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Returning from holiday break (for which we thank the labor movement), Michelle and Sarah bring you stories of workers in limbo: updates from SeaTac’s fight for $15 an hour, from the Portland teachers’ fight for a fair contract, and Congress’s fight over whether the unemployed should get their benefits, as well as an update on labor uprising in South Korea. Then, Sarah has a new investigation out on temp workers in manufacturing, and she and Michelle discuss the temping of America—how good, secure jobs became precarious, low-wage temp gigs, the role gender plays, why temps get extra screwed by the failings of labor law, and more. Finally, they cross the pond for a couple of “Argh!” stories from the UK.
Temp Work and Outsourcing:
Sarah: Forever Temp?
Michelle: The U.S. Government Uses Sweatshops, Too
Argh, I Wish I’d Written That!:
Paul Mason at Channel 4: Thatcher vs. the miners: Official papers confirm the strikers’ worst suspicions
(See also Belabored Episode 2 with Paul Mason)