Tom Becker conducts a lesson in labor history and reveals that the first labor union was formed in Philadelphia, and with it, the first labor oriented political party on August 11, 1828. Tom reads from Moral Visions and Material Ambitions: Philadelphia Struggles to Define the Republic by A. Kristen Foster. It was re-published in 2004 and is available at the Portland State Library.
New York Times reporter David Cay Johnston speaks on "Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense." This talk was recorded at the First Unitarian Church in Portland in March. Johnston addresses Oregon issues related to his topic.
"Free Trade" or Fair Trade? - Reform, Accountability, Development and Employment Act
Laurie King of Portland Jobs with Justice and Arthur Stamoulis of the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign join host Martha Odom to discuss The Trade Act introduced in Congress in June, '08. They will review the devastating consequences of trade agreements, both for the U.S. and for other countries and talk about why the new law would correct many of the injustices. And hear what you can do to help insure passage of this critical legislation.
Today legacy emanuel hospital workers represented by S-E-I-U Local 49 are picketing in front of the north portland hospital to demand the same benefits and pay to their co-workers at Legacy Good Sam in North West Portland.
After months of bargaining, legacy is offering a 1% Cost of living increase to emanuel workers, though workers at legacy good sam are receiving a 3% increase this year.
Labor cartoonist Mike Konopacki has collaborated with author Howard Zinn and historian Paul Buhle to create a comics version of Zinn'sA People's History of American Empire.S.W. Conser talks with Konopacki abuot the power of images to raise public consciousness.
Hosted by Bill Resnick, this program deals with the economic meltdown and what should be done about it, a theater piece about women who survive Naziism and War by changing their sex and identities, and the life and music of Utah Philips. NEW! Due to a technical problem, an interview with Pete Yahnke of the Just Seeds art collective was not aired, but you can hear by clicking on its link below.
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