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Host schedule:

1st MondaysMic Crenshaw
2nd MondaysMegan Hise and Meredith Reese
3rd MondaysYoung Emerging Labor Leaders
4th MondaysJohn Walsh and Jamie Partridge
5th MondaysLane Poncy and Tim Flanagan

Episode Archive

Labor Radio on 08/18/14

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 08/18/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

Labor for Palestine!

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 08/11/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Why and how union members and workers are opposing the occupation of Palestine.
We interview Michael Letwin from Labor for Palestine and others about the steps union members here and around the world are taking to stop the siege of Gaza and oppose the long term occupation of Palestine.

For more information and background, visit laborforpalestine.net.

Our episode also features music (with permission) from David Rovics, who has a TON of protest songs, especially on the issue of Palestinian freedom.

Labor Radio on 08/04/14

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Mon, 08/04/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

VOZ STANDS UP FOR EVERYONE'S RIGHTS, AND IT COSTS THEM; ASOTRECOL'S 3RD ANNIVERSARY IN THE TENTS

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 07/28/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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VOZ STANDS UP FOR EVERYONE'S RIGHTS, AND IT COSTS THEM; ASOTRECOL'S 3RD ANNIVERSARY IN THE TENTS

THE VOZ WORKERS' RIGHTS EDUCATION PROJECT, OPERATOR OF THE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CENTER FOR DAY LABORERS IN PORTLAND, HAD TO CHOOSE - DISOWN AN ALLY WHO SUPPORTS MARRIAGE EQUALITY, OR LOSE A GRANT THAT FUNDS ABOUT A QUARTER OF THEIR BUDGET. THEY STUCK WITH THEIR ALLY. ROMEO SOSA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF VOZ, JOINS US IN THE STUDIO TO DISCUSS THAT DECISON, ITS CONSEQUENCES, AND THE SUPPORT VOZ NEEDS NOW.
MEANWHILE IN COLOMBIA, THE AUTOWORKERS OF ASOTRECOL, KICKED TO THE CURB BY GENERAL MOTORS AFTER SUFFERING WORKPLACE INJURIES, ARE ABOUT TO MARK THREE YEARS OCCUPYING A TENT IN FRONT OF THE US EMBASSY. JORGE PARRA, PRESIDENT OF ASOTRECOL, TALKS LIVE BY PHONE ABOUT WHAT THIS ANNIVERSARY MEANS IN THEIR STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE.
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Labor Radio on 07/21/14

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Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

Labor Radio on 07/14/14

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 07/14/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

Labor Radio on 07/07/14

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Mon, 07/07/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

Labor Radio on 06/30/14

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Mon, 06/30/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

Zoolidarity and Ban the Box

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 06/23/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Zoolidarity and Ban the Box

Food service workers at the Zoo are in their first contract struggle and are demanding $15 an hour, in line with the global campaign to Fight for Fifteen.  Labor Radio host Jamie Partridge talks with Laborers 483 Zoo worker Anne McDonald about Zoolidarity!  In the second part of the show, we hear from Midge Purcell of the Urban League about Ban the Box, a campaign to allow job seekers and renters a fair chance by eliminating the section of applications where one must disclose an incarceration record.

Labor Radio on 06/16/14

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Mon, 06/16/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

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Oregon Single Payer Health Care Legislation

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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)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

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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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)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

500 Workers Vs. a Multinaltional Corporation: the ILWU takes on Rio Tinto in Boron, California

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Mon, 11/15/2010

Craig Merrilees of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union talks about fighting the Rio Tinto lockout in Boron, California.

  • Length: 6:57 minutes (6.36 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

A textbook case of union-busting: Portland French School teachers struggle for recognition

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 11/08/2010

"I never could imagine that one day when I came to America -- to pursue the American dream, like everybody --that I would come to a point when the management of my work would come and have that meeting.  I will never forget that one.  It comes in my nightmares at night.  It went for five hours.  It was like threats, clear threats from management: 'The school is going to close.'"

Our guest, Massene Mboup, is second-grade teacher and soccer coach at the Portland French School, and an activist in the teachers' union organizing drive at the school.  Thanks to management's intimidation tactics -- including threats of deportation and firing two employees -- workers are still struggling to win recognition for their union, despite filing for election with more than seventy percent support last spring.  Their story is a textbook example of the challenges workers face in organizing a union.

"After the meeting many teachers were calling me: 'The school is going to close.  Can we stop?' and I tell them, 'No, it's anti-union tactics!  The school is not going to close. Actually a school can function without a board, without even a principal.  A school needs teachers, parents and students.  If we have that, you go.'"

We also replay a segment on a Los Angeles teacher who went on hunger strike to oppose cuts to California's education funding.

  • Length: 28:36 minutes (11.46 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

SECURITY GUARDS GO UNION

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 10/25/2010

Victor Smith, a local security officer, and Kelly Anthony, SEIU local 49 organizer, detail the struggle of over 600 area security guards for union recognition by their multi-national employer, Securitas.   Jamie Partridge hosts.

 
  • Length: 13:40 minutes (18.76 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Voter Owned Elections: an Interview with State Senator Diane Rosenbaum

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Mon, 10/25/2010

Oregon State Senator Diane Rosenbaum discusses Portland's Voter Owned Elections, now on the ballot as Measure 26-108.  She also describes the status and prospects of Oregon's Family and Medical Leave law.

  • Length: 13:31 minutes (12.38 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Membership Drive Special: Education Reform and the War on Teachers

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Mon, 10/11/2010

Who is to blame for the failures of public education?  The finger is often pointed at teachers and their unions.  Tonight's Labor Radio gives educators a chance to talk back.  In tonight's membership drive special we take a look at how so-called reforms add to the problems and what educators are doing to resist cutbacks and fight for the real transformations our schools need.  First we speak with Bob Peterson, a fifth grade teacher and an editor for Rethinking Schools.  Bob Peterson authored an article about the recent victory of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) in Chicago, and we ask him about why that victory is important for educators around the country.  Then we speak with Amanda Armstrong, a graduate student at UC Berkeley and a member of UAW Local 2865 about last Thursday's day of action and a possible upcoming graduate students strike in the University of California system.

  • Length: 27:57 minutes (19.19 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 22kHz 96Kbps (CBR)

STATE of the UNIONS

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Mon, 09/27/2010

STATE of the UNIONS – What are the key struggles facing our movement? What are our next steps? Host Jamie Partridge interviews a cross section of union activists at this month’s AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic.

  • Length: 28:08 minutes (38.64 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

City of Portland's Laborers & Police Unions

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Mon, 08/23/2010

PORTLAND’S CITY WORKERSLaborers and Police Unions are struggling to negotiate labor agreements.   Wesley Bucholz of Laborers 483 challenges city management’s drive for give-backs.  Then, Jo Ann Bowman of the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform comments on the Portland Police Association’s new African American president and asks the question:  Police Union – Friend or Foe?  Jamie Partridge hosts the interviews.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

  • Length: 28:40 minutes (39.37 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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