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On May Day, workers around the globe rally for labor rights

Photo by Fibonacci Blue via Flickr under CC BY 2.0
Hundreds march through downtown Minneapolis to mark International Workers Day in April 2016

On this edition of Your Call, we’ll mark May Day by talking about the labor movements that are sweeping the country.

Workers in United States are more productive than ever, but since 1973, their wages haven’t kept up, according to the Economic Policy Institute. For many workers speaking up for better treatment, it’s not just about pay – it’s about dignity. Teachers have gone on strike in five states, and more are expected. What is the state of labor movements today? And what is the most effective form of organizing?


Sarah Jaffe, independent journalist covering labor, economic justice, social movements, and politics, and author of Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt

Bill Fletcher, Jr., labor writer and organizer, former senior staff at AFL-CIO, author of Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path Toward Social Justice

Web Resources:

Sacramento Bee: 3 unions, 53,000 workers to strike at UC hospitals, campuses in May

Guardian US: The teachers' strikes prove it: the media is finally seeing America's new labor landscape

In These Times: Why Hundreds of Georgia Bus Drivers Just Staged a Massive Sickout

TIME: The Bloody Story of How May Day Became a Holiday for Workers

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.