Belabored Podcast #131: A Crisis of Care, with June Barrett and Saba Waheed

Rally to save the ACA, Los Angeles, March 2017 (Molly Adams / Flickr)
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As our population grows grayer and our hospital systems increasingly strained, homecare workers have become a critical part of community-based healthcare for our elders and family members with disabilities. The country now faces a crisis in home-based health services, as consumers struggle to pay and providers struggle with poverty wages. Despite the tremendous unmet needs for quality homecare services, the latest Republican Trumpcare proposals threaten to slash wages, bleed our social service infrastructure and force families into poverty and institutionalization. We speak with labor advocates and workers about what’s at stake in the healthcare reform fight, for workers and and for the communities they help heal.

In other news, we track the latest labor actions at airports a hard-fought unionization drive for Mississippi auto workers, striking nurses at Tufts Medical Center, and unions invest in Chicago’s hometown paper. Plus recommended reading on Marx on Constitutional law and class politics in the UK.

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News

New York-area airport employees temporarily halt strike as negotiations get underway (New York Daily News)

Talks Continue as Airport Workers Prepare for Possible Strike (SEIU 32BJ)

Tufts Medical Center Nurses Go On Strike (WBUR)

‘We want to work’: Nurses locked out at Tufts Medical Center (Boston Globe)

U.A.W. Says Nissan Workers Seek a Union Vote in Mississippi (New York Times)

Michelle: Mississippi Autoworkers Mobilize (Dissent)

Sarah and Michelle: Belabored Podcast #123: Marching on Mississippi, with Morris Mock and Danny Glover (Dissent)

Union group led by Eisendrath outduels Trib owner to acquire Sun-Times (Chicago Sun Times)


Conversation: 

with June Barrett, homecare worker from Miami, and Saba Waheed, Research Director, UCLA Labor Center

Sarah: Home care workers have our lives in their hands. They’re paid only $10 an hour (Guardian)

Michelle: With Medicaid And Health Care Under Attack, Home Care For The Aging Faces Crisis (Truthout)

Michelle: Trump’s Medicaid and immigration policies will make home health care more expensive and more rare (Mic)


Argh, I Wish Id Written That!

Michelle: Bertell Ollman, Toward a Marxist Interpretation of the US Constitution (Jacobin)

Sarah: Richard Seymour, Your incorrect theory of class (Patreon)



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