Today on the show, Allen spends the hour putting the summer’s street protests in historical context by looking at the political valence of riots over time with Joshua Clover, author of Riot. Strike. Riot. Among other things, they talk about reclaiming the word “riot” as a response to state violence, the difference between strikes (the […]
The U.S. Postal Service is currently facing a financial crisis alongside concerns about keeping workers safe during the pandemic and preparing for the November election as more states seek to expand access to vote-by-mail programs. On today’s show, we discuss all this and more with historian Philip Rubio, author of the new book Undelivered. Over […]
Last Friday, on May Day, thousands of essential workers at large corporations like Amazon, Target, and Instacart went on a one-day strike to protest their unsafe working conditions, low wages, and lack of healthcare benefits and paid sick leave. On today’s episode, we learn more about the strikes and put them in the context of […]
The Chicago Teachers Union scored a victory for their district last week, following an eleven-day teachers strike that made national headlines. For today’s episode, guest host Richelle Wilson brings the strike into focus: how did it get started? What were the teachers’ demands? What was the outcome? And what does this all say about labor, […]
Teacher strikes in Oklahoma are reaching the two-week mark. Why are teachers protesting? And what are the similarities to the Wisconsin strike seven years ago? Tony Castaneda gets the lowdown Mike Elk, reporter for The Guardian and Senior Labor Reporter for Payday Report, a site that provides labor reporting in news deserts.
A citywide day of action in Chicago last Friday brought tens of thousands of people into the streets and onto picket lines as part of an intensifying fight to keep public services and institutions funded. Darien Lamen was there, and filed this report from the front lines in Illinois’ “fight for funding.”