Feb 14 2014

Sue Sturgis on Moral March, Toni Gilpin on Skills Gap Myth

Download MP3 (right click)


Photo: Ari Berman

This week on CounterSpin: Tens of thousands of “moral marchers” descend on Raleigh, North Carolina, the latest and most dramatic example of a social justice movement sweeping the state. The national press is mostly skipping the story; Sue Sturgis from the Institute for Southern Studies fills us in on what’s happening.

jobs-mythAlso on the show: You may have heard that the reason we have so many unemployed people isn’t because there are no jobs, but because people don’t have the right skills for the jobs that are open, in part because of our failing schools. If it doesn’t sound right to you, that’s because it’s wrong. So why say it? We’ll talk with labor historian and educator Toni Gilpin about the popular myth of the “skills gap.”


–“From Selma to Raleigh: Moral Movement Readies for Mass March on NC Capitol,” by Sue Sturgis (Institute for Southern Studies, 2/6/14)

–“Skills Gap a Convenient Myth,” by Toni Gilpin (Labor Notes, 1/23/14)