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Teachers around the country are under pressure—not just the continued stress of teaching in a pandemic, but now a new right-wing campaign to ban “critical race theory” in schools aims to crack down on teachers who teach honestly about racism. Jesse Hagopian, a Seattle teacher, writer, and editor of books including Black Lives Matter at School, joins us to discuss this latest backlash, and what teachers and their unions can do to protect themselves and their students.
We also look at the new just cause provisions in New York City, the conditions for union—and nonunion—retail workers, the potential inclusion of PRO Act provisions in the budget, the end of a major Steelworker strike, and fast food workers who went viral with a sign of frustration. For Argh, we consider the union movement in journalism, and how work from home is sometimes more work for women.
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Josh Eidelson, Most Americans Can Be Fired for No Reason at Any Time, But a New Law in New York Could Change That, Bloomberg
Richa Naidu, Retail workers in unions reap higher wages even as U.S. organizers suffer setbacks, Reuters
Sharon Zhang, Sanders Confirms Inclusion of Provisions of PRO Act in Reconciliation Bill, Truthout
C.M. Lewis, Citing Unfair Labor Practices, 1,300 Steelworkers Strike in Five States, In These Times
Peter Knowlton, Striking ATI Steelworkers Hold the Line for Premium-Free Health Insurance, Labor Notes
Sarah Jones, How to Manufacture a Moral Panic, New York Magazine
Jesse Hagopian: I Am An Educator
Jesse Hagopian and Denisha Jones, Black Lives Matter At School, Haymarket Books
Argh, I wish I’d written that!
Sarah: Angela Fu, Not just a wave, but a movement: Journalists unionize at record numbers, Poynter
Michelle: Rani Molla, For women, remote work is a blessing and a curse, Vox