Labor and the Democratic Left
Talk of the Bay, with Chris Krohn, Tuesday, January 17th, 5-6 PM, on KSQD
The American Labor Movement and the Democratic Party are hot topics right now. Before the Covid 19 Pandemic, labor was experiencing a resurgence, but even more so now when many have come to realize just how important everyday workers are in healthcare, at the coffee bar, driving the bus, serving you at your local eatery, teaching and taking care of our kids.
They even came up with a name, “essential workers.”
Some of new these workers were essential before the pandemic too, but it took a larger crisis to really bring out the crisis throughout the American labor force. That crisis mainly being the ethical moral paucity on which the capitalist system hinges: buy low and sell high. The bosses of capital, always looking for ever easier ways to make money, continued to exploit workers until they couldn’t. Of course, many are still exploited, but a distinct union movement is growing, and so is labor’s connection with the progressive left within the Democratic party.
This week, we look at both subjects, the Democratic left that won’t go away and its best ally, the resurgent labor movement, all from a distinctly local viewpoint. Join your host, Chris Krohn, as he grill labor activist and wanna-be Democratic Party insider, Joe Thompson on Talk of the Bay this Tuesday at 5pm.
(Above: Joe Thompson is pictured with former-Mayoral candidate, Joy Schendledecker, in front of Starbucks on Ocean Street. Thompson organized a picket of the coffee giant and closed the store down for a couple of days.)