Daily Archives: November 7, 2016
On the Monday, Nov. 7 edition of The Labor Forum on WRFG 89.3FM, 4-5pm, we will go to the frontlines of two struggles in Philadelphia and Atlanta.
First, at 4:15pm, we will speak with a member of Philadelphia’s TWU #234 whose 4700 subway, bus and trolley workers have been on strike for a week. The management of SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) is demanding concessions on health insurance that would increase premiums, as well as detrimental changes to pensions and other benefits. One of the big issues concerns safety with these public transportation workers forced to work with only 9 hours break between shifts.
Officials are attempting to get a court injunction Monday morning to force the workers back on the job on Nov. 8.
Labor Forum listeners will hear directly from one of the strikers about the outcome of the court hearing and how the union will proceed to fight for their members ‘rights and the safety of the public.
In Atlanta, advocates for affordable housing and compassionate and comprehensive services for those who are without homes, living in shelters, in cars, and abandoned buildings and on the streets are mobilizing for a 24 hour action at Atlanta City Hall on Monday, Nov. 7.
Mayor Kasim Reed has escalated his attacks on the Peachtree-Pine shelter by threatening to use eminent domain to take the building and turn it into a super police station to specialize in fighting terrorism.
City Council with the exception of Felicia Moore has supported his effort to evict the Task Force for the Homeless and the hundreds of men, women and children who shelter there with no plan for any alternative housing or services.
The working poor, senior citizens, students,and unsheltered people will pack the City Council chambers at 1pm to demand action to prevent displacement of residents in gentrifying neighborhoods, to support the building of affordable housing, to fund all the services needed for those currently without homes and to stop undermining the work of the Task Force..
A 24 hour tent city will be set up on the grounds of City Hall to bring the issue directly to city officials.
The Labor Forum will talk with organizers, Marshall Rancifer of Justice for All Coalition and Avery Jackson and Taiza Troutman of #ATLisReady about the crisis of decent and affordable housing in Atlanta and the dominant role of developers, corporations and other monied interests in shaping the city’s future.
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