Working to Live in Southwest Washington
Oh What A Year It’s Been With Special Guest Larry Brown

Oh What A Year It’s Been With Special Guest Larry Brown

December 19, 2020

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You don't need us to tell you that 2020 has been a ROUGH year... and you don't need us to tell you why! With everything that's happened, though, there have been some major victories for working people!

Rather than dwell on the bad things that have happened this year, Shannon and Harold decided to talk to the people involved with some of those victories, including

- Clark College Association for Higher Education (https://www.ccahe.org/) President Suzanne Southerland, who tells us about CCAHE's successful strike and standing in solidarity with WPEA members (http://www.wpea.org/clark.html)...

- Washington State Nurses Association (https://www.wsna.org/) Local Unit Co-Chair at Vancouver's Peace Health Hospital Didi Gray, who tells us about two bills passed in the Washington Legislature to keep nurses safe...

- International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 5 (https://ilwulocal5.com/) Representative Myka Dubay, who tells us how employees at Vancouver's Columbia River Veterinary Services (https://columbiarivervet.com/) won their union - Myka also reminds us to ditch that OTHER online book store and to shop union and shop local at Powell's books through the union's "partner link" (https://ilwulocal5.com/support/) which directs 7.5% of your purchase to their worker relief fund for laid off Powells workers...

- News Coordinator for the Columbian (https://www.columbian.com ) and shop steward for the Columbian Guild (https://www.facebook.com/ColumbianGuild ) Lindsey Hewitt tells us about the challenges - and successes - of bargaining during a pandemic...

- Vancouver Association of Education Support Professionals (https://www.vaespwa.org ) President Barb Plymate tells us about her union's recent victory - and what podcast listeners like YOU did to make it happen!

Then Shannon and Harold take a broader look at worker victories across the state with Washington State Labor Council (https://www.wslc.org) President Larry Brown - and they talk about what working people can expect in 2021!

Remember working people in Southwest Washington, this is YOUR podcast! Email us at podcast@swwaclc.org and let us know what you think about the show, and what you'd like to hear in future episodes!

We're a proud member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network - find more radio shows and podcasts that speak to working people about working people's issues at www.LaborRadioNetwork.org.

Labor’s Helping Hands For The Holidays… And All Year Round!

Labor’s Helping Hands For The Holidays… And All Year Round!

December 5, 2020

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Organized Labor is always there for working people in our region - but particularly during the holiday season when so many people impacted by employment issues aren't able to provide a happy holiday for their families!  With that in mind, Shannon and Harold talk to several people in our local Labor community about what they're doing to support working families this season.

First, they talk to Myka Dubay from the International Longshore and Warehouse Workers Union Local 5 (https://ilwulocal5.com/) who is urging people to do their holiday shopping online at our local independently-owned union book store, Powells Books, through ILWU Local 5's Partner Link:

https://ilwulocal5.com/Support/

7.5% of all sales made through this link go to ILWU Local 5's Covid 19 Worker Relief Fund to support laid-off Powell's workers.

Then Shannon and Harold talk to Northwest Carpenters Union (https://www.nwcarpenters.org/) president Joe Cadwell about the Carpenters annual holiday toy drive, and about Joe's own podcast Grit Northwest (https://buildnw.org/podcast.)

Next, they talk to Labor's Community Service Agency (https://www.lcsaportland.org/) Executive Director Eryn Byram about what LCSA does for working people all year round, and changes to this year's Presents From Partners event (https://www.facebook.com/PresentsFromPartners.)

Finally, the president of the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council (https://www.swwaclc.org) comes on the show - wait a minute... she's ALWAYS on the show!

Our own Shannon Myers tells us about the SWWACLC's new drive-through Solidarity Food Bank, which starts operating this month.

Remember working people in Southwest Washington, this is YOUR podcast! Email us at podcast@swwaclc.org and let us know what you think about the show, and what you'd like to hear in future episodes!

We're a proud member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network - find more radio shows and podcasts that speak to working people about working people's issues at www.LaborRadioNetwork.org.

What Do The New Covid Restrictions Mean For Classified Staff (And For YOU?) With Special Guests Temple Lentz and Julie Olson

What Do The New Covid Restrictions Mean For Classified Staff (And For YOU?) With Special Guests Temple Lentz and Julie Olson

November 21, 2020

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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 (http://www.vaespwa.org/) joins 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!

Find out more at the Washington Education Association Riverside Uniserv Council's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WEARUC

Want to do more to help VSD classified employees?  Sign the petition at https://www.change.org/p/wendy-smith-vansd-org-bring-support-staff-back-in-vancouver-public-schools-to-help-our-students-succeed

Next, Washington governor Jay Inslee has announced new restrictions (https://coronavirus.wa.gov/) in response to skyrocketing COVID 19 cases in the Evergreen State. 

Clark County Councilors Temple Lentz ( https://www.facebook.com/CouncilorTempleLentz/) and Julie Olson (https://clark.wa.gov/councilors/julie-olson) stop by to talk about the new restrictions, what the County is doing to help working people deal with them, and what effect they might have on the holidays!

Stay up to date on the latest COVID 19 information at https://clark.wa.gov/covid19 

And, don't forget to support our LOCAL restaurants and retailers! One way to do that is to visit the Northwest Wine and Food Society at https://nwwfs.org/

Remember working people in Southwest Washington, this is YOUR podcast! Email us at podcast@swwaclc.org and let us know what you think about the show, and what you'd like to hear in future episodes!

We're a proud member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network - find more radio shows and podcasts that speak to working people about working people's issues at www.LaborRadioNetwork.org.

Who Are Shannon and Harold?

Who Are Shannon and Harold?

November 7, 2020

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We're doing something a little different this week! Shannon and Harold recorded their intro on November 6, before the US election had been called for Joe Biden, and they thought you working people out there might need to take a break from being glued to the news and "Doom Scrolling" - so, this week's guests are... Shannon and Harold!

You know we're a proud member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network.  A few weeks ago Empathy Media Lab (https://www.empathymedialab.com/) producer and Network member Evan Papp interviewed Shannon and Harold for his new LPRN Member Spotlight series (https://youtu.be/-Kyo52xB8kA) and he gave the SWWACLC permission to share the audio from that interview.  You can also find the interview on Empathy Media Lab's podcast channel at https://empathymedialab.libsyn.com/. 

Even though the election was called on November 7, we know there's still a lot of uncertainty about what happens next. We also know that news travels FAST these days - so the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council has set up a new mobile app to keep working people in our region "in the know" about important events and actions that might be happening in the coming weeks.  You can download the app at http://www.swwaclc.org/app. 

Remember working people in Southwest Washington, this is YOUR podcast! Email us at podcast@swwaclc.org and let us know what you think about the show, and what you'd like to hear in future episodes!

Find more radio shows and podcasts that speak to working people about working people's issues at www.LaborRadioNetwork.org.

One last thing - now that the election is over (as "over" as we can call it at this point, anyway...) Shannon and Harold are taking a break. The next episode of Working To Live In Southwest Washington will be uploaded in two weeks - but don't worry, we're not going anywhere.  There's going to be LOTS to talk about!

Get Out And Vote!! With Special Guest Carolyn Long

Get Out And Vote!! With Special Guest Carolyn Long

October 31, 2020

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After what seems like a political season that's lasted for years... election day is almost here! It's FINALLY TIME TO VOTE!

Because Washington is a 100% Vote By Mail State, you can still drop your ballot in the mail - or drop it off in an official ballot drop box (https://www.sos.wa.gov/_assets/elections/Drop%20Boxes%20and%20Voting%20Centers%20PDF.pdf) - by 8:00 PM on Tuesday, November 3rd!

Washington State Labor Council (https://www.wslc.org) Political and Strategic Campaign Director Cherika Carter, Washington State Nurses Association (https://www.wsna.org/) Nurse Representative Travis Elmore-Nelson, and Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council (http://www.wabuildingtrades.org/) Executive Secretary Mark Riker talk about the ins-and-outs of voting in Washington, and about how organized Labor goes about endorsing candidates for election.

Then, Congressional candidate Carolyn Long (https://electlong.com/) stops by to talk about her campaign to represent Washington's 3rd Congressional District, and to answer some accusations her opponent in the race has made about her.

Remember working people in Southwest Washington, this is YOUR podcast! Email us at podcast@swwaclc.org and let us know what you think about the show, and what you'd like to hear in future episodes!

We're a proud member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network - find more radio shows and podcasts that speak to working people about working people's issues at www.LaborRadioNetwork.org.

Getting Support In Difficult Times With Daniel Smith and Tanisha Harris

Getting Support In Difficult Times With Daniel Smith and Tanisha Harris

October 24, 2020

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Daniel Smith (https://www.smithforsenate.org) and Tanisha Harris (https://www.electtanisha.com/) aren't just running for the Washington State Legislature in the 17th Legislative district... they're also social service providers who work on the ground in Clark County.

Daniel and Tanisha sit down to talk about the struggles working people are facing during this very difficult year - and where they can go for help with domestic violence, legal issues,  mental health support, and more. 

If you or someone you know are facing a crisis, please contact 

The YWCA of Clark County - https://ywcaclarkcounty.org/ or (800) 695-0167

The Southwest Washington Crisis Line - (800) 626-8137 

Plus, Vancouver Education Association (http://vancouverea.org/) president Kari Van Nostran stops by to tell Shannon and Harold what the VEA is doing to prepare for "Hybrid Learning."

AND... the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council is still running "fun banks" to support its endorsed candidates (including Daniel and Tanisha) - and there's a new twist!  Find out more at tinyurl.com/y43cvurt!

Remember working people in Southwest Washington, this is YOUR podcast! Email us at podcast@swwaclc.org and let us know what you think about the show, and what you'd like to hear in future episodes!

We're a proud member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network - find more radio shows and podcasts that speak to working people about working people's issues at www.LaborRadioNetwork.org.

Dealing With Political Bullies with Anne McEnerny-Ogle and Troy Price

Dealing With Political Bullies with Anne McEnerny-Ogle and Troy Price

October 17, 2020

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Shannon and Harold have said it plenty of times: "it's getting crazy out there!"

This week that "crazy" hit close to home when a woman right here in Vancouver, Washington was accosted on the street while canvassing for her preferred political candidate.  The six minute video she shot spread rapidly across the internet, and made national news.

Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle and Assistant Chief of the Vancouver Police Department Troy Price join Harold and Shannon to talk about the state of political discourse today, and what working people can do to keep themselves and their loved ones safe from political bullying.

Plus, Timothy Johnson from Unions America (https://www.unions-america.com/) stops by to talk about their new app system Union Reach (https://unionreach.net/) - and he has a special offer for podcast listeners!

AND... the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council is running "fun banks" to support its endorsed candidates!  Find out more at tinyurl.com/y43cvurt!

Remember working people in Southwest Washington, this is YOUR podcast! Email us at podcast@swwaclc.org and let us know what you think about the show, and what you'd like to hear in future episodes!

We're a proud member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network - find more radio shows and podcasts that speak to working people about working people's issues at www.LaborRadioNetwork.org.

Telling Fact From Fiction Online With Special Guest Donna Sinclair

Telling Fact From Fiction Online With Special Guest Donna Sinclair

October 10, 2020

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As the election gets closer, the misinformation - and DISINFORMATION - getting passed around through social media seems to be at an all time high.  How is a working person supposed to tell when something is true... or false?

Three media professionals - KGW (https://www.kgw.com/) reporter and SAG-AFTRA Shop Steward Tim Gordon; former Columbian (https://www.columbian.com/) reporter and administrative officer for the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild (http://www.pnwguild.org/) Katie Gillespie; and Clark College (http://www.clark.edu/) communications professor Suzanne Southerland - are on hand with advice to help you avoid "fake news" - and keep you from spreading it yourself!

Then, history professor Donna Sinclair (https://www.sinclair4state.com/) stops by to talk about how historians play a role in determining what's fake and what's real - and to tell us about her run to represent Washington's 18th Legislative District in Olympia.

AND... the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council is running "fun banks" to support its endorsed candidates!  Find out more at https://tinyurl.com/y43cvurt!

Remember working people in Southwest Washington, this is YOUR podcast! Email us at podcast@swwaclc.org and let us know what you think about the show, and what you'd like to hear in future episodes!

We're a proud member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network - find more radio shows and podcasts that speak to working people about working people's issues at http://www.LaborRadioNetwork.org.

How To Get (and Give) Help In A Crisis With Special Guests April Sims and Matt Little

How To Get (and Give) Help In A Crisis With Special Guests April Sims and Matt Little

October 3, 2020

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It's not news that between Covid-19 and the recent wildfires, 2020 has been full of challenges for working people.  Thankfully, there are resources available to help in times of need like these. Washington State Labor Council (http://www.wslc.org) Secretary Treasurer April Sims tells Shannon and Harold about the Foundation For Working Families, and what the WSLC is doing to help working people throughout Washington State.

Then, Matt Little (https://www.mattlittle4clarkcounty.org/) tells them how his family coped in rural Clark County during the recent wildfires, and about his run for Clark County Council District 4.

Plus, Mike Williams with Sunrise Dental (https://sunrisedental.com/) stops by to tell working people in the Northwest about what makes Sunrise different than other dental offices - and about some steps they've taken to help during these unprecedented times.

AND... the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council is running "fun banks" to support its endorsed candidates!  Find out more at https://tinyurl.com/y43cvurt!

Remember working people in Southwest Washington, this is YOUR podcast! Email us at podcast@swwaclc.org and let us know what you think about the show, and what you'd like to hear in future episodes!

We're a proud member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network - find more radio shows and podcasts that speak to working people about working people's issues at http://www.LaborRadioNetwork.org.

Essential Workers Voices with special guest Sharon Wylie

Essential Workers Voices with special guest Sharon Wylie

September 26, 2020

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Three essential workers - nurse Dawn Marick, bus driver Jim Bennett, and IT Customer Support Specialist Tracy Stanley - talk with Shannon and Harold about what life has been like since the beginning of the pandemic, and what people can do to help them as we move forward together into "the new normal."

Then, state representative Sharon Wylie (https://www.electsharon.com/) stops by to talk about what's being done to support essential workers at the Washington state capitol in Olympia, and about her campaign to retain her seat representing the 49th Legislative District.

Remember working people in Southwest Washington, this is YOUR podcast! Email us at podcast@swwaclc.org and let us know what you think about the show, and what you'd like to hear in future episodes!

We're a proud member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network - find more radio shows and podcasts that speak to working people about working people's issues at http://www.LaborRadioNetwork.org.

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