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In the latest escalation of the low-wage workers’ movement, fast food workers went out on strike around the world this week, staging actions in a reported 230 cities in thirty-three countries. But though their problems may be global, the solutions often come locally. On that note, Sarah and Michelle speak with Tsedeye Gebreselassie, a staff attorney at the National Employment Law Project, about her research on low-wage work, local minimum wage ordinances, and why it’s important for workers to lead this struggle.
We also report on miners’ deaths abroad and at home, teachers’ continuing resistance to the high-stakes testing regime, and unionizing workers at JFK airport. Finally, for “Argh,” we take a look at the responses to Thomas Piketty’s best-selling book on inequality and think about women, art, and domestic work.
Conversation with Tsedeye Gebreselassie
Argh, I Wish I’d Written That!
Sarah: Rose Lichter-Marck, “Vivian Maier and the Problem of Difficult Women” (The New Yorker)