Last week’s episode with Max Elbaum marked a transition for the podcast into an exploration of two of the biggest questions facing the Left: “How do we block the continued rise of the MAGA Right?” and “What are we building in its place?” In this and following episodes, William will seek to answer those questions by looking at current movements in progressive spaces. He begins this week by assessing today’s organized labor resurgence with long-time labor activist Alex Han, now executive director of In These Times magazine. (Alex is also a former editorial board member of Convergence Magazine.)
William and Alex review recent labor actions, from the UAW’s successful strike under its new leadership to actions percolating among major retailers like Starbucks that have yet to secure contracts for newly organized workers. Throughout the discussion they’ll acknowledge the difficulties of building greater integration and solidarity of the organizational and member interests of unions with a broader intersectional and internationalist Left movement.
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