Today on the show, we had long time guest Dorsey Hagar from the Columbus Building and Construction Trades Council, and Pema Levy with the Mother Jones Website.
Our first guest, Dorsey Hagar, talks about his trip to the Alberta Building Trades Conference and presenting there. While at the conference, he speaks about community benefit agreements, pre-apprenticeship programs, and lowering unemployment rates. Hagar also talks about starting a program called a Building Trades Pilot Boot camp, doing a trial run next year, where they will expose middle schoolers going into the 9th grade to the trades. They will host a week long class from 8-3 where they will let the students learn about all of the trades and work hands on with them to show them that there are more options after high school than just a four year university. The last thing he talks about on the show is a minority contractor outreach event.
Our second guest on the show today was Pema Levy, and she talks about Rachel Mitchell questioning Dr. Ford in the Brett Kavanaugh case. She talks about Mitchell being blasted for casting a doubt on Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh and how people who have worked with Mitchell in the past are disappointed in how she went about this who entire thing. She was called disingenuous and inconsistent in her practices and was incredibly unprofessional by jumping to conclusions on the case.
We also discuss the fight for $15 and what it means for Amazon employees. By raising the wages to $15 an hour, it may seem like a win for the workers, however, employees who already earned $15 an hour saying they are losing more than they are gaining. Because of the wage increase, workers are missing out on monthly bonuses and a chance to own Amazon’s skyrocketing stock because of this raise. On top of that, employees already earning $15 an hour are only going to be receiving an extra $1 per hour, so they are losing more than they are gaining out of this. We also talk about Bernie Sanders telling McDonald’s to follow in Amazon’s footsteps and raise minimum wage to $15 an hour. Finally, we talk about airline workers organizing.
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