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After two and a half years of bargaining, virtual picket lines, and a credible down-to-the-wire strike threat, the workers at the New Yorker—and Pitchfork and Ars Technica—have an agreement for a union contract. The last couple of months have seen heightened tensions and a very-much-not-virtual picket at the home of Anna Wintour, the Global Chief Content Officer of Condé Nast, the company that owns the publications in question. The workers are very pleased with the contract they won, which includes substantial raises and improvements to working conditions. In this episode, we speak with Gili Ostfield, a member of The New Yorker Union’s bargaining team, about what the union won, how they did it, and what other workers in media—and outside of it—can learn from their victory.
We also speak with North Carolina care worker Samantha McLeod about good care jobs and the American Jobs Plan, and with Ligia Guallpa of the Workers Justice Project about organizing delivery workers in New York. Then we look at legal weed and labor peace in Connecticut and “lying flat,” a perhaps-new resistance movement to always-on work culture in China. For Argh, we continue to consider rest—and the culture war’s invasion of the classroom.
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Lily Kuo, Young Chinese take a stand against pressures of modern life — by lying down, Washington Post
Mark Pazniokas and Keith M. Phaneuf, Senate narrowly votes to legalize marijuana in Connecticut, CT Mirror
Cannabis Economy Peace Laws Spread, Fertilizing Union Growth, Bloomberg Law
Rebekah Barber, Low-wage care workers rally for the American Jobs Plan, Facing South
Elahe Izadi, New Yorker union averts a strike, reaches agreement with bosses, Washington Post
Dave Jamieson and Marina Fang, New Yorker Workers Hold Significant Leverage In Strike Threat: A Weekly Print Product, HuffPost
Jada Yuan and Elahe Izadi, The New Yorker’s labor dispute reaches Anna Wintour’s doorstep, Washington Post
Argh, I wish I’d written that!
Sarah: Amelia Horgan, The politics of everyday life: rest, The New Statesman
Michelle: Jennifer C. Berkshire, Culture War in the K-12 Classroom, The Nation