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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

Episode Archive

Iron Workers strike for safety, justice and respect

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Labor Radio
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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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Labor Radio
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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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Labor Radio
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Mon, 06/08/2015 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Of the working class, by the working class and for the working class

What's wrong with the TPP?

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Labor Radio
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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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Labor Radio
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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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Labor Radio
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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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Labor Radio
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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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Labor Radio
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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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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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Labor Radio
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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

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Fasting for Injured Colombian GM Workers

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Labor Radio
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Fri, 03/08/2013

John Walsh testifies about his one day fast, part of a series of rolling fasts across the country, in support of injured Colombian GM workers demanding justice from the American automaker.

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Rolling Solidarity Fasts with ASOTRECOL, Injured Colombian GM Workers

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Labor Radio
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Thu, 03/07/2013

People in Portland, the rest of the US, and Colombia are engaging in a series of one-day fasts in solidarity with the injured Colombian autoworkers association, ASOTRECOL.  The workers got hurt on the job at General Motors and then kicked to the curb.  Listen to the people who have fasted describe in their own words why they are taking a stand: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLFPEVmdk5Y&feature=youtu.be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XUQwZkgWlo&feature=youtu.be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3us5zoAI4o&feature=youtu.be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3us5zoAI4o&feature=youtu.be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBJiVcD-ycg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN_eOepyDro&feature=youtu.be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uNIHPyytSs&feature=youtu.be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DF333TovvY8&feature=youtu.be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkYC_d5-OXg&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ye1eSWkwuk and Ruth Needleman said: I am fasting today in solidarity with the GM workers in Bogota, Colombia. This past summer I spent 10 days in Colombia with Witness for Peace, and visited with the injured GM workers of ASOTRECOL camped out across from the US Embassy. I wa...s moved and outraged by their stories. Discharged due to on-the-job injuries at the Colmotores plant, these workers explained how GM was systematically eliminating union workers, injured workers, and workers who stood up for their rights. In their place, in violation of the Labor Accord of the Free Trade Agreement between the US and Colombia, GM was hiring temporary workers and pressuring them to sign a collective pact, authored by the company, with company-selected representatives. Instead of job security and rights, GM was providing precarious jobs, with no security, lower pay and without any room for a union.

"Colombia is the most dangerous place in the world for trade unionists. Thousands have been murdered. Leaders and their families face constant death threats. The courage of these ASOTRECOL workers to stand up to GM in Colombia as well as in the US inspired me to stand with them. I am an Emeritus Professor from Indiana University, with a background in Latin America and Labor Studies. This struggle is being fought in the interests of workers globally and should be supported, because no worker should be fired for a workplace injury and no worker should be stripped of union rights."

*The attached picture shows Ruth raising awareness of GM's injustice outside the Colmotores plant in Bogota, Colombia.
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City Workers Rally Against Cuts (RAW AUDIO)

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Tue, 02/05/2013

February 5 DCTU rally Noon in front of Portland building

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State & Revolution, a Marxist perspective

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Sat, 02/02/2013

 

Todd Chretien, an activist and organizer for the International Socialist Organization, gave a talk Saturday, Februrary 2nd, 2013, at Portland State University on “State and Revolution” from a Marxist perspective. In these excerpts, Chretien discusses the difference between the liberal, social democratic and Marxist views of the role of government (the state) in society. He makes the argument that our current government cannot be reformed to abolish poverty, racism, war, exploitation or the other evils of capitalism, but must be replaced through revolution.

 

Danny Glover Statement of Support for the Injured Colombian GM Workers of ASOTRECOL

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Mon, 01/28/2013

Danny Glover reads his statement of support for ASOTRECOL.

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Rally Against Racist School Closures (raw audio)

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Labor Radio
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Sat, 01/26/2013

48 minute recording of  Jan. 26th rally, sponsored by Social Equality Educators, in front of Jefferson High School, protesting the proposed closure of Vernon, Woodlawn or Ockley Green school, all of which have a majority of Black and Brown students.

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Housing Justice Victory after Sheriff's Office Sit-in (raw audio)

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Labor Radio
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Fri, 01/25/2013

Following a 20 hour sit-in at the Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton's  office, the Sheriff and County Chair Jeff Cogan agreed to a "path" to a moratorium on evictions due to foreclosure, working with judges to slow the process and monitoring of the use of force.  The sit-in followed the 5 am eviction last week of the Debbie Austin family by a dozen sheriff deputies and police, despite the fact that the Fannie Mae had carried forward a wrongful foreclosure. 

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Teachers Protest Racist School Closures

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Labor Radio
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Thu, 01/24/2013

A group of Portland area teachers are protesting what they call "racist school closures".  KBOOs Jamie Partridge talks with Adam Sanchez of Social Equality Educators.

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BRIAN JONES - Still Separate, Still Unequal

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Fri, 01/11/2013

Education activist Brian Jones discusses Real vs. Phony Education Reform and punctures the myth that privatization (charter schools, high-stakes testing, merit pay) will create racial and economic justice for underserved communities.  Jones is an elementary school teacher in New York City, union activist and author, most recently of a chapter in the book Education and Capitalism on The Struggle for Black Education.

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The High Cost of Low Wage Temporary Work in Portland

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Thu, 10/04/2012

Full recording of the Portland Area Workers' Rights Board hearing on the High Cost of Low Wage Temporary and Seasonal Work for the City of Portland and Metro.  The WRB is a project of Portland Jobs with Justice.  Panelists included State Representative Michael Dembrow, who chaired the hearing; Dr. Veronica Dujon, Associate Dean, Portland State University; Francisco Lopez, Executive Director, CAUSA Oregon; Rev. Kate Lore, Social Justice Minister, First Unitarian Church; Joel Rosenblit, labor attorney; and Rev. Dr. David Wheeler, Pastor, First Baptist Church.  Presenting to the panel were Margaret Butler, Director of Jobs with Justice; Toby Green, Laborers International Union; Dr. Mary King, Economics Professor, PSU; Aimie Franceshi, Metro Parks Seasonal Worker; Delarie Finch, City Recreation Assistant; Ellen Ino, Metro Zoo Seasonal Worker; Jason Epton, City Seasonal Maintenance Worker; Crystal Thomas, City Recreation Worker; Alisha, community member, Dishman patron; Erika Johnson, City Recreation Worker; and Yan Embrik, Metro Parks Seasonal Worker.

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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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