Belabored Podcast #144: Thinking Outside the Box

Belabored Podcast #144: Thinking Outside the Box

Two labor groups are waging creative challenges against corporate America—and for the rights of immigrant workers.

Activists call on Home Depot to support immigrant workers as part of a Super Bowl Week of Action in Minneapolis last week (CTUL)

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We look at two labor groups waging creative challenges against corporate America: In Minnesota, we speak with organizers with Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL), a worker center that has partnered with SEIU to organize workers at major Twin Cities big box retailers. During Superbowl weekend, CTUL activists challenged corporate greed by protesting against Home Depot and other big sponsors, demanding fair wages and working conditions, as well as justice for immigrant communities. Meanwhile in Portland, the Wobblies have been biting into corporate fast food with a strike and boycott campaign against Burgerville. 

With recommended reading on white collar unionizing and yellow cab labor strife.

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News

In ‘Anti-Trafficking’ New Orleans Strip Club Raids, Police Make No Trafficking Arrests (In Justice Today)

Activist Spotlight: BARE on the Mass Closure of Strip Clubs in New Orleans (Tits and Sass)

Agency Workers Protest Trump Labor Board Prosecutor’s Agenda (Bloomberg BNA)

German industrial workers win right to flexible hours (BBC)

Abuse of migrant workers ‘rampant’ in Thai fishing fleets, rights group says (CNN)

St. Paul Teachers Say Yes to a Possible Strike (The Progressive)

 

Conversation 

Emilio Miranda Rios and Ruth Schultz, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL)

Reports on Super Bowl Week of Action (CTUL)

Hot Protest in an Ice-Cold Super Bowl City (The Nation)

Canaan Schlesinger, Burgerville Workers Union

Burgerville Workers Union

Strike update

Boycott Burgerville


Argh, I Wish Id Written That!

Sarah: Alex Press, White-Collar Unionization Is Good for All Workers (The Nation)

Michelle: Ginia Bellafante, A Driver’s Suicide Reveals the Dark Side of the Gig Economy (New York Times)


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