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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

STEVE EARLY & the local Labor Notes crowd

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Labor Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 02/24/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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STEVE EARLY & the local Labor Notes crowd

STEVE EARLY, author of Save Our Unions: Dispatches from a Movement in Distress, discusses the state of our labor movement at a fundraiser for Portland's contingent to the April 4 - 6 Labor Notes conference in Chicago (labornotes.org/conference).  Local union activists weigh in on the class struggle in Portland .

Labor Radio on 02/17/14

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Program: 
Labor Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 02/17/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Short Description: 
Discussions On Working Class Issues

Labor Radio on 02/03/14

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Program: 
Labor Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 02/03/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Short Description: 
Discussions On Working Class Issues

Labor Radio on 01/27/14

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Labor Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 01/27/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Short Description: 
Discussions On Working Class Issues

Education Remix--Highlights of the Struggle for the Schools Portland Students Deserve

Program: 
Labor Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 01/13/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Short Description: 
Excerpts from the recent Jefferson High School student demo and more!

In light of the rally happening at the Portland Public School District Building as Labor Radio airs today, we're remixing some of our favorite moments in Labor Radio reporting: excerpts from the Jefferson student demonstration on Friday, interviews with students, teachers, and parents, and a new interview with Sekai Edwards, Jefferson High School student union organizer. 

For breaking updates during the rally, you can follow @PATsolidarity, the official twitter handle of the Portland Teachers Solidarity Campaign. You can follow Labor Radio co-host Meredith Reese @Maldelamer.

Racial Health Disparities and the Affordable Care Act

Program: 
Labor Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 01/06/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Short Description: 
Racial Health Disparities and the Affordable Care Act

Who is Joe Hill?

Program: 
Labor Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 12/30/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Short Description: 
Ron Verzuh has produced a video about Joe Hill and will discuss his discoveries along the way.
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IMMIGRATION REFORM & THE LABOR MOVEMENT

Program: 
Labor Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 12/23/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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IMMIGRATION REFORM & THE LABOR MOVEMENT
DURING A SEASON WHEN MANY PEOPLE GATHER WITH THEIR FAMILIES, ARCHAIC LAWS THAT SUBORDINATE HUMAN NEED TO CORPORATE GREED KEEP IMMIGRANT FAMILIES APART OR IN PERIL. WITH IMMIGRATION REFORM NOW ON THE NATIONAL POLITICAL AGENDA, HARD TACTICAL CHOICES FACE THE MOVEMENT FOR JUSTICE. WHAT IS MOST NECESSARY FOR IMMIGRANT WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES? HOW MUCH IS ACHIEVABLE, AND WHICH APPROACH IS MOST EFFECTIVE? WHEN WILL WE TRULY HAVE JUSTICE FOR ALL?

JOIN US AS WE TALK WITH PORTLAND ACTIVISTS MARCO MEJIA AND JAMIE TRINKLE ABOUT IMMIGRATION REFORM AND THE LABOR MOVEMENT AT THIS CRUCIAL JUNCTURE.

RESOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION:
PORTLAND JOBS WITH JUSTICE: 503-236-5573

Labor Radio on 12/16/13

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Program: 
Labor Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 12/16/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Short Description: 
Discussions On Working Class Issues

The Fight for Democracy in Honduras

Program: 
Labor Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Short Description: 
An interview with a participant in the Honduras Solidarity Network Delegation reports back.

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TEACHER UNION, PARENT UNION & ED REFORM

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program: 
Labor Radio
program date: 
Mon, 12/27/2010

Host Jamie Partridge interviews Sheila Warren, president of the Portland Parent Union, and Fran Partridge, an instructional coach and long time member of the Seattle teachers union.  Topics include teacher union bashing, charter schools, teacher evaluation and mentoring, the achievement gap, discipline, and systemic racism.

  • Length: 28:28 minutes (39.1 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Ruby Ridge Dairy Workers Fight for a Union

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Labor Radio
program date: 
Mon, 12/20/2010

An interview in Spanish and English with Arturo Sepulveda of the United Farmworkers

  • Length: 9:06 minutes (8.33 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Oregon Single Payer Health Care Legislation

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program: 
Labor Radio
program date: 
Fri, 12/17/2010

Host Jamie Partridge interviews Peter Shapiro, of the JOBS with JUSTICE Health Care Committee, about legislation being introduced in the 2011 Oregon legislature to create a Single Payer Health Care system for the state.  Peter also invites the public to a Statewide Single Payer conference on January 29th.

  • Length: 19:04 minutes (26.19 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Reclaiming Factories from Massachusetts to Argentina

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Labor Radio
program date: 
Mon, 12/13/2010

Factories across the United States have been closing up shops for decades.  Less common, however, is worker initiated factory takeovers.  Today’s show will span from Argentina where workers occupied factories and established cooperative control all the way to Massachusetts where a union is fighting the closure of a plant and wants to reopen as an employee-run operation.

 

Our guests are:

 

Peter Knowlton, President of the UE's Northeast Region who has been the union rep at Haskon Factory in Tauton, Massachusetts for 22 years.   Check out the "Keep Haskon Jobs in Tauton" facebook page here.

Sean Abbott-Klafter, soon to be teacher who studied the factory takeover movement in Argentina and lived there for 6 months.  You may check out his musings studying factory cooperatives here.

  • Length: 28:19 minutes (25.92 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Union Democracy: Teamsters for a Democratic Union's longevity, and Winning One-Member, One-Vote in the BLET

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program: 
Labor Radio
program date: 
Mon, 11/15/2010

At the TDU convention Ken Paff talks about that rank-and-file group's accomplishements over the years, and we hear from Hugh Sawyer and Ron Kaminkow about how members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen won one-member, one-vote elections to choose their top officers.

  • Length: 14:52 minutes (13.62 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

500 Workers Vs. a Multinaltional Corporation: the ILWU takes on Rio Tinto in Boron, California

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Labor Radio
program date: 
Mon, 11/15/2010

Craig Merrilees of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union talks about fighting the Rio Tinto lockout in Boron, California.

  • Length: 6:57 minutes (6.36 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

A textbook case of union-busting: Portland French School teachers struggle for recognition

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Labor Radio
program date: 
Mon, 11/08/2010

"I never could imagine that one day when I came to America -- to pursue the American dream, like everybody --that I would come to a point when the management of my work would come and have that meeting.  I will never forget that one.  It comes in my nightmares at night.  It went for five hours.  It was like threats, clear threats from management: 'The school is going to close.'"

Our guest, Massene Mboup, is second-grade teacher and soccer coach at the Portland French School, and an activist in the teachers' union organizing drive at the school.  Thanks to management's intimidation tactics -- including threats of deportation and firing two employees -- workers are still struggling to win recognition for their union, despite filing for election with more than seventy percent support last spring.  Their story is a textbook example of the challenges workers face in organizing a union.

"After the meeting many teachers were calling me: 'The school is going to close.  Can we stop?' and I tell them, 'No, it's anti-union tactics!  The school is not going to close. Actually a school can function without a board, without even a principal.  A school needs teachers, parents and students.  If we have that, you go.'"

We also replay a segment on a Los Angeles teacher who went on hunger strike to oppose cuts to California's education funding.

  • Length: 28:36 minutes (11.46 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 22kHz 56Kbps (CBR)

SECURITY GUARDS GO UNION

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Labor Radio
program date: 
Mon, 10/25/2010

Victor Smith, a local security officer, and Kelly Anthony, SEIU local 49 organizer, detail the struggle of over 600 area security guards for union recognition by their multi-national employer, Securitas.   Jamie Partridge hosts.

 
  • Length: 13:40 minutes (18.76 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Voter Owned Elections: an Interview with State Senator Diane Rosenbaum

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Labor Radio
program date: 
Mon, 10/25/2010

Oregon State Senator Diane Rosenbaum discusses Portland's Voter Owned Elections, now on the ballot as Measure 26-108.  She also describes the status and prospects of Oregon's Family and Medical Leave law.

  • Length: 13:31 minutes (12.38 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Membership Drive Special: Education Reform and the War on Teachers

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program: 
Labor Radio
program date: 
Mon, 10/11/2010

Who is to blame for the failures of public education?  The finger is often pointed at teachers and their unions.  Tonight's Labor Radio gives educators a chance to talk back.  In tonight's membership drive special we take a look at how so-called reforms add to the problems and what educators are doing to resist cutbacks and fight for the real transformations our schools need.  First we speak with Bob Peterson, a fifth grade teacher and an editor for Rethinking Schools.  Bob Peterson authored an article about the recent victory of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) in Chicago, and we ask him about why that victory is important for educators around the country.  Then we speak with Amanda Armstrong, a graduate student at UC Berkeley and a member of UAW Local 2865 about last Thursday's day of action and a possible upcoming graduate students strike in the University of California system.

  • Length: 27:57 minutes (19.19 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 22kHz 96Kbps (CBR)

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