Belabored Podcast #189: International Solidarity

Belabored Podcast #189: International Solidarity

How do we reach across borders to build a truly international labor movement?

Detail from "A Woman's Place," the mural at the UE 506 hall (Juana Alicia)
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How do we reach across borders to build a truly international labor movement? How does labor beat a rising far right that pitches nationalist arguments to try to win over working-class people, and how can we learn from the international solidarity of the past? We bring you a conversation today on all of these topics and more, recorded live in Erie, Pennsylvania, between Eugenio Narcia Tovar, of the Frente Auténtico del Trabajo (FAT) in Mexico, Louise Casselman of the Public Service Alliance in Canada, and Tom Bobrowicz of UE Local 506 in Erie.

We also talk to striking university lecturer Claire English and security worker Amjad Khan in London, look at union-busting inside the house at the National Labor Relations Board, and greet a new coalition dedicated to tackling Amazon. For “Argh, I wish I’d written that,” we consider labor’s ongoing fight against sexual harassment and the long fight for paid family leave.

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News:

Agency Workers Stage Protest Against Labor Board Actions (Bloomberg)

Universities have driven their workers into the ground. That’s why I’m striking (Guardian)

Back on Strike (London Review of Books)

University staff make trade union history as UCL employees and outsourced workers strike together (Morning Star)

Michelle: Black Friday Amazon deals’ costs: Workers’ health, climate change and your own taxes (NBC)

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Conversation:

Eugenio Narcia Tovar, of the Frente Auténtico del Trabajo (FAT) in Mexico

Louise Casselman of the Public Service Alliance in Canada

Tom Bobrowicz of UE Local 506 in Erie

Overcoming Fear: Creating a Trinational Workers Toolkit (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung NY)

Argh, I wish I’d Written That: 

Michelle: Mona L. Siegel, The Forgotten Origins of Paid Family Leave (New York Times)

Sarah: Kim Kelly, Labor Took on “Bad Bosses” Long Before #MeToo (The New Republic)


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