Episode

11/30 New York Hospital Tries To Screw Its Workers w/ Drs. Noa Nessim & Libby Wetterer

November 30, 2022

Sam hosts Drs. Noa Nessim & Libby Wetterer, 3rd year family medicine resident physicians and members of the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) who, in affiliation with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), are a part of organizing efforts at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. First, Sam runs through updates on NYC’s crackdown on not abusing homeless people, Hakeem Jeffries coming out on top for Democratic minority leader, and more, before diving into Rep. Mary Peltola’s pitch-perfect response to her party’s (Democrats) undermining of Rail labor, centering the needs of workers over the minimal profit of an already booming industry. Then, Drs. Nessim and Wetterer join as they dive right into Montefiore Medical Center’s sudden divestment from the Bronx communities that they have served for ages, shutting down clinics left and right while shifting funding towards regions served by private insurance agencies, before moving to the relationship between Montefiore Medical Center and its employees, walking through the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest on spurring organizing among residents and interns, and how Montefiore took advantage of the COVID squeeze on the healthcare industry by keeping their demands of doing more with less even as the pandemic eased. Next, they dive into the driving desire of a new moral compass behind the healthcare industry, exploring the networks of Doctors’ and Nurses’ unions across the US, and the impact that successfully unionizing Montefiore Medical Center would have, before wrapping up the interview by tackling McKinsey consultants’ role in spurring this disinvestment from their communities and exploring the best actions for the general public to take moving forwards. Sam also dives deeper into the horrendous mainstream coverage of the labor bargaining between freight rail workers and their employers, with all of the emphasis going to the impact these workers would have on our economy, and none of it on why companies with record-breaking profits are actively sacrificing it.

And in the Fun Half: Sam watches Charlie Kirk grapple with Kari Lake’s defeat as he once again fails to do the one thing he was hired to do (turn the youths conservative), David from Washington speculates on the recent missiles that fell in Poland, and Adam from LA explores how deep the GOP has poisoned the well of discourse around LGBTQ+ people. John from Cleveland discusses Jon Stewart’s interviews and why liberals lend credence to credentials, and Sam dives deep into Stephen Crowder’s incredibly cold open as he tiptoes through addressing the Kanye discourse while still pleasing his white supremacist followers. Sam also talks with Hannah about coverage of the Tigray War and the difficulty of speaking without expertise, plus, your calls and IMs!

Read more about the organizing efforts at Montefiore: https://jacobin.com/2022/11/montefiore-medical-center-residents-doctors-union

Contact Dr. Phillip Ozuah, head of Montefiore Medical Center, to recognize the Montefiore union! 111 E 210th St, The Bronx, NY 10467

Call your Congressmembers to urge them to vote for paid sick leave for railway workers! (202) 224-3121

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