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
Air date: 
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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Rank & File Organizing and Labor Militancy

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 09/12/2011

Locked Out"You should be scared, son.  You know, I'm scared too.  But the fear's not the problem.  It's what you do with it."

We speak with filmmaker Joan Sekler about  Locked Out, her film about the 500 courageous miners in Boron, California, who faced down the huge mining corporation Rio Tinto.

Civil Wars in U.S. Labor

"To me, the most enduring unity among workers -- particularly if they're in different unions -- is built from the bottom up, on a cross-union basis."

Then we speak with Steve Early, labor activist and author of The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor: Birth of New Workers' Movement or Death Throes of the Old? about the challenges of new organizing, the birth of new movements in unions, and resurgence of labor militancy.

Photos: lockedout2010.org, haymarketbooks.org

 

 

  • Length: 27:26 minutes (10.99 MB)
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Participatory Economics

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 09/05/2011

The economy is not working for workers.  What is our labor-friendly economic vision?  What about workers’ councils and consumers’ councils democratically planning the economy?  How is this working in Venezuela today?  How could it work here?  Host Jamie Partridge gives us excerpts from a talk by Economics Professor Robin Hahnel on "Participatory Economics".

A “proud product of the New Left” and sympathetic  to libertarian socialism, Professor Hahnel has taught economics for thirty years at American University in Washington DC, is currently a visiting professor at Lewis & Clark College and Portland State University.  He has also served as a visiting professor or economist in Cuba, Peru, Venezuela and England.  Robin Hahnel is active in Portland Jobs with Justice and the Coalition for a Livable Future

Letter Carriers Resist Postmaster's Shock Doctrine

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 08/22/2011

Letter Carriers and other postal workers are facing a barrage of scare tactics from the Postmaster General, including the threat of eliminating 30% of the workforce, half the post offices and three days of mail delivery.  Kevin Card, president of the Oregon State Association of Letter Carriers, tells host Jamie Partridge how the US Postal Service and their legislative allies are conspiring to gut workers wages, benefits and collective bargaining rights using a  phoney debt crisis created by Congressional mandates.

  • Length: 12:36 minutes (5.05 MB)
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Solidarity Salsa Party Supports VOZ and Jobs With Justice

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 08/22/2011

The VOZ workers rights education project and Jobs With Justice throw a party to have fun for a good cause. Romeo Sosa and Eliana Machuca tell us about it.

  • Length: 14:04 minutes (12.88 MB)
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IKEA Furniture Factory Workers Unionize! and The Deficit Myth

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 08/08/2011

photo from http://www.nupge.ca/content/4424/workers-unionize-us-ikea-manufcaturing-plantWe start with the workers who made your IKEA bookshelf at a factory in Danville, Virginia.  Last month they formed a union with a sweeping 76% majority, after collecting twice as many signatures of support as there are people in the town of Danville!  How'd they do it?  We speak with organizer Bill Street of the Woodworkers' department of the Machinists' union.

Then, headlines over the last month have been dominated by theatrics in DC over the national budget.  The debate supposedly centered around a massive national deficit, but nothing is quite as it seems.  For more insight into this massively irritating manufactured crisis, and where we go from here, we spoke with Laurie King of Portland Jobs with Justice's Economic Crisis Committee.

Image credit: National Union of Public and General Employees, http://www.nupge.ca/content/4424/workers-unionize-us-ikea-manufcaturing-plant

  • Length: 28:12 minutes (11.3 MB)
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Vancouver Hilton Workers Struggle for a Fair Contract

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 08/01/2011

Vancouver Hilton Hotel Workers, organized in UNITE HERE local 9, are struggling for a fair contract at the 5-year old convention center, which is owned by the City of Vancouver.  Negotiating team member, Lucas Fielder, talks with host Jamie Partridge about wage disparities and unaffordable family health coverage as well as the actions workers are taking to improve their conditions.

The Equality Deficit Versus the Fiscal Deficit - Medicare Under Attack

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 08/01/2011

People Rallying for Medicare's Birthday Discuss What's At Stake as D.C. Debates the Debt Ceiling

  • Length: 13:23 minutes (12.25 MB)
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Canadian Union of Postal Workers Forced Back to Work

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 07/25/2011

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, after six weeks of rotating strikes, a lockout, and back-to-work legislation, continues to struggle for a fair contract.  Denis Lemelin, national president of CUPW, is interviewed by Portland letter carrier, Jamie Partridge, about the issues which pushed Canadian postal workers out on strike -- automation, new work methods, staffing, benefit cuts, and a two-tier workforce.

Portland Rising Boosts Solidarity to a New Level

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 07/25/2011

Portland Rising , a project of JOBS with JUSTICE, loaded 150 activists on three buses for a day of action in solidarity with seven different private & public sector unions whose contracts expired on that same day, June 30th .  JwJ Director Margaret Butler  talks with host Jamie Partridge about the significance of this campaign for our labor movement.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

  • Length: 12:49 minutes (17.6 MB)
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We Are Oregon organizes in neighborhoods and the fight against free trade deals intensifies

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 07/18/2011

SEIU organizes in neighborhoods, not just workplaces, in the We Are Oregon campaign, and the fight against three more free trade deals reaches a peak - Labor Radio interviews Angela MacWhinnie of SEIU and Elizabeth Swager of the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign.

  • Length: 23:05 minutes (21.13 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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