IWGB members

Belabored Podcast #184: Organizing the Unorganizable, with Jason Moyer-Lee

General Motors workers took to the picket lines this week around the United States, in an unexpected and major strike that has long-term implications. We talk to autoworker Sean Crawford about the strike and what’s at stake. Then, from the UK, as the Labour party gathers for its annual conference and The World Transformed festival, we bring you an extended interview with Jason Moyer-Lee of the Independent Workers Great Britain (IWGB), a new union organizing everyone from foster care workers to Uber drivers to video game programmers—everyone, in other words, that the rest of the labor movement tends to say can’t be unionized. We learn how they’ve done it and more. 

We also check in on gig economy workers in California after a big victory, and Kickstarter employees who’ve filed charges of retaliation for union activity. For Argh, we talk about yoga instructors unionizing, and think about what stake unions have in fighting for housing justice for all. 

Construction Workers

Study: Minnesota Apprenticeship Enrollment Up 27% Since 2014

“Minnesota’s registered apprenticeship programs provide participants with job skills that simply cannot be learned in college,” said MEPI Policy Director Frank Manzo. “They offer tuition-free career training that boosts participant earnings by an average of $4,700 per year—nearly double the average for associate’s degree and more than many bachelor’s degrees.”

MFT 59 Press Conference

Minneapolis ESPs contract Negotiation Update

“When fewer than half our members feel they have the respect of the district’s top leadership and nearly 75 percent of ESPs are working at least one other job to make ends meet, it’s easy to understand why so many Minneapolis educators feel underpaid, overworked and ready to leave the district,” said Shaun Laden, president of MFT 59 ESP. “These are issues we can, and must, resolve in our next contract.”