Ep 153 – Safe Jobs Require Strong Unions

We’re down to just two of us this week as John’s on the mend, but we’ve still got a ton of news to cover in labor this week. First we discuss the suspension of the strike at Rutgers as the bargaining team reached a framework for a tentative agreement over the weekend. Next we follow up with the 2 month long strike at the Buena Park Medieval Times, where both workers, both human and equine, have faced violence. Also this week, a wild story out of Jacobin exposes the continued problems with firearm safety in Hollywood, even after the tragic death of Halyna Hutchins. Rail workers continue to face abuse for taking sick days after the Democrats blocked their strike, with one company even hiring private investigators to spy on injured workers. The REI union wave took another big leap this week with three new stores filing for elections. Student workers continued to notch big wins this week as well, with Dartmouth grad students easily winning their election, and the independent undergrad student worker union at the University of Oregon filing for their own election with supermajority support.

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