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.

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 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 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 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
May 6, 2023 1:15:00
Live Show: Workers in the South Are Rising Up (w/ Chris Daniel, Melanie Barron, & Mo Haskins)
Announcement: Our next live show will be on Monday, May 8, from 5-7pm EST at the Canadian Labour Congress’ 30th... more
May 3, 2023 38:22
May Day Reminds Us That Labor's Fight & the Fight Against Mass Incarceration Are Connected (w/ Mansa Musa)
Max and Jules want to wish everyone out there a happy May Day (ie International Workers Day)! To commemorate this... more
April 26, 2023 40:04
Striking UMich Grads Hold the Line While Facing Cops, Docked Pay, and Out-of-Touch Administrators (w/ Alejo Stark)
Graduate student-workers at the University of Michigan are still on strike after hitting the picket line for the second time... more
April 20, 2023 1:44:06
Kayla Denker
Kayla Denker is a military veteran and a trained archaeologist who has worked in the private sector and for the... more
April 8, 2023 38:32
Teamsters in Boston Have a Message for UPS (w/ Thomas Mari, Jane Fallon, Rob Atkinson, JJ Rodriguez, Fred Zuckerman, Julie, & Sean M. O'Brien)
Under the new leadership team led by General President Sean M. O'Brien, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters are re-introducing themselves... more
March 31, 2023 23:50
University of Michigan Grads Strike for a Living Wage (w/ Alejo Stark)
Graduate student-workers at the University of Michigan are on strike for the second time in three years, officially hitting the... more
March 30, 2023 1:10:23
Teaching in Ron DeSantis's Florida (w/ Philip Belcastro & Brennen Pickett)
Things are getting very dark in Florida, and educators at all levels have found themselves on the frontlines of a... more
March 24, 2023 1:36:37
A "Do or Die" Moment for the Academic Labor Movement (w/ Matt Thomas, Kristina Mensik, Bryan Sacks, & Todd Wolfson)
At colleges and universities across the country, a heated battle is playing out right now over workers' right to organize... more
March 17, 2023 1:13:55
Steve Mellon
In October of last year, over 100 workers represented by five labor unions—including production, distribution, advertising, and accounts receivable staff—walked... more
March 13, 2023 26:38
The Fight to Pass the Workplace Psychological Safety Act (w/ Misty Orlando, Dr. Jennifer Fraser, & Jerry Carbo)
While there are some stronger and broader laws in particular states, there is currently no federal standard defining, let alone... more
March 9, 2023 1:35:18
Live Show: We Need You—Yes, You—to Join the Labor Movement (w/ Chris Smalls, Vince Quiles, Sarah Beth Ryther, Tafadar Sourov, & Riley Fell)
We hosted another Working People live show on Feb. 22 in New York City, in collaboration with the Action Builder... more
March 4, 2023 1:02:12
Amazon Workers United4Change (w/ Nannette Plascencia & Ivan Baez)
The historic union election victory at the JFK8 Amazon warehouse on Staten Island sent shockwaves throughout the US and beyond... 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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