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This week on Belabored, Sarah and guest co-host Peter Frase (Jacobin magazine) talk about solidarity of all kinds. They discuss international solidarity campaigns between European and South African unions and workers here, particularly in the South; give an update on the situation in Detroit as unions fight the city’s planned bankruptcy (which Marcy Wheeler discussed on Episode 16) and the wiping out of their pensions; and more. Then, independent journalist Susie Cagle joins them to talk about labor unrest in the Bay Area, including wildcat strikes at the Port of Oakland by port truckers and the Bay Area Rapid Transit workers’ strike. Solidarity, it seems, can be hard to come by, both in the suddenly tech-enriched community and even among workers at the port itself. And for “Argh,” Sarah presents her favorite piece on solidarity, ever.
Links For Those Following Along At Home:
Grambling State University football players strike by Brendan O’Connor at Jacobin
Sarah on port truck drivers in Savannah
Yvonne Yen Liu on wildcat port trucker strike in Oakland
Susie Cagle on Burning Down BART Strike Strawmen
Peter Frase on the BART Strike and Techno-Libertarianism
Mike Elk: BART Strike Media Fail
Labor Notes: Bay Area Transit Workers Beat Back Worst, End Strike
Pieces We Wish We’d Written:
Peter: Iza Kaminska at the Financial Times, World War ZIRP
Sarah: Chris Hayes at In These Times, In Search of Solidarity