The state found me on the streets alone when I was two years old. I had lice, was suffering from malnutrition, and cigarette burns covered my body. While in the foster care system, I went through seven foster homes in which I continued to endure abuse. When I was four, a loving family adopted me. Because of my abuse, I had severe scarring all over my body, and my adoptive parents had to put vitamin E oil on me each night before I went to bed. As I got older, the state provided information regarding my abusive family history, but by that time my heart was hardened and guarded. When I became a teen, my parents were unable to emotionally reach me. They sent me to boarding school, but I left and ended up on the streets.
Today we'll hear a recent program from the series Making Contact. It features Matthew Rothschild of Progressive Radio interviewing labor leader and author Bill Fletcher Jr.
Unions are getting weaker. Legislation passed in Wisconsin in 2011, and Michigan in 2012 struck at the heart of their traditional member base. Even more threatening, says Bill Fletcher Jr., the general public no longer understands or supports organized labor. This program explores why working Americans and unions have lost touch with one another and what might be done to turn that around.