The Rural Organizing Project directed statewide Occupy the Post Office protests at dozens of Oregon post offices last Monday. Apalled that over 40 post offices in Oregon are in danger of being permanently closed next year, ROP joined postal worker unions and postal customers in demonstrating support for one of America's most valued and trusted institutions. Working America has also joined the campaign to Save America's Postal Service. Retired letter carrier Jamie Partridge co-hosts.
The Postmaster General has announced the imminent closure of 41 rural post offices in Oregon. The PMG claims the postal service must shrink due to its financial crisis, but he is restricted by law from closing post offices for "economic reasons". The Rural Organizing Project has stepped up to fight back. KBOO labor reporter Jamie Partridge was in front of the Scappoose Post Office on December 19th, the day ROP organized to OCCUPY THE POST OFFICE.
Kevin Card joins Abe and Joe to talk about the crisis facing the U.S. Postal Service.
Kevin Card, president of the Oregon State Association of Letter Carriers, joins Abe and Joe to discuss the crisis facing the U.S. Postal Service. Also, Joe fills us in on the history of labor in the United States and the state of organized labor today.
Clayton Morgareidge hosts this Old Mole episode which surveys the Occupy movement; the differences between the US and the UK labor movements; workers' struggles in our broken food industry; and an implausible story about a poisoned husband.
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The system that puts food on our tables is broken and corrupt. The Food Chain Workers’ Alliance is a coalition of worker-based organizations whose members plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve, and sell food. In this conversation with director Joann Lo, we hear how they are organizing to improve wages and working conditions for all workers along the food chain.
A few weeks ago, British public employees mounted the biggest general strike since the 1920s. Why have we seen nothing like that from unions in the US? Joe Clement introduces and then comments on what labor journalist Mike Elk had to say about this question.