4/17 Chicago Trader Joe’s Vote For Union Election; NLRB Action Against Crowder w/ Daniel Poppen, Matt Bruenig

April 17, 2024

It’s Hump Day! Sam speaks with Daniel Poppen, member of the union organizing committee at the Trader Joe’s location in the North Center neighborhood of Chicago, to discuss the staff’s decision to file for a union election. Then, he speaks with Matt Bruenig, founder of the People’s Policy Project, author of the NLRB Edge newsletter, and co-host of “The Bruenigs” podcast, to discuss his recent NLRB filing against Steven Crowder. First, Sam reacts to State Dept. spokesperson Matthew Miller refusing to answer the Associated Press’s Matt Lee’s question about why they’ve been unable to verify whether Israel struck an Iranian diplomatic target in Syria. Then, Sam’s joined by Dan Poppen as they take us through the steps that led the Trader Joe’s North Center location in Chicago to vote for a union election. Dan discusses some of the issues that have been facing Trader Joe’s workers, the inspiration they’ve received from other unionizing Trader Joe’s locations around the country, and what they can anticipate going forward after the vote totals are finalized. Then, Sam is joined by Matt Bruenig to discuss his representation of Jared Monroe, AKA “Not Gay Jared”, the former “Louder With Crowder” employee, who has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against Steven Crowder and the company. Bruenig outlines the main pillars that constitute the NLRB complaint, and provides some context to Jared’s experience while working for Steven Crowder, what that entailed, and what they’re hoping to achieve as the complaint is arbitrated and decided upon.

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