Belabored: Lost in Work, with Amelia Horgan

Belabored: Lost in Work, with Amelia Horgan

Amelia Horgan’s new book, Lost in Work: Escaping Capitalism, asks what work is, why it sucks, and what we can do to change it.

Amelia Horgan (Stuart Simpson)

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What is work, actually? The question is surprisingly hard to answer once you start to dig into it. But in order to challenge the conditions under which we work, it’s worth actually thinking about why work is the way it is, and what makes it—for lack of a better word—suck. Amelia Horgan’s new book Lost in Work: Escaping Capitalism looks at these questions and asks how we can rearrange work to better suit workers. She sat down with Belabored this week to talk about it.

We look at the NLRB ruling that the Bessemer Amazon workers can have a new union election, the ongoing nurses’ strike at St. Vincent Hospital, and the questions surrounding pandemic unemployment expansion with Andy Stettner of The Century Foundation. We also remember Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, who we lost last week age seventy-two. For Argh, we consider the Activision Blizzard workers walkout, and the working-class gaze of the Ashcan School.

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Alina Selyukh, Amazon Warehouse Workers In Alabama May Get To Vote Again On Union, NPR

Jennifer Liu, Could pandemic unemployment be extended beyond Labor Day? What experts are saying, CNBC

Andrew Stettner, 7.5 Million Workers Face Devastating Unemployment Benefits Cliff This Labor Day, The Century Foundation

Erik Loomis remembers Trumka

C.M. Lewis, Richard Trumka’s legacy will be the AFL-CIO’s future, Strikewave

John H. Richardson, Richard Trumka Knows Exactly What He’s After, Esquire (2011)

Marin Wolf, Tenet Healthcare CEO to Step Aside, Dallas Morning News

Michelle Williams, Massachusetts Nurses Association calls Saint Vincent Hospital’s final offer to resolve Worcester strike an ‘unsatisfactory ultimatum’, MassLive



Amelia Horgan, Lost in Work: Escaping Capitalism, Pluto Books

Amelia Horgan, The politics of everyday life: rest, New Statesman

Amelia Horgan, Sarah Jaffe, Lois McCallum of Sheffield Needs a Pay Rise and Tam Wilson of BetterThanZero discuss organizing


Argh, I wish I’d written that!

Sarah:  Cecilia D’Anastasio, Activision Blizzard Employees Walk Out After Allegations of Rampant Sexism, Wired

Michelle: Billy Anania, The Ashcan School Painted the American Working Class, Jacobin

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