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

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117
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Thank goodness for this

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

a must-listen

By macsmellsok - Mar 21 2016
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if you're a progressive, you need to listen to this.
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Rank #1: Belabored Podcast #181: Hong Kong Pushed to the Edge

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The city-state of Hong Kong, a former British colonial outpost turned reclaimed territory of mainland China, used to be known as one of the best places to do business in Asia. Now it’s the best place to wage a mass social uprising. The past few weeks have seen a protest movement against a controversial extradition bill, which would have permitted China to remove fugitives from Hong Kong to the mainland, spiral into an increasingly militant revolt against Beijing’s dominion. This past week was punctuated by intensifying street clashes between protesters and police, as well as the first general strike in several decades. We spoke with activists on the ground to gauge what these recent events signify about Hong Kong’s restive political insurgencies, the role of the left and labor, and why the latest wave of protests has mobilized people across the social spectrum, even against a backdrop of growing economic frustration and rising inequality.

In other news, we look at young guestworkers in the United States, the economic benefits of abortion access, the collapse of a storied British shipyard, and the social devastation wrought by Homeland Security’s latest anti-immigrant raids. And in other news, YouTubers boost a new unionization campaign, and Kentucky mine workers demand justice from King Coal.

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News:

ICE arrested hundreds of people in raids. Now ‘devastated’ children are without their parents. (Washington Post)

Protecting your constitutional rights during a workplace raid (UFCW)

The Economic Effects of Abortion Access: A Review of the Evidence (IWPR)

Save Harland and Wolff (Tribune)

Foreign students hired for summer jobs in US subjected to abuses, says study (Guardian)

Shining a Light on Summer Work: A First Look at Employers Using the J-1 Summer Work Travel Visa (ILRWG)

Conversation:

L.H. Au, Workercom

Jeffrey Ngo, chief researcher, Demosistō

Wong Yu-loy, Organising Coordinator, Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions

Michelle: One Country, Two Systems, Millions in the Streets (Dissent)

Hong Kong’s Fight for Life (Dissent)

The Rebellion in Hong Kong Is Intensifying (Jacobin)

Other Voices from the Anti-Extradition Movement (闯 Chuǎng)

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

Michelle: Edward Ongweso Jr, The YouTubers Union Is Not Messing Around (Vice)

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Aug 09 2019
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #2: Belabored Podcast #80: Class Struggle? There’s An App for That

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What if you could run a workplace organizing campaign through your smartphone? We speak with Mark Zuckerman, president of The Century Foundation, about how unions can use digital platforms to empower workers. Plus: the latest on Uber, Verizon, the TPP, and an ice-cream labor revolt.

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Jun 26 2015
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Rank #3: 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
1 hour 33 mins
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Rank #4: 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
1 hour 20 mins
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Rank #5: 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
57 mins
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Rank #6: 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 #7: 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
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #8: 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
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #9: 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
55 mins
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Rank #10: Belabored Podcast #81: Live, with Who Makes Cents?

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Audio from our live discussion on labor and the history of capitalism, with Betsy Beasley and David Stein.

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Jul 10 2015
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #11: Belabored Podcast #180: General Strike in Puerto Rico Gets the Goods, with Mercedes Martinez

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The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, has resigned, in the wake of massive protests and a general strike in response to ongoing corruption investigations and the release of chat logs in which Rosselló and eleven other male administration members mocked gay people, women, and Hurricane Maria victims. One of the officials arrested is Julia Keleher the former education secretary, who was a main target of the island’s teachers unions for her push to privatize the public schools, New Orleans-style, after the hurricane. We are joined this week from the midst of the action by Mercedes Martinez, president of the Federación de Maestros de Puerto Rico. Martinez has been organizing to reopen schools and battle the privatization agenda for years. She joins us to talk about the corruption, its connection to privatization of public schools, the future of the island under the fiscal control board, and what mainlanders can do to support Puerto Rico.

We also look at sub-minimum wages for people with disabilities with Andrew Stettner of the Century Foundation, Andy Stern’s shift away from labor, and hear about a strike at Walmart-owned grocery stores and the introduction of a national Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights. For Argh, we consider last week’s Amazon strikes and the community from which they grew, and remind you that rich people are not your friends. We also remember Hector Figueroa of SEIU 32BJ, whose sudden death has left New York’s labor community in mourning.

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:

Workers with Disabilities Deserve a Raise (The Century Foundation)

High Profile Labor Leader Has a New Gig Fighting Against Teacher’s Unions (Splinter)

Kamala Harris just introduced a bill to give housekeepers overtime pay and meal breaks (Vox)

Walmart Chile reaches agreement with union workers to end six-day strike (Reuters)

Chile’s Walmart Workers End Strike After Winning Pay Raise (teleSUR)

Conversation:

‘We Just Changed History’: Cheers and Tears in San Juan (New York Times)

Puerto Rico police fire teargas on protesters calling for governor to quit (Guardian)

The pillage of public funds in Puerto Rico going on behind the chat (Centro de Periodismo Investigativo)

Puerto Rico’s former education secretary, others arrested in federal fraud probe (NBC)

Sarah and Michelle: Belabored Podcast #149: Voices from Labor Notes Conference, with Mercedes Martinez and Liza Fournier (Dissent)

Argh: 

Michelle: Liz Clarke, Nick French, Even Nice, “Generous” Rich People Are Not Your Friends (Jacobin)

Sarah: Spencer Cox, The Amazon Prime Day strike shows how to take on Amazon – and win (Guardian)

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Jul 26 2019
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Rank #12: Belabored Podcast #142: Smartphone Sweatshops in Asia, with Joe DiGangi

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Do you know where your smartphone was made? A new in-depth report reveals dangerous conditions in Samsung factories in Vietnam.

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Jan 12 2018
55 mins
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Rank #13: Belabored Podcast #168: Victory in L.A., with Arlene Inouye

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What did the L.A. teachers win? UTLA bargaining committee chair Arlene Inouye joins us to talk about the contract.

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Feb 05 2019
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Rank #14: Belabored Podcast #179: Samsung’s Labor Abuses

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Samsung Electronics has been instrumental in supplying the gadgetry that keeps us all connected. But the company is also a vast, opaque empire stretching around the globe, run by a secretive circle of South Korean executives that has an enormous amount of both wealth and power, and apparently, little respect for the rights of the people who make up its global labor force. In an extensive investigation spanning nine cities in India, Indonesia, and Vietnam, reporters with the South Korean news outlet Hankyoreh examined harrowing stories of workers getting sick or dying, reportedly due to the harsh and hazardous working conditions in Samsung Factories. And they also explored widespread allegations of systematic abuse of workers who sought to organize their factories. We talk to one of the co-authors of the series, Lee Jae-yeon about Samsung’s global web of corporate impunity.

In other news, we’ve got a Minnesota double-header: Amazon worker Mohamed Hassan on an impending strike on Prime Day, and SEIU’s Iris Altaminaro on charges of union busting and discrimination against airport workers; unionizing daycare workers at California; and the arrest of Puerto Rico’s scandal-ridden former Education Secretary. With recommended reading on a standoff between writers and talent agents in Hollywood, and a victory for U.S. women on the pitch. 

This week’s show was supported by our monthly sustaining members. If you think our work is worth supporting as we soldier on through Trumplandia, 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:

Former Puerto Rico Education Secretary Arrested on Federal Corruption Charges (Mother Jones)

Former heads of Puerto Rico Education Dept. and Health Insurance Administration arrested along with president of BDO (Caribbean Business)

Workers Allege Discrimination at the Airport (Workday Minnesota)

In high demand, but with little pay, day care workers hope to unionize (KCRW)

Amazon Workers Plan Prime Day Strike at Minnesota Warehouse (Bloomberg)

Conversation:

Lee Jae-yeon, staff reporter Hankyoreh

[Special report- Part I] Worked to death at the ripe age of 22

[Special report- Part II] Samsung’s labor violations gone global

[Special report- Part III] Curses, verbal abuse, and impossible quotas

[Special report- Part IV]Samsung’s systematic dismantlement of its first overseas labor union

[Special report- Part V] Samsung has come under fire worldwide for its union-busting tactics

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Sarah: Liz Clarke, After a World Cup victory like no other, one chant stands out for the U.S. women: ‘Equal pay!’ (Washington Post)

Michelle: Keli Goff, Democratic Candidates Are Ignoring One of the Year’s Biggest Labor Disputes (The Nation)

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Jul 12 2019
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Rank #15: 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 #16: 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
55 mins
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Rank #17: 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 the places where we work was—to do less work? It’s an idea with a long history in the labor movement, stretching back to the beginnings of industrial capitalism. Workers fought for the ten hour day, the eight hour day, days off. One of labor’s favorite slogans is, “We’re the people who brought you the weekend.” Maybe it’s time to revive these very old ideas for the challenges of a new generation of workers. Will Stronge is director of Autonomy, a UK-based think tank serving up research on the benefits of a shorter working week, and he sat down with Sarah to talk about the various ways that working less can improve our lives—and maybe fight climate change, too.

We also check in on the latest struggle in West Virginia with educator Brendan Muckian-Bates of the WV United caucus, as teachers battle to stop yet another retaliatory bill, with graduate workers on strike at the University of Chicago, and a crackdown on journalists in the Philippines. For Argh, we remind you that robots are not the reason you’re losing your job, and that Trump’s trade policy is about enriching the already-wealthy, not helping workers. 

This week’s show was supported by our monthly sustaining members. If you think our work is worth supporting as we soldier on through Trumplandia, 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:

University of Chicago Graduate Workers Holding a Labor Action—Here’s What to Expect (The Chicago Maroon)

West Virginia Senate passes sweeping education bill to ban teacher strikes (ThinkProgress)

Rappler-CIA plot claim is attempt to cut funding, Philippine journalists say (CPJ)

Conversation:

Will Stronge, Autonomy

The Shorter Working Week: a Radical and Pragmatic Proposal (Autonomy)

The Shorter Working Week: a Powerful Tool to Drastically Reduce Carbon Emissions (Autonomy)

Will Stronge: Work and free time: a new social settlement (openDemocracy)

Michelle: How Would You Feel About a 4-Day Workweek? (The Nation)

Sarah and Michelle: Belabored Podcast #160: When One Job Isn’t Enough (Dissent)

Argh: 

Sarah: Brian Merchant, ‘Robots’ Are Not ‘Coming for Your Job’—Management Is (Gizmodo)

Michelle: Dean Baker, Trump’s Trade War with China Benefits Big Corporations—Not Ordinary Workers (In These Times)

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Jun 07 2019
1 hour 17 mins
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Rank #18: Belabored Podcast #165: Communities Unite for Border Resistance, with Cosecha Movement

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We spoke with an immigrants' rights activist from the Cosecha Movement about conditions at the border.

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Dec 01 2018
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #19: Belabored Podcast #176: Talking Union in NYC

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This week we bring you excerpts of a conversation on labor organizing in a changing economy, hosted by the Sterling Network in New York City. We brought together unconventional strands of the labor world to think about how to build movements creatively and effectively while working on the margins of society. Here, Bhairavi Desai of New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Bianca Cunningham of Labor Notes, and Valeria Treves of the LIFT Fund talk about how the labor movement can evolve to become more inclusive, powerful, and responsive to the needs of diverse working-class communities.

In other news, we’ve got Walmart workers and garment workers crashing shareholder meetings, fast food with a side of harassment and supersized rage, and cabbies caught in a ponzi scheme. With recommended reading on the theory and practice of organizing, and the thankless work of dementia care.

This week’s show was supported by our monthly sustaining members. If you think our work is worth supporting as we soldier on through Trumplandia, 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:

McDonald’s investigated over racism and harassment claims in Brazil (Guardian)

Garment Workers Protest Low Wages At Ross Headquarters (SFGATE)

Bernie Sanders is planning to crash Walmart’s next shareholders meeting and argue hourly workers deserve a spot on the company’s board (Business Insider)

‘They Were Conned’: How Reckless Loans Devastated a Generation of Taxi Drivers (New York Times)

Conversation:

Bhairavi Desai, New York Taxi Workers Alliance

Bianca Cunningham, Labor Notes

Valeria Treves, LIFT Fund

Sarah: Brooklyn Wireless Workers Vote to Save Their Union (Dissent)

Michelle: New York’s Taxi System Is Broken—Can This Workers’ Plan Fix It? (The Nation)

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

Argh: 

Sarah: Alyssa Battistoni, Spadework (n+1)

Michelle: Anonymous,  “I have to treat patients like objects”: the harsh reality of working in dementia care (Guardian)

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May 24 2019
57 mins
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Rank #20: Belabored Podcast #175: Shut off the Apps, with International Striking Uber and Lyft Drivers

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Ride-share drivers around the world turned off the app and turned up the noise at Uber’s international headquarters as the company went public, and helped to change the narrative from that of massive profits to one of disappointment. The drivers around the world are asking for their share of the value created—which is, as we’d note, most of it! We spoke to drivers and organizers in New York, Los Angeles, and the UK. 

We also checked in on potential labor law reform on the national scale and farmworker labor reforms in New York. We followed the continuing teacher strike wave to South Carolina, North Carolina, and Oregon. And we took some time to remember friend of the show Dan Clawson, labor scholar and unionist, who we lost this week.

For “Argh,” we think about whether “the dignity of work” is a concept worth saving, and offer a reminder that the Green New Deal must go beyond the roots of the original New Deal and be antiracist and anticolonial from the start.

News:

NY Farmworkers to rally in Albany for labor protections (AP)

With PRO Act, Democrats Commit to Dramatic Labor Reforms (New York Magazine)

Thousands of North and South Carolina teachers are protesting — but not just for the reasons you might think (CNN)

Thousands of Oregon teachers push for more school funding at rallies around the state (KPTV)

Sarah: In Nick of Time, Portland Teachers Make Deal to Avert Strike (In These Times)

Dan Clawson and Naomi Gerstel: Who Controls Our Time? (Labor Notes)

Conversation:

The Ride-Hail Strike Got Just Enough Attention to Terrify Uber (Slate)

New York Taxi Workers Alliance

Rideshare Drivers United

Independent Workers Great Britain

Argh: 

Michelle: Sarah Jones, “Joe Biden Should Retire the Phrase ‘Dignity of Work’” (New York Magazine)

Sarah: Dalia Gebrial, “As the left wakes up to climate injustice, we must not fall into ‘green colonialism’” (The Guardian)

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May 10 2019
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