Today’s visit to the Graton Day Labor Center to watch my friend Lisa Morehouse report on immigrants who’ve been shut out of Obamacare for KQED’s California Report, has me thinking hard about labor, economic justice, the material conditions of work, and exactly what is a living wage? A story by Monica Potts in the American Prospect, Yes, Being a Woman Makes You Poorer examines the failure of the Paycheck Fairness Act this week, thanks to those *super generous * Senate Republicans. According to Potts, the gender wage gap contributes to poverty and near-poverty for women in the United States. This is a big deal.
With radio on the mind, I was happy to stumble upon the Belabored Podcast over at the Dissent Magazine website. Hosted by Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen, this week’s episode features an interview with Ruth Milkman on the future of labor and the work of revolutionizing communities from the bottom up. I’m glad to see people speaking up about economic injustice and exploitation of workers for the benefit of the owners. Labor, economy, work, jobs – let’s do this.