Aggressive Portland employers are pushing several local unions toward a strike in the coming weeks. This is no accident. Unions nationwide are facing Wisconsin-style attacks targeting public employees, teachers, students and everyone who benefits from public services. Join us for a community discussion about how we can work together and take common action for the common good.
Click the play button to hear a brief announcement by Megan Hise about a meeting this Thursday to learn more. More info is here. 2:31 minutes (1.45 MB)
Portland Public Schools and the school board are at an impasse in labor negotiations. Groups including the Portland Student Union, parents, community members, and local union workers took part in a rally at the Monday, January 13th school board meeting. Kboo’s Joe Meyer was on the scene to talk with rally participants. 15:01 minutes (13.75 MB)
Jefferson High School students walked out Friday to support Portland teachers in their bitter contract struggle with the Portland school district. Emphasizing class size and workload, prep time and individual instruction, the students called for the Schools Portland Students Demand, saying that their teachers working conditions are students learning conditions. Organized by the Jefferson Student Union, the activists also emphasized demands specifc to their school, Oregon's only majority African American high school, which they said had been labeled a "failure" and disrespected in the news media. They also criticized the school district for "racist school closures" in majority Black and Brown schools in the Jefferson cluster. This raw audio wa 26:21 minutes (36.18 MB)
The first Old Mole Variety Hour of 2014 looks back at histories of struggle and forward to the end of alienation. Joe Clement hosts, and we hear segments on class struggle in labor and party politics, anti-capitalist activism in Mexico and globally, the revolutionary reform of guaranteed basic income, and the liabilities of hate crimes law.
Bill Resnick talks with Howie Hawkins, labor activist and former Green Party candidate in New York state. They discuss labor conditions at UPS and the speed-up tactics there, the Teamsters and Teamsters for a Democratic Union, capital mobility and so-called free trade.
21:12 minutes (9.7 MB)