Labor Radio

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

Episode Archive

Labor Radio on 09/09/13

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

Labor Radio on 09/02/13

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Mon, 09/02/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Black Unionists Reflect on March on Washington 50th Anniversary

Portland leaders of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists reflect on last week's 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  Tina Turner Morfitt, who was in Washington DC, Audrey Terrell who was in Portland, and Deborah Hall share their perspective on the struggle for justice, then and now.

Labor Radio on 09/02/13

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Mon, 09/02/2013 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Solidarity Against Austerity - How do we defend public services?

a Labor Day talk show (call in!) with Labor Radio hosts Jamie Partridge and John Walsh, speaking with guests Wesley Bucholz of Laborers 483, City Workers union and Adam Sanchez of the Portland Association of Teachers. How can we fight the neoliberal assault on public services and public service workers?

Labor Radio on 08/26/13

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Mon, 08/26/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Labor Radio on 08/12/13

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Mon, 08/12/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Coalition of Black Trade Unionists stepping out!

The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists has joined the Labor Radio collective!  Hear Tina Turner-Morfitt (AFSCME) and Deborah Hall (AFT) discuss the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Labor Radio on 07/29/13

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Mon, 07/29/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Labor Radio on 07/22/13

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Mon, 07/22/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Striking Daimler machinists & painters on day 22

Striking Daimler machinists and painters face strike-breakers and loss of pay & medical benefits.  On day 22 of their work stoppage against the Portland truck plant, Dwain Panian and Ryan Collins, talk with co-hosts Jamie Partridge and John Walsh about their struggle for a decent union contract.  The strike has idled 588 machinists and painters as well as 117 members of teamsters and service employees union locals who work at the plant.  The company is offering no increases in the pay and benefit package, despite a four year compensation freeze during which time productivity increased 25 percent.

Labor Radio on 07/15/13

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Mon, 07/15/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Labor Radio on 07/08/13

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Mon, 07/08/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Low Wage & Contingent Workers Struggle -- Part 2 of our interview with two Portland IWW organizers who were part of a delegation to Seattle to support the fast food worker "Strike on Poverty" last month. We'll also here from two Oregon Zoo employees who are part of an active union organizing drive.

Labor Radio on 07/01/13

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Mon, 07/01/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Rank & File Organizing and Labor Militancy

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Mon, 09/12/2011

Locked Out"You should be scared, son.  You know, I'm scared too.  But the fear's not the problem.  It's what you do with it."

We speak with filmmaker Joan Sekler about  Locked Out, her film about the 500 courageous miners in Boron, California, who faced down the huge mining corporation Rio Tinto.

Civil Wars in U.S. Labor

"To me, the most enduring unity among workers -- particularly if they're in different unions -- is built from the bottom up, on a cross-union basis."

Then we speak with Steve Early, labor activist and author of The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor: Birth of New Workers' Movement or Death Throes of the Old? about the challenges of new organizing, the birth of new movements in unions, and resurgence of labor militancy.

Photos: lockedout2010.org, haymarketbooks.org

 

 

  • Length: 27:26 minutes (10.99 MB)
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Participatory Economics

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Mon, 09/05/2011

The economy is not working for workers.  What is our labor-friendly economic vision?  What about workers’ councils and consumers’ councils democratically planning the economy?  How is this working in Venezuela today?  How could it work here?  Host Jamie Partridge gives us excerpts from a talk by Economics Professor Robin Hahnel on "Participatory Economics".

A “proud product of the New Left” and sympathetic  to libertarian socialism, Professor Hahnel has taught economics for thirty years at American University in Washington DC, is currently a visiting professor at Lewis & Clark College and Portland State University.  He has also served as a visiting professor or economist in Cuba, Peru, Venezuela and England.  Robin Hahnel is active in Portland Jobs with Justice and the Coalition for a Livable Future

Letter Carriers Resist Postmaster's Shock Doctrine

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Mon, 08/22/2011

Letter Carriers and other postal workers are facing a barrage of scare tactics from the Postmaster General, including the threat of eliminating 30% of the workforce, half the post offices and three days of mail delivery.  Kevin Card, president of the Oregon State Association of Letter Carriers, tells host Jamie Partridge how the US Postal Service and their legislative allies are conspiring to gut workers wages, benefits and collective bargaining rights using a  phoney debt crisis created by Congressional mandates.

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Solidarity Salsa Party Supports VOZ and Jobs With Justice

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Mon, 08/22/2011

The VOZ workers rights education project and Jobs With Justice throw a party to have fun for a good cause. Romeo Sosa and Eliana Machuca tell us about it.

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IKEA Furniture Factory Workers Unionize! and The Deficit Myth

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Mon, 08/08/2011

photo from http://www.nupge.ca/content/4424/workers-unionize-us-ikea-manufcaturing-plantWe start with the workers who made your IKEA bookshelf at a factory in Danville, Virginia.  Last month they formed a union with a sweeping 76% majority, after collecting twice as many signatures of support as there are people in the town of Danville!  How'd they do it?  We speak with organizer Bill Street of the Woodworkers' department of the Machinists' union.

Then, headlines over the last month have been dominated by theatrics in DC over the national budget.  The debate supposedly centered around a massive national deficit, but nothing is quite as it seems.  For more insight into this massively irritating manufactured crisis, and where we go from here, we spoke with Laurie King of Portland Jobs with Justice's Economic Crisis Committee.

Image credit: National Union of Public and General Employees, http://www.nupge.ca/content/4424/workers-unionize-us-ikea-manufcaturing-plant

  • Length: 28:12 minutes (11.3 MB)
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The Equality Deficit Versus the Fiscal Deficit - Medicare Under Attack

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Mon, 08/01/2011

People Rallying for Medicare's Birthday Discuss What's At Stake as D.C. Debates the Debt Ceiling

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Vancouver Hilton Workers Struggle for a Fair Contract

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Mon, 08/01/2011

Vancouver Hilton Hotel Workers, organized in UNITE HERE local 9, are struggling for a fair contract at the 5-year old convention center, which is owned by the City of Vancouver.  Negotiating team member, Lucas Fielder, talks with host Jamie Partridge about wage disparities and unaffordable family health coverage as well as the actions workers are taking to improve their conditions.

Canadian Union of Postal Workers Forced Back to Work

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Mon, 07/25/2011

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, after six weeks of rotating strikes, a lockout, and back-to-work legislation, continues to struggle for a fair contract.  Denis Lemelin, national president of CUPW, is interviewed by Portland letter carrier, Jamie Partridge, about the issues which pushed Canadian postal workers out on strike -- automation, new work methods, staffing, benefit cuts, and a two-tier workforce.

Portland Rising Boosts Solidarity to a New Level

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Mon, 07/25/2011

Portland Rising , a project of JOBS with JUSTICE, loaded 150 activists on three buses for a day of action in solidarity with seven different private & public sector unions whose contracts expired on that same day, June 30th .  JwJ Director Margaret Butler  talks with host Jamie Partridge about the significance of this campaign for our labor movement.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

  • Length: 12:49 minutes (17.6 MB)
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We Are Oregon organizes in neighborhoods and the fight against free trade deals intensifies

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Mon, 07/18/2011

SEIU organizes in neighborhoods, not just workplaces, in the We Are Oregon campaign, and the fight against three more free trade deals reaches a peak - Labor Radio interviews Angela MacWhinnie of SEIU and Elizabeth Swager of the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign.

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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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