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Holiday travel can be exhausting and stressful enough if you’re a traveler—now imagine being a flight attendent or an airport employee who has to deal with all those stressed-out travelers. This week we bring you an episode on the workers who make your visits home for the holidays possible. We spoke with Transport Workers Union international president John Samuelsen about the organizing campaign of JetBlue flight attendants, who have filed for a union election, and with Gueldere Guerilis and Melifaite Cine, who work in the Fort Lauderdale airport and are part of a campaign for airport employees to get a living wage.
We also discuss a pilot’s strike at European airline Ryanair, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals weighing in on the gender wage gap, the ongoing struggles of unpaid interns, and the Trump administration’s plans to slow down union elections and allow employers to legally steal tips. For Argh, we consider inequality in Silicon Valley’s labor forces, and remind you that sexual harassment is a workplace issue.
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Second Circuit Holds that Hearst Interns are not Employees (National Law Review)
John Samuelsen, TWU
JetBlue flight attendants seek to form union during D.C. visit (New York Daily News)
Gueldere Guerilis and Melifaite Cine, Fort Lauderdale Airport passenger service workers
Argh, I Wish I’d Written That!
Michelle: Charlotte Simmonds, The Silicon Valley paradox: one in four people are at risk of hunger (Guardian)
Sarah: Melissa Gira Grant, The Unsexy Truth About Harassment (NYRB Daily)