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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

The Fight for Democracy in Honduras

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

Labor Radio on 12/02/13

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 12/02/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

BOEING - CORPORATE GREED VERSUS WORKERS AND COMMUNITIES

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Labor Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 11/25/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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BOEING - CORPORATE GREED VERSUS WORKERS AND COMMUNITIES
BOEING
CORPORATE GREED VERSUS WORKERS AND COMMUNITIES: A SHOP FLOOR WORKER'S PERSPECTIVE
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BOEING JUST DEMANDED MASSIVE MID-CONTRACT CONCESSIONS FROM THE MACHINISTS AND HUGE TAXBREAKS FROM THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, UNDER THE THREAT OF MOVING NEW AIRPLANE ASSEMBLY WORK ELSEWHERE. THIS FROM A HIGHLY PROFITABLE CORPORATION DEEPLY ROOTED IN THE REGION. WHAT IS GOING ON? HEAR WHAT A LONG-TIME BOEING WORKER HAS TO SAY.

photo credit: Mark Mulligan/TheHerald/AP/Aljazeera

Students Speak Out: the Portland Student Union and the Struggle to Save our Schools

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Labor Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 11/11/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Labor Radio speaks with Portland Student Union members
For background on the teachers' contract issues, see our episode last month on Fighting for the Schools Portland Students Deserve.

While interviewing Alexia, Ian, Emma, and Lily from the Portland Student Union, the following websites were referenced:

http://www.facebook.com/PortlandStudentUnion

Other resources on the current contract and community support:
http://www.pdxteachers.org
http://www.facebook.com/PortlandTeachersandParentsTogether
http://www.teachersandparentstogether.com/

Labor Radio on 11/04/13

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 11/04/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

Save the People's Postal Service

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Labor Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 10/28/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Save the People's Postal Service
This update on the struggle to save the people's postal service includes speeches from national union presidents and  interviews with grassroots postal activists, from New York, Philadelphia and Portland.  Host Jamie Partridge reports on the fight against cuts, closures, delay of mail, privatization and union busting. 

Fighting for The Schools Portland Students Deserve

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Labor Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 10/14/2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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The local teachers' struggle
Labor Radio interviewed students, parents, and teachers about the local showdown between teachers and the PPS district over contract negotiations, as well as the solidarity campaign that's developed throughout the city to involve community members in speaking out for the schools Portland Students deserve.

Labor Radio on 10/07/13

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 10/07/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

Labor Radio on 09/30/13

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

Labor Radio on 09/23/13

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 09/23/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

Audio

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

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Labor Radio
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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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Labor Radio
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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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Labor Radio
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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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Labor Radio
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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.

Long Difficult Struggles & Hope--El Salvador & Oak Harbor

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Sun, 04/12/2009

Members of Teamsters Local 81 on the strike line at Oak Harbor Freight LinesTonight's show is about long, hard struggles.  In the first half, David Ayala joins us to trace the decades of brave organizing by working people in El Salvador to achieve this year's FMLN's presidential victory.  

And in the second half, Jeff Tyrrell returns with the latest on the workers at Oak Harbor Freight Lines, now engaged in their own long, difficult struggle for a fair contract.   For more information on the Teamsters' Oak Harbor struggle visit: www.oakharborteamsters.com

 

The Black Struggle in the Building Trades

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Labor Radio
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Sun, 03/22/2009

An interview with Donna Hammond, a long time leader of the African American Caucus of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) local 48.  With host Jamie Partridge, Sister Hammond traces the struggle of Blacks in Portland to get in and stay in the building and construction trade unions and discusses the prospects for breaking through racial barriers in the age of Obama

Ben Cannon on the budget

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Labor Radio
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Wed, 03/18/2009

   Kevin Card speaks with Oregon State Legislator Ben Cannon on the budget crisis

 

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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