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Belabored

A podcast about labor organizing, hosted by Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen. Presented by Dissent magazine since 2013.

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

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. The post Belabored Podcast #49: Mapping New York’s New Labor Movements, with Ruth Milkman appeared first on Dissent Magazine.

59mins

11 Apr 2014

Rank #1

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Belabored Podcast #78: The Union and the University

Organizers from five private universities discuss what's next for grad student unionism. The post Belabored Podcast #78: The Union and the University appeared first on Dissent Magazine.

1hr 22mins

29 May 2015

Rank #2

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

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. The post Belabored Podcast #68: Good Cop, Bad Cop, with Joshua Freeman appeared first on Dissent Magazine.

49mins

9 Jan 2015

Rank #3

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

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. The post Belabored Podcast #186: “A Boss Is a Boss” appeared first on Dissent Magazine.

1hr 5mins

18 Oct 2019

Rank #4

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Belabored Podcast #130: Retail Warriors

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. The post Belabored Podcast #130: Retail Warriors appeared first on Dissent Magazine.

1hr 7mins

2 Jul 2017

Rank #5

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Belabored Podcast #100: How Uprisings Happen, with Mark Engler

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. The post Belabored Podcast #100: How Uprisings Happen, with Mark Engler appeared first on Dissent Magazine.

1hr 27mins

8 Apr 2016

Rank #6

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

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. The post Belabored Podcast #148: Organizing Outside the Law, at Labor Notes appeared first on Dissent Magazine.

1hr 33mins

13 Apr 2018

Rank #7

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Belabored Podcast #3: “Strike.”

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. The post Belabored Podcast #3: “Strike.” appeared first on Dissent Magazine.

31mins

26 Apr 2013

Rank #8

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

Economist Celine McNicholas breaks down what last week's Supreme Court ruling means for workers—and why more individual arbitration is bad news. The post Belabored Podcast #152: SCOTUS’s Epic Fail, with Celine McNicholas appeared first on Dissent Magazine.

55mins

1 Jun 2018

Rank #9

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

The history of the IWW—and its concept of "One Big Union"—holds lessons for the labor movement today. The post Belabored Podcast #138: Wobblies of the World, Then and Now, with Peter Cole appeared first on Dissent Magazine.

53mins

3 Nov 2017

Rank #10

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Belabored Podcast #146: West Virginia Teachers Win

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. The post Belabored Podcast #146: West Virginia Teachers Win appeared first on Dissent Magazine.

1hr 20mins

10 Mar 2018

Rank #11

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

Jane McAlevey joins us to talk about her new book, No Shortcuts, strategies for workplace organizing, and what's wrong with Saul Alinsky. The post Belabored Podcast #115: Organizing for Power, with Jane McAlevey appeared first on Dissent Magazine.

58mins

28 Oct 2016

Rank #12

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

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. The post Belabored Podcast #39: The Real State of the Union, with Heather McGhee of Demos appeared first on Dissent Magazine.

49mins

31 Jan 2014

Rank #13

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

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.” The post Belabored Podcast #102: A Left Turn on the Campaign Trail, with Eric Fink appeared first on Dissent Magazine.

1hr 2mins

29 Apr 2016

Rank #14

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

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. The post Belabored Podcast #126: Voices from the Rust Belt, with Chuck Jones appeared first on Dissent Magazine.

1hr 16mins

21 Apr 2017

Rank #15

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Belabored Podcast #116: Facing Labor and Politics Under Trump

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. The post Belabored Podcast #116: Facing Labor and Politics Under Trump appeared first on Dissent Magazine.

1hr 9mins

11 Nov 2016

Rank #16

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Belabored Podcast #144: Thinking Outside the Box

Two labor groups are waging creative challenges against corporate America—and for the rights of immigrant workers. The post Belabored Podcast #144: Thinking Outside the Box appeared first on Dissent Magazine.

1hr 1min

9 Feb 2018

Rank #17

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

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. The post Belabored Podcast #69: Laborers and Lovers, with Andrew Cherlin appeared first on Dissent Magazine.

52mins

23 Jan 2015

Rank #18

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

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. The post Belabored Podcast #6: “That Can Get You Fired” appeared first on Dissent Magazine.

45mins

17 May 2013

Rank #19

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Belabored Podcast #101: Ireland Rising, with Ronan Burtenshaw

A conversation with Irish journalist Ronan Burtenshaw about the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, its legacy, and the Irish left today. The post Belabored Podcast #101: Ireland Rising, with Ronan Burtenshaw appeared first on Dissent Magazine.

1hr 4mins

15 Apr 2016

Rank #20