From the beginning, video games have been both a form of work and a form of rebellion against work, so it’s fitting that this week we talk about the work of making games with Jamie Woodcock, author of the new book Marx at the Arcade. We trace the history of games from the military-industrial complex to today’s multi-billion-dollar industry, and look at the workers who have made all that possible, from the factory floors to newly unionized game programmers.
We also take a look at the potential strike in New York’s famed pre-kindergarten program, and the end of a three-week strike at the University of Illinois Chicago. And we hear about how poor people wind up getting audited by the IRS, and a new bill to tackle workplace harassment after the revelations of the #MeToo moment. For Argh, we consider the organizing happening along the border, on the Mexican side, and demand that we repeal Taft-Hartley, already.
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BE HEARD in the Workplace Act Would Help Create Fairer, Safer Workplaces for All (National Partnership for Women & Families)
U of Illinois Chicago Grad Assistants End Strike (Inside Higher Ed)
Some NYC Pre-K Teachers Can’t Make Ends Meet. Now They’re Preparing to Strike. (New York Magazine)
Marx at the Arcade: Consoles, Controllers, and Class Struggle by Jamie Woodcock (Haymarket Books, 2019)
Michelle: Alex Campbell, Amazon says it’s a leader on fighting climate change. 5,000 employees disagree. (Vox)
Sarah: C.M Lewis, Labor has opposed Taft-Hartley for decades. Here’s why it’s time to repeal it. (Strikewave)