Labor

Assessing the Stimulus

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Sun, 06/07/2009

The Economic Stimulus Package passed at the beginning of the Obama administration gets a mixed review by Heidi Shierholz of the Economic Policy Institute in this interview with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  Listen for the full picture.  You can read Shierholz's  report on jobs here.    

 

16:44 minutes (9.58 MB)

Radiozine

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Radiozine
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Fri, 06/05/2009 - 11:00am - 11:30am

The guest is philosopher and mechanic Matthew B. Crawford. He is currently a fellow at the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. He owns and operates Shockoe Moto, an independent motorcycle repair shop in Richmond, Virginia. He discusses his book "Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work." Crawford believes the manual trades offer the best hope of self-reliance and satisfaction at a time when many feel out of touch in an abstract world. Craftsmanship and the art of making things and fixing things is work that can not become obsolete or outsourced.

Salem Area Transporter Could Strike

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Evening News
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Mon, 06/01/2009

In Salem, workers at the CherryLift company could go on strike at any moment.

Due to unscrupulous business practices, the Amalgamated Transit Union who represents CherryLift no longer trusts the company’s employer OHAS.

Peter Shoaf talked to Jonathan Hunt, President of the ATU:

2:47 minutes (2.56 MB)

Trimet To Cut Budget

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Evening News
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Wed, 05/27/2009

Trimet has proposed twenty-three million dollars in cuts this year.

The announcement provoked a protest by the newly-formed Trimet Riders Union yesterday, at the newly-built ‘Portland Bus Mall’ on 5th and 6th avenues.

KBOO’s david nochumson spoke with Al bradbury with the transit riders union about the cuts.

 
6:35 minutes (6.03 MB)

Right to Repair

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Evening News
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Tue, 05/26/2009

The ‘right to repair’ bill currently being considered by the US Congress has become a point of contention between car manufacturers and civil liberties advocates. The bill would allow local mechanics and garages to perform repairs on cars with computers, which are currently considered the ‘intellectual property’ of the car manufacturer.

Fred Von Lohmann of the Electronic Frontier Foundation argues that the bill should be extended to include not just cars, but all electronics and computer equipment:

That was Fred Von Lohmann of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, speaking on the ‘Right to Repair’ bill, which is currently in Committee in the US House of Representatives.

9:32 minutes (8.73 MB)

Laurelhurst Workers Organize

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Evening News
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Wed, 05/20/2009

 

Fired workers from the Laurelhurst Village nursing home held a community forum Tuesday night to discuss the management’s anti-union activities, and asking for community support.

KBOO’s Peter Shapiro has more:
 
3:21 minutes (3.07 MB)

Race and Recession: An Interview with Seth Wessler

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Wed, 05/20/2009

The current recession is not an equal opportunity crisis. People of color are experiencing job loss, foreclosures and lack of healthcare at alarmingly higher rates than white Americans. These disparities are not a coincidence but rather the result of structural barriers that have been taking a toll on people of color long before the subprime meltdown.

56:26 minutes (45.21 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour for May 25, 2009

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Mon, 05/25/2009

 Hosted by Frann Michel, this show explores the state of the US auto industry and how it got there, what the President forgot on Memorial Day, Richard Russo's best, and latest, book (according to our reviewer), and Q Doc -- the Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival coming this weekend.  

Hear the whole show by clicking on the play button above.  For individual segments, plus links to more information, follow the links below:

1.  Mark Brenner of Labor Notes and Bill Resnick of the Old Mole discuss the auto industry.

2.  Frann Michel (today's Well-read Red) on what Obama left out on Memorial Day.

54:07 minutes (30.97 MB)

US Auto Industry: Decline & Fall

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Sun, 05/24/2009

 

Mark Brenner reviews the last fifty years of the US auto industry and the reasons for its current crisis, putting it all in the context of US labor history and industrial policy.  Brenner is the director of Labor Notes.   He talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick.  

19:14 minutes (11.01 MB)

Organizing the Undocumented

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Labor Radio
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Sun, 05/24/2009

Hosts Peter Shapiro and Jamie Partridge talk with Francisco Lopez, director of CAUSA, Oregon’s Immigrant Rights Coalition and Peter Cervantes-Gautschi, director of ENLACE, a US-Mexico coalition of low-wage workers centers and unions about the recent historic agreement by the AFL-CIO and Change to Win federations to push for legalization

29:08 minutes (40.02 MB)
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