We start this week’s episode with workers from the ILWU refusing to allow an Israeli-operated ship to dock in Oakland in solidarity with labor unions in Palestine. Then we discuss massive demonstrations across Brazil led by trade unions calling for an end to the fascist Bolsonaro regime, and a series of sit down strikes in Indian auto plants protesting unsafe working conditions during the current covid surge. We also cover lawmakers in several states attempting to pass union busting legislation aimed at privatizing schools in the wake of recent major teachers’ strikes, and a recent wave of companies in the UK using “Fire and Rehire” tactics to cut workers’ wages and benefits. Finally, we discuss a strike by McDonald’s highway service plaza employees in Connecticut over Memorial Day Weekend, and how the constant threats from employers to replace their workers with robots are laughable.
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