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Labor Radio

About Working People, for Working People, By Working People.

Host schedule:

1st MondaysMic Crenshaw
2nd MondaysMegan Hise and Meredith Reese
3rd MondaysYoung Emerging Labor Leaders
4th MondaysJohn Walsh and Jamie Partridge
5th MondaysLane Poncy and Tim Flanagan

Episode Archive

Labor Radio on 09/09/13

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 09/09/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

Labor Radio on 09/02/13

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 09/02/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Black Unionists Reflect on March on Washington 50th Anniversary

Portland leaders of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists reflect on last week's 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  Tina Turner Morfitt, who was in Washington DC, Audrey Terrell who was in Portland, and Deborah Hall share their perspective on the struggle for justice, then and now.

Labor Radio on 09/02/13

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 09/02/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Solidarity Against Austerity - How do we defend public services?

a Labor Day talk show (call in!) with Labor Radio hosts Jamie Partridge and John Walsh, speaking with guests Wesley Bucholz of Laborers 483, City Workers union and Adam Sanchez of the Portland Association of Teachers. How can we fight the neoliberal assault on public services and public service workers?

Labor Radio on 08/26/13

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 08/26/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

Labor Radio on 08/12/13

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 08/12/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Coalition of Black Trade Unionists stepping out!

The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists has joined the Labor Radio collective!  Hear Tina Turner-Morfitt (AFSCME) and Deborah Hall (AFT) discuss the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Labor Radio on 07/29/13

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 07/29/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

Labor Radio on 07/22/13

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 07/22/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Striking Daimler machinists & painters on day 22

Striking Daimler machinists and painters face strike-breakers and loss of pay & medical benefits.  On day 22 of their work stoppage against the Portland truck plant, Dwain Panian and Ryan Collins, talk with co-hosts Jamie Partridge and John Walsh about their struggle for a decent union contract.  The strike has idled 588 machinists and painters as well as 117 members of teamsters and service employees union locals who work at the plant.  The company is offering no increases in the pay and benefit package, despite a four year compensation freeze during which time productivity increased 25 percent.

Labor Radio on 07/15/13

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 07/15/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

Labor Radio on 07/08/13

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 07/08/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues
 
Low Wage & Contingent Workers Struggle -- Part 2 of our interview with two Portland IWW organizers who were part of a delegation to Seattle to support the fast food worker "Strike on Poverty" last month. We'll also here from two Oregon Zoo employees who are part of an active union organizing drive.

Labor Radio on 07/01/13

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 07/01/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

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Best of Times, Worst of Times: Waking Up the Slumbering Giant in Wisconsin

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 03/14/2011

Madison protest photo from In These TimesWill 2011 be remembered the beginning of a great uprising, or labor's last gasp?  Governors in Wisconsin and across the country are pushing draconian measures to cut public services and the power of working people, but union workers and their allies are mobilizing resistance on a scale not seen for decades in this country.

We speak with Adam Sanchez, member of Portland Association of Teachers and ILWU Local 5, who recently traveled to Madison to join protesters occupying the Capitol.

"I think what we're going to see is a concerted attempt to lower the standard of living of American workers for at least a ten-year period to a point where we can compete with these emerging economies, like China, Brazil.... and that there's not going to be massive resistance to that?  There's no way that's gonna happen."

We also speak with a first grade teacher and member of Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association who was in the Capitol Thursday when the anti-union bill passed the Assembly.

Links mentioned in the show:

Photo: In These Times, March 13, 2011, "In Madison, nearly 100,000 protest Gov. Walker's corporatist vision"

 

Hospital Union Victory

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 02/28/2011
St. Charles Medical Center Workers voted to join SEIU 49 in the largest private sector union victory in Oregon for decades.  Union activist and pharmacy tech, Joanne Kennedy, tells host Jamie Partridge how the over 600 workers at the Bend hospital banded together to resist outsourcing and stagnant wages.

Blacks in the Trades 2

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 02/28/2011
Equity for African Americans in local building and construction work, featuring Maurice Rahming, president of the National Association of Minority Contractors of Oregon and CEO of the union firm O’Neil Electric, and Donna Hammond, a journeyman electrician with IBEW 48. Host Jamie Partridge conducts the interview.
  • Length: 13:45 minutes (18.89 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

VAN JONES - our fight for good green jobs

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 02/21/2011

Van Jones , environmental justice leader and former Obama advisor on the Green Economy, gives progressives advice on the fight for good jobs.

On Wisconsin! Workers Rights Under Attack

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 02/21/2011

The basic right to organize and bargain collectively is under attack in Wisconsin, with wider implications for labor and democracy in the United States.  Four activists spoke live by telephone from various parts of Wisconsin about the specifics of the attack and about how people are fighting back.

  • Length: 26:01 minutes (23.82 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Organizing Strategy Special: The 2011 Egyptian Revolution

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 02/14/2011


Eyptian Portlander Ahmad Raslan lays out the crescendo of events that brought eight million people into the streets and toppled the Mubarak regime last week:

"The working-class people in many many cities, for the last three days, they started going on strikes.  There was a threat of civil disobedience across the entire Egypt.  And I think that's what made the military at the end tell the president 'We can't afford this.  If working-class people start getting into this from a strike perspective and from a civil disobedience perspective, then we have to end it.' And they ended it."

Stanford Professor of Middle East History Joel Beinin, author of Justice For All: The Struggle for Worker Rights in Egypt, traces the remarkable wave strikes and sit-ins in which two million Egyptian workers have taken part over the last ten years:

"So people learned that you can struggle and you can win and it might be worthwhile.  And once that barrier of fear is broken, then anything is possible, in an authoritarian regime, because it's the fear that the regime depends on for maintaining its power."

Plus, new songs for the revolution from Ramy Essam and Mohamed Mounir.

Photo: Telecommunication workers on strike, February 9, 2011, Hossam el-Hamalawy, http://www.flickr.com/photos/elhamalawy/5431909481/

 

Black Working Families on MLK Day

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 01/24/2011

What is the state of Black Working Families? Co-host Jamie Partridge interviews Black community activists Art Alexander, Percy Hampton, Danny Bell, and Lakeitha Elliot at a Martin Luther King Day celebration in Portland

Interview with Raúl Ortíz of SINALTRAINAL

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 01/24/2011

Interview with Raúl Ortíz, a member of SINALTRAINAL in Colombia (The National Union of Food Industry Workers). He talks about how Kraft Foods Corporation has suspended contracts of over 400 workers in the Cauca region in Colombia and what their plans for action are.

Courtesy of Argentina's TV PTS. Translated by Brenda Escobar.

  • Length: 4:45 minutes (4.35 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Housing special: How to organize to make your landlord shape up; plus tips for folks facing foreclosure

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 01/10/2011

Tonight's show is close to home: we're talking about your house or apartment.  Whether you're paying your landlord or paying the bank, the roof over your head is probably one of your biggest monthly expenses, and the more the financial classes play games with real estate, the more difficult it becomes for working-class people to get and keep safe, affordable housing.

But in organizing there is hope!  Tenants in Portland are successfully standing together to make their landlords deal with mold and other unsafe housing conditions.  We talk with Cristina Palacios, Coordinator of the Safe Housing Project at Community Alliance of Tenants, about how they're doing it.  And for folks facing foreclosure, we get some practical tips from Omar Martinez, Homeownership Program Manager at Hacienda CDC.

  • Length: 28:19 minutes (11.34 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

The Korea Free Trade Agreement - NAFTA All Over Again

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 01/03/2011

Another free trade agreement threatens jobs, labor standards, and consumer as well as environmental protections.  Arthur Stamoulis of the Oregon Fair Trade Coalition talks about the proposed deal with Korea.

  • Length: 27:22 minutes (25.05 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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