Winners and Losers Show/Perfect Union
Skip to 24:00 to bypass the opening ramble.
 
 
As a former employee of TYT who was part of the union-organizing effort, I was dismayed when the company answered the union with aggressive union-busting tactics, first by rejecting card check, then using nearly every tactic in the union-busting playbook; but especially when they spread a deliberate lie that their workers were part of a conspiracy by Cenk Uygur's political opponent, Christy Smith, to harm his upcoming election for US House of Representatives in CA-25.
 
Our efforts began several months before Cenk launched his campaign and would have happened had our boss become a politician or not. IATSE endorsing Smith was 100% irrelevant to our right to organize collectively to demand respect and address long-simmering workplace issues, which is the actual truth the company was desperate to avoid.
 
The conspiracy was further signal-boosted by Ana Kasparian, who tweeted it was "done in bad faith" and was "extremely suspicious."
 
I watched in horror as the workers whose labor and talent the well-paid high-status careers of Cenk and Ana is built upon were thrown under the bus in order to protect the politician boss's political aspirations. It was heart-breaking, not just for its viciousness or its hypocrisy but for its effectiveness. Confusion, suspicion and malice spread among the TYT audience and satellite entities (Around The Nation, Humanist Report, Progressive Voice), all of whom were misled into questioning the motives of the workers at TYT, simply for the act of standing up as a group to exercise their right to form a labor union.
 
The trust and good faith of the audience was used against the workers and the only people in charge of the narrative so far has been those who conducted the union-busting campaign.
 
This podcast aims to change that. This is a worker's perspective.
 
It also raises the issue of the two management-side law firms TYT hired, as detailed in publicly-available filings with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) โ€” Mitchel ,Silberberg & Knupp; and Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, which are explicitly pro-management anti-union operations.
 
The Young Turks' paying audience believes they are supporting the 'Home of Progressives,' which raises the question: Do they deserve to know if the money they send to TYT to fight for progressive values has been spent on these anti-worker law firms? If so, how much? The Young Turks was not honest when it spread the conspiracy attacking its own workers and it owes its audience a truthful accounting of what happened.
 
It owes its workers much much more. Shame! *ding ding* Shame!
 
Intro Ramble - Dogs At Work: 00:00
TYT's Union Busting Intro: 23:42
Congrats TYT Union: 28:59
Who Is This Guy? 36:20
Bumpy Start or Aggressive Union Busting: 42:56
Workers Attacked w/ Wild Conspiracy: 1:02:06
Ana Helps Cenk Mislead The Audience: 1:33:03
The Workers' Perspective: 2:01:29
Cenk's Election Results: 2:12:55
TYT Hires Management-Side Law Firms: 2:23:19
A Plea For Honesty & Wrap-Up: 2:39:08
 
Recorded 10.18.2021
 
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~ARTICLES~
Feb 24, 2020 - HuffPost - The Young Turks' Progressive Founder Urged His Staff Not To Unionize by Dave Jamieson
Mar 5 2020 - In These Times - The Young Turks Union Fight Gets Nastier Withโ€ฆ by Hamilton Nolan
Mar 5, 2020 - The New Republic - The Myth of the Progressive Boss by Kim Kelly (I'm quoted in this one)
Apr 4, 2020 - Politico - Inside the union campaign that roiled left-wing network The Young Turks by Alex Thompson
 
~VIDEOS~
The Young Turks - HUGE NEWS! IATSE Union and TYT Reach Deal
Progressive Voice - TYT's Cenk Uygur Recognizes TYT Union After "Union Busting" Controversy
 
~TWEETS (partial list)~
@TheYoungTurks Tweet:
@CenkUygur insinuating his workers are conspiring with his political opponent:
Cenk's emails from @AlexThomp:
@AnaKasparian tweet expressing suspicion about TYT Union:
 
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Danielle Puterbaugh of the Puterbaugh Sisters joins me. We talk pandemic survival during dating, our shared Chicago history and her hilarious and brilliant show on YouTube Kitchen Women. Plus a lot more fun.
 
Recorded 05.04.2021
 
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Walmart kills walmart workers with terrible paid sick leave, a famous boat sinks, Belgium melts guns and glorious litter on Mars and elsewhere.
 
Recorded 05.01.2021
 
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Derek Chauvin found guilty, Pelosi thanks George Floyd for dying, bear research teaches us about humans & more
 
Recorded 04.24.2021
 
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Mass killings resume, Covid deaths counted, a nurse threatens VP Harris, Prince Phillip lived the dream & more
 
Recorded 04.17.2021
 
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Hank returns with news about his woodworking business, becoming a Twitch hot shot, Amazon's union-busting, Joe Biden's stair-busting and what's next for Winners and Losers.
 
Recorded 04.10.2021
 
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Now that the Presidency of Donald John Trump is over, the apocalypse is cancelled. Everything's fine now.
 
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Perfect Union is the politics wing of Winners and Losers Enterprises and Apocalypse training courses. It's the perfect podcast for the perfect country with your host, the perfect Hank Thompson, a comedian, writer and video editor/animator with experience in stand up comedy, progressive media (The Young Turks, The Jimmy Dore Show) and a lifelong resident of planet Earth. The show offers entertaining insights into contemporary politics, news and culture; upends American mythology and features interviews with interesting people. #news #politics #leftisbest
 
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Donald Trump led a violent coup to overthrow the United States government. It was bonkers, then it failed. Don't worry; the next one will probably work.
 
Recorded 01.07.2021
 
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Perfect Union is the politics wing of Winners and Losers Enterprises and Apocalypse training courses. It's the perfect podcast for the perfect country with your host, the perfect Hank Thompson, a comedian, writer and video editor/animator with experience in stand up comedy, progressive media (The Young Turks, The Jimmy Dore Show) and a lifelong resident of planet Earth. The show offers entertaining insights into contemporary politics, news and culture; upends American mythology and features interviews with interesting people. #news #politics #leftisbest
 
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