#1557 Tactics and Counter-Tactics of the Struggle for Labor Rights

Air Date: 5–5-2023

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Today, we take a look at the history and present of the labor movement to demonstrate how times may change but the fundamental struggle, including many of the exact tactics, remains the same. Plus, get ready to get excited about salts, the secret ingredient in labor movement.

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Ch. 1: May Day and the Haymarket Massacre Part 1 - Rattling the Bars, Real News Network - Air Date 5-1-23

RNN Editor-in-Chief Maximillian Alvarez joins Rattling the Bars for a discussion on the history of May Day, and how the persecution of organizers in the wake of the Haymarket Massacre highlights the importance of extending solidarity

Ch. 2: The History of May Day - The Young Turks - Air Date 5-2-23

The Young Turks discuss the history of May Day.

Ch. 3: Labor in America Part 1 - The Zero Hour - Air Date 1-21-23

Heidi Shierholz is President of the Economic Policy Institute

Ch. 4: Secret Union Tactic Fuels Unprecedented Labor Wins - Bloomberg Originals - Air Date 4-3-23

Bloomberg's Josh Eidelson explains the tactic's recent revival after exclusive visits to undercover training sessions over the past year.

Ch. 5: Donna Murch on Rutgers Labor Action - CounterSpin - Air Date 4-21-23

We’ll get an update from Donna Murch, associate professor of history at Rutgers, and New Brunswick chapter president of Rutgers AAUP-AFT.

Ch. 6: Labor in America Part 2 - The Zero Hour - Air Date 1-21-23

Ch. 7: Union Organizing 101 Building Class Solidarity Every Day - The Majority Report - Air Date 1-22-18

Jane McAlevey on strengthening the union movement.

Ch. 8: May Day and the Haymarket Massacre Part 2 - Rattling the Bars, Real News Network - Air Date 5-1-23


Ch. 9: May Day and the Haymarket Massacre Part 3 - Rattling the Bars, Real News Network - Air Date 5-1-23

Ch. 10: Jane McAlevey on Deep Organizing - Jacobin - Air Date 12-10-18

Unions are the weakest they have been in a century. But, as Jane McAlevey explains, the story of a group of Philadelphia nurses shows that deep organizing and a willingness to strike can still win.


Ch. 11: Nuances to add to the JK Rowling episode - Soph


Ch. 12: Final comments on framing arguments in defense of trans lives

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Activism Music: This Fickle World by Theo Bard (https://theobard.bandcamp.com/track/this-fickle-world)
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent


Description: Labor protesters march on a city sidewalk. The person in the front holds a placard that says “Support Amazon Labor Union.” The person behind them holds a sign that says “Starbucks: Union Busting is Disgusting.” A third person in the line wears a sign that says “Safety & Unions For All Workers.”

Credits: “Philly Solidarity with Starbucks, Amazon & all workers organizing!” By Joe Piette, Flickr | License: CC BY- SA 2.0 | Changes: Slight increase in contrast

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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  • Jay Tomlinson
    published this page in Episodes 2023-05-06 01:28:42 -0400
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