On today’s show, a report from the frozen ground in Texas as Rick Levy, president of the Texas AFL-CIO, talks with The Rick Smith Show about the real reason the power grid failed there this week. Then we’ve got two reports from Australia: in the first, Radio Labour on challenges facing workers in Australia’s energy sector, and then on Solidarity Breakfast we’ll hear about a new report on the health of truck drivers. It may not be that surprising but it’s certainly shocking. Next up, we go to the UK for the UnionDues podcast, which features a fascinating Thought for the Day on employee surveillance in an age of home-working. Back in the States, Labor Radio on KBOO explores the issue of hero pay for grocery store workers and from Building Bridges Radio, a Black History Month Special as Nikole Hannah-Jones from the “1619 Project” reminds us that there’s little that defines the United States that doesn’t somehow have the legacy of slavery at its foundation. We wrap up this week’s show with the latest Labor Radio Podcast Network member profile from Empathy Media, this time with Tanya Hutchins, host of Activate L!VE from the Machinists union. We start off with a couple of very short clips from the latest Belabored podcast; in the first you’ll hear Celine McNicholas of the Economic Policy Institute on Joe Biden’s labor agenda and then we’ll hear Karen Lewis of the Chicago Teachers Union, who we lost recently. Plus: from Labor History in 2:00, Angelina Grimke is Born.
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