Labor Looks Up After Amazon Union Vote on the Laura Flanders Show


I was particularly pleased with this appearance because my first real job in the media was working on what was then GRITtv with Laura Flanders, and one of the reasons I wanted to work for her was that people had recommended her to me as one of the few people actually covering labor in the media back then (2009, my goodness). So it’s always a joy to return to talk with Laura, the boss who was, as I said in my book acknowledgements, the exception that proves the rule that bosses won’t love you back.


This was also available on public TV stations around the US.


“The opportunities for labor right now are virtually limitless,” says Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, the country’s largest labor federation. With Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama igniting the fight to unionize and the introduction of the PRO Act in Congress, widespread discontent with the economy has rendered this moment pregnant with new possibilities for workers. New Republic contributor Sarah Jaffe, author of Work Won’t Love You Back, and Teen Vogue columnist Kim Kelly join Maximillian Alvarez, editor-in-chief of The Real News Network, to discuss how the labor struggle affects everyone — from coal miners, to gig workers, to domestic caregivers. Work won’t love you back, but could we love ourselves, and each other, enough to bring better ways of working into the world? GUESTS Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue columnist, Labor Reporter (https://about.me/kimkelly) Maximillian Alvarez, Editor-in-Chief, The Real News Network (https://therealnews.com/) Sarah Jaffe, Author Work Won’t Love You Back (http://sarahljaffe.com) CONTENT: Introduction 0:00 Bessemer Amazon Strike 2:53 Still Room to Grow for Worker Prosperity 9:22 Standing Up to Corporate Power 13:31 The PRO Act 16:19 Media Reporting & Labor Solidarity 17:24 The Union of Tomorrow 18:58 Laura’s Closing Remarks 23:56 CREDITS Executive Producer, Laura Flanders Creative Director, Matt Colaciello Communications Director, Jeremiah Cothren Editors, Nat Needham, Charlotte Carpenter, Mercedes Gorostiaga Radio & Podcast Producer, Jeannie Hopper Co-Director Development, Dominic Marcella Story Producer, Sabrina Artel Motion Graphics, Nat Needham Communications Associate, Mercedes Gorostiaga Production Assistant, Ryan Hotes SUBSCRIBE to our newsletter: http://www.lauraflanders.org FOLLOW The Laura Flanders Show Twitter: https://twitter.com/thelfshow Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theLFshow Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thelfshow/