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This week, Belabored talks to San Francisco-based journalist Julia Carrie Wong bout the ugly side of Silicon Valley and how tech giants have unleashed a wave of gentrification across the Bay Area. It seems that, despite their cool, youthful brand image, Google and Twitter are exploiting workers and aggravating inequality much the same way the robber barons of yore did before them. In addition, we hear from Jobs with Justice organizer Kung Feng about the response of community and labor groups to the tech sector’s growing presence in the city.
We also talk about an insultingly low pay raise offer for federal employees and the health fallout facing Fukushima workers, along with updates on critical education labor struggles in Oregon and Minnesota, and a community-labor coalition working to save a local hospital. We end with a nod to some much-needed coverage of gender inequities in “house work” versus the formal workplace, and the massive lack of basic labor and safety protections for temp workers.
Conversation with Julia Carrie Wong about Silicon Valley gentrification:
Argh, I Wish I’d Written That!: