[I]f Schultz fans think working-class issues will disappear from the 8:00 p.m. time slot, at least one credible MSNBC source says they shouldn’t fret: Schultz’ replacement. Chris Hayes, who will be making the switch from his weekend morning show “Up With Chris Hayes,” told HuffPost that he’s committed to covering the same labor issues that Schultz did.
“I totally hear where they’re coming from,” Hayes said in an email. “What Ed did on his show, in putting the issues facing working people front and center night in and night out was genuinely revolutionary in the medium. He also put voices of working people — from organized labor and unorganized labor — on his show in a way no one has before.
“We’re absolutely committed to doing the same,” he said.
Indeed, Hayes has already amassed a track record of tackling complicated labor issues through thoughtful roundtable discussions. A recent “Up” episode, for example, took a close look at jobs in the booming restaurant industry, where the “tipped” minimum wage hasn’t been raised in two decades and many workers struggle to make ends meet.