Labor Radio

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

Episode Archive

Labor Radio on 06/29/15

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Mon, 06/29/2015 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Of the working class, by the working class and for the working class

Iron Workers strike for safety, justice and respect

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Mon, 06/22/2015 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Iron Workers strike for safety, justice and respect
Ironworkers at Instafab Company, which makes and installs stairs, handrails and other metal building components, have been on an unfair labor practices strike for weeks.  The workers report serious safety and health violations, little safety training, irregular schedules, no breaks, no dry shacks and no drinking water onsite.  Hear Matt Momb and Laramie Lexow tell their story and their struggle for justice and respect.

Labor Radio on 06/15/15

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Mon, 06/15/2015 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Of the working class, by the working class and for the working class

Labor Radio on 06/08/15

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Mon, 06/08/2015 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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What's wrong with the TPP?

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Mon, 06/01/2015 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussing the Trans Pacific Partnership and the impact on the Black community
Our guest is Terrence (Terry) L. Melvin, President of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist International.  His  CBTU presidency succeeds William (Bill) Lucy, the iconic labor leader who had held the position since he co-founded CBTU in 1972. Terry is an ordained Baptist Minister and  is no novice to the labor movement, and currently serves as the Secretary-Treasurer of the 2.5 million member New York State AFL-CIO. 

During his tenure  Terry has championed the development of strong ties between labor, religious organizations and community partners CBTU, which is dedicated to addressing the unique concerns of black workers and their communities.  CBTU has  has 50 chapters throughout the nited States and in Canada. 

Coca Cola Workers in Colombia, 20 Year Temps, & Fighting Back Against Fast Track's More of the Same

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Mon, 05/25/2015 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Coca Cola Workers in Colombia, 20 Year Temps, & Fighting Back Against Fast Track's More of the Same
DESPITE THE PROMISES OF POLITICIANS SELLING TRADE AGREEMENTS, 90% OF COCA COLA WORKERS IN COLOMBIA ARE STILL MISCLASSIFIED AND MISTREATED AS TEMPORARIES.  DANIEL RUEDA ORGANIZES THEM AND TALKS FROM BOGOTÁ ABOUT THAT STRUGGLE WITH ICONIC LABOR ABUSE.
THEN ROBYN GOTTLIEB OF THE OREGON FAIR TRADE CAMPAIGN GIVES US THE LOWDOWN ON "FAST TRACK," THE PROPOSAL NOW BEFORE CONGRESS THAT WOULD IMPOSE MORE OF THE SAME MULTINATIONAL CORPORATE MODEL ON PEOPLE IN THE U.S. AND AROUND THE WORLD.

Labor Radio on 05/18/15

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Mon, 05/18/2015 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Of the working class, by the working class and for the working class

Labor Radio on 05/11/15

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Mon, 05/11/2015 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Of the working class, by the working class and for the working class

Labor Radio on 05/04/15

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Mon, 05/04/2015 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Of the working class, by the working class and for the working class

Fight for Fifteen @ PSU plus Update on Postal Struggle

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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.

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Reclaiming Factories from Massachusetts to Argentina

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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.

 

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

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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)
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SECURITY GUARDS GO UNION

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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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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Free Trade & the Fight for Fairness // Young Worker Organzing

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Mon, 08/09/2010
First, we talk about free trade, in particular, the Korea Free Trade Agreement. On the campaign trail in 2008 Barack Obama called the trade agreement “bad for America workers”, but now he’s announced that he’s moving forward on the deal. What’s with the change of heart? And how could the deal affect working people in Oregon? Then, we turn out attention to young workers who have been hit particularly hard by the economy. Be it high levels of unemployment or lack of insurance, young workers seem have inherited an economic mess. But, does this mean that young workers are clamoring to join the labor movement. We will speak with a young organizer who is working with the next generation of rank-and-file union activists to build strong leaders for decades to come. ~Arthur Stamoulis, Director of the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign. The Oregon Fair Trade Campaign’s affiliates include labor unions, community organizations and environmental groups across the state that recognize that trade agreements ~Lydia Hallay, founder and organizer of the Next Wave, a committee of Oregon AFSCME that engages members 35 and younger.
  • Length: 26:40 minutes (24.42 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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