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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

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Episode Archive

Labor Radio on 05/28/12

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Mon, 05/28/2012 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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STRIKE! East County Teachers & Colombian GM worker

600 school teachers, represented by the Reynolds Education Association (REA) have been on strike for five days. Despite the union’s agreement to the district’s economic demands, the school board has continued to insist on severe attacks on teachers’ working conditions. Co-host Jamie Partridge talks with some of the hundreds of teachers who have been out on the picketline every day.

In the second half of the show, co-host John Walsh recorded a Colombian GM worker, Jorge Parra, speaking with UAW staff at Solidarity House in Detroit about the fightback against dangerous working conditions and a cruel company.

Labor Radio on 05/07/12

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Mon, 05/07/2012 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Postal Fightback Stirs

POSTAL FIGHTBACK STIRS

The Postmaster General threatens to close half the sorting facilities, thousands of post offices, end Saturday and door-to-door delivery and eliminate hundreds of thousands of living wage union jobs. Letter carrier unionist, Jamie Partridge, reports on a growing rank-and-file and community network, Communities and Postal Workers United, launched at this weekend’s Labor Notes conference in Chicago.

Labor Radio on 04/02/12

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Mon, 04/02/2012 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Fighting Corporate Impunity: How Can Multinationals Be Held Legally Accountable in the U.S.

Fighting Corporate Impunity: How Can Corporations Be Held Legally Accountable in the U.S. for Abuses of Labor and Human Rights in Other Countries

Labor Radio talks with Daniel Kovalik of the United Steelworkers, who has been counsel to Plaintiffs in prominent international law cases against, among others, The Coca-Cola Company, Drummond and Occidental Petroleum for alleged human rights abuses, including torture and murder, in Colombia - the most dangerous country in the world to be a unionist. Dan was described recently by the Christian Science Monitor as "one of the most prominent defenders of Colombian workers in the United States." He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and Counterpunch, focusing on critiques of U.S. foreign policy.

Labor Radio on 03/26/12

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Mon, 03/26/2012 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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EAST COUNTY EDUCATORS MAY STRIKE

1,300 school teachers, represented by the Oregon Education Association (OEA) in the Parkrose, Gresham-Barlow and Reynolds school districts, may strike in the next month if their school boards continue down their current path toward implementation of severe attacks on teachers’ benefits and working conditions. Host Jamie Partridge talks with some of the hundreds of teachers attending a March 20th rally at Gresham High Gym.

At the end of the show, Partridge pays tribute to recently deceased labor songwriter and longshore (ILWU) union member, Harry Stamper of Coos Bay

Labor Radio on 03/19/12

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Mon, 03/19/2012 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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WORKERS DEMOCRACY in VENEZUELA

WORKERS DEMOCRACY in VENEZUELA

Since 1999 and the election of Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan workers have been creating a participatory democracy which they call “Socialism for the 21st Century”. Host Jamie Partridge interviews former Portland organizer Patrick Leet, who has spent the past five years in the midst of this “Bolivarian Revolution.” Leet covers a range of topics, from the Venezuelan labor movement, education system, the media, and housing law to the Latin American common market and neoliberal economics.

At the end of the show, Partridge pays tribute to recently deceased labor songwriter and longshore (ILWU) union member, Harry Stamper of Coos Bay.

Labor Radio on 03/05/12

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Mon, 03/05/2012 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussion on HB4142, Green Jobs in Oregon

Are the Koch Brothers Influencing Oregon Politics?

Please join host Bill Zimmerman as he discusses Oregon HB4142, Oregon Working Familes Party, and Taxi Cab Drivers.

Labor Radio on 02/27/12

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Mon, 02/27/2012 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Low Wage Workers in Struggle @ Vancouver Hilton & @ Del Monte Foods

Workers organized with UNITE HERE local 9 at Vancouver’s Hilton Hotel are in struggle for a fair union contract. Their wages are so low that some have to rely on food baskets to feed their families. Their medical benefits are so expensive that less than 5% of the workers are on the plan. Co-host Jamie Partridge brings us testimony from the Jobs with Justice Workers Rights Board hearing held at the Vancouver Library last Thursday.

Labor Radio on 02/24/12

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Fri, 02/24/2012 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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How people in Oregon are taking action on two fronts

Hear this special re-scheduled broadcast of Labor Radio as part of KBOO's Radiozine broadcast. This show is about how people in Oregon are taking action on two fronts. First we speak with Hanaa Vaandering, a physical education teacher and vice president of the Oregon Education Association, about a recent action in Salem and the fight to improve our schools. Then we speak with Dustin Hawks, an activist with the Longview Planning Group of Occupy, about port mobilizations and taking on corporations.

Labor Radio on 02/06/12

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Mon, 02/06/2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Brendan Phillips tribute to his father Utah Phillips

Labor Radio Tribute to the late Utah Phillips

Join host Kevin Card on Monday, February 6th @ 6pm with his special guest, Brendan Phillips, for an hour-long membership drive special.

Brendan will perform songs from his new recording dedicated to the life and times of his father, UTAH PHILLIPS.

Check out the website of Brendan's band Fast Rattler

Labor Radio on 01/23/12

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Mon, 01/23/2012 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Longshore Battle in Longview & Colombia Revisited

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) local 21 in Longview, Washington has put out the call to all working class people to come to Longview for an historic protest. EGT, a giant multi-national corporation which controls one-third of the world's grain trade, is trying to bust the ILWU, one of America's most progressive and powerful unions. EGT's first grain ship will be docking soon, escorted by the U.S. Coast Guard. Co-host Jamie Partridge interviews Meredith Reese from the Labor Solidarity Committee of OCCUPY Portland and Kari Koch of the Media Committee of OCCUPY about organizing for this pivotal battle of the 99% vs the 1%.

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Opting Out of Standardized Testing

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Sat, 03/16/2013

A panel discussion and Q & A on the growing movement of resistance to standardized testing, featuring Jesse Hagopian, leader of the teachers boycott of the MAP test at Seattle's Garfield High School; Uvia Murillo, a Woodlawn Elementary parent who opted out of the OAKS test for her son; Elizabeth Lehl, a Vernon Elementary teacher; and Alexia Garcia, a Lincoln High student and leader of the Portland Student Union campaign urging students to opt out of the OAKS test.  KBOOs Jamie Partridge recorded the forum at Grant High School on March 16, 2013.

Fasting for Injured Colombian GM Workers

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Fri, 03/08/2013

John Walsh testifies about his one day fast, part of a series of rolling fasts across the country, in support of injured Colombian GM workers demanding justice from the American automaker.

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Rolling Solidarity Fasts with ASOTRECOL, Injured Colombian GM Workers

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Thu, 03/07/2013

People in Portland, the rest of the US, and Colombia are engaging in a series of one-day fasts in solidarity with the injured Colombian autoworkers association, ASOTRECOL.  The workers got hurt on the job at General Motors and then kicked to the curb.  Listen to the people who have fasted describe in their own words why they are taking a stand: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLFPEVmdk5Y&feature=youtu.be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XUQwZkgWlo&feature=youtu.be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3us5zoAI4o&feature=youtu.be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3us5zoAI4o&feature=youtu.be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBJiVcD-ycg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN_eOepyDro&feature=youtu.be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uNIHPyytSs&feature=youtu.be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DF333TovvY8&feature=youtu.be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkYC_d5-OXg&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ye1eSWkwuk and Ruth Needleman said: I am fasting today in solidarity with the GM workers in Bogota, Colombia. This past summer I spent 10 days in Colombia with Witness for Peace, and visited with the injured GM workers of ASOTRECOL camped out across from the US Embassy. I wa...s moved and outraged by their stories. Discharged due to on-the-job injuries at the Colmotores plant, these workers explained how GM was systematically eliminating union workers, injured workers, and workers who stood up for their rights. In their place, in violation of the Labor Accord of the Free Trade Agreement between the US and Colombia, GM was hiring temporary workers and pressuring them to sign a collective pact, authored by the company, with company-selected representatives. Instead of job security and rights, GM was providing precarious jobs, with no security, lower pay and without any room for a union.

"Colombia is the most dangerous place in the world for trade unionists. Thousands have been murdered. Leaders and their families face constant death threats. The courage of these ASOTRECOL workers to stand up to GM in Colombia as well as in the US inspired me to stand with them. I am an Emeritus Professor from Indiana University, with a background in Latin America and Labor Studies. This struggle is being fought in the interests of workers globally and should be supported, because no worker should be fired for a workplace injury and no worker should be stripped of union rights."

*The attached picture shows Ruth raising awareness of GM's injustice outside the Colmotores plant in Bogota, Colombia.
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City Workers Rally Against Cuts (RAW AUDIO)

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Tue, 02/05/2013

February 5 DCTU rally Noon in front of Portland building

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State & Revolution, a Marxist perspective

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Sat, 02/02/2013

 

Todd Chretien, an activist and organizer for the International Socialist Organization, gave a talk Saturday, Februrary 2nd, 2013, at Portland State University on “State and Revolution” from a Marxist perspective. In these excerpts, Chretien discusses the difference between the liberal, social democratic and Marxist views of the role of government (the state) in society. He makes the argument that our current government cannot be reformed to abolish poverty, racism, war, exploitation or the other evils of capitalism, but must be replaced through revolution.

 

Danny Glover Statement of Support for the Injured Colombian GM Workers of ASOTRECOL

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Mon, 01/28/2013

Danny Glover reads his statement of support for ASOTRECOL.

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Rally Against Racist School Closures (raw audio)

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Sat, 01/26/2013

48 minute recording of  Jan. 26th rally, sponsored by Social Equality Educators, in front of Jefferson High School, protesting the proposed closure of Vernon, Woodlawn or Ockley Green school, all of which have a majority of Black and Brown students.

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Housing Justice Victory after Sheriff's Office Sit-in (raw audio)

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Fri, 01/25/2013

Following a 20 hour sit-in at the Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton's  office, the Sheriff and County Chair Jeff Cogan agreed to a "path" to a moratorium on evictions due to foreclosure, working with judges to slow the process and monitoring of the use of force.  The sit-in followed the 5 am eviction last week of the Debbie Austin family by a dozen sheriff deputies and police, despite the fact that the Fannie Mae had carried forward a wrongful foreclosure. 

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Teachers Protest Racist School Closures

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Thu, 01/24/2013

A group of Portland area teachers are protesting what they call "racist school closures".  KBOOs Jamie Partridge talks with Adam Sanchez of Social Equality Educators.

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BRIAN JONES - Still Separate, Still Unequal

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Fri, 01/11/2013

Education activist Brian Jones discusses Real vs. Phony Education Reform and punctures the myth that privatization (charter schools, high-stakes testing, merit pay) will create racial and economic justice for underserved communities.  Jones is an elementary school teacher in New York City, union activist and author, most recently of a chapter in the book Education and Capitalism on The Struggle for Black Education.

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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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