Sally Ryan for The New York Times
Marshalltown, Iowa 2/23/2007
Randy Eisentrager, the sticker on the kill floor, inserts a knife in the hog's necks to drain the blood before the animals are dissected. Smith and Company's pork processing plant in Marshalltown, Iowa was the sight of a raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in December 2006 where dozens of employees were taken into custody.

The Working Life Podcast With Jonathan Tasini – HELL MIGHT BE SAFER THAN A HOG PROCESSING PLANT; TEACHER UPRISING NC VERSION; “AMERICA’S MAYOR” HEIDI HARMON RUNS FOR RE-ELECTION!

Another day, another chapter in the new ways to screw workers. This time, the target is workers inside hog processing plants—who are already doing one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. I talk with expert Debbie Berkowitz about the Department of Agriculture’s new proposal to speed up the processing line–so that Big Ag can pile up bigger profits even if workers get hurt and sick at an even higher rate.

Today, the next teacher uprising is underway in North Carolina. I caught up with NC teacher union president Mark Jewell before the mass rally to hear about not just the short-term goals but the long term political strategy.

Heidi Harmon, mayor of San Luis Obispo, California is a better example of “America’s Mayor”. She’s a solid progressive who was elected in 2016 as part of a campaign run by a big progressive team. As she prepares to run for re-election I chat with her to hear her thoughts about lessons all progressives can learn about running a city and building a long-term progressive movement.

Our Robber Baron of the week is Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.