Strike! Union actions are everywhere. High profile work stoppages from the Screen Actors Guild to the United Auto Workers have put the labor movement front and center in ways we haven’t seen for decades. How powerful is the impact of these actions? You’re not going to like my take on it. But we need to have some authentic dialogue about the labor movement, the corporate class and new strategies required to stem the tide of increasing inequality.
Post Show Musings: 00:33:21
Automotive News: GM CEO Mary Barra's 2022 compensation: $29M
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Annual work stoppages involving 1,000 or more workers, 1947 - Present
St. Louis Fed: Civilian Labor Force Level
Detroit Free Press: GM to reinstate a dividend and start stock buybacks, signaling confidence
GM Authority: GM Employees Receive Record $12,750 Profit-Sharing Check
Social Security Administration: National Average Wage Index
Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung: The French Labour Paradox
AFL-CIO: Collective Bargaining
The New Yorker: How Mondragon Became the World’s Largest Co-Op
Economic Policy Institute: CEO pay has skyrocketed 1,460% since 1978: CEOs were paid 399 times as much as a typical worker in 2021
Aspen Institute: Building and Sustaining Worker Cooperatives in the US
Worker Participation: Countries
UNFTR Episode Resources
Nelson Lichtenstein: State of the Union: A Century of American Labor
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