Earlier this year, the United States saw statewide teacher strikes in Oklahoma and Arizona. And in recent news, members of the Los Angeles teachers’ union have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike. To understand the context of these events, Patty speaks with professor Jon Shelton about his new book Teacher Strike! and his research in public […]
A 2015 YouGov survey revealed that 37% of working British adults think their jobs do not make a meaningful contribution to the world. Similarly, 40% of workers in the Netherlands reported that their jobs had no good reason to exist. Why are so many 21st century workers trapped in useless, meaningless jobs? On today’s special […]
In what direction should the left move in the 21st century? That’s the central question of Leo Panitch’s new book, The Socialist Challenge Today. On today’s episode, Esty interviews Panitch about his perspectives on how the socialist movement can (and needs to) transcend the past and move into the future. Over the course of the […]
Original air date: June 8, 2018 Isis Hunter was like other high school seniors, except she worked at Wendy’s for 50 hours a week. The Wasau native worked at a branch that couldn’t keep new hires because of its lack of a living wage — a full dollar short compared to similar jobs. After months […]
The U-S Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions today. Their ruling makes a first amendment case for employees to opt-out of union dues. The lead plaintiff on the case is a child support specialist with the state of Illinois: Mark Janus. Janus’s attorneys argued being required to pay union dues violated his […]
Carl and Denise, as the Dude and the Dame, discuss current challenges and ongoing struggles in the world of labor, social justice, and our common well-being with encouraging (or angry) music and shoutouts to those working hard on the front lines.