Episode 131: The “Essential Worker” Racket — How ‘COVID Hero’ Discourse Is Used To Discipline Labor

Citations Needed | February 17, 2021 | Transcript

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A worker deemed “essential” during the COVID pandemic. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)
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National War Labor Board poster, ca. 1942. (Source: U.S. National Archives)
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Linda and Vince McMahon pose with Donald Trump. (Source: Wrestleview)
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Ronald Jackson, speaking at a protest outside Mars Wrigley’s Chicago headquarters in October 2020 (Credit: Warehouse Workers For Justice)
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Warehouse Workers for Justice protest outside a Mars warehouse in Joliet, Illinois. (Source: The Times Weekly)
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Warehouse Workers for Justice at a labor rights protest. (Source: Warehouse Workers for Justice)
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Major Gen. Smedley Butler addresses an audience at an anti-war rally in 1935. (Bettman / Getty)

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