Labor Radio-Podcast Weekly
Stick Together; Red Dead Redemption; Activate Live; The Solidarity Center Podcast; Belabored; Working Class History; Grit NW

Stick Together; Red Dead Redemption; Activate Live; The Solidarity Center Podcast; Belabored; Working Class History; Grit NW

September 17, 2021

On this week’s show…20210917-LRPN-Weekly-collage61spo.jpg
From the Stick Together podcast, a report on the fracking in the Northern Territory boondoggle in which the government spent $50 milllion to create a handful of jobs…
On Red Dead Redemption, one of our new Network shows out of Aukland, host Justine Sachs answers people’s work woes about COVID now that they are in Level 3…
On Activate Live, Machinists’ Organizing Director Vinny Addeo discusses the PRO Act…
From The Solidarity Center Podcast, Francisco Maltés, president of the Unitary Workers Center, the largest union confederation in Colombia, discusses a major victory against state oppression with a diverse coalition…
The Belabored podcast marks the 10-year anniversary of the Occupy movement with Stephen Lerner and Jonathan Westin on what Occupy meant to labor then and now, and how it's changed organizing…
From Working Class History, the first part of their podcast miniseries about the May 18 1980 uprising in Gwangju, South Korea against the US-backed military dictatorship.
And we wrap up Grit NW host Joe Cadwell, offering his take on critics.
Bonus track: Labor History in 2:00: The Southern Differential

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 @AFLCIO @duesunion @WorkingPod
@stick__together @95bFM @MachinistsUnion @SolidarityCntr @DissentMag @wrkclasshistory @GritNw @ILLaborHistory

Edited by Patrick Dixon and Melanie Smith; produced by Chris Garlock; social media guru: Harold Phillips with Mel Smith.

RadioLabour; State of the Unions; Workers Beat; Working to Live in Southwest Washington; Heartland Radio; Building Bridges;  Blue Collar Gospel Hour; My Labor Radio; Union City Radio

RadioLabour; State of the Unions; Workers Beat; Working to Live in Southwest Washington; Heartland Radio; Building Bridges;  Blue Collar Gospel Hour; My Labor Radio; Union City Radio

September 11, 2021

On this week’s show, a special selection of Labor Day shows from Network members celebrating American workers!

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 @AFLCIO @duesunion @WorkingPod

Edited by Patrick Dixon and Melanie Smith; produced by Chris Garlock; social media guru: Harold Phillips with Mel Smith.

CTU Speaks!; Educating from the Heart; America‘s Workforce Radio; AFT in Action; On The Job; Grit NW; Labor Express Radio; Heartland Labor Forum; The Director‘s Cut

CTU Speaks!; Educating from the Heart; America‘s Workforce Radio; AFT in Action; On The Job; Grit NW; Labor Express Radio; Heartland Labor Forum; The Director‘s Cut

September 3, 2021

On this week’s show, school is back in session and, most importantly, in-person.20210903_LRPN-Weekly-collagealgzn.jpg Andrea and Jim from CTU Speaks interview the Chicago Teachers Union’s President Jesse Sharkey and Vice President Stacy Davis Gates on how they are feeling about the return of students to school as both CTU union members and CPS parents.

From The Florida Education Association’s Educating from the Heart podcast we hear from Elizabeth Rasmussen, a high-school history teacher of fourteen years. She touches on how the pandemic and political climate has changed the way she thinks about teaching and her own pedagogy. 

In union news on  America’s Workforce Radio, UAW Local 2110 President Maida Rosenstein talks about her work with unionizing museums and other cultural institutions within the context of the pandemic. 

Another exemplary union leader from the latest AFT in Action, is Leah Ralls. Currently, she serves as president of the Windham NAACP, but in this interview, Leah recounts her efforts to organize her community against the closure of the Hartford Healthcare’s maternity ward last year.

Showcasing one of our newer shows is On the Job from Australia. On this episode hosts Francis and Sally, with journalist Kristine Ziwica examine the phenomenon of how when a job that has historically been worked by women shifts to be dominated by men, pay tends to go up and vice versa. Welcome guys from down under!

We then will take a quick break to hear a short promo on the Grit NW’s paintball battle line up. Next, Labor Express Radio where Jerry chats with another Labor Radio Podcast Network host, Avery Bernard from The Amazon. They touch briefly on Avery’s experience with Amazon and how to handle its influence on the labor movement in the future.

From the Archives of the Heartland Labor Forum, is an interview with the actor Ed Asner, most noted for his role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, died earlier this week. In this archived episode from 2013, he talks to Judy Ancel about the real reason Lou Grant got cancelled and his connection to the labor movement in the US and Latin America. 

Finally, director Tom McCarthy is featured on the Director’s Cut. His new film, Stillwater, stars Matt Damon as an oil-rigger from Oklahoma who travels to Marseille, France to help exonerate his daughter who is accused of killing her roommate. On the podcast McCarhty discusses how he tried to authentically capture a working class experience in the movie. 

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 @AFLCIO @duesunion @WorkingPod @RickSmithShow @checkoutradio @DCLabor @fairworldprj @mgevaart @AWFUnionPodcast @BC_LHC

Edited by Patrick Dixon and Melanie Smith; produced by Chris Garlock; social media guru: Harold Phillips with Mel Smith.

The Rick Smith Show; The Checkout; Your Rights At Work; For A Better World; My Labor Radio; America’s Workforce Radio; On the Line: Stories of BC Workers

The Rick Smith Show; The Checkout; Your Rights At Work; For A Better World; My Labor Radio; America’s Workforce Radio; On the Line: Stories of BC Workers

August 28, 2021

On this week’s show, we feature three reports on the strike by Nabisco workers,20210828_LRPN-collageb7u9c.jpg which spread this week to five states across the country. We’ll hear from The Rick Smith Show, The Checkout Radio, which is a brand-new member of the Network, and Your Rights At Work.

Then, from the For A Better World podcast, another new Network member, we’ll hear about the importance and benefits of having fair trade in Cote d'Ivoire cacao farms as they deal with Nestle.

On My Labor Radio, UAW member Damicko Stockard talks about partisanship between union members and the current state of organizing, and we’ll meet Fred Redmond, the new Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO, on America's Workforce Radio.

We wrap up the show with the story of how the musical Pins and Needles came to Vancouver BC in September, 1938, from On the Line: Stories of BC Workers.

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 @AFLCIO @duesunion @WorkingPod @RickSmithShow @checkoutradio @DCLabor @fairworldprj @mgevaart @AWFUnionPodcast @BC_LHC

Edited by Patrick Dixon and Melanie Smith; produced by Chris Garlock; social media guru: Harold Phillips with Mel Smith.

Labor Radio on KBOO; Union Dues; Working People; San Francisco Mime Troupe; Tales from the Reuther Library; Empathy Media Lab; 3rd and Fairfax

Labor Radio on KBOO; Union Dues; Working People; San Francisco Mime Troupe; Tales from the Reuther Library; Empathy Media Lab; 3rd and Fairfax

August 20, 2021

On Labor Radio KBOO, Michael and Elliot discuss the NLRB recommendation that20210821_LRPN-Weekly-collagebg59u.jpg the Amazon facility in Bessemer, Alabama should hold a new election after finding that Amazon violated workers’ rights and engaged in misconduct.

Next we travel across the pond to Union Dues where we hear about the latest UK supreme court ruling on Uber drivers’ employment rights and how it's not the end of the ACDU’s fight against the rideshare company.

Back in Alabama, the Working People podcast talks with labor journalist Kim Kelly, who’s been covering the Warrior Met Coal strike in Brookwood where 1,100 members have been out on strike for over five months. Kelly discusses the current status of the coal workers and her own career in journalism.

Then, a quick teaser from the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s upcoming episode of Tales of Resistance called “Hobos in Space.” As the title indicates, you won’t want to miss it.

Moving on to some history, folks at the Tales from the Reuther Library podcast speak with author Dr. Edward McClellan whose new book explores the fascinating story of the Flint Sit Down Strike and its lessons for the modern labor movement.

Next, from the Vatican to the metaverse, Empathy Media Lab’s Faith and Labor podcast touches on Pope John Paul II’s encyclical “Laborem Exercens” or Through Work and how it relates to work in the past, present, and future.

And last but certainly not least is the 3rd & Fairfax podcast which features writer Michael Waldron, known for the film Doctor Strange, the adult cartoon Rick and Morty, and most recently, the newest Marvel show: Loki. Waldron talks about his unexpected origins as a writer (spoiler alert: it’s playing softball) and how it resembles his current work.

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 @AFLCIO @duesunion @WorkingPod @kboo @SFTroupers @ReutherLibrary @empathymedialab @WGAWest 

Edited by Patrick Dixon and Melanie Smith; produced by Chris Garlock; social media guru: Harold Phillips

Monday Morning QB; Belabored; Laborwave Radio; The State of Working America; Working People; Brazil Worker’s Podcast; SAG-AFTRA

Monday Morning QB; Belabored; Laborwave Radio; The State of Working America; Working People; Brazil Worker’s Podcast; SAG-AFTRA

August 14, 2021

On Monday Morning QB, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, offers her critical take on the conservative culture war over the idea of critical race theory in schools.

On Belabored, Sarah and Michelle talked to Anna Canning, campaigns manager for the Fair World Project, about the limitations of corporate social responsibility and ethical certification.

Should policy makers look to the New Deal as the gold standard for progressive reform? Historian Gabriel Winant, author of The Next Shift: The Fall of Industry and the Rise of Healthcare in Rust Belt America joins Laborwave Radio in Philadelphia.

Nina Banks discusses the scholarship and ideas of Sadie Alexander, the nation’s first black economist on the State of Working America podcast.

In the Working People podcast Max talks to Professor Richard Wolff about how to understand COVID 19 within the context of American capitalism and its development since the 1970s.

The Brazilian Olympic team put in an impressive showing in Tokyo, finishing first among Latin American countries, but the Brazil Workers Podcast puts out a call for better funding for the countries athletes who are getting the short end of the stick when compared to more profitable sports.

Finally, bad lighting, extraneous noises, and messy bedrooms. For actors, casting calls have been transferred from an in-person to a self recorded format within the past eight-months. Casting director Kim Williams discusses the new rules of the road on the SAG-AFTRA podcast.

Special edition: Remembering Richard Trumka

Special edition: Remembering Richard Trumka

August 6, 2021

AFL-CIO president Rich Trumka died last Thursday. A heart attack did what no boss20210807_LRPN-weekly-collageakcir.jpg could: stilled the voice of a relentless champion of workers' rights. On today’s show, we’re highlighting a few of the Network’s shows that featured Rich Trumka.

On the State of the Unions podcast, from an episode released in late November 2018, Trumka talks about the midterm elections and a lot more, including an incredibly touching and revealing story about one of his first exposures to racism as a young boy.

Then, on the America’s Work Force Radio podcast’s Labor Day show from last year, Trumka tackles a raft of issues, from the effect of the pandemic on workers to the PRO Act, worker safety, the National Labor Relations Board and a whole lot more.

Finally, on Your Rights At Work, broadcast last Thursday, just an hour after learning about Trumka’s death, labor historian Joe McCartin discusses Trumka’s life and his legacy.

As you’ll hear from Joe, Richard Trumka loved history, and labor history especially. So, brother Trumka, on today’s Labor History in 2:00the year was 1890.  That was the day that one of the heroines of the US labor movement, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, was born in Concord, New Hampshire.

#LaborRadioPod @AFLCIO @AWFUnionPodcast @DCLabor @ILLaborHistory

Produced/edited by Chris Garlock; social media guru: Harold Phillips

Million Dollar Organizer; Speaking of Work; UCOMM Live; FairWork; Council 4 Unplugged; Union Strong; Labour Radio; Art and Labor

Million Dollar Organizer; Speaking of Work; UCOMM Live; FairWork; Council 4 Unplugged; Union Strong; Labour Radio; Art and Labor

July 31, 2021

We’ve got eight different excerpts to share with you this week, some from shows20210731_LRPN-collage8t5ba.jpg that are new to the network and others that will be familiar to regular listeners.

We begin with the Million Dollar Organizer podcast where host Bob Oedy offers some thoughts on the global employment crisis.

Next we introduce you to the Speaking of Work podcast from the Iowa Labor History Society.  In this episode we learn about Keokuk Senior High School, site of an illegal strike in 1970 that changed the trajectory of education in all of Iowa, through the voices of teachers themselves.

Randy Corrigan from the Teamsters Union joins Kris LaGrange on UCOMM Live to discuss organizing the world’s most evil corporation (That’s Amazon, by the way). From one colossal warehouse to another, we cross the Atlantic to the FairWork podcast and hear from delivery drivers who participated in a recent wildcat strike against Gorillas Corporation in Berlin.

On Council 4 Unplugged -- that’s the podcast of AFSCME Council 4 in Connecticut -- we learn about a new project that’s focused on addressing some of the mental health challenges faced by workers in correctional facilities. And Denise Berkley joins the latest episode of Union Strong to discuss the New York State AFL-CIO’s Social Justice Task Force.

We then journey a bit further north to Montreal where this month’s episode of Labour Radio focused on the history and legacy of the Greek Workers Association of Quebec. Finally, the Art and Labor crew raise concerns about the United Federation of Teachers’ position on the New York Health Act.

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 @AFLCIO @WorkingPod @SpeakingWork @ucommblog @TowardsFairWork @AFSCMECT3 @nysaflcio

Edited by Patrick Dixon, Melanie Smith and Chris Bangert-Drowns; produced by Chris Garlock; social media guru: Harold Phillips

BCTGM Voices; Working People; The Valley Labor Report; The Rick Smith Show; Solidarity Works; Union Dues; Heartland Labor Forum; 7th Street Chronicles

BCTGM Voices; Working People; The Valley Labor Report; The Rick Smith Show; Solidarity Works; Union Dues; Heartland Labor Forum; 7th Street Chronicles

July 24, 2021

This week, three strike reports. The first two are on the 3-week-old FritoLay strike20210724_LRPN_Weekly-collage7arnc.jpg in Topeka, Kansas, where the strike issues include forced overtime that’s so bad the workers call them “suicide shifts.” On the BCTGM Voices Project, we’ll hear from the picket line at FritoLay with Local 218 Chief Steward Paul Klemme in Topeka, and then the Working People podcast talks with Cheri Renfro, who’s worked at the Frito-Lay plant in Topeka for 9 years.

Then on The Valley Labor Report: Why did the UAW go on strike at Volvo in Dublin, Virginia?

From The Rick Smith Show, Jamie Martin discusses a scheme to limit access to college in Pennsylvania, and on Solidarity Works, Steel Workers Vice President Leeann Foster discusses safety and sustainability in the paper and forestry industries.

The UK-based Union Dues podcast features an in-depth discussion with Zita Holbourne, co-founder of Black Activists Rising Against the Cuts and co-chair of the Artists Union of England.

On the Heartland Labor Forum, Thomas Frank talks about populism and science and we wrap up this week with an interview on the 7th Street Chronicles podcast that will really open your eyes and hearts as Charlotte firefighters go deep on trauma and mental health.
Bonus tracks: The 1913 Michigan Copper Miners Strike Begins, on Labor History in 2:00, and a teaser for the latest episode of the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Tales of the Resistance: Persistence.

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 @AFLCIO @WorkingPod @DCLabor @BCTGM @WorkingPod @LaborReporters @RickSmithShow @steelworkers @duesunion @Heartland_Labor @SFTroupers

Edited by Patrick Dixon, Melanie Smith and Chris Bangert-Drowns; produced by Chris Garlock; social media guru: Harold Phillips

Your Rights At Work; Workers Beat Extra; Solidarity Center Podcast; Laborwave Radio; Tales from the Reuther Library; America’s Workforce Radio; 141 Report; Blue Collar Gospel Hour

Your Rights At Work; Workers Beat Extra; Solidarity Center Podcast; Laborwave Radio; Tales from the Reuther Library; America’s Workforce Radio; 141 Report; Blue Collar Gospel Hour

July 17, 2021

Is telework more productive? On Your Rights At Work, federal and DC workers say20210717_LRPWeekly-collageafubf.jpg yes. Gene Lantz connects Independence Day and Bastille Day on the Workers Beat Extra, and on the Solidarity Center Podcast, host Shawna Bader-Blau talks with Phyo Sandar Soe, leader with the Confederation of Trade Unions, Myanmar, about the repression faced by trade unionists there and how workers are fighting back against the junta.
You say you want a general strike? Marianne Garneau discusses the challenges on Laborwave Radio. On Tales from the Reuther Library, Blaming Teachers: How America simultaneously professionalized and patronized education.
The Maritime Trades Dan Duncan talks about Buy American and the Jones Act on America's Workforce Radio and on The 141 Report, host Dave Lehigh talks shop with Darryl Currant, grievance committee chairperson at IAM Lodge 1725, about building a strong union in the South, and why it's important to organize as a team.
We wrap up this week’s show with poet Ed Werstein on the Blue Collar Gospel Hour.
Bonus track: Lumber Workers Put Down Their Axes on today’s Labor History in 2:00.

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 @AFLCIO @WorkingPod @DCLabor @KNON893FM @SolidarityCntr @LaborwaveRadio @ReutherLibrary @AWFUnionPodcast @IAMDistrict141 @TheBlueCollarG1 @ILLaborHistory

Edited by Patrick Dixon, Melanie Smith and Chris Bangert-Drowns; produced by Chris Garlock; social media guru: Harold Phillips

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