Retailers in the United States have been criticised for praising their staff as “heroes” for working during the coronavirus pandemic – while at the same time ending a system in which they receive extra pay for dangerous conditions. Unions are calling on companies such as internet giant Amazon and supermarket chain owner Kroger to reconsider. I spoke to Al Jazeera’s Shihab Rattansi about the cuts to “hero pay” and workers’ struggle for safe conditions on the job.
I joined Jaisal Noor at The Real News Network to talk about the unprecedented challenges workers are facing now, and how they’re finding new ways to organize for basic protections during the coronavirus pandemic.
I joined Clive Priddle, VP, Publisher of PublicAffairs Books (in other words, one of the lovely people who made both my books happen) along with the excellent Stephanie Land to talk about essential workers during COVID-19.
(Part One, Part Two below)
Teachers in Chicago are heading back to school Friday, marking the end of a historic eleven-day strike that had shut down the nation’s third-largest school district. After weeks of tense negotiations, the city agreed to reduce class sizes, increase salaries by 16 percent over the next 5 years and bring on hundreds more social workers, nurses and librarians. The union demanded that teachers be able to make up the full eleven days of school before agreeing to return to work and eventually settled with the city on five days. Earlier this week, 7,500 public school workers with the Service Employees International Union, who had been striking also settled with the city earlier. I joined Democracy Now alongside Stacy Davis Gates, the Executive Vice President of the Chicago Teacher Union.
I joined Amy Goodman and United Teachers Los Angeles bargaining chair Arlene Inouye to talk about the UTLA strike, what was won, the potential for an ongoing strike wave, and more.
I joined Sonali Kolhatkar on Rising Up with Sonali to talk about Ireland’s historic vote to repeal the 8th Amendment to the Constitution and legalize abortion in some cases. “Nearly 70% of Irish voters on Friday chose to repeal their nation’s 8th amendment on abortion. The deeply Catholic nation has seen a cultural shift over […]
I joined PBS NewsHour host William Brangham to talk teacher strikes. Teacher strikes and walkouts have been spreading from West Virginia to Arizona. Thousands of Kentucky educators rallied on Friday at their state Capitol, as Oklahoma’s largest teachers’ union called for an end to their nine-day walkout. William Brangham talks with Sarah Jaffe, author of […]
Laura Flanders gave me my start in journalism and I like to say she taught me everything I know. So it’s always an extra pleasure to be on her show. WORKERS, WILDCATS & NEW MODELS FOR LABOR ORGANIZING Laura talks to SEIU International President, Mary Kay Henry and labor journalist Sarah Jaffe about worker wins, […]
What’s work going to look like in the next several decades? Do we even need bosses? An extended interview I did with Nando Vila on his Fusion TV show, Happy Ending. You can watch the full episode of the show (including my appearance in an honest-to-goodness comedy sketchy) at Fusion.
Dorian Warren talks to Sarah Jaffe and Caroline Fredrickson about the some big developments in the labor movement that got buried in a very busy news cycle.