Working to Live in Southwest Washington
Who‘s Next? Voices From The Nabisco Strike

Who‘s Next? Voices From The Nabisco Strike

September 18, 2021

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The Nabisco Strike is over - https://bctgm.org/2021/09/18/nabisco-strike-ends-bctgm-members-overwhelmingly-accept-new-contract/  Why did Nabisco workers go on strike in the first place, though, and what were they fighting for?

Shannon and Harold sit down with Mike Burlingham and Jesus Martinez, two BCTGM Local 364 (https://www.facebook.com/BCTGM-Local-364-Portland-Oregon-621776167954560) members, to talk about the conditions in the Portland Nabisco plant and the reasons they stayed on strike for over a month.

Then Doug Long and John Murphy, two former presidents of Local 364, tell Harold and Shannon about the support striking workers received from the community, and what Nabisco pulling out of BCTGM's multi-employer pension  plan meant for the workers and retirees like them.

The strike may be over, but we still need to protect American jobs - keep checking the label when you're buying Nabisco products at your local grocery store - https://bctgm.org/PDFs/NabiscoSTRIKE_ChecktheLabel.pdf - and if they're not made in America, leave them on the shelf!

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What‘s In Your Kit?

What‘s In Your Kit?

September 4, 2021

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Happy Labor Day, working people!

Unfortunately, we aren't able to gather at our annual Labor Day picnic this year (though we ARE holding a virtual #LaborDay celebration - find out more about it at https://tinyurl.com/eudbbdwj.) 

A few local working people are still getting together and talk about what they do and how they do it, though.

A stage hand  (IATSE Local 28 - https://www.iatse28.org/ - member Jane Chorazy)

An educator (Evergreen Education Association - https://www.eeaoffice.com/ - member Marj Hogan)

And a bus driver (ATU Local 757 - https://www.atu757.org/ - member Jim Bennett)

join Shannon and Harold to discuss what's in the "kit" they use at work. Looking at the difference in their professions, their kits must be pretty different as well, right? Maybe... Maybe not!

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 really mean that! The idea for this episode came from a working person right here in our community who's also one of our guests!)

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.

Rest In Peace, Brother - We’ve Got It From Here… Remembering Richard Trumka

Rest In Peace, Brother - We’ve Got It From Here… Remembering Richard Trumka

August 8, 2021

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The unexpected death of AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka sent shockwaves through the American Labor movement.

Three Washington Labor leaders -

IBEW Local 48 (https://www.ibew48.com/) Business Rep. and Southwest Washington Central Council Vice President Bob Carroll, 

UA Local 290 (https://ua290.org/) member and Southwest Washington Central Labor Council Secretary Treasurer Randall Friesen,

and AFM Local 105 (https://www.afm105.org/) president and Secretary Treasurer of the Spokane Regional Labor Council (https://unionhall.aflcio.org/spokanelabor) Tina Morrison - 

Join Shannon and Harold to discuss who Richard Trumka was, what he did for the Labor movement, and what's ahead for the movement now that he's gone.

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 We Mean When We Talk About “Equity?” With Kasi Perreira and Shellea Loutsis - Allen

What Do We Mean When We Talk About “Equity?” With Kasi Perreira and Shellea Loutsis - Allen

June 12, 2021

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It's been a year since the death of George Floyd, and working people in Southwest Washington and across America are having hard conversations about how members of marginalized groups are treated here in the United States.
 
Thankfully, the Washington State Labor Council (https://wslc.org/) is here to help with those conversations.  WSLC Director of Racial and Gender Justice (https://www.wslc.org/race-and-labor/) Kasi Perreira tells Shannon and Harold what her department is all about, some of the history Labor is working to acknowledge and move past (https://www.thestand.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Race-and-Labor_booklet_lo-res.pdf) and about the WSLC's Race, Gender and Labor Workshops (one of which the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council a couple weeks ago - https://www.facebook.com/events/758646614817740/ ... and be on the lookout for more in the future!)
 
Interested in the WSLC's workshops, and in being a part of them? Find out how to be a certified trainer at https://forms.gle/feVmmBNg6qNfW7T39 
 
Before she left, Kasi also talked about the WSLC's 2021 #JuneTeenth celebration, which kicks off on Instagram Live on June 15: https://www.facebook.com/WAaflcio/posts/3989898384378847 Check the Calendar at The Stand for JuneTeenth celebrations all across Washington State - https://www.thestand.org/calendar/
 
June is also PRIDE month! PRIDE at Work (https://www.prideatwork.org/) National Co-President Shellea Loutsis - Allen stops by to talk about what PRIDE means to her, the challenges LGBTQ+ workers are still facing, the importance of the Equality Act (https://aflcio.org/press/releases/labor-applauds-overdue-passage-equality-act,) and about PRIDE at Work's annual Celebrating Solidarity event on June 24: https://www.prideatwork.org/celebrating-solidarity-2021/ 
 
Shellea even turns the tables on Shannon and Harold, and asks THEM about how involved LGBTQ+ working people are in their community - which is a perfect opportunity to talk about the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council's support of Vancouver USA PRIDE (http://vanusapride.org/) thanks to a couple of very special Delegates to the Council!
 

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.

Can Your Boss Really Do That? Is It Even Legal? With Diana Winther and Daniel Hutzenbiler

Can Your Boss Really Do That? Is It Even Legal? With Diana Winther and Daniel Hutzenbiler

May 30, 2021

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Far too many people feel mistreated at work, but when is that mistreatment because of a "bad boss," and when is it actually a violation of the law?

Shannon and Harold talk to two Labor attorneys to find out where that line is drawn, and what recourse working people have under the law.

First they talk with Diana Winther (https://www.ibew48.com/leadership/diana-winther) General Counsel for this episode's sponsor, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 48, about the difference between Labor law and employment law - and when it might be time to contact an attorney if you think your employer is violating the law.

Then they talk with Daniel Hutzenbiler (https://mbjlaw.com/attorneys/daniel-hutzenbiler/) a union attorney at McKanna Bishop Joffe about the federal laws that protect Americans in their workplaces - and the changes passage of the #PROAct will bring.

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.

A Historic Legislative Session For Working People With Rep. Sharon Wylie, Sen. Karen Keiser and Rep. Monica Stonier

A Historic Legislative Session For Working People With Rep. Sharon Wylie, Sen. Karen Keiser and Rep. Monica Stonier

May 15, 2021

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Washington's 2021 Legislative session closed on April 25th, and it was called "historic" by a lot of people, for a lot of reasons. 

The most obvious reason is that the Legislature couldn't meet in person at the state capitol in Olympia because of the Covid 19 pandemic. The session was also historic because of the groundbreaking laws and policies the legislators passed to help working people during the pandemic - and long after it's over.

State Senator Karen Keiser (https://senatedemocrats.wa.gov/keiser/) and Representatives Sharon Wylie (https://housedemocrats.wa.gov/wylie/) and Monica Stonier (https://housedemocrats.wa.gov/stonier/) take Shannon and Harold through some of the high points including protecting essential workers, providing infrastructure like broadband and childcare, making sure agricultural workers get overtime, reforming Washington's upside-down tax code, and more!

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 Do ALL Working People Need The PRO Act - with Senator Patty Murray and AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Liz Shuler

Why Do ALL Working People Need The PRO Act - with Senator Patty Murray and AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Liz Shuler

May 1, 2021

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It's May Day, or International Workers Day!

Shannon and Harold couldn't think of a better time to talk about how working people can come together and work towards fair treatment in their workplaces... and about the PRO Act, which will make it easier for them to do that when it passes the Senate!

One of the authors of the Protecting The Right To Organize Act, Washington's own Senator Patty Murray (https://www.murray.senate.gov/), calls in to tell them why she created the bill and why she's fighting so hard to get it passed.

Then, AFL-CIO (https://aflcio.org/) Secretary Treasurer Liz Shuler (a Northwesterner herself) takes them on a deep dive into the bill and what it will do for working people - whether they're in a union or not - and explains how the PRO Act is more than just labor law reform... it's a civil rights and human rights bill!

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.

 

Don’t Look Back - Move Forward And… What Do Nurses Need At PeaceHealth SW?

Don’t Look Back - Move Forward And… What Do Nurses Need At PeaceHealth SW?

April 7, 2021

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It's been a while, huh?

Now that she's back and ready to podcast, Shannon takes charge and focuses on all the great things happening for working people right now - including:

The American Rescue Plan - https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/11/biden-1point9-trillion-covid-relief-package-thursday-afternoon.html 

The PROAct - https://passtheproact.org/ 

The American Jobs Plan - https://www.whitehouse.gov/american-jobs-plan/ 

And... a president that's not afraid to say GOOD things about unions (seriously... did you hear this speech? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZpUD9KgYc4)

Joining Shannon and Harold to talk about all this are SW Washington Central Labor Council Vice President Bob Carroll and Secretary Treasurer Randall Friesen; they weigh in on all the good things the current administration has in the works - and on what working people can look forward to in the future right here in the lower-left-corner of the Evergreen State!

Then, Washington State Nurses Association (https://www.wsna.org/) Local Unit Co-Chair at Peace Health Southwest Medical Center Didi Gray drops by to talk about the issues her union is running into while trying to negotiate a new contract - and the rally WSNA has planned for the Vancouver Waterfront on April 10!  Find out more on their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/VancouverRNsCareForUs 

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.

Financial Stability In The COVID Era With Special Guests Patrick Town and Ross Wolf

Financial Stability In The COVID Era With Special Guests Patrick Town and Ross Wolf

January 30, 2021

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It's always difficult for working people to get their finances in order, but it's especially difficult in this COVID-19 era we've all been living through. Shannon and Harold talk to two financial experts -

Ross Wolf, President of Pacific Financial Advisors (https://www.pacificfa.com/) and

Patrick Town, founder and Executive Director of Union Home Plus (https://www.unionhomeplus.org

- about the pressures working people are facing, and what they can do to start on the road to true financial stability.

Be sure to visit Ross's Financial Plan app at https://wealth.emaplan.com/ema/LeadGen/Welcome/eecacd89-a7a2-4fe0-abe6-c2d5eca0eb6b 

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.

Sharing Your Views With Your Government (The RIGHT Way) With Special Guests Monica Stonier and Annette Cleveland

Sharing Your Views With Your Government (The RIGHT Way) With Special Guests Monica Stonier and Annette Cleveland

January 16, 2021

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Washington's 2021 Legislative session opened this week against the backdrop of political violence at the nation's Capitol, and new restrictions because of the COVID 19 pandemic. Washington has a lot of very important issues to be dealt with during this session, and it's crucial that working people engage with their legislators... but between increased security and legislators' absence from the state Capitol in Olympia, how are they supposed to do that?

Shannon and Harold dig into these issues with state Representative Monica Stonier (https://housedemocrats.wa.gov/stonier/) who has a handy infographic to help constituents connect with the "remote" legislature on her Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/RepMonicaStonier49/posts/1108713819567400 

Then, they talk to state Senator Anette Cleveland (https://senatedemocrats.wa.gov/cleveland/)
about how the Senate is dealing with the new restrictions.

Finally, Washington State Labor Council Government Affairs Director Joe Kendo (https://www.wslc.org/joe-kendo/) drops by to talk about the issues he and the State Labor Council are prioritizing for working people in the Evergreen State, including

Senate Bill 6051: https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5061&Year=2021&Initiative=false which provides improvements to unemployment insurance and

House Bill 1076: https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1076&Initiative=false&Year=2021 which focuses on Labor Standards Enforcement.

Joe (and his one-year-old "assistant" Evan, who joins him for the interview) also encourages listeners to subscribe to https://www.thestand.org/ for the latest information on what the State Labor Council is doing for working people in Olympia.

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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