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Host schedule:

1st Mondays Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
2nd Mondays Megan Hise and Meredith Reese
3rd Mondays Young Emerging Labor Leaders
4th Mondays John Walsh and Jamie Partridge
5th Mondays Lane Poncy and Tim Flanagan

Episode Archive

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

Labor Radio on 10/13/14

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 10/13/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

Labor Radio on 09/29/14

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 09/29/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

Climate March and Trans Pacific Partnership

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 09/22/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Climate March and Trans Pacific Partnership

Portland’s People’s Climate March, takes place this Sunday in solidarity with the massive mobilization in New York City.  Co-host Jamie Partridge interviews members of the labor contingent.  In the second half of the show, Elizabeth Swager, director of the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, talks with co-host John Walsh about the dangers of “smart tracking” the free-trade deal, the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Labor Radio on 09/15/14

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 09/15/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

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Labor and the Future of Journalism

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Labor Radio
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Wed, 10/14/2009

Truthout's union recognition statement is signed by Newspaper Guild Representative Mike Burrell. (Photo: Caleb Jacobo, Truthout)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.org made history as the first online-only news site to form a union. We speak with Maya Schenwar, Executive Director and Matt Renner, Development Director, about how they won a union at their workplace.

  • Length: 20:14 minutes (8.11 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

Interview with Mark Dudzik

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 09/28/2009

Mark Dudzik, national coordinator of the Labor Campaign for Single Payer Health Care, talks with Peter Shapiro about the unanimous vote of the AFL-CIO National Convention on September 15 to endorse single payer, and the implications for the struggle for real health care reform.

  • Length: 30:14 minutes (27.67 MB)
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Class struggle in Portland: City employees battle layoffs, musicians call for a living wage

program: 
Labor Radio
program date: 
Mon, 09/14/2009

Tonight’s show features two stories close to home that affect the livelihoods of many Portlanders.

"How could you cut a Bureau in half?" Massive job cuts at the City of Portland

Maybe you or someone you know works for the City of Portland, or works in an industry like construction that depends on city permitting, or maybe you’re a tenant who’s ever called the city to report housing code violations when your landlord won’t make needed repairs.  All those functions are threatened as the City prepares to lay off half the staff of the Bureau of Development Services.  Our guest is Carol Justice, longtime City employee and member of AFSCME 189, working together with other unions to fight the cuts.  "This is a class war," she tells KBOO. "This is the middle class fighting to keep just what they have -- we're not even asking for more."  Reach her at carol.justice@comcast.net

 "This is my day job:" Fair Trade Music campaign

Despite the high profile of Portland’s music scene, professional musicians struggle to make ends meet in our town, on fees that often work out to even less than minimum wage.  Our guests -- musicians Sean Hudson, Graham Smith-White, and Jennifer Woodall, and publicist Matt Kalinowski -- are among those banding together with AFM 99 to ask venues and fans to support what they’re calling fair trade music.  

A RADICAL VISION FOR LABOR

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 09/07/2009

 Host Jamie Partridge interviews labor photojournalist David Bacon, a veteran union organizer, whose latest book is "Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants".  Bacon argues that the key to building power for working people are the struggles for equality, inclusion and international solidarity.

LABOR DAY SPECIAL: Decades of Struggle on the Waterfront

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 09/07/2009

Host Peter Shapiro interviews legendary longshore activist, Leo Robinson of Oakland, California, a founder of the African American Longshore Coalition and Vice President of the internationally admired  ILWU local 10, about changes on the waterfront from the 1960s to the 1990s.

The Black Struggle on the Waterfront

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Labor Radio
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Sun, 08/23/2009

Host Jamie Partridge talks with Deborah Stringfellow and Jerry Lawrence, founding members of the African American Longshore Coalition and rank-and-file leaders of Portland’s Longshore and Warehouse Union – ILWU local 8 about racism, union democracy and current struggles on the waterfront. 

What's Wrong With Recovery -- Extended Interview with Marty Hart-Landsberg (online exclusive!)

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Labor Radio
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Sun, 08/09/2009

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.  We had to cut this interview down to about ten minutes for live broadcast on Labor Radio's August 10th show, but here, in an online exclusive, is the full interview, facts and figures included!

What's Wrong With the Recovery? ...and... Car Wash Workers Organize

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Labor Radio
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Sun, 08/09/2009
What's Wrong With the Recovery?
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.

 

 

EMBEDDED WITH ORGANIZED LABOR - Journalist Steve Early

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Labor Radio
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Sun, 07/26/2009

Hosts Peter Shapiro and Jamie Partridge talk with Steve Early, author of EMBEDDED WITH ORGANIZED LABOR, Journalistic Reflections on the Class War at Home (Monthly Review Press).   Just retired from the national staff of the Communications Workers of America, Steve Early has been an organizer, strike strategist, labor educator and lawyer. For three decades, he has been in the forefront of the fight for worker power and union democracy

Los Angeles teachers' hunger strike against layoffs; Mining communities in Colombia and Kentucky

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Sun, 07/12/2009

Dolores Huerta and Sean Leys 6/12/09Sean 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.

Aviva Chomsky traveled with other activists from Massachusetts to Colombia to meet with the coal miners who supply their local power plant.  The delegation also visited with mining communities in Kentucky.  Chomsky is a professor of History and Latin American Studies at Salem State College in Massachusetts, author of Linked Labor Histories: New England, Columbia, and the Making of a Global Working Class, and a founder of North Shore Colombia Solidarity Committee.  For more: Read a much longer interview wtih Prof. Chomsky at Upside Down World, and see Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and Witness for Peace.

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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