As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the world and across the United States, as we are all told to practice “social distancing,” we are reminded that the way we work has everything to do with how we interact as humans and how infections spread through society. In our return episode after our February break, we discuss the spread of coronavirus, what it’s meant for healthcare workers, gig economy workers, the rich, and other frontline employees, what it says about the climate crisis, and more.We also hear from Debra L. Ness, President of the National Partnership for Women and Families, about the need for paid sick days.
And since labor hasn’t stopped since the outbreak began, we also check in on the Saint Paul Federation of Educators strike and the ongoing graduate employees’ cost-of-living battle that began at the University of California at Santa Cruz and has spread across the UC system. We hear too about the latest on nail salon workers, and the art of the sex workers’ movement. For Argh, we look at what a basic income trial has meant to its participants, and the questions of organizing in a time of multiple apocalypses.
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Michelle: The Nail Salon Industry is Rife with Exploitation and Abuse (Progressive)
Sarah: How to Halt Labor’s Slow Death (The New Republic)
UC graduate students threaten more strikes as movement grows (Los Angeles Times)
Become Unreasonable (Commune)
Support Fund for Striking Workers at UCSC! (GoFundMe)
Demands from Grassroots Organizers Concerning COVID-19 (Transformative Spaces)
Argh, I Wish I’d Written That:
Michelle: Kelly Hayes, “What to Do When The World Is On Fire” (Truthout)
Sarah: Bryce Covert, “Can $500 A Month Change Your Life?” (The New Republic)