We knew it was coming on election night: the expanded push for so-called “right-to-work” laws, which defund unions by allowing workers to avoid paying the costs of their representation while requiring the union to represent them anyway. And since then, Missouri, New Hampshire, and Kentucky have seen the bills introduced, and Kentucky—the last state of the Old South to not have such a law—has seen it pass, along with other assaults on workers’ organizing rights. We talk with Bill Londrigan of the Kentucky AFL-CIO about the response of the working people of Kentucky, the fight in his state and around the country to maintain and even expand union power under a hostile regime.
We also check in on a couple of Trump’s cabinet appointees, Betsy DeVos and Andy Puzder, and their discontents, the ongoing battle over Uber drivers’ rights, and a planned women’s strike against the incoming administration. For Argh, we look at the jobs men don’t want to do (spoiler alert: the ones mostly done by women) and prepare for the coming battles by considering the power that people deemed powerless actually have.
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It’s Not Too Late to Fix Cuomo’s Awful Uber Bill (Streetsblog NYC)
Kentucky Republicans Pass Right-To-Work, Dropping The Hammer On Unions (Huffington Post)
[Missouri] Right-to-work measures advance, unlikely to appear before voters (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Argh, I Wish I’d Written That!
Michelle: Claire Cain Miller, Why Men Don’t Want the Jobs Done Mostly by Women (New York Times)
Sarah: Melissa Chadburn, If you’re in the fight, get ready to do the work (DAME)