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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

Labor Radio on 04/15/13

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Labor Radio
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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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Labor Radio
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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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Labor Radio on 02/25/13

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Mon, 02/25/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Building the Postal Fightback

Jim Cook, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 82 (Portland Metro area), discusses the attacks on the postal service and the struggle to save it.

Labor Radio on 02/18/13

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 02/18/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

Labor Radio on 02/11/13

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 02/11/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

Labor Radio on 02/04/13

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Mon, 02/04/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

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Fighting Corporate Impunity in the Global Economy: Dan Kovalik of the USW

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 04/02/2012

Dan Kovalik of the United Steelworkers talks about holding corporations accountable in US courts for labor and human rights abuses in other countries.  Dan has been counsel to plaintiffs in cases against The Coca-Cola Company, Drummond, and Occidental Petroleum for alleged abuses including torture and murder in Colombia.

  • Length: 26:36 minutes (24.35 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

East County Teachers May Strike

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 03/26/2012

 

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.

 

East County Teachers May Strike (short version)

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 03/26/2012

   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.

  • Length: 28:08 minutes (38.63 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

WORKERS DEMOCRACY IN VENEZUELA

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 03/19/2012

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.

  • Length: 27:22 minutes (37.59 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

The Mother of All Strikes: Botswana 2011

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 03/12/2012
 http://gabzfmnews.wordpress.com/2011/04/18/botswana-is-bracing-itself-for-the-biggest-public-service-strike-in-history/You probably didn't read about it in the paper, but last spring, more than 90,000 public employees in Botswana walked out on a record-breaking two month strike. Pnina Werbner, professor emerita of social anthropology at Keele University in the UK, was there, and she joined us in the studio to talk about it. She is working on a book on the Manual Workers Union and other public sector unions in Botswana, and she visited Portland to give a talk at Reed College entitled "The Mother of All Strikes: Popular Protest Culture and Vernacular Cosmopolitanism in the Botswana Public Service Unions' Strike, 2011." She came into the KBOO studio to talk with host Al Bradbury about how the workers employed playful songs and other creative tactics to sustain their unity over the period, how they related their struggle to the anti-authoritarian and anti-austerity popular uprisings in many countries that year, and the political and social impacts of the strike.

Image source: http://gabzfmnews.wordpress.com/2011/04/18/botswana-is-bracing-itself-for-the-biggest-public-service-strike-in-history/

 

Paper recycling jobs and taxi worker organizing

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 03/05/2012
http://site.recy-cal.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/paper-recycling.jpgHave you ever wondered where your recyclable paper goes after you place it in the bin at the curb in Portland? As it turns out, most of it is shipped off to China for reprocessing. Local paper mill workers are asking, why not process it locally and create local jobs? And how can we hold our legislators accountable for those choices? Host Bill Zimmerman speaks with Steve Hughes, State Director of Oregon Working Families Party, and Greg Pallesen, International Vice President of the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers, to talk about this issue and the sad fate of HB 4142 in this year's legislative session. Later in the show, Bill is joined by Kedir Wako, chair of the Portland Drivers Self Help Association, to talk about conditions in the taxi industry and why workers are organizing to support themselves and one another.

 

An Immigrant Worker's Experience

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 02/27/2012

Why do workers immigrate to the U.S.? What do they go through to get here? How are conditions on the job? What does it take to stop the exploitation of workers? Hear one person's story.

Oregon educators fight to improve our schools, and Portland Occupy activists take on corporate giants

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Mon, 02/20/2012

http://www.oregoned.org/atf/cf/%7B3F7AF7EC-F984-4631-A411-148CD1FB8421%7D/2012-02DayOfAction370px.jpgTonight's 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 today's action in Salem and the fight to improve our schools.  Then we speak with Dustin Hawks, an activist iwth the Longview Planning Group of Occupy, about port mobilizations and taking on corporations.  Plus we hear a couple of great tunes from the Seattle duo Rebel Voices.

  • Length: 27:08 minutes (18.63 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 22kHz 96Kbps (CBR)

Extrajudicial Executions in Colombia

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 01/23/2012

Participants in the Movement of Victims of Crimes of the State describe extrajudicial executions, also known as "false positives," in which the US-funded Colombian armed forces murdered civilians - often young men looking for work - in order to present their bodies as evidence of military success in the internal armed conflict.  One of the speakers lost her brother, another her son, to such killings.

Longshore Battle Looms in Longview

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Mon, 01/23/2012

The Interntional 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-natiional 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.  Host Jamie Partridge interviews Meredith Reese from the Labor Solidarity Committee of OCCUPY Portland about organizing for this pivotal battle of the 99% vs the 1%.

 

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