The Postmaster General has announced the imminent closure of 41 rural post offices in Oregon. The PMG claims the postal service must shrink due to its financial crisis, but he is restricted by law from closing post offices for "economic reasons". The Rural Organizing Project has stepped up to fight back. KBOO labor reporter Jamie Partridge was in front of the Scappoose Post Office on December 19th, the day ROP organized to OCCUPY THE POST OFFICE.
Kevin Card joins Abe and Joe to talk about the crisis facing the U.S. Postal Service.
Kevin Card, president of the Oregon State Association of Letter Carriers, joins Abe and Joe to discuss the crisis facing the U.S. Postal Service. Also, Joe fills us in on the history of labor in the United States and the state of organized labor today.
Clayton Morgareidge hosts this Old Mole episode which surveys the Occupy movement; the differences between the US and the UK labor movements; workers' struggles in our broken food industry; and an implausible story about a poisoned husband.
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The system that puts food on our tables is broken and corrupt. The Food Chain Workers’ Alliance is a coalition of worker-based organizations whose members plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve, and sell food. In this conversation with director Joann Lo, we hear how they are organizing to improve wages and working conditions for all workers along the food chain.
A few weeks ago, British public employees mounted the biggest general strike since the 1920s. Why have we seen nothing like that from unions in the US? Joe Clement introduces and then comments on what labor journalist Mike Elk had to say about this question.
GM assembly workers in Colombia suffer occupational disabilities resulting from outdated equipment and production methods, then the company forces them out of their jobs. The workers and their families fight back by occupying a spot right across the street from the US embassy. In November they spoke with a Witness for Peace delegation about their struggle for justice.
Two progressive advocacy groups, OSPIRG, the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group, and Environment Oregon, are experiencing labor strife. Today, outside the call center for the Fund for the Public Interest, at the Portland Telephone Outreach Project, where telephone workers fundraise for these two groups, union activists staged an informational picket. KBOO labor reporter Jamie Partridge has the story.