Your Rights At Work

Your Rights At Work

By Christopher Garlock
DC’s call-in show about worker rights: those you have, those you don’t, how to get them and how to use them. Broadcast on WPFW 89.3FM

Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith
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Getting it right on reopening schools; How the media abandoned the working class
Broadcast on August 13, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: Liz Davis, Washington Teacher’s Union; “Getting it Right: Reopening Our Nation’s Schools” (Saturday, August 15, 12-4p on WPFW and WBAI FM) Music: “Old School Mechanic,” by SpudWrench Christopher Martin, Professor of Digital Journalism, University of Northern Iowa: author of "No Longer Newsworthy: How the Mainstream Media Abandoned the Working Class" Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Myke “The Man” Nasella
1:00:07
August 13, 2020
Worker wins and losses at DC City Council; 2020 Executive Paywatch report
Broadcast on August 6, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: Jews United For Justice DC Community Organizer Zach Weinstein on “Wins, losses and a few things in-between: highlights from this year’s DC City Council”; read the report here. AFL-CIO Deputy Director, Corporations and Capital Markets Brandon Rees on “1,000-to-1 Pay Ratio CEOs Furlough Workers”; the AFL-CIO's 2020 Executive Paywatch report. Tales of the Resistance, an original radio serial from the San Francisco Mime Troupe. This week's episode: “The Good Cop.” Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Myke “The Man” Nasella
54:40
August 6, 2020
Tales of the Resistance (Episodes 1 & 2)
Broadcast on July 30, 2020 Chris Garlock and Ed Smith are off this week; they’ll be back next week with the latest labor news, guests and updates, plus of course your calls about your rights on the job. Today, catch up on Tales of the Resistance, the radio serial we’ve been running from the wonderful San Francisco Mime Troupe, featuring political comedy, biting satire, and catchy original music. The stories are all about workers fighting back in creative ways, perfect for these days. Here are the first two episodes; we’ll be back next week with the third! Episode 1:  Jade, For Hire! Looking for work during a race and class war ain’t easy, But why was "Derrick" fired in the first place? And what is the secret of...Jamazon.com? Episode 2:  Novice Nurse: Susie Terse and "The Price of Infection." Can Nurse Susie find a way to deliver vital antiviral medicine while navigating hospital bureaucracy while fending off the corrupt Capitalist Healthcare Conspiracy? Produced by Chris Garlock; engineering by Michael Nasella
1:00:07
July 30, 2020
Union-busting at the Scholars Strategy Network
Broadcast on July 23, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock This week's show: A tribute to John Lewis, the American politician and civil-rights leader who served in the United States House of Representatives for Georgia's 5th congressional district from 1987 until his death on July 17, 2020 from pancreatic cancer. Kayla Blado, president of the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU), on union-busting at the pro-democracy Scholars Strategy Network. News headlines: 18 ways to be a hero (by supporting the HEROES ACT) Plus: Episode 2 of Tales of the Resistance, an original radio serial from the San Francisco Mime Troupe. This week: Novice Nurse: Susie Terse and "The Price of Infection." Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Myke “The Man” Nasella
54:54
July 23, 2020
VA first to issue standard to protect workers from COVID-19
Broadcast on July 16, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock & Ed Smith This week's show: Doris Crouse-Mays, Virginia AFL-CIO President: Virginia Issues an Emergency Temporary Workplace Standard to Protect Workers from COVID-19 MUSIC: Fight The Power; Public Enemy Joe McCartin & Sara Myklebust, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor: An Interactive Tool for Building Power: Contract Map  Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Myke “The Man” Nasella
1:00:07
July 17, 2020
SF Mime Troupe’s “Tales of the Resistance”
Broadcast on July 9, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock & Ed Smith This week's show: Latest labor news updates, including what’s happening with the proposed East End Hospital and the NLRB says the boss can search your car! Plus: Tales of the Resistance, an original radio serial from the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Today’s episode: JADE, FOR HIRE! Looking for work during a race and class war ain’t easy, But why was "Derrick" fired in the first place? And what is the secret of...Jamazon.com? Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Myke “The Man” Nasella
1:00:07
July 9, 2020
Union democracy at the Homestead Steel Mill; Remembering Dr. Howard Croft
Broadcast on July 2, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock & Ed Smith This week's show: MIKE STOUT, author, Homestead Steel Mill: The Final Ten Years ― Local 1397 and the Fight for Union Democracy (PM Press). Remembering DR. HOWARD CROFT, the longtime social justice activist in Washington DC, who recently died of COVID-19. Excerpted from the June 29 broadcast of To Heal DC on WPFW 89.3 FM; hosted and produced by Joni Eisenberg Music: Occupy the song-Mike Stout Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike “The Man” Nasella
54:53
July 2, 2020
Coerced: Work Under Threat of Punishment
Broadcast on June 25, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock & Ed Smith This week's show: ERIN HATTON, author, Coerced: Work Under Threat of Punishment MLOV’s MEGAN MACARAEG on the DC Excluded Workers Rally coming up Monday, June 29 Poem: "Ready To Kill" by Carl Sandburg, performed by ELISE BRYANT, Executive Director of the Labor Heritage Foundation and president of the Coalition of Labor Union Women Music: You About to Lose Your Job ( Original Remix )  Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike “The Man” Nasella
54:29
June 25, 2020
SCOTUS bans LGBTQ workplace discrimination; meet new MWC president Dyana Forester
Broadcast on June 18, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock & Ed Smith This week's show: JERAME DAVIS, Executive Director, Pride@Work ANNE BALAY, teacher, activist and author of “Steel Closets” and “Semi Queer”   Music: I Walk The Line: Sophie Hanson DYANA FORESTER, new President of the Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike “The Man” Nasella
1:00:07
June 18, 2020
Music to start a revolution!
Broadcast on June 11 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock & Ed Smith This week's show: Music to start a revolution. Plus, listener music calls and suggestions. Music: A Change Is Gonna Come (Aretha Franklin) Power Martin Luther King Jr. Type_Beat Rosa Parks Equality Song (Horrible Histories) This Little Light of Mine (Fannie Lou Hamer) $20 Bill (for George Floyd); Tom Prasada-Rao None of Us Are Free (DC Labor Chorus) Aint Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around (The Roots from The Soundtrack For A Revolution) Produced by Chris Garlock; engineering by Jerry Paris
1:00:07
June 11, 2020
Labor on George Floyd and the fight for justice
Broadcast on June 4, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock & Elise Bryant, President, Coalition of Labor Union Women This week's guests: RYAN TIMLIN, President, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005 in Minneapolis, Minnesota TERRY MELVIN, President, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists YANIRA MERINO, President, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement PLUS: Listeners call in to join the conversation. Music: Tracy Chapman, Talkin' Bout a Revolution  Produced by Chris Garlock; engineering by Katea Stitt
55:04
June 4, 2020
"Workers First" caravan; extending “recognition pay”
Broadcast May 28, 2020 This week's guests: TEFERE GEBRE, Executive Vice President of the AFL-CIO, on the June 3 Workers First Caravan JONATHAN WILLIAMS, Communications Director, UFCW 400, on his union’s calls on Giant to extend “recognition pay” until the COVID-19 crisis is over ELIZABETH FALCON, Executive Director, DC Jobs with Justice, on tomorrow’s DC Excluded Workers Social Media Blitz  Music: Heroes (We Could Be); Alesso remix   Produced by Chris Garlock; engineering by Jerry Paris and Shepsu Baker
55:06
May 28, 2020
Big biz uses COVID-19 to dodge responsibility for worker safety
Broadcast May 21, 2020 This week's guests: REBECCA DIXON, Executive Director, National Employment Law Project, on how big biz is using coronavirus as an excuse to get permanent protection from all worker lawsuits LYNN BERNABEI, lawyer, Bernabei & Kabat, on MedStar employee fired for tweeting about hospital’s lack of coronavirus safety precautions DAMON SILVERS, Director of policy and special counsel for the AFL-CIO: AFL-CIO sues feds over coronavirus workplace safety Music: “We Just Come to Work Here” Artist: Ben Grosscup; original lyrics by Harry Stamper; new lyrics by Paul McKenna Produced by Chris Garlock; engineering by Jerry Paris
54:43
May 21, 2020
“American Unemployment Past, Present, And Future"
Broadcast May 14, 2020 This week's guests: FRANK STRICKER; Author, “American Unemployment Past, Present, and Future; Lies your economists told you—and the truths that can change the nation” SETH COOK; Principal tubist for the Washington National Opera and Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, member of the DC Musicians Union and a co-owner of the Takoma Beverage Company Produced by Chris Garlock; engineering by Michael Nasella
54:15
May 14, 2020
UI updates; Meditation during the pandemic
Broadcast May 7, 2020 This week's guests: LOLITA MARTIN, Staff Attorney, Claimant Advocacy Program: Updates on filing for Unemployment Insurance in DC NALISHA MEHTA; meditation and relaxation during the pandemic Produced by Chris Garlock; engineering by Michael Nasella 
55:03
May 7, 2020
AU WORKER RIGHTS; LABOR AND THE ENVIRONMENT; "THE EDGE OF ANARCHY"
DC’s call-in show about worker rights: those you have, those you don’t, how to get them and how to use them.  Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's guests: ANTHONY RANDOLPH from UNITE HERE LOCAL 23; Tens of thousands more laid off workers filed for unemployment assistance in the DMV last week, for a total of nearly half a million claims over the last five weeks. A small fraction of those workers are lucky enough to be members of a union, and at American University that membership might literally mean life or death. When Compass Group, an American University subcontractor, laid off campus food service workers, UNITE HERE Local 23 sprang into action to ensure members continued to get pension and medical benefits. Without those medical benefits, laid off workers would have little means to access care if they got sick. WPFW reporter Chris Bangert-Drowns spoke with AU employee and UNITE HERE 23 member Anthony Randolph on Monday to get the details. JOE UEHLEIN with the Labor Network for Sustainability on Earth Day at 50; labor and the environmental movement. The first Earth Day in 1970 had very significant support from the United Automobile Workers and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which included money, staff time, printing, and other related resources. Denis Hayes, organizer of the first Earth Day told Labor Network for Sustainability President Joe Uehlein that the first Earth Day would not have happened without labor support. Some of the larger Earth Day planning retreats/meetings were held at the UAW’s Black Lake training center in upstate Michigan.  JACK KELLY: "The Edge of Anarchy: The Railroad Barons, the Gilded Age, and the Greatest Labor Uprising in America” At the peak of the Gilded Age a conflict in one of America’s largest factories exploded into the most extensive and threatening labor uprising in American history. The Edge of Anarchy tells the story of this epoch-making event. The book transports the reader from the fabulous White City of the 1893 World’s Fair to the nation’s industrial heartland, where unprecedented hard times are brewing rage across the continent. In the summer of 1894, more than half a million desperate railroad workers went on strike. Riots broke out in Chicago and other major cities. The nation’s commerce ground to a halt—famine threatened isolated towns. The U.S. Attorney General declared the country to be on “the ragged edge of anarchy.” Music: You Can't Giddy Up By Sayin' Whoa: The U-Liners (with Joe Uehlein). Produced by Chris Garlock; engineering by Michael Nasella and Shepsu Baker
55:00
April 23, 2020
HOTEL WORKERS FIGHT TO SURVIVE; ORGANIZING NON-PROFITS; "THE LONG DEEP GRUDGE"
DC’s call-in show about worker rights: those you have, those you don’t, how to get them and how to use them. Broadcast on WPFW 89.3FM ​ Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's guests: JOHN BOARDMAN, UNITE HERE LOCAL 25: Update on hotel workers  KATIE BARROWS, NPEU (Nonprofit Professional Employees Union): Why we’re still organizing Music: GmacCash - On Strike: https://youtu.be/uJOHvQ9cL38 TONI GILPIN, “The Long Deep Grudge: A Story of Big Capital, Radical Labor, and Class War in the American Heartland” Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Jerry Paris
54:50
April 16, 2020
SUPERMARKET WORKERS & NURSES DURING THE PANDEMIC; “MONGREL FIREBUGS AND MEN OF PROPERTY"
DC’s call-in show about worker rights: those you have, those you don’t, how to get them and how to use them. Broadcast on WPFW 89.3FM ​ Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's guests: JONATHAN WILLIAMS, UFCW 400: Supermarket workers to DC mayor: more must be done TIM SHEARD, author “All Bleeding Stops Eventually” and Condition Critical! NYC Nurse Issues Harrowing Report From The Medical Frontlines STEVE FRASER, author “Mongrel Firebugs and Men of Property: Capitalism and Class Conflict in American History” Music: The Elevator Man; SpudWrench MICHAEL PETERSON, AKA SpudWrench (at right in photo); elevator engineer, member of Local 124 of the Elevator Constructors Union (in Alabama) Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Katea Stitt
54:49
April 9, 2020
Suing the government on behalf of federal employees exposed to coronavirus; Michael Honey on "What Happened to Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream of Economic Justice?” (Hour 2)
DC’s call-in show about worker rights: those you have, those you don’t, how to get them and how to use them. Broadcast on WPFW 89.3FM Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith Today’s guests: HEIDI BURAKIEWICZ, partner at the lawfirm of KCNF DC; Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch: American Federation of Government Employees and Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch Sue Government on Behalf of Federal Employees Exposed to Coronavirus MICHAEL HONEY, historian: What Happened to Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream of Economic Justice?” Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Katea Stitt
52:05
April 2, 2020
Companies mistreating workers as COVID-19 spreads; Nationals Opening Day finds thousands of concessions workers facing destitution (Hour 1)
DC’s call-in show about worker rights: those you have, those you don’t, how to get them and how to use them. Broadcast on WPFW 89.3FM Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith Today’s guests: DEBORAH BERKOWITZ, Worker Health and Safety Director at the National Employment Law Project: As coronavirus spreads, so do reports of companies mistreating workers MARGARET SHARP, DC organizing director, UNITE HERE Local 23: Nationals Opening Day Finds Thousands Facing Destitution; MLB response inadequate 1:30: Music: Look For The Union Label, JOE GLAZER Case Closed, with DAVID SCHLOSS Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Katea Stitt
53:42
April 2, 2020
Worker voices from the COVID pandemic
Broadcast on March 26, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: Worker voices from the COVID pandemic: Brian Wivell, ATU 689; Dabney Hudson, president DC Fire Fighters Local 36; John Boardman, Executive Secretary-Treasurer UNITE HERE 25, represents DC hotel workers. DC Councilmember Elissa Silverman: What DC is doing to help workers. AFL-CIO’s Damon Silvers: The stimulus bill: good news for American workers? Randy Chen, DC Asst Atty General: D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine’s “Know Your Rights (COVID-19): Labor Leaders and Advocates Tele-Town Hall” this Friday Music: End of the World, REM Case Closed, with Bob Samet Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Myke “The Man” Nasella
55:23
March 26, 2020
Coronavirus bill; labor & COVID 19; Paid sick leave
Broadcast on March 19, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith, live from their own homes, thanks to Chris Bangert-Drowns who’s engineering the show from the WPFW studios in downtown DC. This week's show: ELISE GOULD (EPI): Senate coronavirus bill is crucial—but it’s a fraction of what’s needed DAMON SILVERS (AFL-CIO): American labor movement and the COVID-19 pandemic HAMILTON NOLAN (In These Times): Unions Across America Are Screaming For Paid Sick Leave and Healthcare Music: "Ever Since The World Ended"; Mose Allison Case Closed, with DAVID SCHLOSS Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Chris Bangert-Drowns
55:01
March 19, 2020
Labor takes on Coronavirus
Broadcast on March 12, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock; David Stephen is subbing for Ed Smith, who’s self-quarantined due to possible exposure to the Coronavirus This week's show: AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler; Labor takes on Coronavirus Stephen Frum, RN, NNU; report from the frontlines Ed Smith, DCNA; quarantined YRAW co-host Case Closed, with Bob Samet Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Myke “The Man” Nasella
55:19
March 12, 2020
Coronavirus and worker rights
Broadcast on March 5, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock & Damon Silvers, subbing for Ed Smith, who’s away this week   This week's show: JUDY CONTI; Coronavirus and worker rights JOANNA BLOTNER; Paid Sick Leave GARY MOUSSEAU, RN; report from the frontlines Music: Big Ovaries baby Case Closed, with DAVID SCHLOSS Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Chris Bangert-Drowns
55:08
March 5, 2020