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The twenty-second episode of Dissent’s Belabored podcast opens with a round-up of good and bad news for labor: a judge’s ruling against Indiana’s “Right to Work,” a living wage law vetoed in DC, Chicago schools without air conditioning, and steps towards UAW union recognition in the South. Then Sarah and Josh discuss his trip to the AFL-CIO convention this week in Los Angeles. What was behind the controversy over tightening the federation’s ties to progressive groups? What brought a union representing prison guards to join a resolution against mass incarceration? How much leverage does the AFL-CIO have over the fifty-seven unions that make it up?
Links for those following along at home:
The Chicago Sun-Times on schools without A/C
Kenzo Shibata on the anniversary of the Chicago Teachers Union strike
NUVO on the Indiana ruling
Josh on retaliation at Walmart for the Washington Post
Pieces we wish we’d written:
Mike Elk, “For Union Members, Defeat at Crystal Sugar Anything But Sweet,” In These Times
Douglas Williams and Cato Uticensis, “A Call for a Second Operation Dixie,” The South Lawn