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Of the working class, by the working class and for the working class.

Host schedule:

1st Mondays Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
2nd Mondays Fernando Gapasin and Anne McDonnell
3rd Mondays Nick Bubb and Stephanie Patricio
4th Mondays John Walsh and Jamie Partridge
5th Mondays Lane Poncy and Michael Morrow

Coming Soon

Don't Shoot, Poverty and Chilean Walmart strikers
 

Episode Archive

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

Labor Radio on 09/16/13

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 09/16/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

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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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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)
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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%.

 

Longview Longshore Showdown Near

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 01/23/2012

Longshore workers in Longview, Washington are fighting an historic battle to save their union, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) local 21.  EGT, a huge multinational grain trading corporation, is trying to load the first ship at their new high tech terminal with non-ILWU scab labor.  Host Jamie Partridge interviews OCCUPY Portland spokesperson, Kari Koch, about the massive caravan now being organized in response to the call from local 21 for solidarity. 

  • Length: 6:29 minutes (8.91 MB)
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Extrajudicial Executions in Colombia

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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.

Union-busting at the Fund for Public Interest, and the inner workings of the Red & Black Cafe collective

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Mon, 01/09/2012

Kris Humbird and his coworkers at the Fund for the Public Interest call center -- which raises funds for OSPIRG and Environment Oregon -- formed a union with CWA Local 7901 this past October. Kris joined us in studio to talk about the job he loves, the trouble with fundraising quotas, and the ugly union-busting side of these beloved  progressive organizations.

If Kris and his coworkers are taking one step towards a voice in their workplace, John Langley and his coworkers at the Red and Black Cafe have taken it a step farther: They own and run the restaurant themselves, as a worker-owned cooperative. John joined us by phone to talk about life without a boss.

How GM Kicks Occupationally Disabled Workers to the Curb in Colombia

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Mon, 12/26/2011

GM assembly workers in Colombia suffer occupational disabilities resulting from outdated equipment and production methods, then the company forces them out of their jobs.  The workers and their families fight back by occupying a spot right across the street from the US embassy.  In November they spoke with a Witness for Peace delegation about their struggle for justice.

  • Length: 12:37 minutes (11.55 MB)
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OCCUPY THE POST OFFICE D19

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Mon, 12/26/2011

The Postmaster General has announced the imminent closure of 41 rural post offices in Oregon.  The PMG claims the postal service must shrink due to its financial crisis, but he is restricted by law from closing post offices for "economic reasons".  The Rural Organizing Project has stepped up to fight back.  KBOO labor reporter Jamie Partridge was in front of the Scappoose Post Office on December 19th, the day ROP organized to OCCUPY THE POST OFFICE.

  • Length: 8:22 minutes (11.49 MB)
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Labor Strife at OSPIRG

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Thu, 12/15/2011

Two progressive advocacy groups, OSPIRG, the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group, and Environment Oregon, are experiencing labor strife. Today, outside the call center for the Fund for the Public Interest, at the Portland Telephone Outreach Project, where telephone workers fundraise for these two groups, union activists staged an informational picket. KBOO labor reporter Jamie Partridge has the story.
 

  • Length: 3:05 minutes (4.24 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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