“In every episode we talk about issues that directly affect our members but a lot of those
issues affect other unions and working people across the United States and Canada.”
Michael Blain co-hosts Talking SMART a podcast of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, a diverse union of more than 200,000 members.
Michael is also the co-director and co-producer of Dear Walmart, which is an independent documentary that tells the story of how a movement of Walmart workers began, forging a new model for building power for workers in the retail sector. Standing up and standing together transformed the characters in this film.
About the Labor Radio Podcast Network
Launched in April 2020, the Labor Radio Podcast Network focuses on working class issues that are often overlooked in the corporate-controlled media. The goal of the network is to help raise the voices of working people and strengthen organized labor to demand and achieve better treatment from workplaces and elected officials.
The Labor Radio Podcast Network is both a one-stop shop for audiences looking for labor content and a resource for labor broadcasters and podcasters. Resources include a weekly podcast summarizing shows produced by network members, marketing on social media, a website listing network shows and how audiences can find them, a database for contacting expert guests, access to a private listserv for Network members, and a weekly video call to increase solidarity and support amongst members.
If you are a journalist interested in learning more or if you’re a labor radio or podcast producer and want to join the network, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtag #LaborRadioPod or visit the website at: https://www.laborradionetwork.org/.
WEEKLY PODCAST NETWORK SUMMARY: https://laborradiopodcastweekly.podbean.com/
Video and audio was produced by Evan Matthew Papp of Empathy Media Lab.
Music by DC Labor Chorus Song “None of Us Are Free" written by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, and Brenda Russell. Album Hail to the Thieves, Volume III: Songs to Take Our Country Back! Learn more at Labor Heritage Festival.