Episode 176 March 10th 2011

There’s a widespread consensus that the world is facing another food crisis. The only question is what is causing it and what to do about it. ALERT invited Robert Pollin to discuss these questions. Robert Pollin is a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and founding co-director of its Political Economy Research Institute. What is the state of the fightback against the frontal attack on public sector unions in Wisconsin? And can Wisconsin happen in Canada? Canadian Dimension’s labour columnist, Herman Rosenfeld Herman takes up these questions. The proposed Enbridge pipeline that would carry tar sand oil from Alberta across northern BC to a port in Kitimat where it would be transferred onto supertankers and shipped to China is hotly disputed by the 30 First Nations whose territories the pipelines would cross. Alert talks with one of their leading spokesman, Toghestiy, hereditary chief of Fireweed Clan of the Wet’suwet’en nation.

Show Notes

Music is the Weapon: International Women’s Day edition

  • Scabs, Anne Feeney, Union Maid
  • I Am A Union Woman, Rosalie Sorrels & Utah Phillips, Long Memory
  • Fannie Sellins, Anne Feeney, Union Maid
  • Momma Was A Union Woman, Si Kahn, We’re Still Here

World Food Crisis

Robert Pollin is Professor of Economics and founding Co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His research centers on macroeconomics, conditions for low-wage workers in the U.S. and globally, the analysis of financial markets, and the economics of building a clean-energy economy in the U.S. His recent works include A Measure of Fairness: The Economics of Living Wages and Minimum Wages in the United States (co-authored, 2008); An Employment-Targeted Economic Program for Kenya (co-authored, 2008); and Contours of Descent: U.S. Economic Fractures and the Landscape of Global Austerity (2003); as well as the edited volume Human Development in the Era of Globalization (co-edited 2006)

Wisconsin: General Strike Anyone?

Herman Rosenfeld is a retired CAW activist living in Toronto. His writing has appeared in Monthly Review magazine, Labour notes and on Herman is also the labour columnist for Canadian Dimension.

Enbridge Gateway Pipeline

Toghestiy is hereditary chief of Fireweed Clan of the Wet’suwet’en nation.

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