This week on CounterSpin: The sudden passage of a so-called "Right to Work" law in Michigan prompted outrage from workers and media coverage not quite up to the task of putting this latest anti-union measure in the context of a well-funded ongoing campaign against organized labor. We’ll talk with Jane McAlevey, activist and organizer about the war against unions.
Also on CounterSpin today: Fiscal cliff, deficits and debts—whatever it is, we are in a serious crisis. At least that's what we're told over and over again. But what if the whole conversation in elite politics and media is about the wrong crisis? We'll talk to Mijin Cha, a senior analyst at Demos, who says the real problem is not the one our political leaders are obsessed with.
--"Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell): My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement," by Jane McAlevey
--"Why Is Washington Reducing the Deficit Instead of Creating Jobs?," by Mijin Cha (Demos, 12/7/12)