Wednesday, September 09, 2015

The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

In 1973, the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade established a woman's right to an abortion, but in the forty plus years since that historic decision conservatives have been working to fundamentally rewrite our nation’s abortion laws.  For years activists have been calling this assault on women’s reproductive rights the "war on women" and describe it as an ongoing struggle, but according to Molly Redden of Mother Jones this onslaught of new abortion restrictions has been so successful, so strategically designed, and so well coordinated that the war in many places has essentially been lost.  Molly joins me today to talk all about how the “War on Women” is over, and how women lost.   

Over the past few years organized labor has suffered sharp declines in both numbers and influence as a result of the economic recession, the outsourcing of jobs, and in many parts of the country the aggressive attacks launched by billionaire backed anti-union groups on collective bargaining rights, while at the same time, employers have demanded steep concessions from unions. As a result, inequality in income and wealth has continued to grow throughout the country, and is especially pronounced along racial lines with African American workers consistently earning less than their white counterparts.  However, a recent study conducted by two professors affiliated with the Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies at the City University of New York has found that despite the national trend African American union workers in New York City have made economic gains, and that raising the rate of unionization among African American workers across the country would help narrow the racial pay gap.  Joining me today to discuss the report and its findings is Stephanie Luce, Professor of Labor Studies at the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies at the City University of New York School of Professional Studies, who is one of the report’s authors.

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