(audio) Some people call it the gig economy...some call it the side hustle economy...but what it really is...is the exploitation economy.”
That’s Kooper Caraway, President of the Sioux Falls AFL-CIO, talking about the Exploitation Economy on the latest episode of the AFL-CIO’s ‘State of the Unions’ podcast.
(audio) “You’re supposed to work longer hours for less pay and you’re supposed to do two, three or four jobs full-time in order just to get the basic things that people should be taking for granted. And to know that the labor movement is thinking about that and thinking about the future...that’s going to attract younger folks because no matter what we say on Instagram, no one likes the side hustle economy. Nobody likes being exploited.”
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On today’s labor calendar, “The Future of American Labor” conference starts at noon today at the Georgetown University Law Center; go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar for details and free registration.
Here’s Kurt Stand with today’s labor history: (audio)
U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy falsely charged that the State Department was riddled with Communists. It seems that just about everyone else the Wisconsin senator didn’t like was a Communist as well, including scores of unionists. This was the beginning of "McCarthyism." He ultimately was officially condemned by the senate and died of alcoholism - 1950
Today’s labor quote is by T Bone Slim, from his song “The Popular Wobbly;” vigilantes beat up IWW organizers for exercising their free-speech rights on February 9, 1912 in San Diego and this song first appeared in the 1920 edition of the Little Red Songbook published by the Industrial Workers of the World, also known as the Wobblies:
I'm as mild mannered as I can be,
And I've never done them harm that I can see.
Still on me they put a ban, and they throw me in the can,
They go wild, simply wild, over me.
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