On this week's episode, Prof. Richard D. Wolff talks about the closing of 6,400 retail stores in 2017, decline in US housing starts, 800 major corporations oppose Trump on DACA, US child poverty rates, US to rely on banks' "self-reporting" of their misdeeds, and significance of California Disclose Act.
Special Guest: Investigative journalist Bob Hennelly on Local 3 strike in New York and its importance to the US labor movement today. To see the second half of this week's episode, sign up as a patron on Patreon.
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-I think most people expect to leave the workforce and take on expensive student loans to develop new skills. Thought it was important to hear that corruption in organized labor contributed to the disorganized labor situation that we cope with now.
Regarding workplace ‘solidarity’
-this is an alien concept. There are many violations of trust among workers. Workloads are out of balance. Every employee is on at a different rate. There are capricious practices for praise and discipline -my workforce is willing to accept promotions without pay raises because social status is prized and they believe it when profitable employer claims bad numbers (‘budgets are tight’, ‘we had a bad year’, etc). Reorganizations occur with rapid frequency, almost always result in layoffs and intensify anxieties among workers who are already intimidated. My workforce has no solidarity about jobs being transferred to India, for example. Younger workers believe they are passing through so they do not care about retirement benefits, which have eroded -easily, without resistance. My workforce will not defend itself, beyond saying bad things about people behind their backs.
It was encouraging to hear words like this about work. Good luck to Local 3.