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This week on Belabored, Sarah and Michelle bring you the news of the week: Justin Timberlake is “bringing unions back,” sushi workers win a settlement for wage theft, France may be cracking down on sex work, and, of course, there were strikes aplenty last week. They discuss the attacks on pensions in Illinois and the bankruptcy proceedings in Detroit, and look at the labor movement’s strategy for beating global brands like Amazon, Walmart, and Starbucks at their own game. Featuring interviews with Walmart worker organizer Colby Harris and Greg Jones of the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers, and some “Argh! I wish I’d written that!” stories that look at the big picture.
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