This week on CounterSpin: Quaint as it may sound, the idea is still operative for many people that if you work, you earn wages and fair treatment. We can’t seem to shake the storyline that employers, graciously, offer this, and workers should, gratefully, accept it. But a new report outlines just how tilted the workplace balance of power has become in this country, and what we need to do to restore workers’ voice and power at work. Titled Unchecked Corporate Power: Forced Arbitration, the Enforcement Crisis and How Workers Are Fighting Back, the report comes from the Center for Popular Democracy and the Economic Policy Institute. We’ll speak with one of the authors, EPI director of government affairs and labor counsel Celine McNicholas.
Also on the show: Government actors have, it seems, endless reasons to shroud their actions in secrecy; that’s why tools like the Freedom of Information Act and state open records laws are so critical. But it turns out it isn’t journalists who are making the most of FOIA, for instance, but other people—and increasingly, activists working with, but if necessary around, gatekeeper media to achieve social justice goals. The Center of Constitutional Rights has a new project aimed at helping those efforts along. We’ll talk with project coordinator Ian Head.
Plus Janine Jackson takes a quick look at recent press, including the proposed Gulf War monument and the coming wave of extinction.