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Everyone’s talking about inflation following the Federal Reserve’s announcement of the biggest interest rate increase in twenty years. But what actually is inflation? What causes it, how does it affect workers, and how should unions think about it? We asked economist J.W. Mason to explain it all to us and answer some listener questions about how to organize around price increases.
We also check in on the National Day Laborer Organizing Network for Workers’ Memorial Day, hear about a huge May Day strike put on by Voces De La Frontera, look at the latest Starbucks union election results, and discuss the situation of tugboat workers. For Argh, we consider the “Amazonification” of the workforce and how the impending repeal of Roe V. Wade might affect abortion clinic workers.
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Sarah Jaffe, Tug Life, American Prospect
Silent no more: overworked tugboat workers are reaching breaking point, International Transport Workers’ Federation
Colin Staub, Workers at five Oregon Starbucks are now unionized, Northwest Labor Press
Nik Theodore, Recovering From Climate Disasters: Immigrant Day Laborers as “Second Responders,” National Labor Day Organizing Network
Hannah Kirby, Thousands of people marched in Milwaukee to demand Biden pass protections for immigrant workers, their families, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
J.W. Mason, associate professor of economics at John Jay College, CUNY
Tim Barker and J.W. Mason, Is There an Alternative? The Macroeconomics of the Biden Administration, Dissent
David Stein, “In a Good Economy Homelessness Goes Up”: Inflation and the Housing Question, Law and Political Economy Project
Dominic Rushe, Federal Reserve announces biggest interest rate hike since 2000, Guardian
Argh, I wish I’d written that!
Michelle: Laura C. Morel, Abortion’s Last Stand in the South: A Post-Roe Future Is Already Happening in Florida, Reveal
Sarah: Jason Del Rey, The Amazonification of the American workforce, Vox