Fast for $15
This holiday season, millions of Americans will be heading to large retailers to buy gifts for loved ones, but at what cost? Workers at Walmart, the world’s most profitable corporation, face unpredictable scheduling practices that make it hard to balance work and family obligations, and many go hungry during the year due to their meager wages. To hear how workers are fighting back, we speak with Nancy Reynolds, a cashier at a Florida Walmart who started a petition asking her employer to join other retailers in giving its employees a 10% discount on food. We then speak with Michelle Chen, a contributing writer for The Nation and a co-producer of Dissent Magazine’s Belabored podcast, to discuss how such activism intersects with the labor movement more broadly. Later in the show, we’re joined by Scott Rodd, a freelance journalist and photographer, who provides some insight on the unfortunate reality that covering poverty can require journalists to live in poverty. Last but not least, Alan Pyke of ThinkProgress returns for the Weekly Worst.