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
Co-hosts Al Bradbury and Deborah Schwartz bring you a Membership Drive special on labor in the financial sector. Banks get bailed out and workers get left out! As our economy spiraled out of control, the eight Big Banks received a total of $125 Billion in taxpayer funds. Bank CEOs got bonuses even as many banks amped up lobbying against the Employee Free Choice Act. But in our discussion of the financial crisis, front-line bank workers are often left ou
Last December, working people around the world celebrated the victory of the Republic Window and Door Factory workers, members of United Electrical workers, who occupied their factory for six days and won their struggle to hold Bank of America accountable to pay them the money they were owed at the closing of their factory. Today on Labor Radio we hear about two more factory worker struggles out of Illinois, the Hartmarx suit factory workers in Chicago, members of Workers United, and the Quad City Die Casting factory workers, members of United Electrical Workers. In both of the struggles this spring, the opponent is not Bank of America but its class comrade Wells Fargo. Are banks the new bosses? And why all this militancy out of Illinois?
Sean Leys, Los Angeles public school teacher and AFT member, found the support of his dry cleaner and even the rival school's debate team when he participated in a 24-day hunger strike against 6,000 teacher layoffs he said would violate students' civil rights. Now he and fellow teachers are organizing a radical volunteer summer school. For more, see LA Hungry 4 Ed.
You’ve heard of the cowboy poets and the lumberjacks, but why has history almost hushed up the tale of the trampprinters, who hopped trains and drank and set type and ran presses, and who by the mid-1800s had built a militant union with equal pay for women and a worker-run hiring system?Labor Radio spoke with Charles Overbeck, co-founder of Portland’s Eberhardt Press, and author of a new essay on the history of trampprinters. Read more in his article Knights of the Road in the latest issue of Steampunk Magazine.
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.
As layoffs and downsizing continue at many newspapers, more people turn to the Internet to get their news. What is the future of the labor movement in the online news industry, where many journalists work from home and have never met their co-workers in person? On August 27th, progressive news source Truthout.orgmade history as the first online-only news site to form a union.
Tonight's show is about employers who seize the current economic crisis as an opportunity to pit working people against each other and undermine longstanding union rights.
First, we speak with Karyl Feliciano, a Fred Meyer employee, and Jenny Reed, United Food and Commercial Worker (UFCW) union business representative, on large-scale contract negotiations with multiple employers, including Safeway, Albertsons, and Fred Meyer. The Hillsboro Fred Meyer recently called the cops on Jenny Reed and two other union representatives just for talking to union members at the grocery store.