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Labor Radio-Podcast Weekly - Saturday, December 5, 2020




This week, on Black Work Talk, one of our newest Network members, host Steven Pitts welcomes Dorian Warren, President of Community Change, who discusses efforts around the country to build the collective power of black workers.

On the Working to Live in Southwest Washington podcast, Vancouver School District classified employees have been furloughed for months, and they're struggling. Barb Plymate, president of the Vancouver Association of Educational Support Professionals joins hosts Shannon and Harold to talk about the district's justification for these furloughs... and the fact that it has the money to put these people back to work!

On Willamette Wake Up, Rebecca Salinas-Oliveros talks about her leap into local politics in Oregon. She started as an activist in the Black Lives Matter movement, then ran for Monmouth City Council. She was the top vote-getter in the recent city council election despite opposition from a political action committee that supported a slate of conservative candidates.

Labor Express Radio talks with Stroger Hospital nurse Elizabeth Lalish -- a member of National Nurses United who works with COVID patients -- about the likely effects of cuts in the Cook County hospital system on Black and Brown working-class communities on the Southside of Chicago and how nurses are organizing to fight for safe workplaces and patient centered care.

On Laborlines, organizers for the Restaurant Workers Council report on their efforts to organize restaurant workers in New York City.

The holidays are coming up soon and on the Breaktime Breakdown, Jeremy Waugh and Richard Roth talk about a new effort led by members of the SMART Local 110 Executive Board to help members in need for what will be a holiday season unlike any that have come before.

Then, on Belabored, Renewing Unions in the Age of Finance. Elections come and go, but some major problems continue to plague labor unions on both sides of the Atlantic, and many of those problems have their roots in the financialization of our economy. Yet unions are often stuck in a playbook that was written in a different period of capitalist development, and it shows in their struggles. How do unions adapt to a financialized world? Alice Martin and Annie Quick have some suggestions

And on Grit Northwest, we meet the President of the Northwest Carpenters Union and Grit writer, producer and host Joe Cadwell, who reveals the secret to a successful podcast. We wrap up with a promo for the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s upcoming production of A Red Carol! A Working-Class Take on the Dickens' Holiday Classic.


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