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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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148 Ratings
Average Ratings
130
9
1
4
4

Thank goodness for this

By huhwhatmusic - Feb 28 2017
Read more
Just what we need in light of impending catastrophe. Let the roadmap for rebuilding be heard.

a must-listen

By macsmellsok - Mar 21 2016
Read more
if you're a progressive, you need to listen to this.
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Belabored by Dissent Magazine

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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 #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 #3: 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 #4: 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.

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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)

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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)

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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 #5: 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 #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 #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 #9: 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 #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: 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 #14: 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 #15: 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. 

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:

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

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Rank #16: 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 #17: Belabored Podcast #117: Welcome to the Resistance, with Barbara Madeloni

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Massachusetts Teachers Association President Barbara Madeloni joins us to talk about an election victory for public education, and how labor should respond to Donald Trump.

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Dec 02 2016

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Rank #18: 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 #19: 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 #20: Belabored Podcast #153: Workers On the Frontline Today and Tomorrow

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We check in on worker-led activism across the country, with interviews on UPS and AT&T strikes, behind-the-scenes resistance at Google, and the public banking movement.

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Jun 15 2018

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