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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

Coming Soon

Climate March and Trans Pacific Partnership
 

Episode Archive

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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Discussions On Working Class Issues

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

Labor Radio on 01/28/13

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Mon, 01/28/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Global Corporations, Local Exploitation: Autoworkers Fight for Rights in Colombia & Mississippi

Speaking worker truth to corporate power at the auto shows: Colombian and Mississippi autoworkers make their voices heard in Detroit.

Hear their message from the rallies and press conferences at the big Cobo Center show, plus a live update from rank and file UAW member and activist Martha Grevatt.

For more information on the Colombian GM workers' struggle, go to www.asotrecol.com

For the Mississippi Nissan workers, see www.beneaththeshine.org

 

Labor Radio on 01/14/13

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Mon, 01/14/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Discussions On Working Class Issues

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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)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

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)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Labor Strife at OSPIRG

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Labor Radio
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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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Colombian Port Workers Describe How They Live and Work

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Mon, 12/12/2011

The Unión Portuaria, the Colombian union of port workers, takes members of a Witness for Peace delegation on a tour of the modern Pacific coast port of Buenaventura, and then of the impoverished barrio in which the workers live.

  • Length: 13:54 minutes (12.72 MB)
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Longshore Workers in the Fight, from Longview, Washington to Buenaventura, Colombia

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Mon, 12/12/2011

http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/tdn.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/70/f70ad0dc-eb14-11e0-b571-001cc4c002e0/4e85388a8ee5b.preview-300.jpgTonight's show features the current struggles of workers in two ports.  First we speak with Dan Coffman, President of ILWU Local 21, about the Longview workers' courageous fight against the transnational corporation EGT, and how their community has mobilized and braved police brutality to stand up for good local jobs.  Then we hear John Walsh's interview with longshore workers of Unión Portuaria in Buenaventura, Colombia, talking about the conditions in which they live and work, and their own workplace struggles.

Photo: via ILWU, http://www.longshoreshippingnews.com/2011/10/hundreds-gather-to-show-union-support/

 

Take Back the Capitol with Kimberly Bacon

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Wed, 12/07/2011
Fifty Oregonians joined thousands of activists from across the country to Take Back the Capitol this week in a campaign sponsored by the OCCUPY movement, Jobs with Justice, and the Service Employees International Union. Under the banner of "Good Jobs, Not Cuts. Extend Unemployment Benefits" the local contingent was organized by We Are Oregon, Oregon Action, and SEIU locals 49 and 503. KBOO reporter Jamie Partridge was in Washington DC Tuesday and has a word with one of the unemployed workers in the Portland contingent, Kimberly Bacon.
  • Length: 4:36 minutes (6.31 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Black Women in the Trades

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Labor Radio
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Mon, 11/28/2011

Fewer Black women are entering and staying in the building and construction trades than in the 1970s.  Portland State University Professor Roberta Hunte provides insights into institutional barriers and survival strategies for our sisters of color.  Jamie Partridge co-hosts.                     

Winning Paid Sick Leave in Seattle

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Mon, 11/28/2011

Dave Freiboth, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Martin Luther King County Labor Council, discusses Seattle's new paid sick leave ordinance and what it took to win it.

  • Length: 10:47 minutes (9.87 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Capitalism and Its Discontents; and Cops for Labor?

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Mon, 11/14/2011

We talk with author Sasha Lilley about her book Capital and Its Discontents: Conversations with Radical Thinkers in a Time of Tumult (Spectre), Occupy Oakland, and her activism as a shop steward at KPFA radio station in Oakland, California, where she co-produces and co-hosts the program Against the Grain.

Then we talk with Kristian Williams about police, their unions, and their relationship to the working class.  He is the author of Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America and the recent article "Cops for Labor?" in the September/October issue of Dollars and Sense magazine, and a member of the National Writers Union. You can find more of his writings at www.kristianwilliams.com.

Music: "I Fought the Law," The Clash

Image: Occupyoakland.org

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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