On March 6, David Dayen, writer for In These Times Magazine, spoke about the pushback against Amazon’s HQ2 and logistics center plans during his time on America’s Work Force.
Dayen spoke about Amazon HQ2 and hundreds of cities bidding on the project, using taxpayers money to fund the construction. After selecting New York City as the location for HQ2, Amazon eventually backed out of its commitment after push from the city to allow the workers to unionize. Dayen then spoke about Nashville, Tenn. being selected for an Amazon logistics center. He mentioned that the city is contributing $600,000 to the project, which is nearly two percent of the city’s 2019 budget, which was not received well by those living in the city. With having already a tight budget, people in the city are not happy with the city stretching the budget even further to put money towards this logistics center. Lastly, Dayen discussed the possibility of seeing medicare for all and how to prepare for the healthcare expansion.
Executive director of the United Labor Agency, Dave Megenhardt, talked about In-Demand Jobs Week, March 11 – March 15, and all that will be taking place during that week. He explained the purpose of In-Demand Jobs Week is for job seekers, employers, or young adults to learn about in demand jobs in the area and the training necessary in order to be successful in those jobs. Some of the jobs that Megenhardt talked about were healthcare, information technology, and transportation jobs. He said that the week will end with an open house where several local employers will be interviewing and speaking with qualified candidates for their jobs.
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On the broadcast today we had writer, editor, and researcher Tim Tolka, and contributing writer to The Prospect, David Dayen. Our first guest, Tim Tolka talks about how he got started with his research on his book Blue Mafia, small town police misconduct, brutality and corruption, consent decrees, and the backstory behind the federal investigations on the police in Steubenville and Warren Ohio. Our second guest, David Dayen talks about Tesla, the workers and the wages that they are making, how Tesla is the only United States car manufacturer that is non-Union, the high cost of living around the factory and how it is forcing the workers to have to live further than desirable away from their work, and Elon Musk and his promises to the workers (that do not include wage increases). Each of our guests dive deep into their incredibly interesting and thought provoking topics and made for a great show today!