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

Racist Police Violence, Low Wages, and Walmart Strikers

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 12/22/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Don't Shoot, Poverty and Chilean Walmart strikers
Teresa Raiford, leader of Don't Shoot PDX and an advocate of 15 NOW, talks with host Jamie Partridge about a recent confrontation with Portland police and the Mayor, tying together the struggle against gang warfare and poverty with the fight against racist police violence. In the second half of the show, Kelly Bauer of the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee speaks with host John Walsh on the phone from Chile about a recent strike of ten thousand Walmart workers in that country.

Labor Radio on 12/15/14

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 12/15/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Of the working class, by the working class and for the working class

New and Experienced, Fresh Voices for Low Wage Workers

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 12/08/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Introducing our Second Monday Hosts
Anne McDonnell, low wage worker, Zoolidarity union activist, 15 NOW pdx leader and Fernando Gapasin, retired union organizer, author and chair of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance of Oregon, take their first turn at hosting Labor Radio's Second Monday show.  Get to know these dedicated working class fighters.

Labor Radio on 12/01/14

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 12/01/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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A program by and for working people

Latino Dairy and Dock Workers struggle for respect

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 11/24/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Latino Dairy and Dock Workers struggle for respect
The United Farm Workers are organizing dairy workers associated with Darigold in Washington state.  Jamie Partridge interviews UFW organizer Indira Trejo and Luis, a dairy worker, about their struggles for safe, dignified and healthy working conditions. 

In the second half of the show, John Walsh interviews Jhon Jairo Castro, president of the Buenaventura, Colombia chapter of the Unión Portuaria, the dockworkers’ union.  Buenaventura is Colombia’s biggest port and ground zero of the contradictions of free trade, where wealth both commercial and illicit flows through an impoverished and violence-stricken city with a predominantly Afro-Colombian population. 

Coalition of Black Trade Unionist Labor Radio Segment on 11/17/14

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 11/17/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Labor support for Ban the Box: Guest: Midge Purcell, PDX Urban League and Ken Allen Oregon AFSCME

Coalition of Black Trade Unionist Labor Radio Segment on 11/10/14

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 11/10/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Labor support for Ban the Box: Guest: Midge Purcell, PDX Urban League and Ken Allen Oregon AFSCME

Coalition of Black Trade Unionist Labor Radio Segment on 11/03/14

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 11/03/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Labor support for Ban the Box: Guest: Midge Purcell, PDX Urban League and Ken Allen Oregon AFSCME

Fair Wage Policy & Sanctuary for Day Laborer

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 10/27/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Fair Wage Policy & Sanctuary for Day Laborer
The first half of this weeks show features excerpts from a community hearing on the City of Portland Fair Wage Policy, which drew over a hundred low-wage workers and their allies, who testified before representatives of Mayor Hales and Commissioner Saltman.  Janitors, security guards, parking attendants, civic stadium and others who work for companies that contract with the City are fighting for a fifteen dollar fair wage.  In the second half of the show, we hear excerpts from a rally outside the US Citizenship and Immigration Service office in support of Francisco Aguirre, a day labor organizer facing deportation, who has taken refuge in the sanctuary of Augustana Church.

Labor Radio on 10/20/14

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

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

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Labor Radio
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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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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)
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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)
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Voter Owned Elections: an Interview with State Senator Diane Rosenbaum

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Labor Radio
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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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Labor Radio
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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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Labor Radio
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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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Labor Radio
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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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Labor Radio
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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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Temporary Workers' Labor Rights, or Lack Thereof

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 07/26/2010

An interview with Michael Dale of the Northwest Workers' Justice Project

Uses of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents in the United States

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 07/19/2010

 “We are in the middle of a whirlwind of struggle and opportunities for fundamental change abound; it’s just a question of how we use them.”

...Or so say the members of Team Colors, a self-described “militant research” collective, who have just released a provocative new book called Uses of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents in the United States. Team Colors says it aims “to provide 'strategic analysis for intervention into everyday life'.” The dozens of essays collected in the book offer glimpses into some of the most exciting contemporary social movements in the U.S. and a lot of sharp analysis about the challenges and strategies in what Team Colors calls “the ongoing war against state and capital.”  We hear from some of the book’s editors and contributors, including reflections on the work of Family Farm Defenders, Domestic Workers United, Student/Farmworker Alliance, and more.

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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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