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Belabored Podcast #60: Whither Market Basket? with James Green

September 5, 2014 · Blog

Is the outcome of the Market Basket strike a victory for working people, or something more complicated? Belabored asks James Green, a former professor at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and the author of several books on labor history and social movements. Plus: care workers mobilizing across the country, pre-K workers and inequality in New York, and more. {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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Belabored Podcast #59: Labor Rights as Civil Rights, with Moshe Marvit

August 22, 2014 · Blog

Is the right to form a union also a civil right? Belabored asks Moshe Marvit, who recently helped turn the idea into legislation now pending in Congress. Plus: “crowd work,” Ferguson, unionizing Elmos, and why we need a four-hour workday. {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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Unite Queer

July 28, 2014 · Online Articles

Out in the Union, a new book by Miriam Frank, shows that unions have been crucial to the growth and success of the modern LGBT rights movement. {…}

By Kate Redburn
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Belabored Podcast #57: Organizing the South, with Ben Speight

July 25, 2014 · Blog

This week, Belabored talks to Ben Speight, a veteran organizer with Teamsters 728 in Georgia, about building the labor movement in the South. Plus: transgender discrimination at Hobby Lobby, teachers supporting postal workers, and why workers should have a say in who runs the company. {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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Belabored Podcast #56: The Post–Harris v. Quinn Future

July 11, 2014 · Blog

What does Harris v. Quinn mean for home care workers, for other public sector workers, and for any of us who care about labor? Belabored asks Harvard Law professor Benjamin Sachs and Minnesota care worker Sumer Spika. Plus: strikes in California and Greece, labor struggles at the opera, and more. {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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Prison to Table: The Other Side of the Whole Foods Experience

July 9, 2014 · Blog

It’s not clear what shocked people most about the report in Fortune that Whole Foods Market sells goat cheese and tilapia prepared with prison labor—the horrendous exploitation of prisoners for a base rate less than one-tenth of Whole Foods’ starting … {…}

By Trish Kahle
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Occupy Central: The Migrant Workers in Democracy’s Blind Spot

July 2, 2014 · Online Articles

Hong Kongers have never been quite comfortable discussing the 300,000 migrant domestic workers, most of whom are female, to which the city currently plays host. Complicating the discussion further is the media’s tendency to steer such discussions from issues of fair wages and workplace safety toward the still more vexing question of citizenship. {…}

By Elaine Yu
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Belabored Podcast #55: The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game, with Dave Zirin

June 27, 2014 · Blog

This week, Belabored talks to sports critic Dave Zirin about the wildcat strikes, street protests, and police crackdowns on the fringes of the World Cup in Brazil. Plus: a look at the White House’s new push for “family-friendly policies,” the latest teacher-bashing crusade led by ex-Obama flacks, the economic assault on young black men, and more. {…}

By Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen
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Baltimore Since Beth Steel: Hopkins Hospital Workers Fight for 15

June 26, 2014 · Online Articles

With Johns Hopkins ranking as Baltimore’s largest private employer, the hospital workers’ struggle holds tremendous implications for the future of the Baltimore economy—and countless other struggling postindustrial cities. {…}

By Shawn Gude and Rachel M. Cohen
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Will the Rise of the Far Right Mean More Human Trafficking in Europe?

June 24, 2014 · Blog

By depriving immigrants of rights, governments help foster the demand for illegal trade in human lives. {…}

By Adam Blanden
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