On this edition of Your Call, we discuss this year's labor strikes.
Over 20,000 teachers and school employees went on strike in West Virginia earlier this year, followed by a wave of educators in other states. In September, McDonald's workers went on strike over sexual harassment and low wages. A month later, fast food workers walked off the job to demand union rights and a $15 minimum wage. Marriott hotel workers in eight cities recently signed new contracts after striking for raises and affordable healthcare. Last week, Kaiser mental health workers in California went on a five-day strike to protest how long their patients have to wait for appointments. What have workers won through strikes this year?
Erik Loomis, associate professor of history at the University of Rhode Island, and author of the forthcoming book, A History of America in Ten Strikes
Clem Papazian, licensed social worker at Kaiser in Oakland
Larrilou Carumba, Marriott housekeeper
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