Abe and Joe look at the labor protests in Longview, Wash., and dabble in Gen-X cultural milestones.
When the bottom fell out of the financial markets in 2008, lawmakers rushed to bail out the architects of the global crash. But this begs a question -- when will we decide to bail out the collapsed labor market?
Oregon's special election to replace David Wu for U.S. Congress, District 1 has produced thirteen candidates for the Democratic primary, November 8th. Host Jamie Partridge interviews candidates Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, State Senator Suzanne Bonamici, and State Representative Brad Witt about the major issues facing the working class and our labor movement.
Joe Clement reads an article by David Groves from The Stand explaining the issues between the International Longshore and Warehouse Workers Union (ILWU) and the corporation that was supposed to provide good local jobs but isn't. The mainstream press has misrepresented this stuggle as a spectacle of violence.
Joe Clement and Jan Haaken talk about the classic labor-oriented film, "On the Waterfront". Starring Marlan Brando, Terry Malloy is a dockworker who struggles with his received sense of "it's every man for himself" and his conscience and sense of duty to his fellow workers being exploited by a corrupt union-boss. They relate it to the recent ILWU struggle in Longview and the history of dockworker and all unions as agents of social justice and not just, as the film might suggest, victims of corrupt bosses.
Guest host Kevin Card with a special Labor Day show, interview guest Wes Brain of Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice. Brain reviews the Wobbly Walk through the Siskiyous, and how it's being commemorated today. Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice brings together labor unions, religious congregations, student groups and community organizations to improve working peoples’ standard of living, job security and their right to organize.
Speaking with Denise Morris, Mark Brenner of Director of Labor Notes talks a bit about what Labor Notes is and how it involves itself in the labor movement. They spend most of the interview talking about the relevance of 45,000 verizon workers going on strike. Mark explains how this strike and what it was about underscores what is so wrong with our economy today: when corporate profits break records and shareholders receive big bonus dividends, workers are told "there isn't enough". Mark points out why unions can't remain islands in seas of union-hostility and competition from non-union companies.