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The Smash Up Derby Podcast: Working Class Politics, Labor Unions, and Democratic Socialism Sam & Jonathan

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Working class politics #socialist #labor #workers #podcast #unions

    17 William Sentner and UE Part 3: Backlash Against Worker Power and the Left in St. Louis, 1945 - 55

    17 William Sentner and UE Part 3: Backlash Against Worker Power and the Left in St. Louis, 1945 - 55

    The third and final part of our interview with Prof. Rosemary Feurer about William Sentner, UE District 8, and radical unionism in the Midwest. In this episode, Sentner and the UE build a broad coalition with farmers, environmentalists and small business for worker-driven economic planning during and after the war, but this visionary initiative is defeated by red-baiting, and anti-communist purges by labor, business and government force Sentner out of leadership and eventually destroy UE District 8.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    16 Organizing the Electrical Workers Union in St Louis in the 30s - William Sentner Pt 2

    16 Organizing the Electrical Workers Union in St Louis in the 30s - William Sentner Pt 2

    Part 2 of our interview with historian Rosemary Feurer about legendary St. Louis labor organizer William Sentner. In this episode, we talk about Sentner's role in organizing the electrical manufacturing industry in St. Louis into the UE, the gains UE made for African-American and women workers, and their practice of "radical unionism."

    • 44 min
    15 William Sentner & The 1933 Nut Picker Strike or How Black Women Defeated St. Louis's Nut Industry

    15 William Sentner & The 1933 Nut Picker Strike or How Black Women Defeated St. Louis's Nut Industry

    The first of several episodes in which we talk with historian Rosemary Feurer about legendary St. Louis labor organizer William Sentner. In this first episode, we learn about Sentner's early life and his role in the 1933 nut pickers strike, a successful strike led by Black women that gained widespread community support. Visit smashuppodcast.com for links to Prof. Feurer's book, Radical Unionism in the Midwest.

    • 43 min
    14 REMIX: Terry Davis on Putting Down that Pencil and Organizing, Because There Are No Shortcuts

    14 REMIX: Terry Davis on Putting Down that Pencil and Organizing, Because There Are No Shortcuts

    A re-edited, re-mixed and re-mastered version of Episodes 2 and 3: our interview with Terry Davis, long-time UE organizer, about a group of workers in Chicago who organized in the 70s to overcome racial division and an ineffective union.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    13 The Keokuk Teacher Strike: How Public Workers Won (and Then Lost) In Iowa

    13 The Keokuk Teacher Strike: How Public Workers Won (and Then Lost) In Iowa

    We talk with John McKerley of the Iowa Labor History Oral Project (https://soundcloud.com/ilhop) about the 1970 teacher strike in Keokuk, Iowa, the role that strike played in winning public-sector collective bargaining in that state, and the recent attacks on Iowa public-sector workers. More links and photos at smashuppodcast.com.

    • 58 min
    12. Salting, Or Building The Labor Movement One Pumpkin-Spice Latte At A Time

    12. Salting, Or Building The Labor Movement One Pumpkin-Spice Latte At A Time

    We talk to Jane and Sergio, two young people who worked as "salts," or took jobs in the food service industry to help UNITE HERE organize. If you are interested in salting, email us at smashuppodcast@gmail.com and we'll put you in touch with folks who can help you.

    • 1 hr 3 min

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