Labor Radio-Podcast Weekly
America’s Work Force; RadioLabour; Heartland Labor Forum; Union City Radio; Labor Lines; The Break Time Breakdown

America’s Work Force; RadioLabour; Heartland Labor Forum; Union City Radio; Labor Lines; The Break Time Breakdown

September 26, 2020

Highlights from the national Labor Radio Podcast Network's shows focusing on working people’s issues and concerns. #LaborRadioPod

AFM Local 4 president Len DiCosimo on the political divides in America today; unionbusting at nonprofits; “A perfect illustration of why public services should not be entrusted to for-profit companies like Transdev”; Stephen Lerner on Bargaining for the Common Good; first-year apprentice Kasey Mathias shares her experiences.

Edited by Evan Papp; produced by Chris Garlock; social media guru: Harold Phillips

Thoroughbred Teamsters; The Voice of Oregon’s Workers; Crimes of Capital; RadioLabour

Thoroughbred Teamsters; The Voice of Oregon’s Workers; Crimes of Capital; RadioLabour

September 19, 2020

Highlights from labor radio and podcast shows around the country, part of the national Labor Radio Podcast Network of shows focusing on working people’s issues and concerns. #LaborRadioPod

RadioLabour on labor’s calls for reform of post-pandemic corporations, plus singing "Hold That Line"; Thoroughbred Teamsters’ update on the story of J’s Teamster cousin and his family losing their home in Oregon fire; The Voice of Oregon’s Workers catches up with Lamar Wise, a Political Coordinator with Oregon AFSCME and an organizer on the frontlines of the Black Lives Matter movement with Rose City Justice; Crimes Of Capital on The Cochabamba Water Wars and its lessons for U.S. activists. Plus Labor History in 2 on “The End of My Sweet Jennie.”

Edited & produced by Chris Garlock; social media guru: Harold Phillips

Radio Labour; Union Yes Iowa; Union City Radio; The IAFF Podcast; Working To Live In Southwest Washington; Tales of the Resistance

Radio Labour; Union Yes Iowa; Union City Radio; The IAFF Podcast; Working To Live In Southwest Washington; Tales of the Resistance

September 12, 2020

Highlights from labor radio and podcast shows around the country, part of the national Labor Radio Podcast Network of shows focusing on working people’s issues and concerns. #LaborRadioPod

Radio Labour on how Covid hits US workers of colour hardest; Union Yes Iowa explains The Importance of Labor Day; Union City Radio's Labor Day with the Labor Radio/Podcast Network; The IAFF Podcast on The Situation in Atlanta; a sneak preview of Working To Live In Southwest Washington, and "The Case of the Wrinkled Egg" from Tales of the Resistance.

Edited by Evan Papp of the Empathy Media Lab; produced by Chris Garlock; social media guru: Harold Phillips

America Works; Building Bridges; Union Dues; The Gig; En Masse; Willamette Wake Up; Heartland Labor Forum

America Works; Building Bridges; Union Dues; The Gig; En Masse; Willamette Wake Up; Heartland Labor Forum

September 5, 2020

Highlights from labor radio and podcast shows around the country, part of the Labor Radio Podcast Network of shows focusing on working people’s issues and concerns. #LaborRadioPod

Labor History in 2’s report on the very first Labor Day parade; America Works, the new podcast from the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress;  Howard Bryant says "Walkouts Jolt Pro Sports As Players Take a Stand Against Police Shootings" on the Building Bridges radio show; UnionDues, the UK’s only all-things-union podcast; The Gig looks at the future of work as it wraps up its first season; En Masse on trying to right what is wrong; Willamette WakeUp tackles the issue of corporate blanket immunity, and the Heartland Labor Forum on whether there really is a plot to privatize the U.S. mail.

Edited by Evan Papp of the Empathy Media Lab; produced by Chris Garlock; social media guru: Harold Phillips

Working People; Break Time Breakdown; In The Gap; Talking SMART; Solidarity Works; The Docker Podcast

Working People; Break Time Breakdown; In The Gap; Talking SMART; Solidarity Works; The Docker Podcast

August 29, 2020

Highlights from labor radio and podcast shows around the country, part of the national Labor Radio Podcast Network of shows focusing on working people’s issues and concerns. #LaborRadioPod

If you are going through a union drive and you find that your boss is using some of these tactics, record everything. Put your phone in your pocket, record what they're saying to you, record your conversations with management because that's pretty much the only reason that we have this story is because we documented everything.
This audio is from the Working People podcast, which took an inside look at unionbusting in North Carolina, and then became a target themselves. After the podcast featured recordings of the captive-audience meetings held by management at No Evil Foods, a vegan meat producer in North Carolina, the company threatened to sue and got the podcast host to pull down the show.

It's hard to change your views on anything that, like, shocks your core belief, man. Yeah. And I mean, that is hard and I've definitely been there myself. Yeah. Part of it, part of it is admitting that you were wrong. Or that you were just taught wrong.
On The Breaktime Breakdown podcast, host Jeremy Waugh and SMART Local 110 member Matt Gross get up close and personal in the current national debate over social justice, protests and overcoming their own inherent racism.

Women, especially black women, have been a part of organizing together for many, many years, even though there were times post the civil rights movement, women, especially black women, were excluded from labor organizations generally.
In 2020, Black women still only make 62 cents on the dollar compared to white, non-Hispanic men. In The Gap is a 12-episode podcast series presented by In These Times in recognition of these ongoing disparities. It’s a gripping podcast – a new addition to the Labor Radio Podcast Network -- “about how and why Black women aren’t getting their green.”

When I first announced that I was going to run for business manager, I was told by some of the members, ‘You know, we respect you for wanting to run for this, but, respectfully, we need a man in there.’
The women at work theme continues in this centennial year of women’s suffrage on the latest edition of Talking SMART, with a conversation with female leaders and activists in the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation union who have taken the lead in creating new opportunities for women in the building trades.

I can't separate being Black from being a woman; I have to do both of these things at the same time. And so now that's part of the work that we have to do is recognize that racism still exists. In the best of hearts, the progressive left, White people have to, like, look at themselves and examine how we played into the system and contributed or sustain racism and sexism within our union.
That’s Coalition of Labor Union Women president Elise Bryant, on the Solidarity Works podcast, on Women, Work, and Wielding Power in 2020.

I guess this could be a lot like 1934; what was happening with the Great Depression and everything that was going on, and struggle was built out of hard times.
Willie Adams, president of the International Longshore Workers Union, takes the long view on the current crisis, on The Docker Podcast, another new member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network.

And on Labor History in 2: 
Did you know that one of the main organizers for the march was a man by the name of Bayard Rustin? 
Rick Smith on "The Man You’ve Never Heard Of, But Probably Should Have."

Edited by Evan Papp of the Empathy Media Lab, a production house, artist's studio and an event space in Washington DC with a focus on labor, political economy, and art & culture. Produced by Chris Garlock; chris@laborradionetwork.org
Social media guru: Harold Phillips

Rick Smith Show; Union Strong; Labor Radio on KBOO; Building Bridges; Workers Beat; Postal Views Podcast

Rick Smith Show; Union Strong; Labor Radio on KBOO; Building Bridges; Workers Beat; Postal Views Podcast

August 22, 2020

This week’s show focuses on the attacks on one of the most popular institutions in America: the U.S. Postal Service:

But Trump understands that the people want to vote him out of office, so he's doing everything he can to suppress the mail. They've already removed countless amounts of voting machines from districts that would vote Democratic in the upcoming elections, but now they're suppressing votes through the mail. They’re sabotaging the delivery of the mail, they know exactly what you're doing, and this is calculated.
That’s Cindy Heyward, Legislative Director for APWU Local 89 on The Rick Smith show this week.

You know, the old saying goes, don't put off tomorrow what you can do today because it's not like the mail goes away.
Bill Cook, President of the Northeastern New York Branch 358 of the National Association of Letter Carriers sets the record straight on Union Strong, the podcast from the New York State AFL-CIO.

Not only is the USPS going to deliver all the absentee and the voting by mail in the general in November but it also delivers things like prescriptions and other really key things to areas that might not be as profitable for a more traditional for-profit delivery company like a FedEx.
On Labor Radio on KBOO, hosts Michael Cathcart and Elliott Gilliland explain how president Trump's authoritarian attack on mail-in voting and the Post Office is, at its core, an attack on working people.

The same person that's complaining about mail-in ballots is the same person that admits that he mails in his own ballot. Then it only becomes corrupt when it's everybody else's ballot or when things don't look good for him in the polls.

On the Building Bridges radio show, New York Metro Area Postal Union president Jonathan Smith says our right to vote was enshrined in blood and we can’t let Trump kill the postal service and sabotage our election by taking away our right to vote by mail.

Congress must provide $25 billion and immediate COVID related relief. Postal management service cuts must be stopped and reversed. The postal service must work with us to reassure the public that vote by mail is a safe and secure way to vote in November elections.
Postal workers’ demands, on the Worker’s Beat radio show.

Plus, we’ve got two postal service-related labor history items:
There's going to be a lot of mail on the workroom floor before this beat is through.
The Postal Views podcast remembers the Great Postal Strike of 1970…and on Labor History in 2:  
It's been the most dramatic confrontation between industry and organized labor in two decades.
Rick Smith remembers the Teamsters’ successful strike against UPS in 1997.

Edited by Evan Papp of the Empathy Media Lab, a production house, artist's studio and an event space in Washington DC with a focus on labor, political economy, and art & culture. Produced by Chris Garlock; chris@laborradionetwork.org
Social media guru: Harold Phillips

Labor Express Radio; AFT in Action; America’s Work Force Radio; Working People; Solidarity Works

Labor Express Radio; AFT in Action; America’s Work Force Radio; Working People; Solidarity Works

August 15, 2020

On this week’s show…

I think the pandemic really takes a cover off of all the faults in our society.
On Labor Express Radio, excerpts from Haymarket Books recent webinar “Racism is a Public Health Crisis.”

Employers quickly forgot about the sacrifices that those they called heroes made…
The impact of COVID-19 on public employees is the topic on the latest episode of AFT in Action, the podcast from the Connecticut American Federation of Teachers.

I'm driving into work and I'm listening to a local news radio station; Tina Thomas Manning at the time was the superintendent and she was on there being interviewed. She was ticked off because she got up that morning to go into the office and there was this giant rat outside her house, outside the front yard.
From America's Work Force Radio, we hear the latest adventures of Scabby The Rat.

On these stations, they never hear the word union in a positive context.
In a nice bit of Labor radio/Podcast Network synergy, the Working People podcast recently caught up with the Valley Labor Report, a weekly talk radio show airing in Huntsville and Russellville, Alabama.

We have to use our collective power to fight and to fight for these things that are essential, not just for our members, but really for all workers.
the latest Solidarity Works episode connects the 1965 civil rights struggles with today’s battle for the ballot.

We close the show this week with a special treat, Old School Mechanic, the latest song from Spudwrench, "the singing union elevator constructor."

Plus, Labor History in 2: “Run Down Like A Dog”

Edited by Evan Papp of the Empathy Media Lab, a production house, artist's studio and an event space in Washington DC with a focus on labor, political economy, and art & culture. Produced by Chris Garlock; chris@laborradionetwork.org
Social media guru: Harold Phillips

WorkWeek; Heartland Labor Forum; Working People; Valley Labor Report; America’s Work Force Radio; Tales of the Resistance

WorkWeek; Heartland Labor Forum; Working People; Valley Labor Report; America’s Work Force Radio; Tales of the Resistance

August 8, 2020

On this week’s show…

If we tell the people that Amazon doesn't care about black lives and they should stop buying from Amazon, how is Jeff Bezos going to make his $13 billion in a day?
WorkWeek Radio covers the August 1 caravan and shutdown of the Amazon warehouse in San Leandro, California over health and wage issues.

Learning is absolutely critical, but we needed to make sure our students and staff are safe.
Kansas City Federation of Teachers’ union president Andrea Flinders talks with the Heartland Labor Forum about going back to school during the pandemic.

I said, let's start bringing the hammer down to show the company that we are paying attention this time and that we are standing together and that we're not willing to go without a fight.
Maine native and shipbuilder Jami Bellefleur talks with the Working People podcast about her life and work, and about the ongoing strike at Bath Iron Works.

Unions have played a big role in producing a sort of interracial solidarity based labor movement and we try to show this statistically.
On the Valley Labor Report, researcher Jake Grumbach discusses a new study about the effects of union membership on racial resentment.

We could be in a situation now where a lot of people are going to have to upgrade their skills because the sector that they relied on, maybe won't come back or it's not going to come back for a very long time.
Dave Megenhardt, Executive Director for the United Labor Agency in Cleveland, Ohio, talked with America’s Work Force Radio this week about the virtual job training fair it hosted recently.

The factory closed down, the boss moved it to some other country. Now pop is cranky all the time, him and mom fight, and pop says it's all because of capitalism.
Little Jimmy finds out what cookies have to do with capitalism in the latest episode of Tales of the Resistance from the San Francisco Mime Troupe.

Plus, Labor History in 2: “Murdered for Standing Up.”

Edited by Evan Papp of the Empathy Media Lab, a production house, artist's studio and an event space in Washington DC with a focus on labor, political economy, and art & culture. Produced by Chris Garlock; chris@laborradionetwork.org
Social media guru: Harold Phillips

CTU Speaks; My Labor Radio; Brazil Worker’s Podcast; Hero Americana; Speaking of Dignity; Stronger Together

CTU Speaks; My Labor Radio; Brazil Worker’s Podcast; Hero Americana; Speaking of Dignity; Stronger Together

August 1, 2020

On this week’s show…

What's evil about privatization is that privatization destroys what belongs to all of us.
Author and historian Diane Ravitch talks about her new book, “Slaying Goliath” on CTU Speaks.


The new postmaster general is actively working to destroy the product, the service and the integrity of the United States postal service.
That’s from the latest My Labor Radio podcast, out of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Workers are losing rights, are losing jobs, are losing lives. One thousand Brazilians have been dying every day, due to coronavirus for the last three weeks; 40 million Brazilians have no jobs.
That’s from the Brazil Worker’s Podcast, one of the Labor Radio Podcast Network’s newest members. The Brazil Worker’s Podcast  is an English language broadcast on labor news and current affairs in Brazil, Latin America and opinions on the struggle of the working class around the world.

I believe there's power in numbers. And when you got the numbers, you can do a lot of things.
Reverend Edward Pinkney, on another brand-new Network member, Hero Americana, from Empathy Media Lab. Hero Americana focuses on the eternal struggle between labor, capital, race, and political economy.


I was coming across particular workers, in our neighborhood, in the grocery store and I just wondered, well, what would it look like to hear directly from them?
That’s from Speaking of Dignity, Workers on the Front Lines and the Common Good, the new podcast from The Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame. This podcast aims to listen to the voices of those workers whose labor we recognize as essential but who rarely get an opportunity to be heard in a public forum.

You need to be dependable and inclusive and people have to be able to trust you.
Micki Varney, Chief Steward for SEIU 503 in Oregon, talks about what it takes to be a union steward, on the latest episode of Stronger Together.

Plus: Labor History in 2; Another Working Class Martyr

Edited by Evan Papp of the Empathy Media Lab, a production house, artist's studio and an event space in Washington DC with a focus on labor, political economy, and art & culture. Produced by Chris Garlock; chris@laborradionetwork.org
Social media guru: Harold Phillips

America’s Work Force Radio; Union Strong; The Heartland Labor Forum; Crimes of Capital; WorkWeek Radio

America’s Work Force Radio; Union Strong; The Heartland Labor Forum; Crimes of Capital; WorkWeek Radio

July 25, 2020

On this week’s show…

If we want students back in school learning, we have to have all that testing and tracing and other pieces done, so we know what the situation is and we can figure out how to deal with it.
Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper talking with America’s Work Force Radio about how difficult it has been for teachers and schools to renegotiate their re-openings in the fall.

Six feet doesn't necessarily mean you're all okay. You know, the virus doesn't come up to the six foot and go ‘Stop right there.’
Geraldine Stella, Health & Safety Specialist at the New York State Public Employees Federation, discusses workplace safety in the office setting on Union Strong, the official podcast of the New York State AFL-CIO.

My biggest thing is just having a voice and a safe environment to have that voice.
If our local healthcare workers really are so essential, why are the bosses trampling on their rights as workers? Find out how workers in the Midwest are fighting back, on The Heartland Labor Forum, Kansas City's only program about the workplace.

We’re siblings that love podcasts and hate capitalism.
Crimes of Capital – one of the newest members of the Labor Radio/Podcast Network -- is a weekly podcast dedicated to uncovering the real reason behind many of the world’s biggest crimes being committed against humanity.


And this monstrosity is created to enshrine the concept of the Lost Cause and to say to white workers, who are moving in the direction of class consciousness and interracial solidarity, to say to them, ‘Hang with the powerful white people. The powerful white people will look after you, you will have access to privilege and advantage, cut loose those black people that you have been working with.’
Historian Peter Rachleff on WorkWeek Radio, on the Robert E. Lee memorial and the history of the Knights of Labor in Richmond Virginia.

Plus: Labor History in 2; The Beginning of ‘Our’ Interests.

Edited by Evan Papp of the Empathy Media Lab, a production house, artist's studio and an event space in Washington DC with a focus on labor, political economy, and art & culture. Produced by Chris Garlock; chris@laborradionetwork.org
Social media guru: Harold Phillips

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