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Across the country, workers are angry — demanding better pay and conditions. Since last week, some 10,000 John Deere workers have been on strike in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Colorado and Georgia after rejecting a pay raise that didn’t go above 6%. It’s the largest strike of the pandemic - but not the only one.

  • Plus, Netflix workers stand up for the trans community.
  • And, Biden’s plans for vaccinating kids against covid.

Guests: Axios' Courtenay Brown, Ina Fried and Marisa Fernandez.

Credits: Axios Today is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Dan Bobkoff, Alexandra Botti, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Sabeena Singhani, Alex Sugiura, Lydia McMullen-Laird, Michael Hanf, and David Toledo. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. You can text questions, comments and story ideas to Niala as a text or voice memo to 202-918-4893.

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Dec 2, 2021 - Sports

MLB's worker empowerment moment

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Data: ESPN research, Paul Hembekides; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

The MLB entered its first work stoppage since 1995 after the players’ collective bargaining agreement expired at midnight this morning.

Why it matters: What’s happening with the players feels very similar to the larger labor movements taking place this year — workers are asking for a bigger piece of the pie commensurate with their value. 

America's workers rush back to labor force

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Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics via FRED; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

The big shocker of Friday's jobs report: More than half a million people entered the labor force, the biggest influx in over a year.

Why it matters: A giant cloud over the recovery — the snail-like pace workers have returned — may be starting to clear.

Movie theaters go out of style

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Vaccination rates are going up, people are going out to restaurants again — although the new COVID variant may get in the way — but they still aren't rushing back to the movies.

By the numbers: Some 49% of pre-pandemic moviegoers are no longer hitting theaters, according to a study from the film research company The Quorum, as reported by the New York Times.