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 […]
A coalition of labor unions have filed a new lawsuit against several GOP leaders over the controversial lame duck bills Republicans passed at the end of last year. They removed certain powers from incoming Governor Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul. Both of them are Democrats, and many critics characterized the move as a […]
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 […]
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 […]