Labor

Ben Cannon on the budget

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Labor Radio
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Wed, 03/18/2009

   Kevin Card speaks with Oregon State Legislator Ben Cannon on the budget crisis

27:40 minutes (25.33 MB)

Cookie Strike: Stella d'Oro

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Sun, 03/15/2009

 Supported by neighbors and by other unions, the small work force at Stella d'Oro, a cookie maker in Brooklyn now controlled by a private equity company, is on strike against outrageous management demands.  

Hear all about it and how you can help in this Bill Resnick interview with community activist Michael Landau.  See the strike committee's great website here.  

8:37 minutes (4.93 MB)

Gender & The Workplace; Pay Disparity for Transgender Workers II

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Mon, 03/16/2009

On this second half of March Gender Blender hosts Rebecca Nay and Jacob Anderson-Minshall address issues about gender and the workplace.  Jacob interviews University of Chicago Professor Kristen Schilt who has studied the impact transitioning has on salaries. Then hosts try to get in a word edgewise while hearing from a passionate Diego Sanchez, named one of the 100 most powerful Latinos in corporate America by Hispanic Business magazine; Sanchez is a senior legislative aide to Barney Frank and spoke on his support for Frank, the Human Rights Commission and a transgender inclusive ENDA. The show wrapped with another song from Brennet, Border Crossing.

31:14 minutes (14.3 MB)

Gender & The Workplace; Pay Disparity for Transgender Workers I

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Mon, 03/16/2009

On part one of this episode of Gender Blender hosts Rebecca Nay and Jacob Anderson-Minshall address issues about gender and the workplace.  The show starts with Portland residents discussing whether there are jobs only men and/or women can do.  Then Rebecca interviews Theresa Mitchell, a transwoman and Tri Met bus driver who transitioned on the job.  The hosts play The Lottery Song by Namoli Brennet.  Jacob interviews University of Chicago Professor Kristen Schilt who has studied the impact transitioning has on salaries. 

30:18 minutes (13.87 MB)

Circle A Radio on 05/06/09

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Wed, 05/06/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Howard Zinn compares the economic crisis of today with the Great Depression

In our current economic meltdown, pundents rush to compare our present-day situation to the Great Depression.  We talk with historian, author, playwright, and social activist, Howard Zinn, to explore the truth in the comparisons, and where they fall short.

We also feature Oral Histories from the Library of Congress.

 

Gender Blender on 03/17/09

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Tue, 03/17/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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How gender impacts pay and other employment related issues.

Many Americans would be surprised to learn that women make less money than men for doing the same jobs.  For those who accept this disparity, a common defense is the argument that men--by the nature of their upbringings--have additional skills that are denied those growing up girls.  However, a 2008 study--referenced in the New York Times and Time magazine-- debunks this contention by illustrating that transgender individuals who were raised male but transition to female on average lose one third of their salary; even when they stay in the exact same job or field.

Flight attendants organize at the world's new largest airline; immigrants organize for dignity and respect in Columbia County

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Labor Radio
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Wed, 03/11/2009

What kind of election counts every non-vote as a "No" vote?  A union election for airline or railroad workers under the Railway Labor Act.   As Delta and Northwest merge to form the world's largest airline, a combined unit of twenty-one thousand flight attendants find their chance at union representation hangs upon a wildly skewed process overseen by a little-known board.  Simone Cerasa, the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut State Chair of the Delta Association of Flight Attendants, CWA, joined us to lay out some key issues and challenges of organizing under the RLA, and how a new appointment by President Obama to the National Mediation Board could make all the difference.

25:46 minutes (10.33 MB)

Concerned over Central City Concern; Also Marching for Peace

Central City Concern, with a $33 million annual budget and 23 buildings, is the city's biggest nonprofit landlord in downtown Portland. Some of the nonprofit's tenants, however, say their landlord has let apartment buildings fall into disrepair and disregarded tenants'demands for action or even a chance to speak to Central City Concern's board about the problem.

Voices from the Edge on 03/12/09

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Thu, 03/12/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Concerned over Central City Concern; Also Marching for Peace

Central City Concern, with a $33 million annual budget and 23 buildings, is the city's biggest nonprofit landlord in downtown Portland. Some of the nonprofit's tenants, however, say their landlord has let apartment buildings fall into disrepair and disregarded tenants'demands for action or even a chance to speak to Central City Concern's board about the problem.

Political Perspectives on 03/13/09

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Fri, 03/13/2009 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Host Stephanie Potter interviews radio commentator and author Jim Hightower, who is the keynote speaker at the 2009 Annual ACLU dinner on  Saturday March 14th. They discuss civil rights, civil liberties, populism, and how populism can make a difference. They also talk about Hightower's book "Swim Against the Current."  As Hightower puts it, he has spent “three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be.” For more information about Jim Hightower, visit his website at http://www.jimhightower.com/.

The ACLU dinner is at the Downtown Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront at 1401 SW Naito Parkway.

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