May 10, 2022

EP. 264 — What’s The Power Of Labor Organizing? with Kim Kelly

This fall, pro-union sentiment in the US rose to 68 percent—the highest it’s been since 1965. We’re living through a major moment for labor organizing, and we have so many questions! How did we get here? Who got us here? And what’s at stake for workers across the country today? Kim Kelly joins Jonathan to discuss the power of collective bargaining, worker solidarity, and her new book FIGHT LIKE HELL, an intersectional history of labor movements in the US.

Kim Kelly is an independent journalist, author of FIGHT LIKE HELL: The Untold History of American Labor. She has been a regular labor columnist for Teen Vogue since 2018, and her writing on labor, class, politics, and culture has appeared in The New Republic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Baffler, The Nation, and many others. Previously, she was the heavy metal editor at “Noisey,” VICE’s music vertical, and was an original member of the VICE Union. A third-generation union member, she was born in the heart of the South Jersey Pine Barrens, and currently lives in Philadelphia with a hard-workin’ man, a couple of taxidermied bears, and way too many books.

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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness & Kim Kelly   JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week I sit down for a gorgeous conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by Kim Kelly, where I ask her: Do we care enough about labor organizing? Welcome to Getting Curious. This is Jonathan Van Ness. I’m so excited for this episode. Our guest is incredible. Her name is Kim Kelly. She is a journalist, author, and organizer based in Philadelphia. Her new book Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor, is an intersectional history of labor movements in the US that centers women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, disabled people, sex workers, prisoners and the poor. Hi, Kim, how are you?   KIM KELLY [00:00:50] Hi! I’m so excited to talk to you and to tell your listeners about the incredible history of this country that they might not know about but to

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