An interview with Jana K. Lipman, Author, Guantanamo: A Working-Class History Between Empire and Revolution. Guantánamo has become a symbol of what has gone wrong in the War on Terror. Yet Guantánamo is more than a U.S. naval base and prison in Cuba, it is a town, and our military occupation there has required more than soldiers and sailors--it has required workers. This revealing history of the women and men who worked on the U.S.
Radical scholars of political economy George Caffentzis & Silvia Federici of theMidnight Notes Collective join us live in-studio. How are the economic crisis and bailouts a response to class struggle? What does capital hope to achieve with this crisis? How does the crisis hit people doing care work? What kinds of resistance will be most effective now? Thirty vital minutes!
What kind of election counts every non-vote as a "No" vote? A union election for airline or railroad workers under the Railway Labor Act. As Delta and Northwest merge to form the world's largest airline, a combined unit of twenty-one thousand flight attendants find their chance at union representation hangs upon a wildly skewed process overseen by a little-known board. Simone Cerasa, the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut State Chair of the Delta Association of Flight Attendants, CWA, joined us to lay out some key issues and challenges of organizing under the RLA, and how a new appointment by President Obama to the National Mediation Board could make all the difference.
Tonight's show is about long, hard struggles. In the first half, David Ayala joins us to trace the decades of brave organizing by working people in El Salvador to achieve this year's FMLN's presidential victory.
And in the second half, Jeff Tyrrell returns with the latest on the workers at Oak Harbor Freight Lines, now engaged in their own long, difficult struggle for a fair contract. For more information on the Teamsters' Oak Harbor struggle visit: www.oakharborteamsters.com
Why isn't the stimulus solving the economic crisis for working families? Why is Wall Street so anxious to reassure us that things are looking up again? Should working people be worried about deficit spending? And what simple policy change could eliminate Social Security's funding problem?
First up: Why isn't the stimulus solving the economic crisis for working families? Why is Wall Street so anxious to reassure us that things are looking up again? Should working people be worried about deficit spending? And what simple policy change could eliminate Social Security's funding problem? Marty Hart-Landsberg, Professor of Economics at Lewis and Clark College and author of the blog Reports from the Economic Front, explains it all for you in the first half of tonight's show.
Car Wash Workers Organize!
Then in the second half of the show, we hear about ten thousand workers in Los Angeles who are organizing to join the United Steelworkers. They are subject to massive health and safety violations in the workplace. Many are not even paid minimum wage. Who are they? Car washers. We're joined by by Henry Huerta, Campaign Director of the CLEAN Car Wash Campaign.
Eyptian Portlander Ahmad Raslan lays out the crescendo of events that brought eight million people into the streets and toppled the Mubarak regime last week:
"The working-class people in many many cities, for the last three days, they started going on strikes. There was a threat of civil disobedience across the entire Egypt. And I think that's what made the military at the end tell the president 'We can't afford this. If working-class people start getting into this from a strike perspective and from a civil disobedience perspective, then we have to end it.' And they ended it."