WNYC/Gothamist senior political reporter Brigid Bergin hosts a conversation about how organized labor fits into our political landscape.
Organized Labor And The Working Families Party
Labor unions represent workers in conversations with their employers. Can a political party represent workers in our government? Sochie Nnaemeka, director of the New York Working Families Party, talks about some of the policies and politics behind the party’s agenda.
How Unions Are Shaping Our Local And National Politics
Organized labor groups often endorse political candidates. To what extent do their members align their votes with a union’s recommendations? WNYC/Gothamist reporter Gwynne Hogan and Jane McAlevey, longtime organizer, senior policy fellow at the University of California at Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, The Nation‘s strikes correspondent and the author of three books, most recently, A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing & the Fight for Democracy (Ecco, 2020), discuss how labor movements are explicitly and implicitly involved in our political system.
Plus, listeners call in to share their experiences with labor and politics, and how much their unions influence their votes.