Class Matters is the podcast where we ask the question: "What Would Our Country Look Like If It Were Run By and For the Working Class?"
Ep 13: Medicare Advantage: What Unions & Retirees Need to Know
In Episode 13 of Class Matters, we’re talking with labor activists Marianne Pizzitola, Rose Roach, and Mark Dudzic about Medicare Advantage (Disadvantage?) health plans and what they mean for union retirees, for collective bargaining, and for the future of traditional Medicare. And we get the scoop on how retirees in New York City are fighting back against efforts to force them onto Advantage plans.
Ep 12: Power and Participation in Negotiations and Politics with Jane McAlevey
In Episode 12 of Class Matters, we’re talking with labor organizer Jane McAlevey about how to democratize union negotiations and build significant worker power by practicing transparent, big, and open negotiations. That’s the focus of McAlevey’s latest book, Rules to Win By: Power and Participation in Union Negotiations. McAlevey talks with Gordon Lafer and Adolph Reed Jr. about the impact of negotiations as political education, for building strong unions and for rebuilding democracy.
Ep 11: Labor on the Rise? A Conversation with UE’s Carl Rosen
With public approval of unions at its highest since 1965, organizing drives bringing in 200,000 new union members, union election petitions to the NLRB up 51 percent, 60 million workers who want a union, and low unemployment spurring strike actions and gains in wages and benefits, many have declared that labor is on the rise. Yet in 2022, the overall share of workers who are union members declined from 10.3 to 10.1 percent. And the Supreme Court stands ready to significantly curtail workers’ right to strike. Ep 11 takes a close look at the obstacles and opportunities for Labor as we head into 2023.
Ep 10: Millionaires Tax on the Ballot in Massachusetts
Can a union-backed "Millionaires Tax" win at the ballot box in Massachusetts? It would raise $2 billion/year for quality public education, for repair and maintenance of roads and bridges and for public transportation. In Episode Ten, Adolph Reed Jr. talks with union leaders Eve Weinbaum and Dean Robinson on state-wide organizing for the amendment and its potential as a model for an electoral strategy that appeals to and unites working people.
Ep 9: Inflation: What Workers Need to Know
Inflation and the fight against it is on the public agenda today in a way not seen since the 1970s. In Episode Nine, Professor Adolph Reed Jr. leads a discussion with Sam Gindin and Samir Sonti, on what inflation means for the working class, and why anti-inflation policies have often come at the expense of workers. We also look at how this round of inflation is different, how we should fight it and what inflation means for bargaining union contracts.
Ep 8: The Jim Crow South + Listener Qs - Part Two
In Part 2 of 2, Adolph Reed Jr discusses his new book, The South: Jim Crow and Its Afterlives, with Toure Reed. The Reeds explore how tendencies to romanticize Jim Crow undercuts our ability to address the root causes of racial inequality today. They also tackle questions from our listeners about race and about the labor movement.
A podcast for workers!
Great podcast, simple and effective for the task of educating the American working class. Thanks so much!
A very insightful podcast with great guests. Dr. Reed is both insightful and humorous.
Essential listening for the 21st century!
This podcast eschews the boring, self-congratulatory theatrical filler so ubiquitous in today’s political podcasts and cuts straight to the important, relevant stuff. Guests offer clear, compelling analyses of the systemic forces that have shaped working-class lives and politics up to the present and beyond, and in every episode, listeners will get a tangible sense of what the U.S. might look like if it really were run by and for working people. Definitely in my top 5 podcasts!