Working to Live in Southwest Washington
Why Are So Many Union Members Running For Office?

Why Are So Many Union Members Running For Office?

September 3, 2022

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Happy Labor Day Working People! Do we have a lot to celebrate this year or what? Did you see the latest Gallup poll on support for unions in the US? (https://news.gallup.com/poll/398303/approval-labor-unions-highest-point-1965.aspx)

Something else to celebrate is the number of union members who are stepping up to run for office! Two of those union members - Terri Niles (https://voteterriniles.com/) and Joe Kear (https://www.joekear.com/) - sit down with Shannon and Harold to talk about why they decided to run and how their union membership affects their campaigns.

Want to meet Terri, Joe and the other union members running for office in person? Come join us at our Labor Day Picnic in Kalama (https://tinyurl.com/yc8mafx6) on September 5th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  You'll get to meet the candidates, listen to music, and enjoy free food from our union caterer, SPIN Catering (https://portlandcatering.com/) PLUS there will be kids games and face painting. You won't want to miss it!

Be sure you don't miss a special Labor Day surprise in this episode courtesy of the Meany Labor Archive (http://www.nlc.edu/archives/

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.

 
 
How Can We Be There For The Firefighters Who Are There For Us?

How Can We Be There For The Firefighters Who Are There For Us?

July 16, 2022

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Ballots for the August 2nd election (https://clark.wa.gov/elections/august-2-2022-primary-special-election) are headed to Clark County voters' mailboxes - but those ballots contain more than just political candidates asking for your vote in Washington's top-two primary (if you haven't made your decision on who to vote for in the primary, be sure to check out the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council's endorsements at https://www.swwaclc.org/?zone=/unionactive/view_article.cfm&HomeID=875277

Shannon and Harold get the lowdown on two important fire levies  that are also on the ballot from Vancouver Firefighter and IAFF 452 (http://www.iaff452.org/) Political Director Kevin Hart:

The Clark County Fire District 5 Levy Lid Lift - https://ccfd5.org/Levy-Lid-Lift-for-Fire-EMS 

and

The Clark County Fire District 6 Replacement Levy -  https://ccfd6.org/ems-levy/ 

Plus Kevin shares information on how YOU can become a professional firefighter!

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 Is Vancouver USA Pride - And Why Does It Happen In July?

What Is Vancouver USA Pride - And Why Does It Happen In July?

July 1, 2022

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June is coming to an end - but that doesn't mean we're done honoring and celebrating members of the LGBTQ+ community here in Southwest Washington! Vancouver USA Pride (https://vanusapride.org/) keeps the party going on July 9th at Esther Short Park in Downtown Vancouver.

Shannon and Harold sit down with three members of Vancouver USA Pride's Board - Brian Beliel, Jennifer Lanier and Dustina Haase-Lanier - to find out why Pride is so important for working people (no matter what their sexual orientation or gender identity might be,) why Vancouver's event is so much later than other Pride celebrations, and what working families can expect when they attend this year's event.

The Southwest Washington Central Labor Council and several of its affiliated unions are proud to sponsor this year's Vancouver USA Pride, and you or your organization can sponsor the event too - https://vanusapride.org/be-a-sponsor-or-vendor/!

Vancouver USA Pride is also looking for volunteers to make the day go smoothly - sign up to volunteer at https://signup.com/go/gReYMWP.

Want to join Southwest Washington's news Pride At Work (https://www.prideatwork.org/) chapter?  Visit https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/join-pride-at-work and choose to be an "At Large" member, then email the Pride At Work team at info@prideatwork.org and let them know you want to join the new Southwest Washington chapter!

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.

Why (and How) Do Unions Get Involved In Elections? With Shaun Gundert and Shawn Nyman

Why (and How) Do Unions Get Involved In Elections? With Shaun Gundert and Shawn Nyman

June 11, 2022

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It's election time again here in Southwest Washington.  How do we know? Well, the number of political signs has exploded and Labor has put out its endorsements for candidates running for office (https://www.thestand.org/2022/05/wslc-makes-2022-election-endorsements/.)

But how does organized Labor pick candidates to endorse... and why are unions involved in the political process at all?

Shannon and Harold sit down with Shaun Gundert and Shawn Nyman, who chair the political committees for the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council and Cowlitz Wahkiakum Central Labor Council, to pull back the curtain on the endorsement process and let you know who Labor is endorsing for the upcoming August 2nd primary, including

- Patty Murray for US Senate: https://pattymurray.com/ 
- Marie Glusenkamp Perez for US Representative (Congressional District 3:) https://marieforcongress.com/ 
- Steve Hobbs for Washington Secretary of State: https://www.electhobbs.com/ 
- Mary Yu, Barbara Madsen, and Helen Whitener for State Supreme Court

AND FIVE UNION MEMBERS running for the Washington House of Representatives:
- Terri Niles: https://www.facebook.com/ElectTerriNiles/ 
- Joe Kear: https://www.joekear.com/ 
- John Zingale: https://www.electjohnzingale.com/ 
- Duncan Camacho: https://www.duncanforstatehouse.com/ 
- Monica Stonier: https://www.facebook.com/ElectMonicaStonier 

Don't write this election off because it's a "mid term" election, working people - make sure you're registered to vote at https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/register.aspx 

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 Is The REAL Billy Gohl, and What Does His True Crime Story Have To Do With Labor History? With Aaron Goings and Connor Casey

Who Is The REAL Billy Gohl, and What Does His True Crime Story Have To Do With Labor History? With Aaron Goings and Connor Casey

June 6, 2022

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On this special episode, we're taking a deep dive into "True Crime" territory... Billy Gohl was called "The Ghoul of Grays Harbor" in the early 20th Century when he was accused of being the murderer who dumped several bodies into the canals around Aberdeen. Was he one of America's first serial killers? 

Find out when Shannon and Harold talk with author Aaron Goings (https://www.stmartin.edu/directory/aaron-goings-phd) about who the REAL Billy Gohl was, and why his story is actually a Labor history story.

You can buy Aaron's book about Billy Gohl, The Port of Missing Men, online at Powell's Books - and you can support Powells' union by purchasing it through ILWU Local 5's "partner link" - https://www.powells.com/?partnerID=35751

Then Conor Casey (https://labor.washington.edu/content/conor-casey) from the Labor Archives of Washington (https://www.lib.washington.edu/specialcollections/laws/) drops by to tell Harold and Shannon about some more Washington Labor history, why it needs to be preserved, and what he'd like to do to help ensure Labor history is taught in schools.

Some of the resources Conor mentions include:

The Labor Archives of Washington Virtual Reading Room: https://cal.lib.uw.edu/space/123219

The Wing Luke Museum: https://www.wingluke.org/

The University of Washington's Labor Studies Minor: https://labor.washington.edu/labor-studies-minor

The Society of American Archivists Labor Archives Section: https://www2.archivists.org/groups/labor-archives-section

The Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project: http://depts.washington.edu/civilr/index.htm

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.

Honoring Our Local Labor Heroes

Honoring Our Local Labor Heroes

April 25, 2022

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On February 4, 2022 the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council and Cowlitz Wahkiakum Central Labor Council (https://www.facebook.com/Cowlitz-Wahkiakum-Central-Labor-Council-261864860491206/) came together to present the first annual Labor Heroes of Southwest Washington Awards - and it was a night to remember!

CWCLC President Diana Winther joins Shannon and Harold to talk about the 100% Union-Made awards show, the winners (find the complete list at https://www.swwaclc.org/?zone=/unionactive/view_article.cfm&HomeID=867191,) the money raised for Labor's Community Service Agency (https://www.lcsaportland.org/) and most importantly what union members in our area should look out for this year that could result in a nomination for the NEXT awards ceremony, scheduled for February 25th, 2023!

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.

Why Is The Evergreen School District Replacement Levy Important To EVERYONE?

Why Is The Evergreen School District Replacement Levy Important To EVERYONE?

April 16, 2022

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Residents in the Evergreen School District (https://www.evergreenps.org/) are being asked to vote on a replacement levy by April 26th (find out more about the levy at https://www.evergreenps.org/levy.)

The tactics being used by the opposition to the Levy are surprising, and they look disturbingly similar to what people are seeing in other school elections around the country! Shannon and Harold sit down with three Evergreen Education Association (https://www.eeaoffice.com/) members - Margaret Hunter, Shaun Gundert and Monica Stonier (yes, state Representative Monica Stonier... she works for Evergreen Public Schools, too) to talk about how important this levy is, and what's behind the opposition.

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 Does This Year’s ”Strike Wave” Mean For 2022?  With David Groves and Don McIntosh

What Does This Year’s ”Strike Wave” Mean For 2022? With David Groves and Don McIntosh

December 28, 2021

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#Striketober... #Strikesgiving... #Strikesmas...

2021 has been a year unlike any in recent memory, filled with worker energy and power.  Some have even called this moment we're living in a "strike wave..." but will all this worker activism continue into the new year?

The Stand's (https://www.thestand.org/) David Groves and the Northwest Labor Press' (https://nwlaborpress.org/) Don McIntosh sit down with Shannon and Harold to discuss the gains working people have made in 2021, and look ahead to what's in store for 2022.

PLUS - Shannon spills the beans on the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council's plans to honor our own local Labor Heroes with a special awards dinner in February - be sure to send your nominations in to info@swwaclc.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.

What Is ”Redistricting” And Why Should We Care? With April Sims

What Is ”Redistricting” And Why Should We Care? With April Sims

October 9, 2021

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Something is happening right now in Washington state (and around the country) that is going to change the political landscape for the next decade. It's called "redistricting," and it might have a major impact on working people's lives - but they may not be aware it's happening, or even know what it is.

Thankfully, Washington State Labor Council (https://www.wslc.org/) Secretary Treasurer April Sims, who also serves on our state's Redistricting Commission, is here to explain to Shannon and Harold what redistricting is, why it matters, and how working people can affect the process.

Want find out more about redistricting and make your voice heard?  Visit https://www.redistricting.wa.gov/ 

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.

Why Does A Hollywood Strike Matter To Southwest Washington? With Special Guest cdavid cottrill

Why Does A Hollywood Strike Matter To Southwest Washington? With Special Guest cdavid cottrill

October 2, 2021

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About 60,000 members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, or IATSE (https://iatse.net/) - including some here in the Pacific Northwest - are voting on whether or not to authorize a strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers or AMPTP (https://www.amptp.org/.) A strike, if it happens, would severely impact movie and TV production in the united states... but what would that mean for us here in Southwest Washington?

IATSE Local 488 (https://www.iatse488.org/) Business Agent cdavid cottrill sits down with Shannon and Harold to tell them the issues behind the strike vote, explain why there's more media production in Oregon than in Washington, and reveal what the heck a "Fraturday" is.

Want to find out more about the IATSE strike vote and support film and TV crews as they fight for fair treatment? Visit https://www.asa.iatse.net/!  

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.

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