The Labor of COVID

Workers marching on Juneteenth, holding up ILWU banner
ILWU workers marching on Juneteenth

International Longshore and Warehouse Union demonstrators march from Seattle's Terminal 46 during the "Juneteenth Shutdown of All Pacific Coast Ports" rally and march on June 19, 2020.
Media credit: Jason Redmond / AFP via Getty Images

 

Since the arrival of COVID-19, workers in fields from health care to meat processing to grocery sales have been deemed essential. Many other workers have been furloughed or have lost jobs. What are the labor challenges and implications of this moment? Perspectives asked two faculty at the UW’s Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies: Kim England, professor of geography and the Harry Bridges Chair in Labor Studies, and...

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