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.
Laurie Mercier is our host today for this program about labor and politics. We hear about the continuing struggle of progressives in Wisconsin to resist attacks on labor by Republicans and to overcome the temerity of Democrats. We hear from Sandy Pope running against James P. Hoffa Jr. for Teamsters President and how she would democratize the union. We learn just how biased mainstream TV is against workers, and some hopeful analysis suggesting the end of Tea Party power and more opportunities for the Left.
The working class is missing from popular TV shows, as this analysis by Josh Eidelson shows. Josh's funny and biting piece, published on the Dissent website and on his blog, is read here by the Old Mole's Joe Clement. It's called "Welcome to TV-Ville, Population: Richer Than You."
Bill Resnick talks with Andrew Sernatinger, a baker, activist, and labor-organizer in Madison, Wisconsin about the class struggle there. What is left out of the mainstream conversations is progressive taxation, while Democrats appear on the side of unions mostly for their campaign contributions. Sernatinger has hopeful news about the multitude of radical progressive organizations who are keeping the focus on Wall Street and the role of tax breaks in the so-called budget crisis. Following the interview, host Laurie Mercier provides even more recent news from Sernatinger about the changing political situation.
Clayton Morgareidge hosts this episode of the Old Mole which deals with food and world hunger, a book about a future after capitalism, labor and the left in the AT&T merger with T-Mobile, and the political horizons for cyborgs.
"What could a telecom merger mean for economic democracy?" asks Josh Eidelson in an article published in Dissent. AT&T is merging with T-Mobile. Is that a bad thing because it limits competition in a communications industry? Or a good thing because AT&T is a union shop and T-Mobile is not? Eidelson argues the latter in this piece, read and commented on here by the Old Mole's Joe Clement. For an opinion piece that attacks progressives for suppporting the merger, check out this NY Times editorial.