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What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership? It’s hard to know, since like many trade deals, this massive plan with ramifications for workers around the globe, not to mention environmental protections that affect our ability to deal with climate change, is being negotiated almost entirely in secret. But our guest this week, Celeste Drake, Trade & Globalization Policy Specialist at the AFL-CIO, knows as much as anyone outside of a few locked rooms knows about the TPP, so we asked her to fill us in on what’s happening—and why the whole thing has to be so hush-hush, anyway.
We also bring you updates from Wisconsin, where Scott Walker is up to no good, from McDonald’s, where workers are being told to use condiments for first aid cream, on the continuing precarious conditions of guestworkers, and one company’s novel solution to women’s global oppression. And for Argh, we think about women in tech, and why maybe we should let go of this whole “work” thing anyway.
Scott Walker signs right-to-work bill (The Wisconsin Journal Sentinel)
Michelle: This Boutique Bakery Was Paying Its Workers Peanuts (The Nation)
Sarah: Can Uber’s New Plan Really Drive Gender Equality? (The Daily Dose)
Uber and Lyft face independent contractor challenges (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
Michelle: Backdoor Talks on Trans-Pacific Trade Deal Aim to Globalize Corporatocracy (In These Times)
Michelle: How US ‘Free Trade’ Policies Created the Central American Migration Crisis (The Nation)
Michelle: Patents Against People: How Drug Companies Price Patients out of Survival (Dissent)
Argh, I Wish I’d Written That!
Michelle: Leigh Harper, Meet the creative underclass of the tech industry (Quartz)
Sarah: Brian Dean, Antiwork – a radical shift in how we view “jobs” (Contributoria)