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We round up 2019 with the good, the bad, and the ugly of the year in labor. From the Green New Deal to the gig economy, from Lordstown autoworkers to Los Angeles teachers, from new media unions to the National Labor Relations Board, from the Google uprising to the government shutdown.
In other news, we look at transit worker strikes in the UK; the demand for union democracy at UAW; noncompete agreements, with Heidi Schierholz and Stephanie Russell-Kraft; and Harvard graduate workers on strike, with Ege Yamasuk. With recommended reading on the imaginary British working class, and existential climate crisis for Australian workers.
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Sarah: Even in Defeat, Labour Mobilized the Working Class (Progressive)
Six UAW Locals Back Direct Elections of Top Officers (Labor Notes)
Michelle: Hell No, You Can’t Go (Work Somewhere Else) (Progressive)
Sarah and Michelle talk about this year’s biggest labor stories
Sarah: ‘This Is Much Bigger Than Us, Than Our Union, Even Than Our City’ (The Nation)
Michelle: “Hardhats vs. Hippies”: How the Media Misrepresents the Debate Over the Green New Deal (In These Times)
Michelle: Hey, Uber and Lyft: Gig Work Is Work. California Just Said So. (In These Times)
Sarah: The Last Stand in Lordstown (New Republic)
Michelle: Can Google’s Soul Be Saved? (Progressive)
Why Newsrooms Are Unionizing Now (Nieman Reports)
Argh, I wish I’d Written That:
Michelle: Zacharias Szumer, Instead of Choking on Smoke, Sydney Workers Are Walking off the Job (Jacobin)
Sarah: Dawn Foster, The great myth of the British working class (Huck)