Derek Jordan and Joe Mossa, workers at Charter/Spectrum and members of IBEW Local 3, join us to talk about how they have been on strike for 12 weeks and how they haven’t had a union contract since 2013. Without a contract, the company is basically trying to take away as many benefits as possible. Work conditions are a concern as well because the company is having technicians install equipment that dates back as far as 1996, and when the equipment fails, the workers are blamed instead of the company that refuses to update the technology.
The ACA repeal and replace plan is being written in closed door meetings exclusively by white men, says Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner of Mom’s Rising. She joins us to talk about why this will be very bad for the average person in our country and the fact that the plan has very little support from the public.
The medical marijuana industry could bring with it some big societal advantages, including improved health, increased tax revenue and good jobs. We discuss the possibilities with labor historian Michael Johnston and Jim Chase, the host of Cut to the Chase Radio.
Labor Educator and Activist Mark McDermott joins us to talk about a great IBEW victory after several years of solidarity, and why we can’t give up when times are challenging.
Aaron Greenburg and Julia Powers from Local 33 at Yale join us to talk about how Yale refuses to bargain with the workers in Local 33 and their hunger strike to attempt to bring the Yale administration to the table. Julia also brings up the serious problem of how in cases of sexual harassment it is often that the victims of the harassment are the ones forced to leave and the perpetrators are allowed to stay.
Activism is on the rise in Kentucky, says Berry Craig from the Kentucky Labor Institute.
Bill Londrigan, President of the Kentucky AFL-CIO, says advocates of right-to-work legislation are trying to take credit for companies moving into their states, despite evidence that the choice was merely coincidental.
“Weird has become the new normal here in town,” says Chris Garlock from the DC Labor Council. He reports on some temporary victories and upcoming labor battles in DC.
Kim Glas, President of the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation, joins us to announce their launch of Building Clean, a nifty free website that helps consumers and businesses buy local American-made products that minimize harm to the environment! It’s searcheable by type of product, their environmental impact, and even by the region that they are manufactured.