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Leslie is joined by Maria Somma, Organizing Director for the United Steelworkers (USW). The pair explores why workers still need the PRO Act. This includes white collar workers, which Maria shares multiple examples of with the audience. Workers in the South are also eager to exercise their rights, though this is drawing backlash from anti-worker politicians in states like Georgia and Alabama. The Biden administration has done important work to correct course at the NLRB, and there are pro-worker provisions in recent investments, which are helping smooth the way for workers to have a voice on the job. This includes extensive new requirements for infrastructure projects to be “made in America” as part of the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). Known as the Build America, Buy America Act (BABAA), this section of the law promises to stimulate American manufacturing and create jobs for American workers by ensuring that a substantial portion of BIL funding is used to purchase U.S.-made products and materials. However, workers still face an uphill battle when it comes to forming unions. The solution is to finally pass comprehensive legislation that shores up loopholes in our laws and attaches real, immediate penalties to corporations that violate workers’ rights. Leslie and Maria share the legislative solution to these issues, which is the Richard L. Trumka Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act). They detail what the law would do, which is: - Establish stronger and swifter remedies to stop employers from breaking the law - Make companies recognize contractors as part of the collective bargaining process so they can no longer continue to whittle down Union membership by subcontracting - Force an employer to reach a first contract in a timely manner with a newly organized group of workers. (No more dragging out first contracts) - Reverse so-called 'Right to Work,' regardless of state laws - Prohibit employers from forcing employees to attend anti-union meetings Recent polls show that support for unions is at a fifty-year high, and having Joe Biden, the only sitting President to walk a picket line, in office has helped workers a great deal. But, it’s time for the law to catch up. Maria Somma has been an organizer for her entire career, first as a community organizer, and then as a labor organizer. She started with the Steelworkers in 2001 as a healthcare workers organizer, and became Organizing Director in 2015. The website for the USW is www.USW.org. Their handle on X and Instagram is @steelworkers. Like them on Facebook by visiting www.Facebook.com/Steelworkers.

Duration:00:42:07

Leslie is joined by Mike Sozan, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. The two analyze the significance of former President Donald Trump being found guilty on all 34 felony counts in his New York election interference case. They also chat about Mike's new piece for the DC Journal, titled, "COUNTERPOINT: Trump’s Conviction Is an Important Victory for the Rule of Law." Then, Leslie is joined by whose new book, "Is MAGA a Terrorist Movement?", has reached #1 best-seller status on Amazon in seven categories, including Campaigns and Elections. In addition to previewing the book, the pair discusses: Mike Sozan is a top expert on American democracy, and served as former Senator Mark Udall’s Chief of Staff, worked for former Senators Jim Webb and Bill Nelson, and also served as an Attorney for the Department of Justice and the FCC. The website for the Center for American Progress Action Fund is www.AmericanProgressAction.org. Their handle on X is @CAPAction, on Facebook is @AmericanProgressAction, and on Instagram is @FightForProgress. Russell Jack is a former US Federal Air Marshal, spent years inside the government, working alongside MAGA supporters. He has decades of experience in detecting, deterring, and defeating terrorism and criminal activity. He is passionate in his defense of Democracy, currently under attack by the terrorist group known as MAGA (Make America Great Again). He hopes his book and his website will promote critical thinking about protecting our Democracy, and just how precariously close we are to losing it forever. His website, where you can purchase the book, is www.MAGATerrorism.com, and you can follow him on Facebook, where his handle is @MAGATerrorism.

Duration:00:42:02

Leslie is joined by Scott Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), a partnership established by some of America’s leading manufacturers and the United Steelworkers union. First, Scott breaks down today's move by President Biden to levy new tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles, semiconductors, batteries, solar cells, steel and aluminum. The tariffs on Chinese EVs will rise to 100%, quadrupling the current tariff of 25%. It's the latest bid by the Biden administration to keep China from undercutting U.S. companies and threatening U.S. manufacturing jobs, many of which are union jobs. Second, Leslie and Scott discuss yesterday's Substack piece by Elizabeth Pancotti at Roosevelt Forward, titled, "Why It’s Good, Actually, That You Can’t Buy the World’s Cheapest Electric Vehicle." (Link--> https://rooseveltforward.substack.com/p/why-its-good-actually-that-you-cant) Next, Scott explains why what’s happening at ports in Belgium should worry both American automakers and policymakers. Finally, Leslie and Scott explore how America is at a crossroads when it comes to trade policy. For over 16 years, Scott Paul and AAM have worked to make American manufacturing a top-of-mind issue for voters and our national leaders through effective advocacy, innovative research, and a savvy public relations strategy. Their website is www.AmericanManufacturing.org and their handle on X is @KeepItMadeInUSA. Scott's handle is @ScottPaulAAM.

Duration:00:41:02

Leslie is joined by Nick Wilson, Senior Director for Gun Violence Prevention at American Progress, where he leads the organization’s efforts to reduce gun violence and shrink the footprint of the criminal justice system while improving public health and safety. The pair discusses the Biden Administration taking a major step towards closing the 'gun show loophole,' requring thousands more gun dealers to run background checks. The administration first proposed the rule in August, after the passage of the most sweeping gun violence bill in decades, a bipartisan compromise in response to the massacre of 19 students and two teachers at a Uvalde, Texas elementary school. That law expanded the definition of those who are “engaged in the business” of selling firearms, and are required to become licensed by the ATF and therefore run background checks. The rule, which implements the change in the law, will take effect 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register. There are already roughly 80,000 federally licensed firearms dealers. Administration officials believe the new rule will impact more than 20,000 dealers who have gotten away with selling firearms without a license and performing background checks at places like gun shows and over the internet by claiming they aren’t “engaged in the business” of firearm sales. The website for the Center for American Progress is www.AmericanProgress.org. Nick's handle on X is @NickWilsonB.

Duration:00:21:30

Leslie is joined by Liz Shuler, president of the 60 unions and 12.5 million members of the AFL-CIO, and the first woman leader of America’s labor movement. The two discuss the Union's 2024 'Death on the Job Report,' the recent UAW win in Tennessee and what it means for the broader Union movement in the South, as well as the Inaugural 'Climate, Equity and Jobs Launch' held by the AFL-CIO on Earth Day this year. The 2024 'Death on the Job Report' can be read here: https://aflcio.org/press/releases/afl-cio-releases-2024-death-job-report-ahead-workers-memorial-day A visionary leader and longtime trade unionist, Liz Shuler believes the labor movement is the single most powerful vehicle for progress and that unions are a central force in leading lasting societal transformations. She is committed to busting myths about labor, leveraging the labor movement’s diversity for innovative approaches to social justice and making the benefits of a union voice on the job available to working people everywhere. The website for the AFL-CIO is http://www.AFLCIO.org and their handle on X is @AFLCIO. Liz's handle is @LizShuler.

Duration:00:22:31

Leslie is joined by the International President of the United Steelworkers (USW), David McCall. The two explore the topic of restoring the United States' lost shipbuilding capacity. President McCall first details how the USW, alongside four other labor organizations, filed a petition last month requesting the United States Trade Representative (USTR) open an investigation into China’s non-market practices as it seeks to dominate the commercial shipping market. Next, Leslie and President McCall discuss how the loss of shipbuilding capacity poses a grave threat to America's national security. The pair also explores how the U.S. loss of commercial shipbuilding capacity has directly resulted in the loss of high-paying manufacturing jobs in the sector and across the supply chain. Finally, President McCall breaks down how the COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the danger of relying on foreign manufacturers to supply America's needs. President McCall previously served four years as International Vice President, leading negotiations that delivered wage increases, stronger job security and other gains for tens of thousands of workers in steel, tire and other key industries. McCall, a fourth-generation Steelworker, was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. His great-grandfather, grandfather, great-uncles, uncles and mother all worked at U.S. Steel’s Gary Works, and he walked his first picket line at age 7 during the USW’s 116-day, industry-wide strike in 1959. The website for the United Steelworkers is www.USW.org and their handle on X, Facebook and Instagram is @steelworkers.

Duration:00:41:30

Leslie is joined by Scott Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), a partnership established by some of America’s leading manufacturers and the United Steelworkers union. First, Scott explains how high interest rates and trade deficits are stifling U.S. factory jobs growth. Second, Leslie and Scott move across the globe to discuss China, where U.S. Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen, is wrapping up a five day trip. Scott begins this discussion by highlighting how Beijing's economic success remains tied to U.S. market access, and how that offers America leverage. Next, Leslie and Scott discuss the increasingly high risk that China will flood the globe with EVs and green tech thanks to their government subsidized overcapacity in both industries. During her current trip to the Communist nation, Secretary Yellen says that the concern about excess capacity is shared by many other countries in addition to the U.S., both developing as well as rich ones. “This is not anti-China policy,” she said. “It’s an effort for us to mitigate the risks from the inevitable global economic dislocation that will result if China doesn’t adjust its policies.” Finally, Scott shares the advice he provided to a panel convened last week by the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) about Chinese auto imports. To summarize, he encourages the U.S. not to wait for China’s heavily subsidized car to arrive here. But instead, to be PROACTIVE! For over 16 years, Scott Paul and AAM have worked to make American manufacturing a top-of-mind issue for voters and our national leaders through effective advocacy, innovative research, and a savvy public relations strategy. Their website is www.AmericanManufacturing.org and their handle on X is @KeepItMadeInUSA. Scott's handle is @ScottPaulAAM.

Duration:00:42:00

Leslie is joined by Sean O'Brien, General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The two discuss the Teamsters' recently ratified contract with Anheuser-Busch, their striking brothers and sisters at Molson-Coors, organizing at UPS and DHL, as well as their Presidential roundtables. Sean is a 4th-generation Teamster from Boston, and is committed to winning and defending strong national contracts, organizing new members, and aggressively taking on employers. He is focused on mobilizing rank-and-file Teamsters through education and increased engagement—traveling extensively to visit with members at worksites throughout the country. Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.3 million hardworking people in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Visit Teamster.org for more information. Follow them on X and Instagram, where their handle is @Teamsters, and “like” them on Facebook at Facebook.com/Teamsters. Sean's handle on X is @TeamsterSOB.

Duration:00:22:39

Leslie is joined by two young women, Afghan refugee Sola Mahfouz and Malaina Kapoor (Stanford ‘25), who are raising awareness about the untold story of millions of Afghan women brimming with potential and longing for freedom in their acclaimed book, “Defiant Dreams: The Journey of an Afghan Girl Who Risked Everything for Education." Sola Mahfouz was born in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 1996, the year the Taliban took over her country for the first time. They banned television and photographs, presided over brutal public executions, and turned the clock backward on women’s rights, practically imprisoning women within their own homes and forcing them to wear all-concealing burqas. At age eleven, Sola was forced to stop attending school after a group of men threatened to throw acid in her face if she continued. After that she was confined to her home, required to cook and clean and prepare for an arranged marriage. She saw the outside world only a handful of times each year. As time passed, Sola began to understand that she was condemned to the same existence as millions of women in Afghanistan. Her future was empty. The rest of her life would be controlled entirely by men: fathers and husbands and sons who would never allow her to study, to earn money, or even to dream. Driven by this devastating realization, Sola began a years-long fight to change the trajectory of her life, deciding that education would be her way out. At age sixteen, without even the basic ability to add or subtract, she began to teach herself math and English in secret. She progressed rapidly., Within just two years she was already studying subjects such as philosophy and physics. Faced with obstacles at every turn, Sola still managed to sneak into Pakistan to take the SAT. In 2016, she escaped to the United States, where she is now a quantum-computing researcher at Tufts University. An engrossing, dramatic memoir, co-written with young Indian American human rights activist Malaina Kapour, 'Defiant Dreams' is the story of one girl, but it’s also the untold story of a generation of women brimming with potential and longing for freedom. This story inspires us to unleash the potential that lies within us and all the women across the globe. It is a universal story of striving for greatness, reaching for the stars, and transcending the boundaries of our birth. In alignment with this year’s International Women’s Day theme "Invest in women: Accelerate progress," Sola and Malaina want to shed light on the need to invest in women’s rights and access to education. Sola's story aligns perfectly with the values and goals of Women's History Month and the United Nations' commitment to #InvestInWomen. The book is available for purchase at www.DefiantDreams.com.

Duration:00:22:41

The guest host for today's show is Brad Bannon. Brad runs Bannon Communications Research, a polling, message development and media firm which helps labor unions, progressive issue groups and Democratic candidates win public affairs and political campaigns. His show, 'Deadline D.C. with Brad Bannon,' airs every Monday from 3-4pm ET. First, Brad will be joined by Sarah Jones, Editor in Chief of PoliticusUSA, as they react to President Biden’s State of the Union address. Then, Sarah breaks down what is causing the decline in quality news coverage, including the shuttering of multiple news agencies. Then, Brad is joined by the Chairman of Sonecon, an economic advisory firm, and former U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs, Dr. Rob Shapiro. The two discuss Rob's latest blog, titled, "Based on Incomes, Americans Are a Lot Better Off Under Biden Than They Were with Trump." The website for PoliticusUSA is www.PoliticusUSA.com and their X handle is @PoliticusUSA. Sarah's handle is @PoliticusSarah. The website for Sonecon is www.Sonecon.com and Dr. Shapiro's handle on X is @RobShapiro. Brad is on the National Journal's panel of political insiders and is a national political analyst for WGN TV and Radio in Chicago and KNX Radio in Los Angeles. You can read Brad's columns at www.MuckRack.com/Brad-Bannon. His handle on X is @BradBannon. You can watch a livestream of this broadcast at the following links: X: https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1vAxRvXQgPVxl Facebook: https://fb.watch/qMsF0ZcuX_/ YouTube: https://youtube.com/live/hnlV65CmIGQ?feature=share

Duration:00:41:20

Leslie is joined by Luis Mendoza, International Vice President of the United Steelworkers (USW). As International Vice President, Mendoza has responsibility for all facets of the USW paper sector, including bargaining, safety, trade, legislative issues, global solidarity and organizing initiatives. Leslie and Luis talk about building unity in the paper industry and beyond. Of the many industries where USW members work, one of the biggest is the paper sector, representing approximately 90,000 workers. Since the onset of the pandemic, these workers have made groundbreaking advances in promoting workplace health and safety, advocating for economic security, and building unity through eliminating dangerously divisive two-tiered systems. The website for the United Steelworkers is www.USW.org and their handle on X and Instagram is @steelworkers. You can find them on Facebook at Facebook.com/Steelworkers.

Duration:00:40:17

Leslie is joined by Scott Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), a partnership established by some of America’s leading manufacturers and the United Steelworkers union. The two discuss why Chinese-based e-commerce company Temu, who's spending billions on ads, and has already reshaped how many American shop, isn't paying the United States any tariffs. Here's a brief explanation from AAM's latest blog on the subject: "The “de minimis” exemption in U.S. trade law allows anything valued under $800 to enter the United States duty-free. It was originally intended for one-off type things, like making it easier for tourists traveling abroad to bring souvenirs back from vacations abroad. But Temu and fellow Chinese e-commerce brand SHEIN have exploited de minimis because they send their merchandise direct-to-consumer, avoiding tariffs because their stuff is so darn cheap (remember, Temu’s average transaction is $25!)." If you want to help protect American jobs, then please sign and share this petition telling your members of Congress to stop companies like SHEIN, Temu and Amazon from dodging U.S. trade enforcement, by visiting TinyURL.com/CloseLoophole. Scott and Leslie then chat about the grave danger being posed to the U.S. Auto industry from China, thanks to the communist nation's intentional industrial overcapacity. Next, Scott shares some moments from his great interview with Rachel M. Slace, Author of, "Making It in America." Finally, Leslie and Scott talk about a new study that "underscores how the embrace of a more muscular industrial policy under Democratic President Joe Biden could spread investments into regions left behind by decades of offshoring." For over 16 years, Scott Paul and AAM have worked to make American manufacturing a top-of-mind issue for voters and our national leaders through effective advocacy, innovative research, and a savvy public relations strategy. Their website is www.AmericanManufacturing.org and their handle on X is @KeepItMadeInUSA. Scott's handle is @ScottPaulAAM.

Duration:00:42:34

Leslie is first joined by the Chairman of Sonecon, and former U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs, Dr. Rob Shapiro. The two delve into his latest piece for Washington Monthly, titled, "Data Don’t Lie: Biden’s Economic Record is Much Better than Trump’s." (Link here: https://washingtonmonthly.com/2024/01/26/data-dont-lie-bidens-economic-record-is-much-better-than-trumps/) Then, Leslie interviews Deputy Director of the Teamsters' Airline Division, Bob Fisher. They discuss why and how workers at FedEx Express and Delta are organizing in an effort to unionize, and why that's so significant nationally. The website for Sonecon is www.Sonecon.com and Dr. Shapiro's handle on X is @RobShapiro. Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.3 million hardworking people in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Visit Teamster.org for more information. Follow them on X and Instagram, where their handle is @Teamsters, and “like” them on Facebook at Facebook.com/Teamsters.

Duration:00:40:06

Leslie is joined by Director of District 4 for the United Steelworkers (USW), Dave Wasiura. The two have an in-depth discussion detailing how Unions help communities. This includes: - Nurses in New Jersey who were on an unfair labor practice strike for nearly five months last year - Energy workers in Puerto Rico, where the issue of their electric grid is quite literally life and death - Military veterans around the United States, including where the USW drafted legislation requiring employers to post official notices of the health, social and other services available to support veterans as they build new lives on the home front Dave Wasiura represents members across the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the territory of Puerto Rico. Dave began his career as a fourth-generation metalworker in Buffalo, N.Y., when he followed in his father’s footsteps and took a job at the American Brass facility. Since then, he’s led political and organizing efforts in addition to bargaining contracts across a wide variety of industries. The website for the USW is www.USW.org. Their handle on X, Instagram and Facebook is @steelworkers.

Duration:00:41:37

Leslie is joined by Scott Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), a partnership established by some of America’s leading manufacturers and the United Steelworkers union. Scott first shares his thoughts on 2023's weak manufacturing numbers in the U.S., why there's more to the data than meets the eye, and reasons that the future looks bright. He and Leslie then chat about not one but two(!!) new books on companies that have started up making apparel in the U.S. over the past decade. Both of these books--'Making It in America,' available now--and 'American Flannel'—available in March—are worth a read. Finally, Scott shares why he's more than a little worried by China’s rise in automobile production, and why he believes it’s an existential threat to American manufacturing jobs. For over 16 years, Scott Paul and AAM have worked to make American manufacturing a top-of-mind issue for voters and our national leaders through effective advocacy, innovative research, and a savvy public relations strategy. Their website is www.AmericanManufacturing.org and their Twitter handle is @KeepItMadeInUSA. Scott's handle is @ScottPaulAAM.

Duration:00:40:49

Leslie is joined by Liz Shuler, president of the 60 unions and 12.5 million members of the AFL-CIO, and the first woman leader of America’s labor movement. The two discuss the Union's new tech-labor agreement with Microsoft, including the rules regarding use of artificial intelligence (AI). They also talk about the upcoming 2024 elections and what the AFL-CIO is planning to do this cycle to elect 'pro-worker' candidates, all of the high-profile strikes that happened in 2023, organizing efforts, and child labor laws. A visionary leader and longtime trade unionist, Shuler believes the labor movement is the single most powerful vehicle for progress and that unions are a central force in leading lasting societal transformations. She is committed to busting myths about labor, leveraging the labor movement’s diversity for innovative approaches to social justice and making the benefits of a union voice on the job available to working people everywhere. The website for the AFL-CIO is AFLCIO.org and their Twitter handle is @AFLCIO. Liz's handle is @LizShuler.

Duration:00:21:59

Leslie is first joined by Sean O'Brien, General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The two discuss today's successful negotiating breakthrough on behalf of their members at DHL, who had been forced to strike in response to unfair labor conditions. They also talk about contract negotiations for their members who work at Anheuser-Busch, and review the Presidential roundtables that the Teamsters hosted last week. Second, Princeton Professor Julian Zelizer, a NYT best-selling Author and CNN Political Analyst, joins Leslie to talk about his most recent CNN opinion piece, which is titled, "Seven Reasons a 2nd Trump Term Would Be Dangerous." (https://www.cnn.com/2023/12/07/opinions/trump-second-term-dangerous-zelizer/index.html) Teamsters President Sean O'Brien is focused on mobilizing rank-and-file members through education and increased engagement—traveling extensively to visit with them at worksites throughout the country. In addition to fighting for workers, Sean has helped raise millions of dollars for charitable causes, including Local 25’s signature event, “Light Up the Night,” an annual gala to raise money for children with autism. Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.3 million hardworking people in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Visit Teamster.org for more information. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram, where their handle is @Teamsters, and “like” them on Facebook at Facebook.com/Teamsters. Sean's Twitter handle is @TeamsterSOB. New York Times best-selling author Julian Zelizer, who has been among the pioneers in the revival of American political history, is the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He is also a CNN Political Analyst and a regular guest on NPR’s "Here and Now." He is the award-winning author and editor of 25 books including, The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society, the winner of the D.B. Hardeman Prize for the Best Book on Congress and Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974, co-authored and Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, The Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party. The New York Times named the book as an Editor's Choice and one of the 100 Notable Books in 2020. His most recent books are Abraham Joshua Heschel: A Life of Radical Amazement and The Presidency of Donald J. Trump: A First Historical Assessment, which he edited, and Myth America: Historians Take on the Biggest Lies and Legends About Our Past which he co-edited with Kevin Kruse. He is currently working on a new book about the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and the 1964 Democratic Convention entitled ‘Is this America?’: Reckoning With Racism at the 1964 Atlantic City Democratic Convention. In the summer of 2023, NYU Press will publish his new co-edited book, Our Nation At Risk: Election Security as a National Security Issue. In January 2024, Columbia Global Reports will publish his book, In Defense of Partisanship. Zelizer, who has published over 1200 op-eds, has received fellowships from the Brookings Institution, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the New York Historical Society, and New America. You can follow him on Twitter, where his handle is @JulianZelizer.

Duration:00:44:48

Leslie is joined by Elizabeth Brotherton Bunch, who oversees communications for the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), helping to spread the word about smart public policies that guide the creation of family-supporting factory jobs. The two discuss this year's 'Made in America Holiday Gift Guide.' It’s the AAM's biggest list ever, featuring more than 200 companies that manufacture products in the United States. In honor of the guide’s 10th anniversary, they’ve included both new gift ideas and old favorites, noting the year previous picks were included. The guide is organized by 23 different clickable categories, including, giftables, toys, kids, bath and beauty, Handbags and accessories, apparel, jewelry, socks, shoes, auto accessories, electronics, food, hobbies, stationery, holiday supplies, stocking stuffers, home, furniture, kitchen, outdoor gear, tools and pets! Also, as always, you can view the list by state if you'd like. The website for the gift guide can be found at http://TinyURL.com/2023AAMGiftGuide and the AAM website is www.American Manufacturing.org. The X handle for AAM is @KeepItMadeInUSA and Beth's handle is @ebrotherton. Since joining AAM in 2014, Beth has led efforts to grow and strengthen AAM's digital presence, managed advocacy campaigns designed to strengthen manufacturing, and helped elevate the conversation about manufacturing in the news media. A Golden State native, Beth holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and journalism from the University of Southern California. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband, two children, and a rescue dog.

Duration:00:42:36

Leslie is joined by Maria Somma, Organizing Director for the United Steelworkers (USW). The two discuss how workers across the economy – from automakers to health care workers – are using their collective power to ensure they have fair contracts and safe working conditions. The first step in this process is organizing, and as workers seek greater protections on the job, they’re capitalizing on this unique moment. It’s not just the hot labor market, though the recent low unemployment has certainly helped. The pandemic helped workers in a number of industries understand that they’re essential. It has also highlighted what they needed from their employers – in terms of job security, living wages, and more – as well as the power of working together to achieve these goals. Also, Joe Biden, the most pro-labor president in recent memory, has tasked his administration with helping workers to exercise their right to form unions. This unprecedented support, and whole of government approach, has helped tip the balance back toward workers, and away from greedy corporations. Workers are also experiencing a time of great potential as we look to the clean energy transition. Clean technology – like electric vehicles – require a wide variety of raw materials and other components. It’s essential that jobs from mining to manufacturing are good, community supporting jobs. That means ensuring workers can exercise their right to organize. The final step in organizing is not, as some might think, a successful vote, but a first contract. This is where corporations like Starbucks double down on their efforts to break workers’ collective will. We’ve seen this protracted bargaining at places like Kumho and OHL/Geodis, though the USW was ultimately successful in both cases. What workers need to help them successfully weather the immense challenges they face, including getting this vital first contract, is the PRO Act. The website for the United Steelworkers is USW.org and their handle on X and Instagram is @steelworkers. You can find them on Facebook by visiting Facebook.com/Steelworkers.

Duration:00:41:12

Leslie is joined by Scott Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), a partnership established by some of America’s leading manufacturers and the United Steelworkers union. The two examine what is now the most equitable economic recovery in American history. First, they break down data from a new Treasury Department report, which provides "new evidence that the recovery from the economic harm of the COVID-19 pandemic was the most equitable recovery in recent history. The report – which includes new Department research alongside new data released by the Federal Reserve Board – finds that the speed and strength of the response by the Biden-Harris Administration helped to thwart the worst economic outcomes anticipated from the COVID shock for Black and Hispanic families, and that, across a broad array of economic indicators, the financial well-being of Black and Hispanic families have remained strong relative to recoveries in recent history." (Link here: https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/jy1834) Second, they discuss a Twitter thread on what 'Bidenomics' is, and how it's going two years into the Biden administration. The data rich thread was posted by Heather Boushey, a Member of the Council of Economic Advisers & Chief Economist for the President's Invest in America Cabinet. (Link here: https://twitter.com/hboushey46/status/1715711474994422140) Finally, Leslie and Scott talk about why President Biden isn't getting more credit in the polls for the strong economic recovery that has happened under his leadership. This includes a Bloomberg article from Matthew Yglesias examining that exact topic. (Link here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2023/10/22/biden-s-economy-is-great-everywhere-except-in-the-polls/d6bae722-70d6-11ee-936d-7a16ee667359_story.html) For over 16 years, Scott Paul and AAM have worked to make American manufacturing a top-of-mind issue for voters and our national leaders through effective advocacy, innovative research, and a savvy public relations strategy. Their website is www.AmericanManufacturing.org and their Twitter handle is @KeepItMadeInUSA. Scott's handle is @ScottPaulAAM.

Duration:00:41:21