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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 05/13/13

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Mon, 05/13/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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KBOO goes union!

KBOO goes union!  Hear Madelyn Elder, president of Communications Workers of America, local 7901, describe how KBOO became a union station and the benefits for KBOO staff and the community.

Labor Radio on 05/06/13

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Mon, 05/06/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

Labor Radio on 04/29/13

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Mon, 04/29/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

Labor Radio on 04/22/13

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Mon, 04/22/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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CEP PRES. DAVE COLES TALKS ABOUT OPPOSING THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE & FACING UP TO CLIMATE CHANGE

EARTH DAY SPECIAL: A UNION REPRESENTING THOUSANDS OF ENERGY WORKERS OPPOSES A PIPELINE? AND THE UNION IS CANADIAN, AND THE PIPELINE IS THE KEYSTONE XL? WHAT'S MORE, THE UNION ADVOCATES MOVING TO A LOW-CARBON ECONOMY?

LISTEN AS WE TALK WITH PRESIDENT DAVE COLES OF THE COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA, CEP, TO UNDERSTAND HOW THIS UNION IS FACING UP TO CLIMATE CHANGE.  MAYBE OUR NEIGHBORS TO THE NORTH CAN EXPORT SOME GOOD ENVIRONMENTAL & LABOUR CONSCIOUSNESS INSTEAD OF SOME PLUNDERED RESOURCES. THEN AMALGAMATED TRANSIT UNION PRESIDENT LARRY HANLEY JOINS US AS WE LEARN WHY TRANSIT WORKERS OPPOSE THE KEYSTONE XL, TOO.

Labor Radio on 04/15/13

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Mon, 04/15/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

Labor Radio on 04/08/13

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Mon, 04/08/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

Labor Radio on 03/25/13

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Mon, 03/25/2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Social Equality Educators & Social Justice Autoworkers

In the first half of the show, Adam Sanchez of Portland's Social Equality Educators describes local resistance to the corporate education "reform" agenda of school closures, charter schools, high-stakes standardized testing, merit pay and union-busting.  In the second half, Wendy Thompson, former president of United Auto Workers local 235 in Detroit and activist with Autoworker Caravan talks about the rebellion against the ten-hour day and "alternative scheduling" in the auto industry.

Labor Radio on 03/18/13

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Mon, 03/18/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

Labor Radio on 03/11/13

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Mon, 03/11/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Wildcat! The Great Postal Strike of 1970

Tara Lee, retired letter carrier and a leader of the great U.S. postal strike, and  Keeanga Yamahtta Taylor, of the African American Studies department at Northwestern University and editor of the International Socialist Review, discuss the 1970 wildcat strike and its implications for today's labor movement.

Labor Radio on 03/04/13

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Mon, 03/04/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

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Oregon Single Payer Health Care Legislation

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

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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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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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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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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)

STATE of the UNIONS

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Mon, 09/27/2010

STATE of the UNIONS – What are the key struggles facing our movement? What are our next steps? Host Jamie Partridge interviews a cross section of union activists at this month’s AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic.

  • Length: 28:08 minutes (38.64 MB)
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City of Portland's Laborers & Police Unions

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Mon, 08/23/2010

PORTLAND’S CITY WORKERSLaborers and Police Unions are struggling to negotiate labor agreements.   Wesley Bucholz of Laborers 483 challenges city management’s drive for give-backs.  Then, Jo Ann Bowman of the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform comments on the Portland Police Association’s new African American president and asks the question:  Police Union – Friend or Foe?  Jamie Partridge hosts the interviews.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

  • Length: 28:40 minutes (39.37 MB)
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Comments

OFNHP local5017

we would like the opportunity to tell our side of the AFT national trusteeship of our local on July 7. what has happened is a blatant violation of democracy. can we get some air time to tell our story?

AFT National Trusteeship..

I would be very interested in contacting your local and providing airtime for this discussion. Please send me a contact person or a summary of your position. Lane and I will have an official from AFT Local 2277 on our show... and perhaps we could arrange for a represenatative of the national federation to call in.

Please e-mail me ASAP or call me at 5o3-697-1670

in solidarity it and with best regards, Tim

 

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