Monthly Archives: March 2019
Tune in Monday, March 24 to The Labor Forum on WRFG 89.3FM from 4-5pm and hear from three members of the Iron workers Local Union #387 about the work they do and how to join their apprenticeship program.
The Labor Forum is glad to collaborate with the Building and Construction Trades Council to bring another skilled trade union to the airwaves of Atlanta’s progressive, community radio on the fourth Monday of each month.Previous programs have featured electricians and operating engineers, all fields in the construction industry that are in need of a new generation of workers and union members.The Labor Forum supports ALL workers’ rights to livable wages, safe working conditions, benefits like health insurance, paid vacations, holidays and sick days and pensions, the right to join a union and negotiate a contract and RESPECT for the work they do.
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On Monday’s program, March 18, the Labor Forum team will speak with students from KSUnited to get an update on what is happening with the struggle against a series of racist events on campus. This interview will be from 4:15-4:30
At 4:30, Jacklyn Izrael from the National Domestic Workers Alliance will join us in the studio to talk about the work of the organization to uplift the wages, working conditions and recognition of the valuable work done by housekeepers, nannies, and home care workers.
And a reminder, on the 4th Monday of each month, The Labor Forum learns about the work and apprenticeship programs of one of the nineteen skilled building and construction trades.
On March 25, the Ironworkers Union Local 387 will be featured on The Labor Forum, 4-5 pm at 89.3FM, streamed at wrfg.org and on the WRFG app for mobile devices.
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On this second week of the 2019 Spring Pledge Drive, The Labor Forum hears from organizers of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers Fair Food Tour which is coming to Atlanta today to bring attention to the failure of Wendy’s fast food chain to support the human rights of Florida farm workers.
From 5-6, farm worker families will be joined by students, members of the faith community, and labor and community organizations in a demonstration at the Wendy’s, 660 Boulevard (near Ponce de Leon).
Following the picket, there will be a community dinner at Grace United Methodist Church, 458 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE from 6:30-8:30pm with the CIW members discussing the Fair Food Program and the ongoing struggle to win Wendy’s over to joining it.
This interview, will be from 4:15-4:30pm.
Our guest from 4:30-4:55 is Michael Yates, an economist, labor educator, and associate editor of the socialist magazine Monthly Review.
Michael was born in 1946 in a small coal mining town about 40 miles north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His immediate family had a long history working at dangerous, unhealthy jobs in the coal mines. For more than three decades, he has been a labor educator, teaching working people across the United States.
He advocates a socialist view of economics and has written many books including “Why Unions Matter” and his latest, “Can the Working Class Change the World?”
The Labor Forum team will talk with him about his views on what the changes in types of work, particularly the gig economy, mean for union organizing and movement building in the US and around the world.
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Farmworkers in Florida have organized for living wages and decent working conditions for years under the leadership of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.
Many growers and grocery store chains and restaurants that use the tomatoes they pick have signed onto the Fair Food Program which has brought significant improvement to the lives of these hardworking men and women.
But not the fast food chain, Wendy’s.
On Monday, March 11, Florida farmworkers will be joined by Atlanta students, members of faith communities, labor and community activists in a demonstration in front of the Wendy’s at 660 Boulevard Ave. NE from 5-6pm.
Following the protest, there will be a Community dinner at Grace United Methodist Church, 458 Ponce de Leon Ave where farmworkers will describe their ongoing fight for human rights as well as the victories they have achieved.
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Freedom University Georgia are sponsoring this social justice action.
For additional information, ciw-online.org
On Monday, March 4, The Labor Forum will discuss how working class families are impacted by police shootings. Specifically we will be speaking about the cases of Anthony Hill and Jamarion Robinson, two young Black men in Atlanta whose killings have raised community outrage at the circumstances of their deaths.Us Protecting Us, a coalition led by members of the disability community, was formed four years ago after Hill, a veteran suffering from PTSD and other mental illness, was shot by DeKalb County officer, Robert Olsen in the parking lot of his apartment complex. Although Hill was naked, Olsen claimed that he was in fear for his life.
We will hear from Us Protecting Us members about events marking the four year anniversary of Hill’s death, March 9 and mobilizing for the upcoming murder trial of officer Olsen.This interview will be from 4:15-4:30.Monteria Robinson will join the program at 4:30 to talk about the death of her son on Aug. 16, 2016 by a combined force of US Marshals and local police seeking to arrest him on an outstanding warrant. Yet he was shot dozens of times in his girlfriend’s apartment, although offering no resistance.
For two and a half years, those involved in the shooting have refused to be interviewed by the Fulton County District Attorney’s office. Monteria Robinson will update the Labor Forum audience on what steps are being taken to reveal the truth of what happened to Jamarion Robinson.
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