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Belabored Podcast #186: “A Boss Is a Boss”
Subscribe to the Belabored RSS feed here. Subscribe and rate on iTunes here or on Stitcher here. Check out the full Belabored archive here. Tweet at @dissentmag with #belabored to share your thoughts, or join the conversation on Facebook. Belabored is produced by Natasha Lewis. If you have ever been involved in any kind of campaign, social movement, labor group or volunteer project, you’ve interacted with the world of nonprofit organizations—the sector of the economy that purports to operate in service of a public-interest mission. The term nonprofit evokes a sense of charity and altruism. But at the end of the day, the nonprofit is also a workplace—one that often operates just like any profit-driven corporate enterprise, except maybe with lower pay and more thankless labor. We speak with Kayla Blado, president of the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU), and Adam Simpson, a member of the newly formed union of the workers at the Democracy Collaborative, about why workers at nonprofits should all join unions and why they often don’t.  While the GM workers consider a tentative agreement, we check in with the Chicago teachers on strike. And we explore new efforts to organize workers in California’s home childcare and marijuana industries, and a budding union at a green power company. With recommended reading on bargaining for the common good in Chicago, and Big Oil’s plunder of native lands. This week’s show was supported by our monthly sustaining members. If you think our work is worth supporting, please consider becoming a member today. If you’re interested in advertising on the show, please email ads@dissentmagazine.org. And as always, if you have any questions, comments, or tips, email us at belabored@dissentmagazine.org. News: Signs of Discord as U.A.W. Locals Consider G.M. Deal (New York Times) GM-UAW deal calls for 9,000 jobs, $9,000 ratification bonus, e-truck at Detroit-Hamtramck (Detroit Free Press) Why Are Chicago Teachers Striking Against Mayor Lori Lightfoot? They’ve Been “Lied To” Before. (In These Times) Josh Eidelson and Sarah Jaffe: Belabored Podcast #1: “We Will Shut Down Your City,” An Interview with Karen Lewis (Dissent) The push to unionize cannabis workers, explained (Vox) Michelle: “Hardhats vs. Hippies”: How the Media Misrepresents the Debate Over the Green New Deal (In These Times) Michelle: California’s Home Day Care Workers Win the Right to Unionize (The Progressive) Conversation: Kayla Blado, President, NPEU, and Director of Media Relations at Economic Policy Institute Adam Simpson, Program Associate, Democracy Collaborative  Nonprofit Professional Employees Union Democracy Collaborative Kayla Blado: The Answer To Burnout At Work Isn’t “Self-Care”—It’s Unionizing (In These Times) Nonprofit Workers Need Unions, Too (Jacobin) Argh:  Sarah: Rebecca Burns, What’s at Stake in Chicago Teachers’ Strike: Whether Unions Can Bargain for the Entire Working Class (In These Times) Michelle: Nick Martin, The Connection Between Pipelines and Sexual Violence (New Republic) The post Belabored Podcast #186: “A Boss Is a Boss” appeared first on Dissent Magazine.
Belabored Podcast #185: Riding for Deliveroo, with Callum Cant
Subscribe to the Belabored RSS feed here. Subscribe and rate on iTunes here or on Stitcher here. Check out the full Belabored archive here. Tweet at @dissentmag with #belabored to share your thoughts, or join the conversation on Facebook. Belabored is produced by Natasha Lewis. The gig economy gets a lot of press, but relatively little of the writing on the subject comes from the inside. Callum Cant’s new book, Riding for Deliveroo, aims to change all that. It’s a firsthand account of being a Deliveroo driver in the UK, as well as an analysis of how platform capitalism functions—or doesn’t function—and what it would take to remake it so that it worked for the workers, and therefore for all of us. Cant sat down with Belabored for an in-depth discussion of his work, from the day-to-day grind to the organizing process that is still powering waves of wildcat strikes of Deliveroo and UberEats couriers across the UK, and offers some suggestions for how better to understand the people who work in these jobs. We also bring you updates from the GM strike and from the Chicago Teachers Union, where another strike looms as well; we check in on graduate employees’ up-and-down fortunes with the NLRB, and the UK Labour party’s radical policy agenda laid out at its recent conference, including the embrace of the four-day working week. For Argh, we consider the struggles when the union’s the boss, and why the path to climate justice runs through victory for the autoworkers at GM. This week’s show was supported by our monthly sustaining members. If you think our work is worth supporting, please consider becoming a member today. If you’re interested in advertising on the show, please email ads@dissentmagazine.org. And as always, if you have any questions, comments, or tips, email us at belabored@dissentmagazine.org. News: Michelle: Trumpsters: Grad Students Are Not Workers, Have No Rights (The Progressive) Sarah: The Road Not Taken (on GM at Lordstown) (The New Republic) As GM strike continues, talks advance at Fiat Chrysler, Ford (The Washington Post) 3 Chicago unions, including CPS teachers, could soon go on strike together in ‘an extraordinarily disruptive moment’ (Chicago Tribune) Sarah: The Four-Day Work Week—Not Just a Daydream (The Progressive) Belabored #177: More Hours for What We Will, with Will Stronge (Dissent) Conversation: Callum Cant at Notes from Below Riding for Deliveroo: Resistance in the New Economy (Polity) Argh:  Michelle: Jane McAlevey, The Path to Climate Justice Runs Through the UAW Strike (The Nation) Sarah: Hamilton Nolan, SEIU’s Nasty Fight With Its Own Staff Union (Splinter) The post Belabored Podcast #185: Riding for Deliveroo, with Callum Cant appeared first on Dissent Magazine.
Belabored Podcast #184: Organizing the Unorganizable, with Jason Moyer-Lee
Subscribe to the Belabored RSS feed here. Subscribe and rate on iTunes here or on Stitcher here. Check out the full Belabored archive here. Tweet at @dissentmag with #belabored to share your thoughts, or join the conversation on Facebook. Belabored is produced by Natasha Lewis. General Motors workers took to the picket lines this week around the United States, in an unexpected and major strike that has long-term implications. We talk to autoworker Sean Crawford about the strike and what’s at stake. Then, from the UK, as the Labour party gathers for its annual conference and The World Transformed festival, we bring you an extended interview with Jason Moyer-Lee of the Independent Workers Great Britain (IWGB), a new union organizing everyone from foster care workers to Uber drivers to video game programmers—everyone, in other words, that the rest of the labor movement tends to say can’t be unionized. We learn how they’ve done it and more.  We also check in on gig economy workers in California after a big victory, and Kickstarter employees who’ve filed charges of retaliation for union activity. For Argh, we talk about yoga instructors unionizing, and think about what stake unions have in fighting for housing justice for all.  This week’s show was supported by our monthly sustaining members. If you think our work is worth supporting, please consider becoming a member today. If you’re interested in advertising on the show, please email ads@dissentmagazine.org. And as always, if you have any questions, comments, or tips, email us at belabored@dissentmagazine.org. News: Michelle: Hey, Uber and Lyft: Gig Work Is Work. California Just Said So. (In These Times) Unionizing Workers Just Accused Kickstarter of Retaliatory Firings in a Federal Complaint (Slate) Corruption Cases in the Auto Workers Complicate Bargaining (Labor Notes) Striking GM Workers Deserve Our Support (The Nation) What’s at Stake in the General Motors Strike (Dissent) Conversation: IWGB Union Jason Moyer-Lee in the Guardian Argh:  Michelle: Marnie Brady, Workers and Renters of the World, Unite!  (Jacobin) Sarah: Sarah Jones, The Scourge of Worker Wellness Programs (New York) The post Belabored Podcast #184: Organizing the Unorganizable, with Jason Moyer-Lee appeared first on Dissent Magazine.
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Started
Apr 12th, 2013
Latest Episode
Oct 18th, 2019
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No. of Episodes
185
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