleviate income inequality and joblessness. Meanwhile, working people take action against inequality at the grassroots level.

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Jan 31 2014

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Rank #15: 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 #16: Belabored Podcast #126: Voices from the Rust Belt, with Chuck Jones

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Trump's promises notwithstanding, many factory workers in the Rust Belt are just as frustrated after the election as they were before. Sarah Jaffe speaks to three labor organizers in Indiana to understand why.

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Apr 21 2017

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Rank #17: Belabored Podcast #116: Facing Labor and Politics Under Trump

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We look at some bright spots from the election, including the story of how a unique labor-community coalition in Arizona helped defeat the reelection bid of the infamous bigot Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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Nov 11 2016

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Rank #18: Belabored Podcast #144: Thinking Outside the Box

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Two labor groups are waging creative challenges against corporate America—and for the rights of immigrant workers.

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Feb 09 2018

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Rank #19: 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 #20: Belabored Podcast #6: “That Can Get You Fired”

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Obama’s appointments to the National Labor Relations Board rejected, new strike authorizations, and Sarah and Josh discuss the state of fast food workers’ organizing efforts. They interview journalist Jake Blumgart about recent developments around anti-sweatshop activism, at-will employment, the future of Atlantic City, and high-stakes testing at a sushi restaurant.

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May 17 2013

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Belabored Podcast #202: The Strike for Black Lives

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On July 20, people across the country walked off the job, shared a moment of silence, and rallied in the streets, as part of the Strike for Black Lives, a labor mobilization to support Black Lives Matter. Although labor groups have participated variously in the nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism since May, the Strike for Black Lives was a coordinated initiative of about sixty labor organizations and other social justice groups. We spoke with three workers who participated in actions in their communities: nursing home worker Trece Andrews, fast food worker Adriana Alvarez, and adjunct professor Constance Lee.

In other news, we look at a campaign to unionize employees of the Scholars Strategy Network; new research reveals the psychological impacts of working from home; AFL-CIO General Counsel Craig Becker discusses a move by the National Labor Relations Board to crush a Depression Era protection for unions; and Saru Jayaraman of One Fair Wage talks about the stunning pay disparities among tipped restaurant workers in the pandemic era.

With recommended reading on the history of racism in the labor movement, and how bosses and politicians are conspiring to force workers back to dangerous workplaces.

We are now on Patreon! You can sign up to support us with a monthly contribution, at the level that best suits you.

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A Persistent Legacy of Slavery: Ending the Subminimum Wage for Tipped Workers in New York as a Racial Equity Measure (One Fair Wage, UC Berkeley Food Labor Research Center)

Pro-Democracy Nonprofit Scholars Strategy Network Hires Union-Busting Law Firm to Fight Staff Union (NPEU)

NLRB to review petition to decertify union at Mountaire plant (Delaware State News)

Trump’s Labor Board Eyes Striking Down FDR-Era Union Protection (The Young Turks)

We’re working an extra ’28 hours per month’ in lockdown (Metro)

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Strike for Black Lives

Essential Workers Hold Walkouts And Protests In National ‘Strike For Black Lives’ (NPR)

Argh, I wish I’d written that!

Sarah: Bill Fletcher Jr., Race Is About More Than Discrimination (Monthly Review)

Michelle: David Sirota, Republicans are forcing Americans to return to dangerous workplaces (Guardian)


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Jul 24 2020

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Belabored Podcast #201: Trump’s Latest Migration Outrage

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It’s no surprise that Donald Trump has used the coronavirus pandemic—even as he attempts to deny its seriousness—as an excuse to further enact some of his preferred policies. The latest proclamation temporarily bans guestworkers from coming to the United States, but what does it actually do? Is it a gesture to his base or something more serious, and what do we need to know about these guestworker programs in the first place? Daniel Costa of the Economic Policy Institute joins us to explain. 

We also talk with Gabi DiDonna of the new United Museum Workers union, a branch of the Steelworkers, in Pittsburgh and Dreamer and Teamster Nelson Iraheta. We also look in on healthcare workers’ attempt to take back a shuttered hospital in Philadelphia, and more coronavirus—in a Minnesota Amazon warehouse—with Amazon worker Will Stoltz. For Argh, we consider the skilled work of one London hospital cleaner, and more about Amazon workers’ struggles to organize in crisis. 

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Employees from all four Carnegie museums announce unionization drive (Pittsburgh City Paper)

United Museum Workers on Twitter

Supreme Court blocks Trump from ending DACA (CNN)

Michelle: What DACA Means for Immigrant Workers (Dissent)

Report On Attempted Occupation Of Hahnemann Hospital In Philadelphia (It’s Going Down)

How the owner of Philly’s shuttered Hahnemann hospital became the internet’s coronavirus villain (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Amazon warehouse in Minnesota had more than 80 COVID-19 cases (NBC News)

Amazon Covid-19 Outbreak in Minnesota Was Worse Than Local County (Bloomberg)

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Daniel Costa, Director of Immigration Law and Policy Research, EPI

Trump Suspends Visas Allowing Hundreds of Thousands of Foreigners to Work in the U.S. (New York Times)

Sarah: ‘You’re Fired!’ The abuses of ‘skilled’ worker visa programs (Progressive)

Michelle: Why Are Some People Paying to Work? (The Nation)

Michelle: How Temporary Work Visas Hurt Migrant Women  (The Nation)

Michelle: These Guestworkers Just Won $20 Million Back From the Company That Trafficked Them (The Nation)   

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Sophie Elmhirst, ‘You have to take action’: one hospital cleaner’s journey through the pandemic (Guardian)

Michelle: Shirin Ghaffary and Jason Del Rey, The real cost of Amazon (Recode)

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Jul 03 2020

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Belabored Podcast #200: Back to the Streets of Chicago

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When this podcast launched in April of 2013, with Sarah Jaffe and Josh Eidelson, it was the first of its kind—a left podcast that covered the ups and downs of the labor movement. Emerging in the wake of Occupy Wall Street, it set out to explore the intersection of work, politics, race, gender, and culture from a fresh perspective, and 200 episodes later, we’re still here, reflecting on the world of work in the midst of yet another wave of social upheaval. To round out our 200th epiversary, we are revisiting the topic of the first episode, the Chicago Teachers Union. Our first ever guest was CTU President Karen Lewis. This time, we speak to CTU Vice President Stacy Davis Gates about how the union continues to be a model for grassroots labor organizing in public education, and what it’s like to be an educator and an organizer in a city facing a global pandemic as well as a nationwide uprising against police brutality.

In other news, we look at the big Supreme Court ruling on LGBTQ rights at work, with Dale Melchert; dockworkers shutting down West Coast ports for Juneteenth; a new study on hazard pay and COVID-19 risks on the job, with Larry Mishel; and the dangers of protesting as an essential worker. With recommended reading on corporate exploitation of Black Lives Matter and how the coronavirus ravaged meatpacking plants.

We are happy to announce that this 200th episode also marks our first foray into the world of Patreon! You can sign up to support us with a monthly contribution, at the level that best suits you.

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News:

Justices rule LGBT people protected from job discrimination

Transgender Law Center: Trans Agenda for Liberation

The Most Radical Union in the US Is Shutting Down the Ports on Juneteenth

A majority of workers are fearful of coronavirus infections at work, especially Black, Hispanic, and low- and middle-income workers: Those facing risks are not proportionately receiving extra compensation

Caught In De Blasio’s Curfew, Essential Worker Spends Week In Jail After NYPD Mass Arrests Bronx Protesters

Conversation: Stacy Davis Gates, Vice President, Chicago Teachers Union

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Belabored #188: What the Chicago Teachers Won

Belabored #113: Chicago Teachers Strike Back, with Sarah Chambers

Belabored #1: “We will shut down your city”

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Michelle: Toni Gilpin, Corporations Now Love ‘Black Lives’—But What About Their Own Black Workers?, LaborNotes

Sarah: Michael Grabell, Claire Perlman and Bernice Yeung, Emails Reveal Chaos as Meatpacking Companies Fought Health Agencies Over COVID-19 Outbreaks in Their Plants, ProPublica

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Jun 19 2020

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Belabored Podcast #199: Radical Seattle, with Cal Winslow

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This week, as protests continue in all fifty states and in several countries around the world against white supremacist violence and police brutality, we bring you an episode that might at first not seem related: an interview with historian Cal Winslow on his book Radical Seattle: The General Strike of 1919. Even before these uprisings, many people were talking about the potential for the pandemic to bring about a general strike in America, and so we seized this opportunity to interview Winslow for Red May in Seattle. You can watch the whole thing on YouTube if you’d like.

But our talk about the organization of the working class in Seattle—including the tensions over organizing black and Japanese workers alongside white ones—explored the question of what it means when, for a little while, the working class runs the city. Because that’s what happens during a general strike. And it is happening now. Friends of the show in Minneapolis and elsewhere are not just holding the line against the police but also organizing mutual aid to make sure that people are fed. The radicals in Seattle faced intense police violence and militarized crackdowns, and the deportation of organizers deemed “outside agitators.” That, too, is an important part of labor’s history.

As the protests continue, labor will persist in asking which side it is on, and persist in being asked difficult questions about the role of police unions. This is not going to be an easy process, but as the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 admonished labor: “Let us never forget that the conditions that built many of our unions (including: civil unrest, widespread unemployment, mass demonstrations) are not too different from today.” In that spirit, we bring you the story of Seattle 1919.

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.

Further Reading:

Cal Winslow: When the Seattle General Strike and the 1918 Flu Collided (Jacobin)

Cal Winslow: When Being a Red Meant Risking Your Life (Jacobin)

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Jun 05 2020

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Belabored Podcast #198: Not Safe to Work

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As state governments rush to “reopen the economy,” you may be wondering whether you can really trust politicians who are gunning to get people back to work even as the COVID-19 death toll continues to climb steadily. And given that bosses have been failing to comply with safety standards at the workplaces that have remained open under the lockdown, you have reason to fear that the lifting of stay-at-home orders will precipitate more devastating outbreaks. So what do you do if your workplace is reopening, and your boss is pressuring you to resume your job, but you fear that your workplace will be unsafe—that there won’t be enough gloves and masks, or that you’ll be packed together with coworkers and will not be able to socially distance? We talked to Peter Dooley, Senior Project Coordinator of National Council for Occupational Safety and Health about what you need to know about your right to a safe workplace, and how workers can take action for better protections, both for their health and their right to organize.

In other news, we look at striking sanitation workers in New Orleans, striking apple packing plants in Washington’s Yakima Valley, a victory on “hero pay” for Kroger’s workers, and an organizing surge in teachers’ unions in West Virginia and Britain. With recommended reading on the essential workers threatened with deportation, and the promise and peril of the job guarantee.

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:

COVID-Related Strikes Hit Washington’s Apple Sheds (Capital & Main)

Worker strikes continue at 6 Yakima Valley packing houses; Apple shipments not affected overall (Yakima Herald)

Sarah: What Happened to Kroger’s “Hero Pay”? (Dissent)

Striking New Orleans Sanitation Workers Escalate Their Fight  (New Orleans Public Radio)

The Growing Power of West Virginia’s Teachers (Progressive)

Boris Johnson Underestimated Teachers – Now They’re Fighting Back (Tribune)

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Conversation:

Peter Dooley, Senior Project Coordinator of National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH)

Coronavirus: Resources for Workers (NCOSH)

Safe and Just Return To Work Toolkit (NCOSH)

Worker Safety & Health During COVID-19 Pandemic: Rights & Resources (National Employment Law Project)

Argh, I Wish I’d Written That: 

Michelle: Maurizio Guerrero, Thousands of Essential Workers Are at Risk of Deportation (In These Times)

Sarah: James Meadway, Pandemic Labour and the Politics of Job Guarantees (Novara)

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May 22 2020

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Belabored Podcast #197: Food Workers and the Virus

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We have learned that the biggest coronavirus clusters in the country are, as researcher Gina Neff pointed out, prisons, meatpacking plants, and nursing homes. Meatpacking plants have long been a target for reformers, but they remain, as our guest today tells us, workplaces where injuries are taken as a matter of course. In such conditions, is it really surprising that workers are getting sick with coronavirus? But the illness in the food chain should remind us that we are all only as healthy as the sickest person in society—particularly if that person is handling your dinner. Is the virus in food production a way to get people to care about low-paid, superexploited workers? We talk with Raj Patel, research professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and the author of Stuffed and Starved and most recently, with Jason W. Moore, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things, and Suzanne Adely, co-director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance. 

Around the country, workers are fighting for safety on the job, and we check in on graduate student organizing at Harvard with Nishant Kishore, school employees in Minnesota with Sarah Nichols, as well as an attempt to pass an Essential Workers Bill of Rights in New York City and an attempt to map union power around the country in order to build the kinds of big strikes that will be necessary to fight back austerity and keep workers safe in the future. For Argh, we look at the conditions of the unsung, non-medical hospital workers who are also dying of the virus, and more on meat monopolies. 

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:

Harvard Grad Students Union-UAW

Hourly school employee bill passes Minnesota House, heads to Senate (Fox)

Sarah: How Workers Can Win in the Age of COVID-19  (Progressive)

Bargaining for the Common Good | Building Power Together: An Interactive Mapping Tool (The Forge)

City Council Proposes “Essential Workers Bill Of Rights” That Includes Hazard Pay, Paid Sick Leave (Gothamist)

Conversation:

Food Chain Workers Alliance

Raj Patel

A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things

Stuffed and Starved

Coronavirus Has Broken America’s Food Supply (The American Prospect)

Meatless May? Latino civil rights group launches meat boycott as coronavirus hits plant workers (The Gazette)

Argh, I Wish I’d Written That: 

Michelle: Ron Knox, Monopolies in Meat: Endangering Workers, Farmers, and Consumers (The American Prospect)

Sarah: Nicole Hong, 3 Hospital Workers Gave Out Masks. Weeks Later, They All Were Dead. (New York Times)

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May 08 2020

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Belabored Podcast #196: How the Pandemic Will Change Labor, with Bill Fletcher, Jr.

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The coronavirus crisis continues to ravage the economy, plunge millions into unemployment, and expose endemic inequalities in the workforce. Yet lawmakers are already speculating on how to “reopen” the economy as soon as possible, despite the looming public-health risks facing countless frontline workers and disproportionately harming communities of color. We speak with veteran labor activist Bill Fletcher, Jr. about what the pandemic is revealing about neoliberalism, the brokenness of our social welfare infrastructure, and how the labor movement can cope with the crisis and salvage itself.

In other news, we discuss the National Health Care Day of Action, the White House’s attempt to drive down immigrant farmworkers’ wages with Evy Peña, how Asian American labor activists are defending their communities with Kim Geron and Monica Thammrath, and health hazards at a Smithfield pork processing plant.

On May 1, join Sarah online for a May Day event with Sara Nelson and Stacy Davis Gates: System in Crisis: A Working-Class Vision for the Future

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:

APALA Blasts Trump’s Executive Order for Inciting Hate, Lying about Immigrant Workers (APALA)

Sarah: Belabored Stories: What If Nurses Ran the Healthcare System? (Dissent)

Sarah: Belabored Stories: A Healthcare Worker Day of Action  (Dissent)

White House Seeks To Lower Farmworker Pay To Help Agriculture Industry (NPR)

Smithfield Foods Is Blaming “Living Circumstances In Certain Cultures” For One Of America’s Largest COVID-19 Clusters  (Buzzfeed)

Conversation:

Bill Fletcher, Jr., executive editor of Global African Worker

Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path Toward Social Justice

“They’re Bankrupting Us!”: And 20 Other Myths about Unions

Claim No Easy Victories: The Legacy of Amilcar Cabral

Labor in the Time of Trump

Argh, I Wish I’d Written That: 

Michelle: Amber Joseph, What One New York Teacher Is Learning in a Pandemic (NYR Daily)

Sarah: Miranda Hall, Love doesn’t pay the bills (Open Democracy)

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Apr 25 2020

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Belabored Podcast #195: Delivering Us from Coronavirus, with Dania Rajendra

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Amazon is poised to become an even bigger part of many people’s lives during lockdown, but its workers aren’t celebrating. That’s because they’re working in frightening conditions, without enough time to wash their hands or room to practice proper social distancing. Amazon workers have been walking off the job and organizing protests to demand more sick time, safer workspaces, and more consideration for their needs. We talk to Amazon workers Tonya Ramsay and Jordan Flowers about the recent protests in New York and Detroit, and then to Dania Rajendra, director of Athena, a coalition of labor and social justice organizations fighting the concentrated power of Amazon. 

We also hear from a GE worker who took part in protests demanding the company use idled manufacturing capacity to make desperately-needed ventilators, service workers who are campaigning with Denver DSA to cancel rent, Barnes and Noble warehouse workers also challenging unsafe conditions, and we look back at the labor organizing of the Bernie Sanders campaign as it draws to a close. For Argh, we consider farmworkers who, you guessed it, are picking the food we eat without proper protections against COVID-19, and look at the ways capitalism created the healthcare crisis we face. 

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News:

Sarah: Belabored Stories: On the Picket Line for Ventilators (Dissent)

Workers Protest at Barnes & Noble Warehouse Where 9 Have Tested Positive for Covid-19 (Vice)

How Bernie’s Iowa Campaign Organized Immigrant Workers at the Factory Gates (Jacobin)

How Bernie Sanders’ fight for Amazon warehouse workers is winning California voters (Guardian)

Baristas For Bernie: Sanders’ Service Worker Strategy To Win Iowa (Iowa Starting Line)

Group petitions to cancel Denver rent, mortgage payments for 90 days (KDVR)

Michelle: Belabored Stories: “I Have to Feed My Family” (Dissent)

Conversation:

Dania Rajendra (with Amazon workers Jordan Flowers and Tonya Ramsay)

Athena

Dear Jeff Bezos, instead of firing me, protect your workers from coronavirus (Guardian)

Sarah: Nationalize Amazon (Outline)

Michelle: Belabored Stories: The Amazon Walkouts Continue and Belabored Stories: “I Have to Feed My Family” (Dissent)

Michelle: Your Rent or Your Life (The Nation)

Argh, I Wish I’d Written That: 

Sarah: Susie Cagle, California’s farm workers pick America’s essential produce – unprotected from coronavirus (Guardian)

Michelle: Andrej Markovčič, Capitalism Caused the COVID-19 Crisis (Jacobin)

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Apr 10 2020

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Belabored Podcast #194: The Coronavirus Bailout, with Mike Konczal

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COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on the economy, push the healthcare system to a breaking point, and leave millions of workers jobless. Today President Trump signed into law a $2.2 trillion stimulus bill in response to the economic crisis, but it is loaded with giveaways to big business and falls woefully short of what communities need. We are joined by Mike Konczal of the Roosevelt Institute to discuss the highs and lows of the pandemic package, and what the government could do to protect the most vulnerable while addressing endemic inequality.  

In other news, we talk to workers who are struggling to cope with the metastasizing public health crisis in the rideshare sector and auto industry, the Amazon supply chain and healthcare system. With recommended reading on healthcare workers who dread going to work, and supermarkets spiraling into logistical breakdown.

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News:

Sarah: ‘Horror Story After Horror Story’: A Frontline Nurse Discusses the Crisis (The Nation)

Rideshare Drivers United Crisis Response (Rideshare Drivers United)

Drivers Say Uber and Lyft Are Blocking Unemployment Pay (New York Times)

Ford building ventilators with UAW Ford partnering with GE, 3M to build ventilators, respirators, face shields (Automotive News)

Ford, 3M, GE and the UAW to build respirators, ventilators and face shields for coronavirus fight (TechCrunch)

Amazon warehouses are getting hit with coronavirus cases (CNN)

Michelle: Belabored Stories: “I Have to Feed My Family” (Dissent)

Conversation:

Mike Konczal, Director of Progressive Thought at the Roosevelt Institute

Mike Konczal: Our Political System Is Hostile to Real Reform (Dissent)

Mike Konczal: A Forward-Thinking Policy Response to the Coronavirus Recession (Roosevelt Institute)

Argh, I Wish I’d Written That: 

Sarah: Craig Gent, When Logistics Run Out of Time (Novara)

Michelle: Thomas Kirsch, What Happens If Health-Care Workers Stop Showing Up? (The Atlantic)

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Mar 28 2020

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Belabored Podcast #193: Work in the Time of Coronavirus

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As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the world and across the United States, as we are all told to practice “social distancing,” we are reminded that the way we work has everything to do with how we interact as humans and how infections spread through society. In our return episode after our February break, we discuss the spread of coronavirus, what it’s meant for healthcare workers, gig economy workers, the rich, and other frontline employees, what it says about the climate crisis, and more.We also hear from Debra L. Ness, President of the National Partnership for Women and Families, about the need for paid sick days.

And since labor hasn’t stopped since the outbreak began, we also check in on the Saint Paul Federation of Educators strike and the ongoing graduate employees’ cost-of-living battle that began at the University of California at Santa Cruz and has spread across the UC system. We hear too about the latest on nail salon workers, and the art of the sex workers’ movement. For Argh, we look at what a basic income trial has meant to its participants, and the questions of organizing in a time of multiple apocalypses. 

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:

Michelle: The Nail Salon Industry is Rife with Exploitation and Abuse (Progressive)

New York Nail Salon Workers Association

New York Healthy Nail Salons Coalition

Saint Paul Teachers Strike for Their Students’ Mental Health (Labor Notes)

Sarah: How to Halt Labor’s Slow Death (The New Republic)

The Sex Workers’ Pop-Up

UC graduate students threaten more strikes as movement grows (Los Angeles Times)

Become Unreasonable (Commune)

The Grassroots Wildcat Strike for a COLA and the Fight for a Democratic, Militant Union (Medium)

Support Fund for Striking Workers at UCSC! (GoFundMe)

Pay Us More UCSC

Open Letter to the Wildcats of UCSD 

UC Davis 4 COLA 

IG/Twitter/Venmo: @ucd4cola 

Conversation:

Michelle: Stopping the coronavirus requires health care access and paid sick leave. America’s in trouble. (NBC News)

Coronavirus divides tech workers into the ‘worthy’ and ‘unworthy’ sick (The Guardian)

Stopping the coronavirus requires health care access and paid sick leave. America’s in trouble. (NBC)

Inmates are manufacturing hand sanitizer to help fight coronavirus. But will they be allowed to use it? (The Washington Post)

Demands from Grassroots Organizers Concerning COVID-19 (Transformative Spaces)

Argh, I Wish I’d Written That: 

Michelle: Kelly Hayes, “What to Do When The World Is On Fire” (Truthout)

Sarah: Bryce Covert, “Can $500 A Month Change Your Life?” (The New Republic)

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Mar 14 2020

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

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Why is the labor movement in Minnesota thriving? SEIU Local 26 joins us to talk about the Twin Cities' robust network of grassroots worker centers and unions.

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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. Dissent editor at large Colin Kinniburgh joins us from Paris.

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Jan 11 2020

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Belabored Podcast #190: The Year in Labor

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Sarah and Michelle talk about this year's biggest labor stories.

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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?

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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.

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Nov 16 2019

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

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Autoworker Sean Crawford and Sociology Professor Ruth Milkman join us to debrief.

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Nov 01 2019

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

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Two organizers discuss recent efforts to unionize nonprofit workers. Plus: an interview with Chicago teacher Kenzo Shibata about the first day on the picket line.

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Oct 18 2019

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

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An inside look at the gig economy. Plus: updates from the GM strike, a teachers' strike looming in Chicago, and more.

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Oct 05 2019

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

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We hear about a new union in the UK organizing everyone from foster care workers to Uber drivers. Plus: an interview with a striking General Motors worker.

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Sep 21 2019

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Belabored Podcast #183: Troublemaking in Asia

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A report back from Labor Notes’s first ever conference in Asia.

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Sep 06 2019

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