Working People

This is a podcast by, for, and about the working class today (in partnership with In These Times magazine). Working People is a podcast about working-class lives in 21st-century America. In every episode you'll hear interviews with workers from around the country, from all walks of life. We'll talk about their life stories, their jobs, politics, and families, their joys and hopes and frustrations. Working People aims to share and celebrate the diverse stories of working-class people, to remind ourselves that our stories matter, and to build a sense of shared struggle and solidarity between workers around the country.

February 23, 2024 36:28
After Waging the Largest Healthcare Worker Strike in US History, Kaiser Workers Win Big (w/ Meg Niemi & Audrey Cardenas)
From October 4-6 of this year, the US experienced the largest healthcare worker strike in our history, when over 75,00... more
February 21, 2024 36:02
"Shut It Down!": On the Ground at Johns Hopkins Grad Union's Practice Picket
One year ago, graduate student-workers at Johns Hopkins University overwhelmingly voted to unionize under the banner of Teachers and Researchers... more
February 14, 2024 1:12:32
Baltimore’s Co-Ops Show the Power of a ‘Solidarity Economy’
Baltimore has become what many consider to be ground zero in the emerging “solidarity economy” and the formation of worker-owned... more
February 7, 2024 48:18
Homegrown Sandwich Shop Workers Hit 100 Days on Strike (w/ Sydney Lankford & Perry)
Workers at Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches in the Seattle area voted overwhelmingly to unionize with UNITE HERE LOCAL 8 in late... more
January 31, 2024 1:15:43
East Palestine—1 Year After the Derailment
Feb. 3, 2024, marks the one-year anniversary of the Norfolk Southern train derailment that changed life forever for the residents... more
December 11, 2023 1:37:32
Brazil's Radical Plan to Fight Slave-Like Working Conditions (w/ Marcos, John, & Vitor Filgueiras)
In this special international episode, we get the chance to talk to folks in Brazil about the farmworkers who are... more
November 30, 2023 1:14:09
Chris & Jessica Albright
It's been nearly 10 months since the derailment of a Norfolk Southern freight train and the subsequent “controlled release” and... more
November 21, 2023 53:45
"This Is McCarthyism All Over Again": Suppressing Unions' Free Speech Rights over Gaza (w/ Allie Goodman, Michael Letwin, & Dany Greene)
With each passing day, more Israeli bombs are falling on Gaza, more bodies are being blown apart and buried under... more
November 20, 2023 45:32
Stuck in Legal Limbo while Fighting to Hold Amazon Accountable (w/ Matt Littrell)
Back in August of 2022, we spoke with Matt Littrell, a picker at the Amazon warehouse in Campbellsville, Kentucky, and... more
November 11, 2023 29:25
The Teamsters Picket Amazon's BWI5 Warehouse in Baltimore (w/ Deion Anthony Steppes, Cristina Duncan Evans, Taylor Boren, & Mike McGuire)
On the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 8, members of the Teamsters union led a picket line march outside of Amazon’s... more
November 11, 2023 8:43
A Three-Minute Message from Gaza (w/ Mohamed el Saife)
More than 10,000 Palestinians have been killed in Israel's retaliatory assault on Gaza in the past month, including thousands of... more
November 3, 2023 9:32
"Soldiers Are Everywhere, Settlers Are Everywhere, People Are Afraid to Leave Their Homes" (w/ Issa Amro)
Every day the Palestinian civilian death toll is rising dramatically as Israel continues with its genocidal bombing and ground invasion... more
September 28, 2023 1:03:55
What Happens to the NLRB If the Government Shuts Down? (w/ Michael Bilik & Colton Puckett)
It is looking increasingly likely that Congressional Republicans will bring the federal government to a shutdown starting this weekend. "U.S... more
August 30, 2023 1:11:15
**Labor & the Long Road to Reunification in Korea (w/ Ju-Hyun Park)
Within the past two years, South Korea has seen major labor actions, including a general strike in October of 2021... more
August 20, 2023 1:01:00
Save WVU (w/ Leslie Wilber, Morgan King, & Jessie Wilkerson)
The world of higher education has been in shock this past week after West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee... more
August 11, 2023 1:01:00
Ana Jakopič
Ana Jakopič is a lawyer, organizer, and trade union leader in Slovenia. We talk to Ana about the different kinds... more
July 30, 2023 48:30
What—and Who—Caused the Train Derailment in East Palestine? (w/ Jason Cox)
The Norfolk Southern train derailment and "controlled release" of toxic vinyl chloride in East Palestine, Ohio, was an avoidable catastrophe... more
July 10, 2023 1:14:28
Sean Orr
The largest private sector labor contract in the US is set to expire at midnight on July 31; as negotiations... more
June 30, 2023 1:10:21
Pride and Labor's Duty to Fight for All (w/ Jessica Gonzalez & Fae Weichsel)
From legislative attacks on the rights of trans people, drag performers, and queer people spreading to statehouses around the country... more
June 28, 2023 2:08:51
2023 Canadian Labour Congress, Part 1 (w/ Emily Leedham, Guy Smith, Mary Newman, James Russwurm, & Liz Ha)
From May 8-12, the 30th Constitutional Convention of the Canadian Labour Congress took place in Montréal. Reporting for Working People... more
June 28, 2023 1:53:55
2023 Canadian Labour Congress, Part 2 (w/ Nora Loreto, Meg Davis, Larry Rousseau, & Nicholas Marcus Thompson)
From May 8-12, the 30th Constitutional Convention of the Canadian Labour Congress took place in Montréal. Reporting for Working People... more
June 1, 2023 00:50:11
Labor Must Join the Fight to Stop Cop City (w/ Kamau Franklin & Mariah Parker)
The 2020 protests that took place in the immediate wake of Minneapolis police murdering George Floyd were a historic call... more
May 30, 2023 1:14:25
East Palestine, 100 Days Later (w/ Ashley McCollum, Kayla Miller, & Christina Siceloff)
It's been over 100 days since the catastrophic derailment of a Norfolk Southern train carrying over 100,000 gallons of toxic... more
May 7, 2023 39:46
Hollywood Writers Strike to Save the Entertainment Industry from Further Corporate Destruction (w/ Sasha Stewart)
Hollywood writers represented by the Writers Guild of America, East, and the Writers Guild of America, West, are on strike... more
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Maximillian Alvarez is editor-in-chief at the Real News Network and host of the podcast Working People, available at InThe​se​Times​.com. He is also the author of The Work of Living: Working People Talk About Their Lives and the Year the World Broke.

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