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On the 17th episode of Dissent’s Belabored podcast, Sarah and Josh consider this week’s historic seven city fast food strikes. Is this campaign’s strategy–partnering unions and community groups, mounting one-day strikes, and attacking the entire industry at once–paying off? What comes next? How will this all end? Then they explore a related question: what’s the relationship between funding sources and internal democracy for campaigns organizing workers who don’t pay union dues? And in this week’s opening news round-up, they tackle college athletes, graduate student employees, sobering survey data, and who’s afraid of alt-labor.
Links for those following along at home:
Josh on “Who Should Fund Alt-Labor?”
Sarah on minimum wage protests
AP: “80 percent of U.S. adults face near-poverty, unemployment” during life
Micah Uetricht: “Big Business Aims to Crush Worker Centers”
Josh on Jack Lew’s union-busting at NYU
Travis Waldron on student athletes and pay
Sarah on on the Laundry Workers Center
Sarah on McDonald’s and payroll debit cards
Stories we wish we’d written:
Susie Cagle, “The Dark Side of Start-Up City,” Grist
George Black, “The Untold Story of Rana Plaza,” On Earth