Desperate to get virtually anything passed in Congress, the Republican majority is pushing a tax plan that will devastate workers, undermine the social safety net, and give a bad deal to just about everyone in the country except the ultra rich. So it’s hard to know where to start when exploring the legislation’s myriad horrors. But in this episode, we talk to some of the people protesting the bill: graduate student workers resisting a punitive tax hike that will explode the cost of higher education, and one union’s campaign to demand that corporate America make good on promises that the bill will benefit ordinary workers.
In other news, we look at Black Friday strikes, Universal Basic Income in Canada, Trump’s long-buried labor abuse scandal, and Congress’s latest plan to deny children healthcare. With recommended reading on unions changing Silicon Valley and what can be done about the threat of national “Right to Work.”
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Trump Paid Over $1 Million in Labor Settlement, Documents Reveal (New York Times)
For This Congress, Children Come Last (New Republic)
Jody Calemime, CWA general counsel
Ian Bradley-Perrin, Hannah Khoddam, graduate student workers
Michelle: The GOP Tax Plan Would Make It Even Harder to Be a Grad Student (The Nation)
The Ivy League Has An Unexpected Friend in Donald Trump (Huffington Post)
Argh, I Wish I’d Written That!
Michelle: Lizzie O’Shea, Tech capitalists won’t fix the world’s problems – their unionised workforce might (Guardian)
Sarah: Mindy Isser, How the Labor Movement Can Win Under National ‘Right to Work’ (The Nation)