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Working Life Podcast

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The weekly Working Life podcast hosts in-depth political, economic and labor conversations and analysis heard through the voices of workers, leaders and experts.

Latest Episodes

Episode 156: The False Gods of Economic Growth; Brianna Wu Looks To Take Down A Corporate Democrat

EEpisode 156: Anyone remember that TV advertisement that Merrill Lynch used to have, with the big bull trotting along a beach? I’m reincarnating that bull today for a pretty simple discussion: what is economic progress and how do we have economic growth without destroying the planet? Evelyn Astor, an economic and social policy advisor at the International Trade Union Confederation, joins me to talk about better ideas to measure what a healthy economy looks like for regular people, not just investors and billionaires. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast Then, Brianna Wu stops by with an update on her primary campaign to unseat a corporate Democrat in the 8th Congressional District in Massachusetts. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast -- Jonathan Tasini Follow me on Twitter @jonathantasini Sign up for The Working Life Podcast at: www.workinglife.org Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.tasini.3

46 MIN13 h ago
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Episode 156: The False Gods of Economic Growth; Brianna Wu Looks To Take Down A Corporate Democrat

Episode 155: Euro Corporate Evil Trolls The U.S. South; Kim Williams Has Blue Dog Dem On The Run

EIKEA, Volkswagen, Nestle and Airbus are pretty different companies but all of them have a two-faced corporate Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde that explains a lot about the oppression workers face in the U.S. South. Across the pond, all those companies have a pretty reasonable posture towards unions and workers trying to unionize. But just let them come hunting over in the U.S. South to do business and, bingo, they turn into your garden variety, vicious, union busting, corporate pigs. Cathy Feingold, the AFL-CIO’s international director, talks with me about an amazing new report tracing the European corporate marauding down south. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast Then, Kim Williams joins the show to talk about her Democratic primary challenge against a long-time Blue Dog-Corporate Democrat in the 16th Congressional district in California. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast -- Jonathan Tasini Follow me on Twitter @jonathantasini Sign up f...

51 MIN1 w ago
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Episode 155: Euro Corporate Evil Trolls The U.S. South; Kim Williams Has Blue Dog Dem On The Run

Episode 154: Two Tales of Wall Street Vultures; A Progressive Takes On Another Corporate Democrat.

EEpisode 154: The Gordon Gekko boast in the fictional movie “Wall Street” that “Greed is Good” is really an organizing principle for the financial vultures who rob the country day after day. Today, you will hear two tales of greed and robbery by hedge fund and private equity vultures. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast First, it’s Paul Singer, the CEO of a hedge fund called Elliott Management, who has a net worth of $3.5 billion, is a political buddy of the Koch brothers and is a funder of climate change deniers. As Beth Allen, the communications director of the Communications Workers of America, explains in our chat Singer now has his sights set on screwing thousands of CWA members who work for AT&T by trying to extort money from AT&T. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast Then, I circle back with Eileen Appelbaum, the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, who was on the program just three weeks ago digging ...

58 MIN2 w ago
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Episode 154: Two Tales of Wall Street Vultures; A Progressive Takes On Another Corporate Democrat.

Episode 153: Two Progressive Women Running To Clean Out The Corporate Democratic Rot In Congress

EEpisode 153: EI’m in a politics mood today, having nothing to do with impeachment or the bizarre spectacle of a previous Democratic presidential candidate going seriously off the rails and accusing with no evidence, in McCarthyite fashion, another Democrat of being some sort of asset of Russia…I mean, crazy shit fills up my news dump every day. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast So as an antidote, I figured I’d bring to you two more progressive women candidates running for Congress against two corporate male Democrats: Eva Putzova in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District and Rebecca Parson in Washington State’s 6th Congressional District. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast

52 MIN3 w ago
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Episode 153: Two Progressive Women Running To Clean Out The Corporate Democratic Rot In Congress

Episode 152: The Dark Side of Whole Foods; Bowman Looking To Unseat Corporate Democrat

EEpisode 152: The running joke about Whole Foods is its nickname: Whole Paycheck. But there’s a far darker side to the touchy-feely, organic feel of Whole Foods than the higher prices—the exploitation of workers everywhere along its supply chains where workers labor in slave-like conditions, and are abused day after day, especially women workers. Oxfam is out with a devastating report on Whole Foods—and I talk with an Oxfam expert about what the report found. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast Then, among the politicians no one would miss, ever, on the political scene is Eliot Engel who voted for the Iraq War, has worked to deregulate Wall Street and is a staunch mouthpiece for the most right-wing, racist governments Israel has produced. Thankfully, he’s got a serious primary challenger, Jamaal Bowman, a middle school principal and educator who grew up in public housing in New York City. Jamaal joins me to talk about his campaign. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast -- Jonathan Tasini Follow me on Twitter @jonathantasini Sign up for The Working Life Podcast at: www.workinglife.org Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.tasini.3

59 MINOCT 16
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Episode 152: The Dark Side of Whole Foods; Bowman Looking To Unseat Corporate Democrat

Ep 151: Private Equity Vultures Are Running A Multi-Billion Dollar Medical Billing Scam

EEpisode 151: I would never have said it before today but it turns out health insurance companies aren’t the most evil players in the healthcare industry. Don’t freak out—health insurance companies are bad, and they are bankrupting millions of people, and the country. But it turns out even worse than the health insurers are some big mega private equity vultures who are gobbling up big pieces of medical services and socking millions of people with surprise medical bills—and I’m going to go in depth on this story, which is not being covered anywhere else, with Eileen Appelbaum, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and one of the great experts on private equity. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast Then, I’m kicking back into gear with regular segments with great progressives running for office. Today, I chat with Rachel Ventura who is running in the Democratic primary in Illinois’ 11th Congressional district against a corporate Democ...

56 MINOCT 9
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Ep 151: Private Equity Vultures Are Running A Multi-Billion Dollar Medical Billing Scam

Episode 150: Chicago Teachers Gearing Up For the Picket Line; What’s the Matter With Ohio?

EEpisode 150: Teachers are on the ramparts again. This time in Chicago where the members of the Chicago Teachers Union are gearing up for a possible strike if they can’t get a decent contract to improve wages, win a hard cap on class size and increase staffing. To talk more about the struggle for a good contract, I’m joined by Andrea Parker, an English teacher and union vice president, and Robin Blake Boose, a first grade teacher. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast I, then, take a look at what’s up in Ohio: You would think that people there would be ready to revolt, to overthrow the oligarchs and the elites and the corporate raiders who have effectively strip-mined the economy, destroying factory jobs and making sure new jobs don’t have decent wages because those same raiders fight unions tooth and nail. Even though Ohio voted for Trump, the people re-elected incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown, a progressive, clear populist, quite comfortably in 2018. Populism works. I talk with Amy Hanauer, the executive director of Policy Matter Ohio, about the organization’s recent deep dive look at Ohio’s economy. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast -- Jonathan Tasini Follow me on Twitter @jonathantasini Sign up for The Working Life Podcast at: www.workinglife.org Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.tasini.3

43 MINOCT 2
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Episode 150: Chicago Teachers Gearing Up For the Picket Line; What’s the Matter With Ohio?

Episode 149: Fred Meyer Boycott Is On!; California Clips The Wings Of The UBER-Corporate Mentality

EEpisode 149: A few weeks ago, I talked about the vast pay discrimination against women who work for supermarket chain Fred Meyer: 2/3 of women are paid $3.70 less than men doing essentially the same job. The union representing the workers—UFCW Local 555—is in hard, brass knuckles bargaining with Fred Meyer to end this. But in the meantime, just this past Sunday, because of the company’s recalcitrance, the union has called for a boycott of all Fred Meyer stores. I talk about the gender pay discrimination and the boycott with Jeff Anderson, the secretary treasurer of Local 555. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast Then, there is no difference between the Vanderbilts, the Rockefellers, the Carnegies of the last century and their corporate cousins, Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos or those folks who run Uber: companies just do everything possible to exploit workers, rip them off, take more and more profits made by the hard work of millions of workers and use those pro...

44 MINSEP 25
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Episode 149: Fred Meyer Boycott Is On!; California Clips The Wings Of The UBER-Corporate Mentality

Episode 148: Bangladesh Garment Workers Horrors Redux; Closing The Capital Gains Highway Robbery

EEpisode 148: Take your shirt off. Or your pants. Almost certainly those garments and others were made in a faraway country, by people making pennies who work in horrendous conditions. I think we all know that when we are told to think about it—but we don’t think about it on a daily basis. I talk with Sonia Mistry of the Solidarity Center about the squalid, dangerous conditions in Bangladesh faced by garment workers—and a fire that recently made thousands homeless. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast Then, I enter into the land of “anti-deferral accounting”—that just rolls off the lips, right? Well, it might not be the most user-friendly lingo but it could add up to a trillion and a half more dollars to shore up Social Security—coming from the pockets of the richest of the richest. Steve Wamhoff, the director of federal tax policy at the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy, explains it all. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast -- Jonathan Tasini Follow me on Twitter @jonathantasini Sign up for The Working Life Podcast at: www.workinglife.org Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.tasini.3

49 MINSEP 18
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Episode 148: Bangladesh Garment Workers Horrors Redux; Closing The Capital Gains Highway Robbery

Episode 147: Temp Work Is All The Rage; Coal Miners & The Green New Deal

EEpisode 147: Once upon a time, if you got a job that lasted a long time, you’d be a permanent worker, maybe after a short probationary period. Not so much anymore with the plague forcing people to take “temp” jobs—the kind of job that is increasing in the past few years, outpacing full-time permanent work, and also spreading a lot more to so-called “blue collar” jobs. I explore this with Laura Padin, senior staff attorney with the National Employment Law Project and author of a new important report called “Lasting Solutions for America’s Temporary Workers”. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast My regular listeners may recall that whenever the topic of a Green New Deal comes up, I gripe about the way in which environmentalists and politicians so easily promise to take care of workers. Don’t worry, people say, there will be a “Just Transition” for workers in the fossil fuel industries, which would mean income support and job retraining. Support the ...

54 MINSEP 11
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Episode 147: Temp Work Is All The Rage; Coal Miners & The Green New Deal

Latest Episodes

Episode 156: The False Gods of Economic Growth; Brianna Wu Looks To Take Down A Corporate Democrat

EEpisode 156: Anyone remember that TV advertisement that Merrill Lynch used to have, with the big bull trotting along a beach? I’m reincarnating that bull today for a pretty simple discussion: what is economic progress and how do we have economic growth without destroying the planet? Evelyn Astor, an economic and social policy advisor at the International Trade Union Confederation, joins me to talk about better ideas to measure what a healthy economy looks like for regular people, not just investors and billionaires. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast Then, Brianna Wu stops by with an update on her primary campaign to unseat a corporate Democrat in the 8th Congressional District in Massachusetts. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast -- Jonathan Tasini Follow me on Twitter @jonathantasini Sign up for The Working Life Podcast at: www.workinglife.org Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.tasini.3

46 MIN13 h ago
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Episode 156: The False Gods of Economic Growth; Brianna Wu Looks To Take Down A Corporate Democrat

Episode 155: Euro Corporate Evil Trolls The U.S. South; Kim Williams Has Blue Dog Dem On The Run

EIKEA, Volkswagen, Nestle and Airbus are pretty different companies but all of them have a two-faced corporate Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde that explains a lot about the oppression workers face in the U.S. South. Across the pond, all those companies have a pretty reasonable posture towards unions and workers trying to unionize. But just let them come hunting over in the U.S. South to do business and, bingo, they turn into your garden variety, vicious, union busting, corporate pigs. Cathy Feingold, the AFL-CIO’s international director, talks with me about an amazing new report tracing the European corporate marauding down south. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast Then, Kim Williams joins the show to talk about her Democratic primary challenge against a long-time Blue Dog-Corporate Democrat in the 16th Congressional district in California. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast -- Jonathan Tasini Follow me on Twitter @jonathantasini Sign up f...

51 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Episode 155: Euro Corporate Evil Trolls The U.S. South; Kim Williams Has Blue Dog Dem On The Run

Episode 154: Two Tales of Wall Street Vultures; A Progressive Takes On Another Corporate Democrat.

EEpisode 154: The Gordon Gekko boast in the fictional movie “Wall Street” that “Greed is Good” is really an organizing principle for the financial vultures who rob the country day after day. Today, you will hear two tales of greed and robbery by hedge fund and private equity vultures. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast First, it’s Paul Singer, the CEO of a hedge fund called Elliott Management, who has a net worth of $3.5 billion, is a political buddy of the Koch brothers and is a funder of climate change deniers. As Beth Allen, the communications director of the Communications Workers of America, explains in our chat Singer now has his sights set on screwing thousands of CWA members who work for AT&T by trying to extort money from AT&T. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast Then, I circle back with Eileen Appelbaum, the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, who was on the program just three weeks ago digging ...

58 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Episode 154: Two Tales of Wall Street Vultures; A Progressive Takes On Another Corporate Democrat.

Episode 153: Two Progressive Women Running To Clean Out The Corporate Democratic Rot In Congress

EEpisode 153: EI’m in a politics mood today, having nothing to do with impeachment or the bizarre spectacle of a previous Democratic presidential candidate going seriously off the rails and accusing with no evidence, in McCarthyite fashion, another Democrat of being some sort of asset of Russia…I mean, crazy shit fills up my news dump every day. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast So as an antidote, I figured I’d bring to you two more progressive women candidates running for Congress against two corporate male Democrats: Eva Putzova in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District and Rebecca Parson in Washington State’s 6th Congressional District. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast

52 MIN3 w ago
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Episode 153: Two Progressive Women Running To Clean Out The Corporate Democratic Rot In Congress

Episode 152: The Dark Side of Whole Foods; Bowman Looking To Unseat Corporate Democrat

EEpisode 152: The running joke about Whole Foods is its nickname: Whole Paycheck. But there’s a far darker side to the touchy-feely, organic feel of Whole Foods than the higher prices—the exploitation of workers everywhere along its supply chains where workers labor in slave-like conditions, and are abused day after day, especially women workers. Oxfam is out with a devastating report on Whole Foods—and I talk with an Oxfam expert about what the report found. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast Then, among the politicians no one would miss, ever, on the political scene is Eliot Engel who voted for the Iraq War, has worked to deregulate Wall Street and is a staunch mouthpiece for the most right-wing, racist governments Israel has produced. Thankfully, he’s got a serious primary challenger, Jamaal Bowman, a middle school principal and educator who grew up in public housing in New York City. Jamaal joins me to talk about his campaign. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast -- Jonathan Tasini Follow me on Twitter @jonathantasini Sign up for The Working Life Podcast at: www.workinglife.org Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.tasini.3

59 MINOCT 16
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Episode 152: The Dark Side of Whole Foods; Bowman Looking To Unseat Corporate Democrat

Ep 151: Private Equity Vultures Are Running A Multi-Billion Dollar Medical Billing Scam

EEpisode 151: I would never have said it before today but it turns out health insurance companies aren’t the most evil players in the healthcare industry. Don’t freak out—health insurance companies are bad, and they are bankrupting millions of people, and the country. But it turns out even worse than the health insurers are some big mega private equity vultures who are gobbling up big pieces of medical services and socking millions of people with surprise medical bills—and I’m going to go in depth on this story, which is not being covered anywhere else, with Eileen Appelbaum, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and one of the great experts on private equity. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast Then, I’m kicking back into gear with regular segments with great progressives running for office. Today, I chat with Rachel Ventura who is running in the Democratic primary in Illinois’ 11th Congressional district against a corporate Democ...

56 MINOCT 9
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Ep 151: Private Equity Vultures Are Running A Multi-Billion Dollar Medical Billing Scam

Episode 150: Chicago Teachers Gearing Up For the Picket Line; What’s the Matter With Ohio?

EEpisode 150: Teachers are on the ramparts again. This time in Chicago where the members of the Chicago Teachers Union are gearing up for a possible strike if they can’t get a decent contract to improve wages, win a hard cap on class size and increase staffing. To talk more about the struggle for a good contract, I’m joined by Andrea Parker, an English teacher and union vice president, and Robin Blake Boose, a first grade teacher. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast I, then, take a look at what’s up in Ohio: You would think that people there would be ready to revolt, to overthrow the oligarchs and the elites and the corporate raiders who have effectively strip-mined the economy, destroying factory jobs and making sure new jobs don’t have decent wages because those same raiders fight unions tooth and nail. Even though Ohio voted for Trump, the people re-elected incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown, a progressive, clear populist, quite comfortably in 2018. Populism works. I talk with Amy Hanauer, the executive director of Policy Matter Ohio, about the organization’s recent deep dive look at Ohio’s economy. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast -- Jonathan Tasini Follow me on Twitter @jonathantasini Sign up for The Working Life Podcast at: www.workinglife.org Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.tasini.3

43 MINOCT 2
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Episode 150: Chicago Teachers Gearing Up For the Picket Line; What’s the Matter With Ohio?

Episode 149: Fred Meyer Boycott Is On!; California Clips The Wings Of The UBER-Corporate Mentality

EEpisode 149: A few weeks ago, I talked about the vast pay discrimination against women who work for supermarket chain Fred Meyer: 2/3 of women are paid $3.70 less than men doing essentially the same job. The union representing the workers—UFCW Local 555—is in hard, brass knuckles bargaining with Fred Meyer to end this. But in the meantime, just this past Sunday, because of the company’s recalcitrance, the union has called for a boycott of all Fred Meyer stores. I talk about the gender pay discrimination and the boycott with Jeff Anderson, the secretary treasurer of Local 555. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast Then, there is no difference between the Vanderbilts, the Rockefellers, the Carnegies of the last century and their corporate cousins, Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos or those folks who run Uber: companies just do everything possible to exploit workers, rip them off, take more and more profits made by the hard work of millions of workers and use those pro...

44 MINSEP 25
Comments
Episode 149: Fred Meyer Boycott Is On!; California Clips The Wings Of The UBER-Corporate Mentality

Episode 148: Bangladesh Garment Workers Horrors Redux; Closing The Capital Gains Highway Robbery

EEpisode 148: Take your shirt off. Or your pants. Almost certainly those garments and others were made in a faraway country, by people making pennies who work in horrendous conditions. I think we all know that when we are told to think about it—but we don’t think about it on a daily basis. I talk with Sonia Mistry of the Solidarity Center about the squalid, dangerous conditions in Bangladesh faced by garment workers—and a fire that recently made thousands homeless. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast Then, I enter into the land of “anti-deferral accounting”—that just rolls off the lips, right? Well, it might not be the most user-friendly lingo but it could add up to a trillion and a half more dollars to shore up Social Security—coming from the pockets of the richest of the richest. Steve Wamhoff, the director of federal tax policy at the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy, explains it all. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast -- Jonathan Tasini Follow me on Twitter @jonathantasini Sign up for The Working Life Podcast at: www.workinglife.org Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.tasini.3

49 MINSEP 18
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Episode 148: Bangladesh Garment Workers Horrors Redux; Closing The Capital Gains Highway Robbery

Episode 147: Temp Work Is All The Rage; Coal Miners & The Green New Deal

EEpisode 147: Once upon a time, if you got a job that lasted a long time, you’d be a permanent worker, maybe after a short probationary period. Not so much anymore with the plague forcing people to take “temp” jobs—the kind of job that is increasing in the past few years, outpacing full-time permanent work, and also spreading a lot more to so-called “blue collar” jobs. I explore this with Laura Padin, senior staff attorney with the National Employment Law Project and author of a new important report called “Lasting Solutions for America’s Temporary Workers”. Support the podcast here: www.patreon.com/WorkingLifePodcast My regular listeners may recall that whenever the topic of a Green New Deal comes up, I gripe about the way in which environmentalists and politicians so easily promise to take care of workers. Don’t worry, people say, there will be a “Just Transition” for workers in the fossil fuel industries, which would mean income support and job retraining. Support the ...

54 MINSEP 11
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Episode 147: Temp Work Is All The Rage; Coal Miners & The Green New Deal
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