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Of the working class, by the working class and for the working class.

Host schedule:

1st Mondays Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
2nd Mondays Fernando Gapasin and Anne McDonnell
3rd Mondays Nick Bubb and Stephanie Patricio
4th Mondays John Walsh and Jamie Partridge
5th Mondays Lane Poncy and Michael Morrow

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Episode Archive

Fight for Fifteen @ PSU plus Update on Postal Struggle

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 04/27/2015 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Fight for Fifteen @ PSU plus Update on Postal Struggle
The Fight for Fifteen has come to Portland State University.  Alyssa Pagan of the PSU Student Union explains the connection between the fight for a fifteen dollar minimum wage, tuition hikes, student debt, cops on campus with guns, and the Black Lives Matter movement.  In the second half of the show, host Jamie Partridge talks with local American Postal Workers Union leader Daniel Cortez about the latest fight against the dismantling and privatization of the US Postal Service.

Labor Radio on 04/20/15

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Mon, 04/20/2015 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Of the working class, by the working class and for the working class

Labor Radio on 04/13/15

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 04/13/2015 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Of the working class, by the working class and for the working class

Labor Radio on 04/06/15

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 04/06/2015 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Of the working class, by the working class and for the working class

Labor Radio on 03/30/15

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Mon, 03/30/2015 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Of the working class, by the working class and for the working class

ROSA NAVARRO & RICARDO VARELA TALK ABOUT IMMIGRANTS ORGANIZING, WHAT'S AT STAKE, AND OVERCOMING FEAR

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 03/23/2015 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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ROSA NAVARRO & RICARDO VARELA TALK ABOUT IMMIGRANTS ORGANIZING, WHAT'S AT STAKE, AND OVERCOMING FEAR
SUCCESSFUL ORGANIZING FOR COLLECTIVE ACTION OFTEN REQUIRES OVERCOMING FEAR, BECAUSE POWER STRUCTURES TEND TO RETALIATE WHEN CHALLENGED.  IN WORKPLACE ORGANIZING, SOME OF US GET FIRED.  WHEN IMMIGRANTS WITHOUT PAPERS ORGANIZE, ACTIVISTS GET DETAINED OR DEPORTED, TOO.
YET  "UNDOCUMENTED AND UNAFRAID" HAS BECOME THE SLOGAN OF A MOVEMENT, AND IMMIGRANT WORKERS ARE AT THE FOREFRONT OF LABOR ORGANIZING.
ROSA NAVARRO OF THE MIGRANT COLLECTIVE AND RICARDO VARELA OF THE OREGON DREAM ACTIVISTS JOIN US TO TALK ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON NOW, HOW MUCH IS AT STAKE, AND TACTICS THAT WORK.



Labor Radio on 03/16/15

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 03/16/2015 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Of the working class, by the working class and for the working class

Labor Radio on 03/09/15

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Mon, 03/09/2015 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Of the working class, by the working class and for the working class

Labor Radio on 03/02/15

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 03/02/2015 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Of the working class, by the working class and for the working class

Riverkeepers and Longshore team up against propane terminal

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 02/23/2015 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Blue Green alliance against Portland propane terminal
Columbia Riverkeeper's community organizer, Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky and ILWU local 8, longshore union president Mike Stanton speak to co-host Jamie Partridge about their opposition to a proposed propane terminal.  In the second part of the show, co-host John Walsh interviews his co-workers about the trials and tribulations of working the night shift.

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Organizing Strategy Special: The 2011 Egyptian Revolution

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 02/14/2011


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."

Stanford Professor of Middle East History Joel Beinin, author of Justice For All: The Struggle for Worker Rights in Egypt, traces the remarkable wave strikes and sit-ins in which two million Egyptian workers have taken part over the last ten years:

"So people learned that you can struggle and you can win and it might be worthwhile.  And once that barrier of fear is broken, then anything is possible, in an authoritarian regime, because it's the fear that the regime depends on for maintaining its power."

Plus, new songs for the revolution from Ramy Essam and Mohamed Mounir.

Photo: Telecommunication workers on strike, February 9, 2011, Hossam el-Hamalawy, http://www.flickr.com/photos/elhamalawy/5431909481/

 

Black Working Families on MLK Day

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 01/24/2011

What is the state of Black Working Families? Co-host Jamie Partridge interviews Black community activists Art Alexander, Percy Hampton, Danny Bell, and Lakeitha Elliot at a Martin Luther King Day celebration in Portland

Interview with Raúl Ortíz of SINALTRAINAL

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 01/24/2011

Interview with Raúl Ortíz, a member of SINALTRAINAL in Colombia (The National Union of Food Industry Workers). He talks about how Kraft Foods Corporation has suspended contracts of over 400 workers in the Cauca region in Colombia and what their plans for action are.

Courtesy of Argentina's TV PTS. Translated by Brenda Escobar.

  • Length: 4:45 minutes (4.35 MB)
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Housing special: How to organize to make your landlord shape up; plus tips for folks facing foreclosure

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 01/10/2011

Tonight's show is close to home: we're talking about your house or apartment.  Whether you're paying your landlord or paying the bank, the roof over your head is probably one of your biggest monthly expenses, and the more the financial classes play games with real estate, the more difficult it becomes for working-class people to get and keep safe, affordable housing.

But in organizing there is hope!  Tenants in Portland are successfully standing together to make their landlords deal with mold and other unsafe housing conditions.  We talk with Cristina Palacios, Coordinator of the Safe Housing Project at Community Alliance of Tenants, about how they're doing it.  And for folks facing foreclosure, we get some practical tips from Omar Martinez, Homeownership Program Manager at Hacienda CDC.

  • Length: 28:19 minutes (11.34 MB)
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The Korea Free Trade Agreement - NAFTA All Over Again

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 01/03/2011

Another free trade agreement threatens jobs, labor standards, and consumer as well as environmental protections.  Arthur Stamoulis of the Oregon Fair Trade Coalition talks about the proposed deal with Korea.

  • Length: 27:22 minutes (25.05 MB)
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TEACHER UNION, PARENT UNION & ED REFORM

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 12/27/2010

Host Jamie Partridge interviews Sheila Warren, president of the Portland Parent Union, and Fran Partridge, an instructional coach and long time member of the Seattle teachers union.  Topics include teacher union bashing, charter schools, teacher evaluation and mentoring, the achievement gap, discipline, and systemic racism.

  • Length: 28:28 minutes (39.1 MB)
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Ruby Ridge Dairy Workers Fight for a Union

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 12/20/2010

An interview in Spanish and English with Arturo Sepulveda of the United Farmworkers

  • Length: 9:06 minutes (8.33 MB)
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Oregon Single Payer Health Care Legislation

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Labor Radio
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Fri, 12/17/2010

Host Jamie Partridge interviews Peter Shapiro, of the JOBS with JUSTICE Health Care Committee, about legislation being introduced in the 2011 Oregon legislature to create a Single Payer Health Care system for the state.  Peter also invites the public to a Statewide Single Payer conference on January 29th.

  • Length: 19:04 minutes (26.19 MB)
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Reclaiming Factories from Massachusetts to Argentina

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 12/13/2010

Factories across the United States have been closing up shops for decades.  Less common, however, is worker initiated factory takeovers.  Today’s show will span from Argentina where workers occupied factories and established cooperative control all the way to Massachusetts where a union is fighting the closure of a plant and wants to reopen as an employee-run operation.

 

Our guests are:

 

Peter Knowlton, President of the UE's Northeast Region who has been the union rep at Haskon Factory in Tauton, Massachusetts for 22 years.   Check out the "Keep Haskon Jobs in Tauton" facebook page here.

Sean Abbott-Klafter, soon to be teacher who studied the factory takeover movement in Argentina and lived there for 6 months.  You may check out his musings studying factory cooperatives here.

  • Length: 28:19 minutes (25.92 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Union Democracy: Teamsters for a Democratic Union's longevity, and Winning One-Member, One-Vote in the BLET

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 11/15/2010

At the TDU convention Ken Paff talks about that rank-and-file group's accomplishements over the years, and we hear from Hugh Sawyer and Ron Kaminkow about how members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen won one-member, one-vote elections to choose their top officers.

  • Length: 14:52 minutes (13.62 MB)
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Comments

OFNHP local5017

we would like the opportunity to tell our side of the AFT national trusteeship of our local on July 7. what has happened is a blatant violation of democracy. can we get some air time to tell our story?

AFT National Trusteeship..

I would be very interested in contacting your local and providing airtime for this discussion. Please send me a contact person or a summary of your position. Lane and I will have an official from AFT Local 2277 on our show... and perhaps we could arrange for a represenatative of the national federation to call in.

Please e-mail me ASAP or call me at 5o3-697-1670

in solidarity it and with best regards, Tim

 

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