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Labor Looks Up After Amazon Union Vote

By Laura Flanders
May 13th, 2021

“The opportunities for labor right now are virtually limitless,” says Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, the country’s largest labor federation. With Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama igniting the fight to unionize and the introduction of the PRO Act in Congress, widespread discontent with the economy has rendered this moment pregnant with new possibilities for workers. New Republic contributor Sarah Jaffe, author of Work Won’t Love You Back, and Teen Vogue columnist Kim Kelly join Maximillian Alvarez, editor-in-chief of The Real News Network, to discuss how the labor struggle affects everyone — from coal miners, to gig workers, to domestic caregivers. Work won’t love you back, but could we love ourselves, and each other, enough to bring better ways of working into the world?


  • Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue columnist, Labor Reporter
  • Maximillian Alvarez, Editor-in-Chief, The Real News Network
  • Sarah Jaffe, Author Work Won’t Love You Back

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