Labor Unions: From Pullman to Kellogg’s. Labor’s long, hard road.

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Published Dec 18, 2021, 5:20 AM

From Pullman and Carnegie to Kellogg's and the PRO Act, this week we unf*ck the labor movement in the United States. No single episode can possibly do labor justice but we give it our best shot. The episode includes a blow-by-blow analysis of a recent interview with the CEO of Kellogg's to translate Wall Street speak for “how to fuck workers and influence inflation.” And we rip off a few Milton references to exercise our #FMF muscle.


Intro: 00:00:42

Segment 1: 00:02:11

Segment 2: 00:04:25

Segment 3: 00:12:18

Segment 4: 00:17:46

Segment 5: 00:21:29

Segment 6: 00:28:00

Segment 7: 00:30:20

Segment 8: 00:41:22

Show Notes: 00:52:15

Book Love: 00:57:17

Pod Love: 00:58:02

Emails + Shoutouts: 00:58:45

Outro: 01:10:42


American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

The New York Times: Starbucks workers at a Buffalo store unionize in a big symbolic win for labor

Kellogg Company: Investor Relations

The Nation: Striking Kellogg’s Workers Need the PRO Act

U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics: Work Stoppages

OECD: Trade Union Dataset 

U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics: Union Members — 2020

Economic History Association: Labor Unions in the United States

History of Recessions in U.S.

Unionization rates by industry in the United States, 1880-2000

More Perfect Union: Kellogg's Factory Working Conditions

Media Matters: Joe Rogan Wrapped: A year of COVID-19 misinformation, right-wing myths, and anti-trans rhetoric

Book Love

Philip Dray: There Is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America

Nelson Lichtenstein: State of the Union: A Century of American Labor

Kurt Andersen: Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America

Joseph Stiglitz: People, Power and Profits

Robert Shiller: Narrative Economics

Pod Love

Economic Update with Professor Richard Wolff: S11 E47


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