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

Professors and City Workers Ready to Strike

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Mon, 03/24/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Professors and City Workers Ready to Strike

PSU professors and Portland City workers just voted to strike.  Jose Padin, sociology professor at Portland State and Scotty Gibson, City of Portland parks worker will talk about their struggles for a fair contract against neoliberal austerity.

Labor Radio on 03/17/14

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Mon, 03/17/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

The Fight for Schools Moves to Higher Education

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 03/10/2014 - 6:30pm
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Students and Teachers speak out about a strike looming at PSU
Interviews with students and faculty at PSU about a possible strike on the horizon. David Osborn, Inna Levin, and Patricia Schecter provide student and educator perspectives on the restructuring of higher education, the fight for a fair and secure contract, and the growing student organizing that led to a 600-student walkout in February.

For more information on topics mentioned by guests:

www.WeArePsu.org
www.Psusu.org

Labor Radio on 03/10/14

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Mon, 03/10/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

Labor Radio on 03/03/14

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Mon, 03/03/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

STEVE EARLY & the local Labor Notes crowd

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Labor Radio
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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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Labor Radio
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Mon, 02/17/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

Labor Radio on 02/03/14

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Mon, 02/03/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

Labor Radio on 01/27/14

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Mon, 01/27/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

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

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 01/13/2014 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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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.

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What's Wrong With Recovery -- Extended Interview with Marty Hart-Landsberg (online exclusive!)

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Sun, 08/09/2009

Why isn't the stimulus solving the economic crisis for working families?  Why is Wall Street so anxious to reassure us that things are looking up again?  Should working people be worried about deficit spending?  And what simple policy change could eliminate Social Security's funding problem?

Marty Hart-Landsberg, Professor of Economics at Lewis and Clark College and author of the blog Reports from the Economic Front, explains it all.  We had to cut this interview down to about ten minutes for live broadcast on Labor Radio's August 10th show, but here, in an online exclusive, is the full interview, facts and figures included!

What's Wrong With the Recovery? ...and... Car Wash Workers Organize

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Sun, 08/09/2009
What's Wrong With the Recovery?
First up: Why isn't the stimulus solving the economic crisis for working families?  Why is Wall Street so anxious to reassure us that things are looking up again?  Should working people be worried about deficit spending?  And what simple policy change could eliminate Social Security's funding problem?  Marty Hart-Landsberg, Professor of Economics at Lewis and Clark College and author of the blog Reports from the Economic Front, explains it all for you in the first half of tonight's show.
 
Car Wash Workers Organize!
Then in the second half of the show, we hear about ten thousand workers in Los Angeles who are organizing to join the United Steelworkers.  They are subject to massive health and safety violations in the workplace.  Many are not even paid minimum wage.  Who are they?  Car washers.  We're joined by by Henry Huerta, Campaign Director of the CLEAN Car Wash Campaign.

 

 

EMBEDDED WITH ORGANIZED LABOR - Journalist Steve Early

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Sun, 07/26/2009

Hosts Peter Shapiro and Jamie Partridge talk with Steve Early, author of EMBEDDED WITH ORGANIZED LABOR, Journalistic Reflections on the Class War at Home (Monthly Review Press).   Just retired from the national staff of the Communications Workers of America, Steve Early has been an organizer, strike strategist, labor educator and lawyer. For three decades, he has been in the forefront of the fight for worker power and union democracy

Los Angeles teachers' hunger strike against layoffs; Mining communities in Colombia and Kentucky

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Sun, 07/12/2009

Dolores Huerta and Sean Leys 6/12/09Sean Leys, Los Angeles public school teacher and AFT member, found the support of his dry cleaner and even the rival school's debate team when he participated in a 24-day hunger strike against 6,000 teacher layoffs he said would violate students' civil rights.  Now he and fellow teachers are organizing a radical volunteer summer school.  For more, see LA Hungry 4 Ed.

Aviva Chomsky traveled with other activists from Massachusetts to Colombia to meet with the coal miners who supply their local power plant.  The delegation also visited with mining communities in Kentucky.  Chomsky is a professor of History and Latin American Studies at Salem State College in Massachusetts, author of Linked Labor Histories: New England, Columbia, and the Making of a Global Working Class, and a founder of North Shore Colombia Solidarity Committee.  For more: Read a much longer interview wtih Prof. Chomsky at Upside Down World, and see Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and Witness for Peace.

Knights of the road: lost history of the tramp printers and their union

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Sun, 07/05/2009

You’ve heard of the cowboy poets and the lumberjacks, but why has history almost hushed up the tale of the tramp printers, who hopped trains and drank and set type and ran presses, and who by the mid-1800s had built a militant union with equal pay for women and a worker-run hiring system?  Labor Radio spoke with Charles Overbeck, co-founder of Portland’s Eberhardt Press, and author of a new essay on the history of tramp printers.  Read more in his article Knights of the Road in the latest issue of Steampunk Magazine.

UNION ORGANIZING 101

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Sun, 06/21/2009

Host Jamie Partridge interviews local union organizers Lorene Scheer of SEIU 503 and Margaret Butler of JOBS with JUSTICE about how to organize a union at your workplace.  Learn your rights and what to expect from your employer.

Are banks the new bosses? Hartmarx and Quad City struggles in Illinois

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Sun, 06/07/2009

Last December, working people around the world celebrated the victory of the Republic Window and Door Factory workers, members of United Electrical workers, who occupied their factory for six days and won their struggle to hold Bank of America accountable to pay them the money they were owed at the closing of their factory.  Today on Labor Radio we hear about two more factory worker struggles out of Illinois, the Hartmarx suit factory workers in Chicago, members of Workers United, and the Quad City Die Casting factory workers, members of United Electrical Workers.  In both of the struggles this spring, the opponent is not Bank of America but its class comrade Wells Fargo.  Are banks the new bosses?  And why all this militancy out of Illinois?  

 

We talk with activists from both struggles: Robert Ginsburg, founder of the Center on Work and Community Development, who does strategic research for the Hartmarx workers, and Ed Pelegrin, a nine-year employee of Quad City Die Casting and a member of UE Local 1174.

 

Organizing the Undocumented

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Sun, 05/24/2009

Hosts Peter Shapiro and Jamie Partridge talk with Francisco Lopez, director of CAUSA, Oregon’s Immigrant Rights Coalition and Peter Cervantes-Gautschi, director of ENLACE, a US-Mexico coalition of low-wage workers centers and unions about the recent historic agreement by the AFL-CIO and Change to Win federations to push for legalization and unionization of the 12 million undocumented. And, in honor of Memorial Day, we recall the infamous Memorial Day Massacre of 1937, when Chicago police murdered ten steelworkers fighting for union recognition during the CIO organizing drives

Banking on Justice: Laboring in the Financial Sector

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Sun, 05/10/2009

Co-hosts Al Bradbury and Deborah Schwartz bring you a Membership Drive special on labor in the financial sector.  Banks get bailed out and workers get left out!  As our economy spiraled out of control, the eight Big Banks received a total of $125 Billion in taxpayer funds.  Bank CEOs got bonuses even as many banks amped up lobbying against the Employee Free Choice Act.  But in our discussion of the financial crisis, front-line bank workers are often left out of the conversation.  We speak with Rebecca Nay, a former bank employee (and our usual program engineer!), about her experience in the banking industry and gender identity discrimination in the workplace.  We are also joined by Peter Cervantes-Gauschi, co-founder of Enlace, to discuss the "Tax the TARP Subsidy" campaign.  Seven financial holding companies have subsidiaries incorporated in Oregon that received a total of over $105 billion from TARP.   What would a TARP Subsidy tax look like in Oregon?  How do we demand justice from banks?

Organizing the Unemployed - Yesterday and Today

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Sun, 04/26/2009

 

Organizing the Unemployed - Yesterday and Today. With hosts Jamie Partridge and Peter Shapiro, listeners hear lessons from the Unemployed Councils of the 30's and current, local campaigns for organization of the jobless. Guests include Chris Pyle and Aimee Olin, leaders of ACORN (Association of Communities Organizations for Reform Now), plus Ted Pyle and George Slanina, leaders of the Coalition of Unemployed, Underemployed and Marginalized Workers.

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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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