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On Belabored’s twenty-fifth episode, Sarah is joined by guest host Bryce Covert, economics editor at ThinkProgress and contributor to The Nation and Dissent. Bryce and Sarah round up the news this week and chat about work-family policy on the federal, state, and local level. They also address the biggest news of the week—the government shutdown. For that, they’re joined by Mariya Strauss, a labor journalist whose partner is a federal employee currently locked out of his job by the shutdown. The three of them discuss the reasons to call the shutdown a lockout, what “essential” workers and work mean, and how the left can use this opportunity to present its own list of demands.
Links for Those Following Along at Home
Mariya Strauss at In These Times: “First they came for the federal workers…”
Bryce Covert on paid sick days heading to Newark
Bryce Covert on leave for workers who are victims of domestic violence
Bryce Covert on the other shutdown: Congress lets welfare lapse
Bryce Covert and Alan Pyke talk to federal workers about shutdown
Aaron Bady on who the shutdown will hurt—and why
Sarah on NYC’s Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
Bryce on NYC’s Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
The Pieces We Wish We’d Written
Bryce: Sharon Lerner at the American Prospect on fathers taking advantage of paid parental leave
Sarah: Lynn Parramore at AlterNet on professional cheerleaders’ hard work and low pay