With Gresham teachers on Wednesday, April 25th, KBOO labor reporter Jamie Partridge interviews picket captains, rank & file union members, community and student supporters as well as capturing the announcement of a tentative agreement after only hours on strike.
1,300 school teachers, represented by the Oregon Education Association (OEA) in the Parkrose, Gresham-Barlow and Reynolds school districts, may go on strike, some as early as this Wednesday, if their school boards continue down their current path -- the implementation of severe attacks on teachers’ benefits and working conditions. Host Jamie Partridge brings us an excerpt from a teachers March 20th rally at Gresham High Gym.
This program takes its name, “the Old Mole,” from Marx’s image for the Revolution that works underground and suddenly emerges into daylight where least expected. The first revolution approaching what he had in mind was the October Revolution in Russia in 1917. In 1981, Warren Beatty produced, directed, and starred in a blockbuster movie Reds about the period. Our Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Jan Haaken see much to like in its portrayal of the period and the life of political commitment. The two main protagonists, John Reed and Louise Bryant, lived and met in Portland.
Suppose you had to quiz your children: "What's your plan if I don't come home today?" On tonight's show we talk with CAUSA organizer Aeryca Steinbauer about the local impact of ICE policy and how deportations are hurting families in Portland.
Yes, there really is a vast conservative conspiracy. Abe and Joe look at ALEC.
In the early 1970s, a group of conservative lawmakers and businesspeople realized that synchronicity between the governments of different states was the path to ideological supremacy. The American Legislative Exchange Council -- ALEC -- was born. The group "assists" state legislators -- many of whom constitute ALEC's membership -- to draft legislation that downsizes government, removes corporate regulations, and makes it harder to hold wealthy miscreants to account.
Dan Kovalik of the United Steelworkers talks about holding corporations accountable in US courts for labor and human rights abuses in other countries. Dan has been counsel to plaintiffs in cases against The Coca-Cola Company, Drummond, and Occidental Petroleum for alleged abuses including torture and murder in Colombia.