Labor

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 11/17/09

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Tue, 11/17/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Author and former "economic hit man" John Perkins joins Abe and Joe for a look behind the mirror at the coporations who have made America into history's first truly global empire. Perkins examines why global financial markets collapsed, and how we can build a better, cleaner and more just planet.

Wake Up and Smell The Boot Polish

program date: 
Tue, 11/10/2009

 Hosted by Abe Proctor and Joe Uris

 Today, Joe is by himself, and he opens the show with a reading of an article from August of 1993 that was printed in a small independent rag called PDXS.  The article was entitled "Wake Up And Smell The Boot Polish," and warned us of a pending Fascist State looming on the horizon.  Amazingly, the article could have been written yesterday, and inspired quite the flurry of calls.

 

 

58:11 minutes (26.64 MB)

Kicking Us While We're Down: News & Views on Grocery Worker and Philly Transit Worker Struggles

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 11/09/2009

Tonight's show is about employers who seize the current economic crisis as an opportunity to pit working people against each other and undermine longstanding union rights. 

First, we speak with Karyl Feliciano, a Fred Meyer employee, and Jenny Reed, United Food and Commercial Worker (UFCW) union business representative, on large-scale contract negotiations with multiple employers, including Safeway, Albertsons, and Fred Meyer.  The Hillsboro Fred Meyer recently called the cops on Jenny Reed and two other union representatives just for talking to union members at the grocery store.

27:17 minutes (10.93 MB)

Union for 14 PSU Student Workers Files Unfair Labor Practice Complaint

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Evening News
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Fri, 08/14/2009

A union representing fourteen part-time recycling specialists at Portland State University has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against Chancellor George Pernsteiner and the Oregon State Board of Higher Education.
They say the University refused to include the recyclers in bargaining negotiations over terms of a new contract for the four thousand five-hundred classified employees at the university.
The recyclers, who voted unanimously to join SEIU Local 503, are believed to be the first group of undergraduate students to join a union in Oregon.

1:52 minutes (1.71 MB)

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 11/03/09

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Tue, 11/03/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Obama's grade thus far? A mixed bag.

Nearly a year after his election (but, in fairness, not yet a year into his first term), Barack Obama is an enigma. Thankfully, he has abandoned the rapacious aggression and naked nationalism of the Bush years, but on critical issues like warrantless surveillance and detention of combatants he is barely distinguishable from his criminal predecessors. His clear-eyed acceptance of global warming is refreshing -- not to mention timely -- but he appears on the verge of capitulating to the profiteers who run the American health care system.

Barack Obama remains a study in contradictions. Abe and Joe examine his record thus far, and speculate on what's to come.

 

Bob Bussel remembers the J.P. Stevens boycott

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 10/26/2009

Thirty years ago, labor historian Bob Bussel worked on the organizing drive at J.P. Stevens, a violently anti-union Southern textile manufacturer--a campaign the inspired the movie Norma Rae. Besides giving actress Sally Field a career-defining role, the J.P Stevens drive gave rise to the "corporate campaign" strategy which became a standard weapon in the union arsenal. Bob Bussel talks with Peter Shapiro about the continuing significance of the J.P. Stevens drive and shares memories of the late Crystal Lee Sutton, who was the prototype for Sally Field's character.

30:09 minutes (27.6 MB)

New Census Reveals Highest Poverty Rate in Twelve Years

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Evening News
program date: 
Mon, 09/14/2009

New Census numbers have revealed that the number of people living in poverty has increased to over thirteen percent, which is the highest poverty rate in twelve years.
KBOO’s Rebecca Nay spoke with Alice O’Connor, who is a History Professor at UC Santa Barbara.
 

3:42 minutes (3.38 MB)

Fred Meyer Firing Policy Fiasco

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Evening News
program date: 
Mon, 09/14/2009

A seventy Year Old grandmother and a Nineteen year Exemplary Employee was fired by Fred Meyer on June 29th.  The reason behind the firing was a twelve dollar cash handling mistake.
Kboo’s Crystal Leighty spoke with Larry Hall from The Grocery Workers Union.
 

4:20 minutes (3.96 MB)

National Association of Black Veterans Employment Expo

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Evening News
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Fri, 10/30/2009

Although the unemployment rate dropped slightly this month in Oregon, the rate of home foreclosures continues to increase.  Oregon had the second-highest unemployment rate in the nation this summer.  Now the state is down to about tenth place, but job seekers take little comfort in this fact.  To address the continued crisis in employment, the National Association of Black veterans will offer a different kind of Employment Expo in the Portland Convention Center this Monday.  Marty Peterson is one of the organizers of the event:
 

1:32 minutes (1.4 MB)
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