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Belabored Podcast #50: The Future of Work, with Saket Soni

April 18, 2014 · Blog

For Belabored’s one-year anniversary, Michelle and Sarah talk to Saket Soni of the National Guestworker Alliance about how the conditions faced by guestworkers are spreading to more and more of the workforce. Plus: a victory for UPS workers in Queens and a labor uprising in China; the drug-testing of public employees; the fight for $15 in Seattle; and more. {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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Belabored Podcast #49: Mapping New York’s New Labor Movements, with Ruth Milkman

April 11, 2014 · Blog

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. {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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Belabored Podcast #48: Athlete-Students’ Big Win

April 4, 2014 · Blog

Is the era of the student athlete over? This week on Belabored, Lee Adler joins us to discuss the groundbreaking NLRB decision that Northwestern University’s football players are employees and thus eligible to form a union. Plus: a growing campaign to opt out of standardized testing, the difference between unemployment and retirement, the struggle against Amazon in Europe, and more.  {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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Belabored Podcast #47: Retail Hours, Wholesale Injustice

March 28, 2014 · Blog

This week on Belabored, we speak to activists with the Retail Action Project and Women Employed about the impact of unfair scheduling on the lives of retail workers. We also discuss the Supreme Court drama over employer-sponsored health insurance and reproductive rights, “the end of jobs,” labor protections for unpaid interns, Wall Street’s attack on Los Angeles, TaskRabbit, and more. {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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Belabored Podcast #46: What’s Left, with Adolph Reed

March 21, 2014 · Blog

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. {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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Belabored Podcast #45: The Meaning of the Chicago Teachers’ Strike, with Micah Uetricht

March 14, 2014 · Blog

This week, Belabored examines the history and ongoing impact of the 2012 Chicago teachers’ strike with Micah Uetricht, author of Strike for America: Chicago Teachers Against Austerity. Plus: uprisings by UPS workers in New York and IBM workers in China; labor abuses by the Pentagon overseas; the White House’s plans to expand overtime pay; and more. {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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Belabored Podcast #44: The Work of Sex Work, with Melissa Gira Grant

March 7, 2014 · Blog

This week, Belabored talks to Melissa Gira Grant, whose new book Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work dismantles the myths surrounding sex work and challenges us to think about sex work in the same framework in which we put other kinds of labor. At the heart is the question: should workers have to love their work in order to be able to demand rights and protections on the job? {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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Belabored Podcast #43: Google and Gentrification, with Julia Carrie Wong

February 28, 2014 · Blog

Belabored talks to San Francisco-based journalist Julia Carrie Wong about Silicon Valley gentrification and with Jobs with Justice organizer Kung Feng about the response of community and labor groups to the tech sector’s growing presence. Plus, gender inequities in house work, the exploitation of temp workers, and updates on labor struggles across the country. {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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Belabored Podcast #42: (Almost) Striking in Portland

February 22, 2014 · Blog

In news: United Auto Workers’ defeat in Chattanooga, Tennessee, port truckers and wage theft, minor league ballplayers suing over wage violations, the U.S. government’s reliance on sweatshops, the strike by University of Illinois faculty, and why the Congressional Budget Office is wrong about the minimum wage. And Portland teacher Elizabeth Thiel on militant teacher unionism in Oregon. {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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Belabored Podcast #41: Can Postal Banking Deliver Us from Wall Street? With Dave Dayen

February 14, 2014 · Blog

Could banking at the post office be a boon to low-income communities and a major challenge to Wall Street? Sarah and Michelle discuss with Dave Dayen. Plus the latest news on teachers and nurses organizing for workplace rights, how Wal-Mart’s anti-labor actions may be undermining its bottom line, a legal victory for immigrant guestworkers, and the crowdsourced sweatshop. {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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