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MacArthur Fellow, founder of Domestic Workers United, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, co-founder of Caring Across Generations—Ai-jen Poo has many titles and accolades to her name. She’s now added another one to the list: author, of the new book The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America. In that book, she makes the case that the United States needs to create a new caring infrastructure to deal with its aging population—and that, importantly, that infrastructure needs to ensure that caring jobs are good jobs, paid well, with reasonable hours and the respect that is too often denied to care workers. She joins us this week to talk about her book, her work organizing domestic workers, how care work is undervalued, and how racism and sexism contributed to the crisis in caring labor.
We also bring you an update from the United Steelworkers’ growing oil strike, a look at the labor strife slowing down West Coast ports, the bad news from Illinois, where the new governor is declaring a war on public sector unions, and some good news from right here in New York, where the Cablevision workers have won a three-year-plus struggle for a union. For “Argh,” we revisit the working conditions of home care aides and of freelance journalists.
Nurses join oil workers’ strike at Tesoro refinery (Contra Costa Times)
Labor Network for Sustainability Calls for Support for Oil Strikers (Labor Network for Sustainability)
As strike continues, Exxon Mobil offers a bonus for a five-year deal in Beaumont (Houston Chronicle)
Class Struggle Environmentalism (Jacobin)
Republicans Think They’ve Finally Figured Out How to Kill Unions (The New Republic)
Sarah: How 262 Cable Technicians Defeated A Union-Busting Giant (The Nation)
Argh, I Wish I’d Written That!
Sarah: Bryce Covert, Meet The Workers Caring For Our Elderly While Living In Poverty (ThinkProgress)
Michelle: David Uberti, New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true (Columbia Journalism Review)