With Gresham teachers on Wednesday, April 25th, KBOO labor reporter Jamie Partridge interviews picket captains, rank & file union members, community and student supporters as well as capturing the announcement of a tentative agreement after only hours on strike.
The Postmaster General threatens to close half the sorting facilities, thousands of post offices, end Saturday and door-to-door delivery and eliminate hundreds of thousands of living wage union jobs. Letter carrier unionist, Jamie Partridge, reports on a growing rank-and-file and community network, Communities and Postal Workers United , launched at this weekend’s Labor Notes conference in Chicago.
Reynolds teachers walk the picketline for the third day as the school district refuses to negotiate a fair contract. Labor Radio reporter Jamie Partridge talks with picket captains Nicole Anderson, Rob La Raus, and Paul Switalla in front of Reynolds Middle School and Salish Ponds Elementary.
Day 4 of the Reynolds teachers strike finds no talks scheduled between the union and the district. Despite the union agreement to the district's economic package, the school board has walked away from the table, for the second time since the strike began. Labor reporter Jamie Partridge talks wiith Frank Matthews, Reynolds Learning Academy teacher, Theresa Osborne, Reynolds High School teacher, and students Jose, Sandra, and Kirsten on the strike line at noon today.
Day five of the Reynolds teachers strike was calm compared with earlier in the week. Teachers rallied for a few hours in the morning and waited for the results of a mediation/ negotiation session. Despite union agreement to the district's economic demands earlier in the week, the school board continues to insist on dramatic takeaways in working conditions and basic union rights. Labor reporter Jamie Partridge talks with strike organizer Emily Crumm, a kindergarten teacher at Alder Elementary School.
As of July 11th, Oregon has a law mandating mortgage lenders to mediate "workout options" with homeowners before foreclosing on their home. Angela Martin, director of Economic Fairness Oregon; Keith Dubanevich, Oregon's Associate Attorney General; and Carlos Garcia, housing counselor with Hacienda CDC explain how "at risk" homeowners can take advantage of the new law.
Full audio of Portland's Solidarity Rally for Chicago Teachers Union, two day after their strike ended. Speakers include Adam Sanchez, Social Equality Educators; Kirstin Roberts, Chicago Teachers Union; Susan Barrett, Oregon Save Our Schools; Sheila Warren, Portland Parent Union; Heather Conroy of SEIU 503; Gwen Sullivan, Portland Association of Teachers; Bob Tackett, Northwest Oregon Labor Council; Margaret Butler, Portland Jobs with Justice; Richard Schwarz, American Federation of Teachers; Tom Chamberlain, Oregon AFL-CIO; and Richard Sanders, Oregon Education Association.