Engineering by Robin Smith
Updates from the front lines of working people’s struggles across the country, plus lots of terrific music.
Guests (in order of appearance): Erin McKee, President of the South Carolina AFL-CIO; Jonathon Feinberg: Helped organize a Guitar Center; Lane Windham: Author of new book “Knocking on Labor’s Door”; Stephan Lefebvre, involved with efforts to organize AU grad student workers; Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance; Jackie Jeter, president, Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO; Larry Hanley, President of the Amalgamated Transit Union; Garrett Broshuis, former pro baseball player and one of the lawyers representing former minor league players in their lawsuit against Major League Baseball for violating wage and overtime laws; Karen Lewis: President of the Chicago Teachers Union; Jim Williams, Jr, Organizing Director for the Painters union; Jose La Luz, Associate Director of the AFSCME, Leadership Academy; Ken Riley, President of ILA Local 1422 in Charleston; Chuck Jones, former President of United Steelworkers Local 1999 (Carrier in Indianapolis); Larry Mischel, president of the Economic Policy Institute; Jane McAlevey, author "No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age"
Tom Morello: Union Town
Erin McKee, President of the South Carolina AFL-CIO, live from their Labor Day parade in Charleston
Tigerman Woah!: The '69 Strike
Jonathon Feinberg: Helped organize a Guitar Center in suburban Massachusetts, published "The Union of Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'N' Roll" on The Dig recently. Along with working at the now-unionized Guitar Center, he currently works for the New Lynn Coalition (a labor-community coalition in Lynn MA), and is the guitarist in rock n roll band Tigerman Woah.
Redemption Song | Playing For Change | Song Around The World
Lane Windham: Author of new book “Knocking on Labor’s Door” -- just released today -- and heading up the new WILL (Women Innovating Labor Leadership) Empower project at Georgetown’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor and the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations.
Stephan Lefebvre: Second year PhD student at American University. He has been involved with efforts to organize the over 750 graduate student workers employed by AU in order to bargain collectively and have a unified voice on campus. He is originally from Miami, Florida.
Johnny Clegg & Juluka: Work For All
Ai-jen Poo: American activist and director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She is also the co-director of Caring Across Generations, a national coalition of 200 advocacy organizations working to transform the long-term care system in the US, with a focus on the needs of aging Americans, people with disabilities, and their caregivers. She is a 2014 recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Award.
Jackie Jeter: president, Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO, live from the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade
Green Day: Working Class Hero (radio edit)
Larry Hanley: President of the Amalgamated Transit Union since 2010. Hanley was one of the founders of New York’s Working Families Party in 1998. He subsequently organized a multi-union effort that successfully elected 515 labor union members and officers to the Staten Island Democratic Party - effectively putting Labor in charge.
Joe Uehlein & The Bones of Contention: Power
Garrett Broshuis: Former professional baseball player in the San Francisco Giants organization. He was drafted in the 5th round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft after an All-American career at the University of Missouri. Broshuis is one of the lawyers representing former minor league players Aaron Senne, Michael Liberto, and Oliver Odle, in their lawsuit against Major League Baseball for violating wage and overtime laws.
Koko Taylor - Big Boss Man
Karen Lewis: President of the Chicago Teachers Union
Allen Toussaint: Working in a Coalmine
Jim Williams, Jr: Organizing Director for the Painters union
The Hamilton Mixtape: Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)
Jose La Luz: Associate Director of the AFSCME, Leadership Academy, on the Puerto Rican labor movement and austerity.
Tom Morello & Ben Harper: Save the Hammer for the Man
Ken Riley: President of ILA Local 1422; update on the Charleston 5
Sam Cooke: A Change Is Gonna Come
Chuck Jones: former President of the United Steelworkers Local 1999 (Carrier in Indianapolis. Recently retired. Held this elected position for over 30 years. Since retiring has been involved with Good Jobs Nation and Indiana Labor for Our Revolution. Recently decided to run for a local political office "Wayne Township Trustee". Has been on the ongoing “Offshore: no more!” 10 stop Pickup Tour
Billy Bragg: There Is Power In A Union
Larry Mischel: President of the Economic Policy Institute; EPI's latest report, "How today’s unions help working people"
Dropkick Murphys: Worker's Song
Jane McAlevey: Union and community organizer, educator and author "No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age"