100 years ago, if you were an industrialist who wanted to keep unions out of your plant, you hired the Pinkerton detective agency to infiltrate the unions and, if necessary, bust some heads. Today, corporations employ more subtle, but perhaps more effective strategies to prevent their workers from organizing. Law firms such as Ogletree Deakins […]
As calls to defund the police reverberate across America, today Thursday host Allen Ruff takes a look at the renewed controversy around police unions with labor and racial justice activist Bill Fletcher Jr. They talk about the nature of policing in a capitalist society, police accountability, the role of law enforcement in a democracy, and […]
During a year of non-stop election coverage, we hear the word democracy thrown around a lot. But what does this term really mean—and what can it do in the world of politics and beyond? Today on the show, Patty and co-host Thayer Reed discuss these timely and timeless questions with filmmaker, writer, and activist Astra […]
Since the passage of Act 10 in 2011, public sector employees in Wisconsin have had limited collective bargaining abilities and unions have weakened power to advocate for their members. How has the labor movement in Wisconsin responded over the last eight years? To explore this history, Allen is joined in the studio by labor historian […]
The Dude and the Dame fill the hour with news of union and class struggles and successes, shout-outs, and inspirational music.
For today’s show, Allen is joined by David Ranney to discuss his new book, Living and Dying on the Factory Floor. Written as a memoir, the book describes his firsthand experiences as an industrial worker in the factories of southeast Chicago and northwest Indiana between 1976 and 1982 and offers an opportunity to reflect on […]