On election night, the labor movement had a few things to be thankful for, but perhaps none bigger than the loss, finally, of Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin. Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO’s only comment was “Scott Walker was a national disgrace.” Walker’s Act 10 stripped collective bargaining rights from public workers and though it kicked off massive protests that laid the groundwork for the change in US politics over the last eight years, it remains in effect in Wisconsin, along with a later move to so-called “Right-to-Work” status for the private sector. We talk to Eleni Schirmer, former co-president of the Teaching Assistants Association at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and an education policy PhD candidate there, about what it was like to see Walker go, and what the people who’ve fought him can do next.
We also check in on election results from around the country, and talk a little about Amazon’s decision to locate its new headquarters near Washington, D.C. and in New York City. For Argh, we think about a working class politics that goes beyond borders, and how to tell Amazon “no thanks, but no thanks.”
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Minimum Wage, Health Care, and Local Democracy Big Winners Across Country on Election Day. (National Employment Law Project)
Michelle: Hate was Not a Winning Ticket (Dissent)
Over 700 union members win public office in midterms (People’s World)
Fighting for Stacey Abrams and Empowerment in Georgia (New York Times)
Michelle: More Nurses Means Better Care—So Why Did This Ballot Measure Fail? (The Nation)
Sarah: Nationalize Amazon (The Outline)
Scott Walker Lost!!! (Splinter)
Eleni Schirmer & Michael Billeaux: What’s Next After Right-To-Work? (Jacobin)
Argh, I Wish I’d Written That!
Michelle: Hamilton Nolan, Dear Amazon, New York doesn’t want you. Go find another city to destroy (Guardian)
Sarah: The Border Crossing Us (Viewpoint)