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A podcast that only talks about what can be done for the working class. We're here to demolish corporate ladders and chew bubblegum. And we don't even like bubblegum

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A podcast that only talks about what can be done for the working class. We're here to demolish corporate ladders and chew bubblegum. And we don't even like bubblegum

    EP 78 - Mass Struggle Gets The Goods

    EP 78 - Mass Struggle Gets The Goods

    The holidays are right around the corner but the class struggle never stops.  We start this weeks episode checking in with the Amazon Labor Union in New York, where issues with turnover and vicious union busting have forced the union to temporarily withdraw their NLRB election petition.  14,000 Kroger workers in Houston have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, which could start as soon as this week.  We finally got the results of the Teamsters election this week and it’s a landslide victory for Teamsters United and the TDU, with big implications for the struggle against UPS and Amazon in the coming years.  OSHA continues to serve its function running cover for corporations this week after they issued an insultingly small fine to Smithfield for inadequate safety measures during the pandemic.  Our big story this week, in one of the most inspiring victories of the year the Indian Farmers’ Movement has succeeded in forcing Modi and the BJP to announce the repeal of the three neoliberal farm laws that they’ve been fighting against for well over a year.  Finally, UPMC workers in Pittsburgh staged a one day strike last week demanding living wages, safe staffing, and health care that doesn’t leave them with mountains of medical debt.


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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Ep 77 - HelloUnion

    Ep 77 - HelloUnion

    There are new contracts all over the place on this week’s episode of Work Stoppage.  We start with Kaiser Permanente, where a tentative agreement has been reached to prevent the planned implementation of a two tiered contract.  Then we discuss the end of the month long John Deere strike, after workers ratified a new deal which contains hard fought gains but maintains their two tiered system.  Also this week, IATSE has ratified a new contract against the wishes of a majority of union members due to the use of an undemocratic delegate system.  HelloFresh workers have faced sub-poverty wages, racist abuse from management, dangerous working conditions, and now a vicious union busting campaign as they fight for their right to collectively bargain.  Finally, Burgerville workers have fought hard for three years, making admirable gains for workers across the company, and now finally have a historic tentative contract agreement to become the first recognized fast food union in the country.


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    • 1 hr 31 min
    Ep 76 - S Is For Strike

    Ep 76 - S Is For Strike

    We start this week’s episode of Work Stoppage catching up with some of the bigger strikes in the country.  First, Starbucks has pulled out all the stops in its union busting efforts, even bringing in former CEO and failed presidential candidate Howard Schultz to try and convince workers to vote against their union as ballots go out this week. Then we check in on the Kellogg’s strike, where the company has refused to budge on its two-tiered contract system and workers have dug in for the long haul.  Mercy Hospital workers have ended their 5 week long strike after ratifying a new contract that met all their key demands. 3000 student workers at Columbia University have gone on strike again over poverty wages, insufficient healthcare, and unfair grievance procedures. In Germany, 2500 Amazon workers with the Verdi union federation have struck over the company’s refusal to accept the industry standard collective bargaining agreement, while at the same time Amazon has been found to have illegally stolen $60M in tips from Flex drivers.  Finally, 800 teachers in Scranton, PA have struck after four years without a contract after suffering years of austerity budgets and rising class sizes.


    Support the striking Kellogg’s workers who have had their healthcare cut off:  https://bctgm.org/2021/10/08/5-ways-to-support-the-kelloggstrike/


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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Ep 75 - Masterfully Malicious

    Ep 75 - Masterfully Malicious

    A lot has happened on the John Deere picket lines since we last talked about the strike, so we start there this week.  One UAW worker was tragically killed after being struck by a vehicle walking to their car from the picket line, and the union has turned down Deere’s most recent contract offer after it failed to remove the current two-tiered system.  We also follow up with the organized Netflix workers, who have filed unfair labor practice charges against the company, and Amazon workers in Staten Island have officially filed with the NLRB for a union election.  Also in New York, taxi drivers have been protesting for months, including a recent two week hunger strike and have finally won relief from predatory medallion debts often running well over half a million dollars for many drivers.  UFCW workers recently ended a six week strike at Heaven Hill bourbon distillery but their new contract was actually approved with only a minority of yes votes.  Finally, we’ve got a great example of malicious compliance as UPS drivers in Columbus show up en masse to screw with the company’s exploitative weekend scheduling practices.


    Relief fund for the family of the recently killed UAW striker: https://www.gofundme.com/f/ebzuse


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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Overtime Episode 7 - Lenin on the Trade Union Question PREVIEW

    Overtime Episode 7 - Lenin on the Trade Union Question PREVIEW

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    As a Labor News show, we talk about unions constantly and how vital they are to building any sort of socialist project. But the labor movement has been around a long time without prompting a revolution, so what should our organizing tactics be if our ultimate goal isn't just slightly better wages and working conditions, but a revolutionary transformation of society? On this patrons-only episode, Dan dives into Lenin's work to dig into the Marxist perspective on union organizing and its relationship to socialist politics. Contrasting the Bolsheviks' orientation on the trade union movement to revolutionary syndicalism and social democratic reformism, Lenin aimed for a dialectical approach to the process of raising working class consciousness both within and without the trade union movement. While acknowledging the different material conditions 100 years later, there's still a lot we can learn as organizers about the difficult balance of agitating within often reformist institutions in order to meet the masses where they are. This review of Lenin's theoretical work on the subject centers on the lessons learned from the long struggle for a unified workers movement and how we can apply them today.

    • 4 min
    Ep 74 - Mai Più Fascismi

    Ep 74 - Mai Più Fascismi

    John is on the mend so the gang’s back together for this week’s episode of Work Stoppage, which starts with a follow up on the United Paizo Workers, whose union was voluntarily recognized by the company!

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

ElektrikRobot ,

Ep69

That Hudson episode was wild

HonestKnight ,

I'm so happy to know what fellow workers are doing!

I've felt all the more connected with my fellow working class members learning about events and strikes around the world and in the US. This sense of connection gives me hope that things can get better for myself as a worker and for all workers. The show calls out unfair practices and does so in an entertaining way! I can't suggest this show enough!

jimmybofa ,

One of the more important podcasts I listen to.

It’s amazing how easy it can be for a leftist podcast to limit its scope and just not talk about labor conflicts in India or Myanmar, or to hardly even acknowledge Syria beyond Biden bombing them. This show is very thorough in its research and is more grounded in reality than what’s typical of this corner of the internet. Great show!

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