It’s been a week of labor whiplash as federal workers returned to work, but remained wary of more chaos ahead amid ongoing gridlock on Capitol Hill. We talk to Sara Nelson, the flight attendant and union advocate whose leadership and call for a general strike helped end the shutdown, and George Faraday of Good Jobs Nation, about the impact of the shutdown on federal subcontracted workers and the ongoing privatization crisis in government.
In other news, we discuss the Colorado teacher strike and aftermath, Honduran farmworkers mobilizing for union rights under the Fair Trade label, the track record on corporate abuses and civil rights lawsuits, and a new bill for fast food workers’ rights in New York—with additional comments from NYC Council member Brad Lander on the victory against Amazon (more to come on that in future episodes). With recommended reading on the challenge of the Green New Deal and the problems with Alfonso Cuarón’s celebrated movie Roma.
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Michelle: The Supreme Court’s War on Class-Action Lawsuits (The Nation)
Why we fight. DCTA Strike (Colorado Education Association)
Michelle: Labor Unrest Is Erupting on Honduran Plantations—And Rattling the Global Supply Chain (In These Times)
George Faraday: Over 1 million federal contract workers may be jobless Because of Trump Shutdown (Good Jobs Nation)
Argh, I Wish I’d Written That!
Michelle: Paul Mason, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is radical but it needs to be credible too (New Statesman)
Sarah: Sophie Lewis, I Like Being Dead (Blind Field)