Monthly Archives: October 2015
The Labor Forum on WRFG 89.3FM welcomes ATU #732 President Curtis Howard and Paratransit driver Stanley Smalls to the Monday, Nov. 2 program to alert area residents to the threat of MARTA privatizing the disability service. This proposal is on the agenda for the Nov. 5 MARTA Board meeting despite a previous failed outsourcing of the Mobility buses and repeated opposition by the affected community members at any suggestion of revisiting that idea.
At 4:30pm, low-wage workers with the” Fight for $15 and a Union” campaign will lay out the details of the Nov.10 national actions and report on the progress of local efforts to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
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Airport workers around the country are organizing for union rights and an end to poverty wages and unfair working conditions.
The Oct. 26 broadcast of The Labor Forum on WRFG 89.3FM, 4-5pm will feature a discussion with restaurant servers and Unite Here members, Kathy Diaz and Marlon Ross about their concerns with AirMall USA.
Labor Forum founder and Teamsters #527-S shop steward, Gary Washington will be the guest co-host for the program.
In addition, San Francisco Central Labor Council member, Dave Welsh will be calling in to report on the Haitian election and the condition of Haitian workers, based n his recent trip to that country.
When a 21st century coup d’état ousts the only president they ever believed in, the farmers take over the plantations – With no plans to ever give them back!
June 28th 2009, the first coup d’état in a generation in Central America overthrows the elected president of Honduras. A nationwide resistance movement is born, which takes inspiration from the daring act of the farmers of the Aguan Valley to take over 10,000 acres of palm oil plantations claimed by the country’s largest landowner, and a key player in the coup. Filmed over four years beginning with the coup itself, ‘Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley’ follows three key members of the farmers’ resistance as they convert the plantations into a workers co-op and agitate for a more democratic state, all while trying to survive the violent reaction of the landlord and the coup regime.
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Eunice Choi, attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center and James Macon, President of ATU local 998 in Milwaukee, WI will be the guests on the Monday, Oct. 12 broadcast of The Labor Forum on WRFG 89.3FM from 4-5pm.
Ms. Choi will update the listeners on immigration issues in metro Atlanta, particularly with Fulton County’s relationship with ICE.
President Macon will speak about the fight back in Wisconsin against anti-union legislation and policies of Gov. Scott Walker’s administration. On Oct. 5, the membership of ATU #998 voted 92% to reject a contract that attacked their hours and working conditions. He will address the impact of the austerity program being leveled against public services and public workers.
The Labor Forum can be heard every Monday from 4-5pm at 89.3FM, online at http://www.wrfg.org and seen live on The Labor Forum YouTube channel. Programs are archived there in audio and video formats.
The Labor Forum airs every Monday from 4-5pm on WRFG 89.3FM and online at http://www.wrfg.org.
The Oct 5 program features an update from Fight for $15 activists who will detail recent successes in the national effort to win higher wages and a union for workers in fast-food, retail, domestic and home healthcare and other service industries. In particular, plans for an Atlanta Wage Board will be discussed.
In the 4:30-5pm segment, Joel Edwards, retired MARTA bus driver and leader of Restore DeKalb, will discuss the education and other public service cuts in light of the multi-million dollar deal with Arthur Blank’s professional soccer team center to be built on county-owned land on Memorial Drive. The Labor Forum is continuing its examination of the impact on working people and their communities of publically-funded sports facilities and other corporate-driven developments in metro Atlanta. What to do about the failure of elected officials to work for the interests of the majority of people is the question we will address