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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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Putting the union in Union Kitchen
Broadcast on June 23, 2022 Hosted by Chris Garlock & Ed Smith After months of delays by the boss, Union Kitchen workers have finally won union recognition; UFCW Local 400 organizer Travis Acton reports. Then, it’s Back To The Way Things Were, a brand-new live musical from our friends at the San Francisco Mime Troupe; Resident Playwright Michael Gene Sullivan joins us for a preview. Plus, Kathy M. Newman wonders what the Van Gogh Immersive Experience can tell us about the relationship between art, social class, and work.   Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella and Kahlia Chapman. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @UFCW400 @UKworkersunited @_kathymnewman @SFTroupers
39:28
June 23, 2022
Power Concedes Nothing
Broadcast on June 9, 2022 Hosted by Chris Garlock & Ed Smith How did our movements in the south flip key states against Trump, hold the line in Virginia, and make gains states like in Florida and Texas against such great odds? The must-read book Power Concedes Nothing: How Grassroots Organizing Wins Elections” lays out the organizing work building up to the monumental 2020 election including what worked, what didn't, and how they approached the challenge of both "going broad" to win a crucial election and "digging deep" to build a base for long-term progressive change. Deepak Pateriya, Former Managing Director of Community Change Action, and a contributor to Power Concedes Nothing, joins us to discuss the book and the future of the struggle to win power at the ballot box. Along with Vivian Chang, APALA's Civil Engagement & Racial Justice Coordinator and SEIU National Political Director Maria Peralta, Pateriya will be doing a book talk Tuesday, June 14 from 6pm – 8pm at the Takoma Park Busboys and Poets;   Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @_convergencemag @DeepakPateriya1
16:54
June 10, 2022
Marching for our lives
Broadcast on June 9, 2022 Hosted by Chris Garlock & Ed Smith Washington Teachers Union president Jacqueline Pogue Lyons on Saturday’s March for Our Lives against gun violence (12 noon at the Washington Memorial). “Our union has taken on this issue for years,” says the American Federation of Teacher, “fighting to keep our schools, streets and communities safe from the public health crisis that is gun violence in America.” Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @WTUTeacher @AFTunion @AMarch4OurLives #EndGunViolenceNow
21:01
June 09, 2022
Labor Notes conference & the Great Labor Arts Exchange
Broadcast on June 2, 2022 Hosted by Chris Garlock & Ed Smith The Great Labor Arts Exchange, usually held in Washington, DC, will be part of the annual Labor Notes conference coming up June 16th through 19th in Chicago.  Judy Ancel, longtime producer/host at the Heartland Labor Forum radio show in Kansas City, and one of this year’s Joe Hill award-winners, joins us to report on both events as well as the role of labor radio and podcasts in the labor movement. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @laborradionet @labornotes conference #heartland_labor@laborradionet
25:45
June 03, 2022
June 18 March on Washington
The Mass Poor People’s and Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls is coming up on June 18 and has a lot of labor support; Roz Pelles and David Mott discuss the demand for a living wage, affordable health care, housing and a democracy that guarantees dignity and respect for all. Plus labor news headlines, including Starbucks Is the Country’s Worst Labor Law Violator, Carvana cuts 12% of their workforce over email and Zoom, and CEO-Worker Pay Gap Widens—And Employees Aren’t Happy About It. Broadcast on June 2, 2022, hosted by Chris Garlock & Ed Smith. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @UniteThePoor #MoralMarch June 18 march and rally here in DC; #MeetUSInDC @WashingtonPPC #PoorPeoplesCampaign @AFLCIO @laborradionet
29:38
June 02, 2022
Union vets on the line
Broadcast on May 26, 2022 Hosted by Chris Garlock Union Veterans Council Executive Director Will Attig on why he got arrested with fellow union vets at the Warrior Met strike. What the 1937 Memorial Day Massacre has to tell us today, with Ahmed White, professor of law at the University of Colorado-Boulder and author of “The Last Great Strike: Little Steel, the CIO, and the Struggle for Labor Rights in New Deal America.” And Harold Meyerson, Editor At Large at The American Prospect, on the return of “law and order” to the NLRB. Today’s music: One Man Revolution; Tom Morello Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod  @WillAttig @unionveterans @TheProspect @HaroldMeyerson @MineWorkers @tmorello
55:01
May 26, 2022
Does Buffalo end the “Lone Wolf” theory?
Broadcast on May 19, 2022 Hosted by Chris Garlock Bill Fletcher, Mike Wilson and Mark Gaston Pearce on the racist attack on Black shoppers and workers in Buffalo: does the mainstreaming of the baseless “replacement theory” by the GOP finally debunk the equally specious “Lone Wolf” theory? Plus: Peter Dreier on Major League Rebels & Baseball Rebels. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @BillFletcherJr @MarkGPearceWRI @UFCW400 @PeterDreier
55:20
May 19, 2022
Kim Kelly says “Fight Like Hell”
Broadcast on May 12, 2022 Hosted by Chris Garlock Labor journalist KIM KELLY on her new book “Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor”, plus NALC Branch 142 President KEITH HOOKS on the Letter Carriers’ annual "Stamp out Hunger" Food Drive, Saturday, May 14 and why longtime organizer RICHARD BENSINGER thinks Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz “will go down in history as the Al Capone of union busters”. Plus the latest labor news headlines. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @grimkim @WPFWDC @NALC_National #tampOutHunger RichBensinger1 @starbucksunion
54:42
May 12, 2022
Reproductive rights are workers rights
Broadcast on May 5, 2022 Hosted by Chris Garlock & Ed Smith Hayley Brown, VP for Organizing at the Nonprofit Employees Union (NPEU): Reproductive rights are workers rights, and abortion access is a labor issue (Read NPEU’s statement here); Damon Silvers on “Labor, Climate Change, and Innovation” and why working people are central to any solution to the climate change crisis. Plus labor news headlines: D.C. Circulator drivers strike for second day amid negotiations; Apple workers in Maryland seek unionization; Amazon Workers Urged to Fight On After Staten Island Union Push Fails; Starbucks will raise wages again — but not for unionized workers; White House to host union organizers representing Amazon, Starbucks workers; Jorts the Cat vs. Scabby the Rat: Rising Labor Movement Needs New Mascots. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @NonprofitUnion @hayleycbbrown
55:13
May 05, 2022
Killed at Work
Broadcast on April 28, 2022 Hosted by Chris Garlock & Ed Smith On Workers Memorial Day, National Council for Occupational Safety and Health Communications Coordinator Melissa Moriarty on the Killed at Work and Dirty Dozen reports. Monsignor George Higgins, the leading “labor priest” of his era, passed away 20 years ago; Clayton Sinyai, Executive Director of the Catholic Labor Network and member of Laborers Local 11, reports on events honoring Higgins scheduled for May 1 and May 2 (details here). Filmmaker Deborah Shaffer discusses “The Wobblies,” which screens on May Day at the 2022 DC Labor FilmFest. Today’s music: We Just Come to Work Here & Dump The Bosses Off Your Back; by Anne Feeney. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod
55:09
April 29, 2022
Earth Day 2022: Fight For Our Future
Broadcast on April 21, 2022 Hosted by Chris Garlock & Ed Smith Barista J FLETCHER on this week’s vote by workers at five Richmond Starbucks to unionize; JOHN DOHERTY (Painters union) on the April 23 Fight for Our Future rally for climate, care, jobs and justice; ROBIN RUNGE on Stopping Gender-Based Violence and Harassment at Work: The Campaign for an ILO Convention (April 26 book talk); labor historian and journalist MICHAEL MATEJKA on the April 28 Steve Sutton Memorial Dedication in Marseilles, Illinois. Today’s music: Paradise (John Prine cover) by Joe Uehlein; Night Falls by Tom Morello. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Ciera Shine.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod
55:48
April 21, 2022
Office space: designed for whom?
Broadcast on April 14, 2022 Hosted by Chris Garlock & Ed Smith Chris Biondi, Training Director at the Washington DC Joint Plumbing Apprenticeship Committee talks about apprentices and Plumber Local 5’s April 21 Industry Day and Open House. Then, there are real questions about the future of the office in the wake of the pandemic; we take a look at the fascinating history of office design with Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler, author of Open Plan: A Design History of the American Office. Labor news headlines: Starbucks workers vote to unionize 6 more stores, pushing total to 16; Amazon alleges ALU interference in recent union election win, calls for a re-vote; Companies like Amazon spend millions on anti-union efforts. Where’s that money going? ; Starbucks is advertising for an in-house lawyer with experience in 'strike contingency planning' amid increased unionization efforts; Wave of union victories suggests union-busting consultants may have lost their sway; Amazon workers suffer injuries at inflated rates; Actors in ‘Waitress’ Tour Seek to Join Labor Union. Today’s music: 9 to 5, Dolly Parton. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod
54:50
April 14, 2022
Amazon workers notch historic win
Broadcast on April 7, 2022 Hosted by Chris Garlock & Ed Smith American Prospect editor at large HAROLD MEYERSON on the historic win at the Amazon JFK8 warehouse, plus exciting news about big changes in labor law thanks to NLRB general counsel Jennifer Abruzzo. Hundreds of workers at Howard University Hospital are planning a one-day strike next Monday; YRAW co-host Ed Smith, who’s Executive Director of the District of Columbia Nurses Association (DCNA), explains why. Commercial security officers rallied Wednesday for a fair contract; we hear more from JUDITH HOWELL, a longtime security officer and board member at SEIU 32BJ. At another rally yesterday, AFSCME Local 2401 members demonstrated in support of telework for DC city workers; the local’s chief shop steward, ROGER SCOTT, reports. Today’s music: Union Strike Folk Song; Lisa Simpson. Labor news headlines: Senators announce funding for Capitol cafeteria workers facing layoff; Southern California grocery workers union signs tentative wage hike agreement, averting strike; Bus operators for the DC Circulator approve strike; Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Says Companies Are Being ‘Assaulted’ by Unions. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod
55:07
April 07, 2022
On The Line with Daisy Pitkin
Broadcast on March 31, 2022 Hosted by Chris Garlock On today’s show, Washington Hilton housekeepers were up in arms on Tuesday; we find out why from UNITE HERE Local 25’s Paul Schwalb. Then, the Montgomery County Council last week unanimously approved an expansion of the Prevailing Wage; Stephen Courtien, president of the Baltimore-D.C. Metro Building and Construction Trades Council tells us what that will mean for local building trades workers. Our final guest is longtime union organizer Daisy Pitkin; her brand-new book, ON THE LINE: A Story of Class, Solidarity, and Two Women’s Epic Fight to Build a Union, takes a very timely behind-the-scenes look at the fight to build a union. PLUS: Ballad of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire(Bev Grant) and the latest labor news headlines. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @UHLocal25 @daisypitkin
55:04
March 31, 2022
Putting the movement in Movement
Broadcast on March 24, 2022 Hosted by Chris Garlock Movement Crystal City is the first major gym in the country to unionize; organizer Gus Mason joins us to explain why…then, Sunday was the first day of Spring and strikes have been popping up all over; Johnnie Kallas from Cornell's Labor Tracker Project updates us on their latest findings…And finally, if you were glued to this week’s Senate hearing on the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court, here’s a case no one brought up: Holmes v. Atlanta, when the Supreme Court ruled against Atlanta's "separate but equal" public golf courses. We find out what the game of golf has to tell us about race in America today, with professor Lane Demas, author of Game of Privilege: An African American History of Golf. Plus labor news headlines: Tentative agreement reached between Howard University and their faculty; Virginia, the first state to set Covid workplace rules, drops them; Seattle Starbucks workers vote yes for unionization; Grocery workers in California are voting to authorize a strike; Many workers are looking to switch jobs; 52 million workers make less than $15 an hour. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella and TBD.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @ILRLaborAction
55:12
March 26, 2022
Ukraine: Labor Radio Podcast Network reports
Broadcast on March 17, 2022 Hosted by Chris Garlock & Ed Smith Compilation of reports about Ukraine from shows in the Labor Radio Podcast Network, including Your Rights At Work, The Dig, Working 4 a Livin, The Rick Smith Show and Work Week Radio. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @thedigradio @4_workin @RickSmithShow @labormedianow
55:00
March 17, 2022
“We Are Not Slaves”
Broadcast on March 10, 2022 Hosted by Chris Garlock & Ed Smith On Wednesday, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed an agreement with unions that represent more than 11,000 DC government employees; we find out more from AFSCME Council 20 Executive Director Robert Hollingsworth. Then, We Are Not Slaves: State Violence, Coerced Labor and Prisoners' Rights in Postwar America; this book, first published in 2020, is now out in paperback and we’re joined by author Robert Chase and prisoner rights advocate Kurt Stand. Plus: music by Odetta. Labor news headlines: 20,000 Longshore Workers Refuse to Unload Russian Ships; Starbucks Workers Unionizing in Virginia; USW Local 8888 ratifies 5-year contract with Newport News Shipbuilding; New York Times Tech Workers Win a Union; Mpls. school, union leaders return to bargaining table on 2nd day of teachers strike; Grocery workers contract with Southern California supermarkets expires; Howard Nurses Face Sunday Deadline. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @DCNurses1 @NursesHealDC @NationalNurses
54:58
March 10, 2022
Greenhouse on Two-Faced Anti-Unionism; Zirin on the MLB lockout; Crandell on Twenty-Two Cents an Hour
Broadcast on March 3, 2022 Hosted by Chris Garlock & Ed Smith Longtime labor reporter Steven Greenhouse on Two-Faced Anti-Unionism; sportswriter Dave Zirin on the MLB lockout, and Doug Crandell on Twenty-Two Cents an Hour: Disability Rights and the Fight to End Subminimum Wages. Plus labor news headlines: REI Workers in New York Vote to Unionize; Arizona Starbucks becomes first outside New York to unionize; Union Activists Arrested at Amazon warehouse in Staten Island. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Ciera Shine.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @greenhousenyt @EdgeofSports
59:05
March 04, 2022
Workers say No to war in Ukraine
Broadcast on February 24, 2022 Hosted by Chris Garlock & Ed Smith The American people don't want another war. The Ukrainian people don't want a war. The Russian people don't want war. We talk with longtime labor and antiwar activist Gene Bruskin about a working-class analysis of the crisis in Ukraine. Then, what can we learn about America from Starbucks and the current explosion of organizing by their baristas? We visit with Bryant Simon, author of Everything but the Coffee: Learning about America from Starbucks. Today’s music: War (What is it good for) Edwin Starr. Plus labor news headlines: Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod
54:50
February 25, 2022
One Fair Wage declares victory
Broadcast on February 17, 2022 Hosted by Chris Garlock & Ed Smith One Fair Wage president Saru Jayaraman with an update on the DC and U.S. Congress campaigns, plus a special 9 to 5 screening with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin on 2/25; Cathy Feingold on the Jerry Black Scholarship Fund at the TraRon Center; Timothy J. Lombardo on Blue Collar Conservatism: Frank Rizzo's Philadelphia and Populist Politics. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod #OneFairWage #RaiseTheWage @Janefonda @SaruJayaraman @bttrrstrntsdc #raisethewage
55:14
February 18, 2022
Organizing with Union Kitchen, Starbucks and POTUS
Broadcast on February 10, 2022 Hosted by Chris Garlock & Ed Smith Reports from the folks who are organizing a union at, yes, Union Kitchen here in Washington, DC, and at Starbucks in Virginia. Then, with the PRO Act blocked in the U.S. Senate by Republicans, has President Biden found another way for American workers who want to organize? Actually, he’s found almost 70 ways; we hear more from Damon Silvers at the AFL-CIO. Today’s music: Union Town, by The Nightwatchman himself, Tom Morello. Plus labor news headlines: Portland averts major municipal strike as city, union reach 11th hour agreement; Stop & Shop Union Negotiations Are Underway; A Las Vegas bartender was robbed at gunpoint. His bosses made him pay back the stolen money, a lawsuit says; ‘Unions benefit all of us’: new Biden plan encourages federal workers to unionize; Starbucks Fired Union Leaders In Memphis. Will Labor Law Protect The Workers? Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella and Ciera Shine. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @UKworkersunited @UFCW400 @sbworkersunited @SBuxUnionFrstHl #Starbucks campaign
54:57
February 10, 2022
Transit Equity Day, grocery prices & "Revolutionary Nonviolence”
Broadcast on February 3, 2022 Hosted by Chris Garlock February 4 is Transit Equity Day and ATU Local 689 President Raymond Jackson and Labor Network For Sustainability Maryland Director Elizabeth Bunn join us to talk about why transit affects working people the most. Then, Where Do Grocery Prices Come From? Corporate consolidation and profiteering, that’s where; Errol Schweizer, host of The Checkout Podcast, explains. Finally, there’s a brand-new book out this month, "Revolutionary Nonviolence, Organizing for Freedom", and one of the authors, Michael Honey, joins us to discuss the philosophy and power of nonviolent organizing, and how to build and sustain effective social movements. Today’s music: Woke Up This Morning by The Freedom Singers. Plus labor news headlines: Center For American Progress Staffers Threaten To Strike Amid Contract Fight; U.S. Labor board official seeks swift punishment for anti-union threats; NWSL, NWSLPA Agree to 1st CBA in League History; Minimum Salaries, More Addressed; Starbucks union push spreads to 54 stores in 19 states; The NLRB accused Amazon of illegally threatening, surveilling, and interrogating workers over union organizing at a New York warehouse; Genesee Co-op FCU Congratulates Employees on Joining Communication Workers of America Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Kaliah Chapman and Ciera Shine.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod #TransitEquity @LN4S @labor4sustainability @labor4sustainability @checkoutradio
54:56
February 04, 2022
The Future We Need
Broadcast on January 27, 2022 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith Erica Smiley (Jobs with Justice) and Sarita Gupta (Ford Foundation's Future of Work) on their new book, “The Future We Need, Organizing for a Better Democracy in the Twenty-First Century,” plus 1199SEIU organizer James Crosby on “Low-wage workers prop up the nursing home industry. They’re quitting in droves.” Today’s music: Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5,” which hit #1 on January 28, 1981. Plus labor news headlines: King Soopers workers ratify 3-year contract after striking across Denver metro; Bus Drivers Go on Strike to Protest Low Pay in Rural Mississippi School District; CTA reaches tentative labor agreement; Golden Gate Transit Bus Drivers Vote to Authorize Strike; Next Thursday, February 3, is national Transit Equity Day, local activities are planned and we’ll be covering it here on Your Rights At Work; Union feels optimistic about Amazon union vote in Alabama. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella and Ciera Shine.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @saritasgupta @SmileyJWJ
55:07
January 27, 2022
Confessions of a Union Buster
Broadcast on January 20, 2022 Hosted by Chris Garlock Longtime union organizer Bob Muehlenkamp, who’s written an introduction to a new “activist” edition of Confessions of a Union Buster, says a half-century of union busting has eroded American democracy. Then we’ve got a brand-new song from “the singing elevator constructor,” and SpudWrench himself drops by for a visit. Last up is Jim Russell, whose book The Labor Guide to Retirement Plans explores the damages caused by the privatization of retirement plans and the connection to current struggles by labor activists. Plus labor news headlines: Two more Boston-area Starbucks join unionization push; Starbucks employees at Calgary's Chinook Centre apply for certification with United Steelworkers; Will the Starbucks Union Victories Ignite Organizing Across the Country?; Howard University professor says Americans are quitting ‘bad jobs’; Starbucks comes to Virginia and Norton introduces pay equity bill. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella and Ciera Shine.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod
54:57
January 20, 2022
The filibuster’s racist roots
Broadcast on January 13, 2022 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith The AFL-CIO’s Bill Samuel on the racist anti-democratic roots of the filibuster, nurses hold a national day of action, Elise Bryant previews the annual MLK Gonna Take Us All Ball and Donald Cohen on The Privatization of Everything. Plus: labor news headlines and music from the DC Labor Chorus. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella and Ciera Shine.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @AFLCIO @lizshuler #January6th #VotingRightsAct #FreedomtoVoteAct
55:05
January 13, 2022
“All You Fascists Are Bound To Lose”
Broadcast on January 6, 2022 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: One year after the attack on the U.S. Capitol, the Capitol Police resist privatization and AFL-CIO president Liz Shuler on the fight for democracy. EPI Policy Analyst Margaret Poydock on why unions are not only good for workers, they’re good for communities and for democracy. This week’s music: The Selecter’s “All You Fascists Are Bound To Lose”. Plus labor news headlines: Politics and Prose recognizes union; DNC staff votes to unionize; The Long American Meltdown Led to the January 6 Insurrection; AFL-CIO, Nurses Unions Demand Permanent OSHA Covid-19 Safety Standard Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @AFLCIO @lizshuler #January6th #VotingRightsAct #FreedomtoVoteAct
55:04
January 06, 2022
Who will strike in 2022?
Broadcast on December 30, 2021 This week’s show, after months of negotiations and a public campaign, Colonial Williamsburg workers have finally won new contract; we talk with Benjy Cannon, Communications Director at UNITE HERE Local 25. Then: will this year’s historic strike wave continue in 2022? Contracts covering 1.3 million workers expire next year; Labor Notes Assistant Editor Dan DiMaggio reports on Who Might Strike in 2022. PLUS: "We Won't Back Down" a brand-new song from Jerry Levinsky. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Kaliah Chapman.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @AFLCIO @UHLocal25 @labornotes
55:05
December 30, 2021
SFMT’s “A Red Carol”
Broadcast on December 23, 2021 This week's show: The San Francisco Mime Troupe’s “A Red Carol” radio drama blends activism, comedy, music, and passion to re-imagine the Charles Dickens classic as a story, not of the redemption of one bad man, but as the never-ending story of all of us making the world a more progressive place. A Red Carol, written and directed by Michael Gene Sullivan, adapted from “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, features a 10 person cast that includes present and veteran SF Mime Troupers including:  Keiko Shimosato-Carreiro (The Ghost of Christmas Past); Wilma Bonet (The Ghost of Christmas Present); Michael Gene Sullivan (Bob Crachit); Velina Brown (Mrs. Crachit); Lisa Hori-Garcia (Belle); Amos Glick (Fezziwig); featuring: Jarion Monroe (The Ghost of Marley); Andre Amarotico (Fred); Milo Carter-Daniels (Tiny Tim), Mike McShane (Scrooge.) Musical Direction by Daniel Savio. Musicians: Daniel Savio, Patrick Byers and David Rokeach. The show originally premiered in December 2020. Your Rights At Work is produced by Chris Garlock; engineered today by Kaliah Chapman.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @AFLCIO @SFTroupers
54:60
December 23, 2021
DC Labor Chorus’ 2021 “Evening of Favorite and Sacred Songs”
Broadcast on December 16, 2021 This week's show: Live-streamed from the Blue House Productions sound stage last Sunday night, the DC Labor Chorus’ Evening of Favorite and Sacred Songs is one of the highlights of the local labor calendar, featuring selections from the folk, gospel, jazz, seasonal, and labor traditions, including new songs inspired by recent events. The DC Labor Chorus is directed by Elise Bryant and made up of labor and community activists who love to sing for peace, for joy, and a belief in the power of song to touch hearts and minds; enjoy the show! Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @AFLCIO
54:56
December 16, 2021
Why Kellogg’s strikers said Hell No
Broadcast on December 9, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: Live from Battle Creek, Michigan, an update from Trevor Bidelman, president of Baker’s Local 3G on why Kellogg’s strikers overwhelmingly rejected the latest contract offer. Then, teaching history shouldn’t have to mean re-living it on the job. Workers at Colonial Williamsburg are being worked to the bone and exploited, just like in the old days, says their union, UNITE HERE Local 25; Benjy Cannon reports. The ongoing strike wave reminds many of The Labor Upsurge of the 1930s and ’40s in the United States; we talk to political scientist Michael Goldfield about today’s lessons. Plus, Before The Fall, a brand-new song from the R.J. Phillips Band, and listeners call in on a range of workplace issues. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella & Kaliah Chapman.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @AFLCIO @BCTGM #KelloggStrike @DCHotelworkers @MichaelGoldfie1
55:04
December 09, 2021
Defense worker says “Cut the Pentagon budget”
Broadcast on December 2, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: we talk with David Story, a defense industry worker who says it’s time to cut the Pentagon budget (and spend the money on unionized green jobs); then we catch up with James Schiffman, an associate professor in Georgia who was punished when he spoke out (‘We are teaching in COVID factories') about his concerns about his school’s lax covid policies. Plus labor news headlines: M.L.B.’s lockout begins; Union workers ratify contract, end strike at WVa hospital; Citing new Omicron variant, nurses say permanent OSHA Covid-19 standard for health care workers badly needed; Judge orders Google to disclose secret anti-union documents. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella & Kaliah Chapman.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @AFLCIO @RadiclUnionist @_schiffman
55:17
December 02, 2021
“Warrior Coal ain’t got no soul!”
Broadcast on November 18, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: The Warrior Met Coal strike comes to DC; UMWA’s Erin Bates reports. AFL-CIO Director of government affairs Bill Samuel on how the just-signed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will put millions of Americans to work. Author Joseph Anderson explores the worker perspective in his new book “Capitalist Pigs: Pigs, Pork, and Power in America.” PLUS: Hold The Line; brand-new music from Tom Morello! Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella & Kaliah Chapman.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @AFLCIO @MineWorkers #UMWADayofAction @WarriorMetCoal @Fidelity
54:54
November 18, 2021
Operation Union Veterans Day
Broadcast on November 11, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: William Attig, Executive Director of the Union Veterans Council, AFL-CIO drops by to discuss a brand-new program, Operation Union Veterans Day. Then, New York Times media columnist Ben Smith on Why the Media Loves Labor Now. Plus, the 60-second Labor Rap! Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Kaliah Chapman.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @AFLCIO @unionveterans @benyt
57:25
November 12, 2021
WTF happened in VA?
Broadcast on November 4, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: Harold Meyerson, Editor-at-large, American Prospect, on “The Biden Drift and do-nothing Democrats.” UNITE HERE Local 25 Political Director Sam Epps on connecting electoral work – his local knocked on over 200,000 Virginia doors during the recent elections -- with union organizing. PLUS: Garlock workers strike in Palmyra, NY, and the John Deere strike continues as UAW members reject a second contract proposal. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella & Kaliah Chapman.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @AFLCIO @TheProspect @DCHotelworkers @unitehere23 
55:14
November 05, 2021
“Keeping Workers Safe”; "Bridging the Divide” & “A World Like This”
Broadcast on October 28, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock This week's show: Michigan Congressman Andy Levin remembers AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka and tells us about the “Keeping Workers Safe Act” Levin just introduced in Congress. Then, Jack Metzgar on his book "Bridging the Divide” and the differences between working-class and middle-class cultures in the U.S. We wrap up with singer-songwriter George Mann, who’s just released a brand-new CD, “A World Like This.” Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nassella & Kaliah Chapman.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @AFLCIO @RepAndyLevin
55:03
October 28, 2021
Latina Equal Pay Day; women soccer players strike
Broadcast on October 21, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: Today is Latina Equal Pay Day: Xochitl Cobarruvias (Labor Council for Latin American Advancement LA chapter chair) on why Latinas must work 10 extra months for the same pay. During the sixth minute of each of the National Women’s Soccer League's games on October 6, players stopped the game, gathered at midfield and locked arms in solidarity; Dave Zirin, sportwriter and host of WPFW’s The Collision tells us what happened next. Plus: Click here to support Your Rights At Work’s home station WPFW 89.3FM in Washington, DC. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Kaliah Chapman.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @AFLCIO @LCLAA #LatinaEqualPay #Trabajadoras @EdgeofSports @nwsl_players
54:14
October 21, 2021
#Striketober: MA nurses and KY distillers
Broadcast on October 14, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: 700 nurses have been striking for 8 months at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the folks who make Elijah Craig Bourbons at the Heaven Hill distillery in Kentucky have been on strike since September 11. Plus: Click here to support Your Rights At Work’s home station WPFW 89.3FM in Washington, DC. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Kaliah Chapman.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @AFLCIO @MassNurses #StVincentHospital #Tenet #Healthcare @UFCW Local 23D
55:01
October 14, 2021
No justice, no Froot Loops!
Broadcast on October 7, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: Bakery Workers Local 3G president Trevor Bidelman reports on the Kellogg strike from Battle Creek, MI; latest on the UNITE HERE Hilton Housekeeping Campaignwith UNITE HERE Local 25’s Benjy Cannon. Plus: Click here to support Your Rights At Work’s home station WPFW 89.3FM in Washington, DC. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @AFLCIO @BCTGM #KelloggStrike
55:08
October 07, 2021
Striking Hollywood, more DC paid leave & boycotting the Merriweather Lakehouse
Broadcast on WPFW (89.3FM) on September 23, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock This week's show: Hollywood could be facing the biggest strike since World War Two; IATSE Local 488’s CDavid Cottrill on why the folks who make the movies and shows we love are so fed up. DC Jobs with Justice’s Melinda Fiedler provides details on the new benefits and expanded access in the updated DC Paid Family & Medical Leave Act, which goes into effect October 1. The Sheraton in Columbia, Maryland is now the Merriweather Lakehouse hotel, but a lot more than the name has changed: UNITE HERE Local 7’s Tracy Lingo on how hotel workers are being left out in the cold. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @AFLCIO @IATSE488 @UHLocal7
54:10
October 01, 2021
Sneak attack on worker rights; Oreo’s OK again; Womxn’s Labor Leadership Symposium
Broadcast on WPFW (89.3FM) on September 23, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock This week's show: Why Bill 34-20 in Montgomery County is a sneak attack on all union rights…Oreos are OK again (sort of); workers won their strike against Nabisco, but an “M” or “MS” on the product code means it was made non-union in Mexico…Plus: highlights from next week’s Womxn’s Labor Leadership Symposium. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella & Kahlia Chapman.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @AFLCIO @UFCW1994 @BCTGM #NabiscoStrike @GeorgetownKILWP @RutgersCIWO #WeSymposium2021 @WomenLeadLabor
54:11
September 23, 2021
Bad bosses, TSA worker rights & affordable housing
Broadcast on WPFW (89.3FM) on September 16, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock & Ed Smith This week's show: Nabisco strikers win tentative contract. Stories of terrible managers—and the workers who fought back; we talk with Mother Jones editor Jacob Rosenberg about Bad Bosses, a brand-new feature in the publication named after the legendary labor organizer. Want shorter lines at airport security? Improve conditions for TSA workers! We’ll find out how from Johnny Jones, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFGE TSA Council. We’re still struggling with effects of the global pandemic, now comes the threat of mass evictions on top of a housing shortage. We talk with Race and Economic Empowerment Project director James Benton about the September 22 panel on Affordable Housing in DC During (and after) the Pandemic. Plus music from Working in DC; don’t miss the final four performances, Thu-Sun, Sept 16-19. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella & Kahlia Chapman.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @AFLCIO @va_labor @BCTGM #NabiscoStrike @JamesCBenton @GeorgetownKILWP #NewSocialCompact @GUGlobalCities
55:16
September 16, 2021
On the line with striking bakers and barbers
Broadcast on September 9, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock On this week's show: NoVA Labor's Ginny Diamond (and friends) with a live report from the Richmond bakery and barber strike picket lines; plus we visit with new Painters and Allied Trades president Jimmy Williams Jr., and Carolyn Bobb, the new co-host of State of the Unions, the AFL-CIO’s podcast.   Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella & Kahlia.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @AFLCIO @va_labor @BCTGM #NabiscoStrike @GoIUPAT
54:26
September 10, 2021
Working in DC: The musical!
Broadcast on September 2, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: Working in DC, the musical based on Studs Terkel’s book of oral histories of workers, opens on Labor Day on Black Lives Matter Plaza in front of the AFL-CIO. We talk with director Shanara Gabrielle about taking it to the streets with revolutionary theater. Plus: The latest episode of the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Tales of the Resistance radio drama: “Hobos in Space”. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella & Kahlia.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @AFLCIO @WorkingDc @ShanaraG @SFTroupers
53:31
September 02, 2021
No contracts, no snacks!
Broadcast on August 26, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: A frontline report from the Nabisco strike*, a preview of Saturday’s March On for Voting Rights, and Jamie McCallum remembers activist and labor historian Stanley Aronowitz, “who knew that freedom begins where work ends.” Plus today’s labor music, "One Day Longer" by Tom Breiding, about the United Mine Workers strike at Warrior Met. *click here for details on the Nabisco/Mondelēz “Made in Mexico” boycott. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella & Kahlia.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @AFLCIO #NabiscoStrike @BCTGM @nabisco
54:48
August 26, 2021
Tales of the Resistance: Persistence (Episodes 6 & 7)
Broadcast on August 19, 2021 This week's show: Two episodes of the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Tales of the Resistance: Persistence radio drama. First up, a little change of pace, with the "What Were You Thinking?" game show and Eyeball On History. Then, "Collision at the Intersectionality," the culminating episode for both the Jailbreak and Black Fox story lines. You’re not going to find programming like Your Rights At Work or the San Francisco Mime Troupe anywhere else but on WPFW 89.3FM, where our show originates. Please keep us going with your generous contribution to WPFW’s summer fund drive; you can pledge right now by phone at 202-588-9739 or 1-800-222-9739, online at wpfwfm.org or via CashApp: $WPFW. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella & Kahlia.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @AFLCIO @SFTroupers
54:59
August 19, 2021
Remembering Richard Trumka
Broadcast on August 12, 2021 Hosted by Ed Smith This week's show: AFL-CIO director of policy and special counsel Damon Silvers remembers his friend and colleague AFL-CIO president Rich Trumka, who died on August 5. PLUS: The San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Tales of the Resistance Episode 5: "Passion... For Justice!" Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella & Kahlia.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @AFLCIO @RichardTrumka Pass the #PROAct @SFTroupers
55:20
August 12, 2021
Rich Trumka, 1949-2021
Broadcast on August 5, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock This week's show: Labor historian Joe McCartin on the life and legacy of AFL-CIO president Rich Trumka, who died on August 5. PLUS: "I've Never Been More Optimistic": A Conversation with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, on the AFL-CIO's State of the Unions podcast. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella & Kahlia.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @AFLCIO @RichardTrumka Pass the #PROAct
54:57
August 05, 2021
SFMT's Tales of the Resistance, Vol.2: Persistence (Episodes 3 & 4)
On this week's show: two great episodes of the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Tales of the Resistance, Vol. 2 radio drama. First up, "We Keep Us Safe: A Discussion of Police Violence with the SF Mime Troupe," then, "Mysterious Mysteries! "The Tale of the Black FOX" Part 2." Produced by the San Francisco Mime Troupe; YRAW produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella & Kahlia.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @SFTroupers
54:24
July 30, 2021
AFL-CIO’s PRO Act “Week of Action”
Broadcast on July 22, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: AFL-CIO director of policy and special counsel Damon Silvers reports on the labor federation’s week of action on the PRO Act…”Breaking the Shell” reports on the hardships faced by Mexican crab pickers on Maryland's Eastern Shore; we talk with Mari Perales Sánchez, one of the report’s authors…Plus: Jeff Bezos thanks the little people, Scabby the Rat lives to see another day, workers at Frito-Lay, Uber and Lyft strike and all the latest labor news headlines. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella & Kahlia.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @AFLCIO Pass the #PROAct 
54:34
July 22, 2021
Is telework more productive? Plus, Brewing a Boycott
Broadcast on July 15, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock This week's show: Richard Loeb, AFGE Senior Policy Counselor, on why nearly 80% of federal and DC workers say they are more productive teleworking during the pandemic. Then, Allyson Brantley, author of the new book Brewing a Boycott: How a Grassroots Coalition Fought Coors & Remade American Consumer Activism on the historic Coors boycott, coalition building in the '60s & '70s and lessons for today’s organizers. PLUS: Episode 2 of the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s “Tales Of The Resistance, Volume 2: Persistence”: injustice and romance are in the air when an Asian American Antifa activist and a Black American activist drag queen are both thrown in a cell for resisting arrest. And when right-wing insurrectionists attack the jail to free their leader, political passion becomes a … JAILBREAK! Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella & Kahlia.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @SFTroupers @Michaeloutloud @AFGE @allybrantley
54:34
July 15, 2021
Marvel Cooke & Tales of the Resistance
Broadcast on July 8, 2021 This week's show: From The View from Somewhere podcast, the fascinating story of Marvel Cooke, a groundbreaking Black woman journalist who reported on labor in the 1940s and organized a union with the Newspaper Guild in the 1930s. Then, Episode 1 of Tales of the Resistance, Volume 2, the brand-new radio drama from the San Francisco Mime Troupe that we’ll be featuring here on Your Rights At Work this summer. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Kahlia.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @SFTroupers
55:02
July 08, 2021
Postal Workers celebrate 50 years
Broadcast on July 1, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: The American Postal Workers Union is celebrating its’ 50th birthday today; Postal Workers president Mark Dimondstein reports on how his union is still fighting for postal worker rights. PLUS: Metro Washington Council Political Director David Stephen on the Hero Pay bill in DC City Council…DC Jobs with Justice Worker Rights Policy Advocate Nikko Bilitza on the Your Rights at Work and the New Minimum Wage webinar…the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Michael Gene Sullivan previews the Mime Troupe’s brand-new radio drama, “Tales Of The Resistance, Volume 2: Persistence” which we’ll be carrying right here on Your Rights at Work, starting next week…this Sunday is July 4, so we get the 411 – the Labor411, on which franks are kosher for a union-made Independence Day with Cherri Senders. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella & Kahlia.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @DCJWJ @APWUnational @SFTroupers @Michaeloutloud
55:19
July 01, 2021
World premiere: “Scabby the Rat, and Fatty the Cat”
Broadcast on June 24, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: NABET-CWA Local 31’s Barbara Krieger on workers under assault at Montgomery Community Television; former DC Jobs with Justice Executive Director Nikki Cole previews Wages, Benefits, and Fair Pay: 20 Years of DC JWJ panel. Plus: World premiere of Todd Smith’s “Scabby the Rat and Fatty the Cat” song and the latest labor news headlines. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella & Kahlia.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @NABETCWA @DCJWJ
55:10
June 25, 2021
YRAW Archives: Worked Over: How Round-the-Clock Work Is Killing the American Dream
Originally broadcast on February 11, 2021; rebroadcast on June 17, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: The AFL-CIO’s Cathy Feingold and Brian Finnegan report live from "The Sound of Democracy: A Global Noise Barrage for Myanmar" action at the Embassy of Myanmar in Washington, DC. Jamie McCallum on his new book “Worked Over: How Round-the-Clock Work Is Killing the American Dream.” He argues that labor’s next big battle may be over not wages but time. PLUS Labor news headlines and “Ampun Bang Jago” (Ease up, Mr. Hotshot), a popular Indonesian protest song that popped up in a viral video after the military coup in Myanmar last week. “Ease up, Mr. Hotshot” is a phrase that’s used to respond to arrogant or self-righteous authority figures. Like bosses, say. Or the military. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Kahlia Chapman. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod #Workers4Myanmar
54:13
June 17, 2021
Fact-checking the labor shortage hype/Seeing Red
Broadcast on June 10, 2021 This week's show: Chris Garlock and Ed Smith are off this week but we’ve got a special show for you today. First, on the State of Working America podcast, Heidi Shierholz and Josh Bivens of the Economic Policy Institute fact-check the labor shortage hype. Then, from the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Seeing Red: What will it take to get people to stop voting against their interests? How do we overcome the divide-and-conquer tactics that keep us all down? And when did our electoral choices get so limited? By the way, the Mime Troupe’s Tales of the Resistance, Volume 2 starts July 10 and you can hear all 10 episodes right here on Your Rights At Work! Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella & Kahlia.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @EconomicPolicy @SFTroupers
54:57
June 10, 2021
Class, country music and social change
Broadcast on June 3, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: MD Dems and labor leaders are denouncing Governor Hogan’s efforts to end supplemental unemployment insurance payments; we hear from UNITE HERE 25 Executive Secretary-Treasurer John Boardman…Then we get a report from Will Attig, Executive Director of the Union Veterans Council on how veterans joined the picket line at the Mineworker’s Warrior Met strike last week. And we discuss class, country music and social change with Tim Fowler, who teaches a class on how these all connect. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella & Kahlia.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @WillAttig @unionveterans @DCHotelworkers
54:48
June 03, 2021
Workplace violence and mental health
Broadcast on May 27, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: Wednesday’s deadly shooting at the maintenance and dispatch center for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in San Jose, California has once again raised the issues of workplace violence and mental health. We talk with Nurse Consultant – and DCNA member -- Laverne Plater. Also, Strathmore Music Center is threatening to replace ticket-sellers there with machines; Treasurers and Ticket Sellers Union, IATSE Local 868 Business Agent Anne Vantine reports on what’s at stake. We do have some good news this week, as DC workers notched another victory against wage theft on Monday and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s just-released budget restores salary cuts for AFSCME Comps 1+2; we check in with Elizabeth Falcon, Executive Director at DC Jobs With Justice, for an update. Plus: WPFW’s Spring Pledge Drive; click here to support Jazz & Justice in the nation’s capital. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella & Kahlia.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod #SanJoseStrong #ThankYouTransitWorkers @IATSElocal868 @DCJWJ
54:57
May 27, 2021
Blowing the whistle on corporate greed
Broadcast on May 20, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and David Stephen This week's show: Washington Gas workers (Teamsters 96) blow the whistle on corporate greed. Organizer Steve Lanning (LiUNA 11) on workers’ right to strike. And Brittany Scott on Ending Racial Discrimination in Industrial Temp Hiring Through Innovative Enforcement. Plus: WPFW’s Spring Pledge Drive; click here to support Jazz & Justice in the nation’s capital. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella & Kahlia.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @teamsters @washingtongas @LIUNA @Partner4Dignity
54:59
May 20, 2021
Will strike, if necessary
Broadcast on May 13, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Elise Bryant This week's show: ATU 689 shop steward Tonia White on why MetroAccess Operations Control Center workers voted this week to authorize a strike. Alejandro Ortiz on how the ACLU staff union won voluntary recognition. The American Prospect’s Harold Meyerson on the PRO Act's prospects and "Biden’s Good-Paying Union Jobs? Here’s How to Get Them."   Plus: WPFW’s Spring Pledge Drive; click here to support Your Rights At Work in the nation’s capital. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella & Kahlia.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @ATULocal689 @ATUComm @NonprofitUnion @ACLU @LaborHeritage1 @ExecdirLabor
55:17
May 14, 2021
Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect
Broadcast on May 6, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: The AFL-CIO’s 30th annual Death On The Job report…DC Labor Chorus’ annual spring concert preview…Nikko Bilitza from DC Jobs with Justice reports on the Essential Workers Bill of Rights…and Gabriel Winant discusses his book The Next Shift: The Fall of Industry and the Rise of Health Care in Rust Belt America. PLUS: We Did Not Come This Far, by the DC Labor Chorus. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella & Kahlia.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @LaborHeritage1 @ExecdirLabor @gabrielwinant
55:07
May 07, 2021
DC statehood; Volvo workers strike
Broadcast on April 22, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: David Stephen, MWC political director, on today’s historic House vote on DC statehood; Ginny Diamond, NoVA Labor president, on the Volvo worker strike in Dublin, VA; Lane Windham, Kalmanovitz Initiative Associate Director, on Constructing a New Social Compact: A Public Forum on Empowering the Post-Pandemic Working Class (April 28 – May 1, 2021). Plus: D.C. Vote by the Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella & Kahlia.   @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod #DCStatehoodNow #UAW2069 @GeorgetownKILWP
01:00:07
April 22, 2021
Liz Davis lives!
Broadcast on April 15, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: Remembering the life and work of Washington Teachers Union Local 6 president Liz Davis, who died April 4. Guests: Fedrick Ingram, AFT Secretary-Treasurer; Dyana Forester, Metro Washington Council president; Jos Williams, former MWC president, currently serves on the Steering Committee of The Black Coalition against COVID; Dena Briscoe, APWU, Nation’s Capital and Southern MD Local. Plus listeners call in with their memories. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella & Kahlia. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @AFTunion @APWUnational
53:10
April 15, 2021
PRO Act Digital Day of Action
Broadcast on April 8, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: AFL-CIO Communications Director Tim Schlittner on the PRO Act Digital Day of Action today (Click here to call your rep!); Moment of Silence for WTU 6 president Liz Davis; latest labor news headlines, including our new Bad Bosses feature and peeing in bottles at Amazon (yes, it’s really true!). Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella & Kahlia. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @timschlittner #PROAct  #1u 
55:16
April 08, 2021
Duke University Press workers organize
Broadcast on April 1, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith Breaking news: AFL-CIO reports that the federation’s headquarters have been renamed the Scott Walker Center for Labor Solidarity, noting that “Nobody has done more to unite and galvanize the Labor Movement than the former Wisconsin Governor.” This week's show: Constant turnover, extended vacancies, low compensation, inconsistent policy enforcement and patterns of discrimination at the Duke University Press has sparked an organizing drive by workers there. We talk to DUP Workers Union members Dan Ruccia and Kelsea Smith. PLUS: Labor Heritage Foundation’s Elise Bryant on the April 3 celebration of Anne Feeney’s life and work. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @DUPWorkersUnion @WBNG32035
55:40
April 01, 2021
Celebrating Women’s History Month in song
Broadcast on March 25, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Elise Bryant This week's show: Music by and about working women from Anne Feeney, Bev Grant, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Annie Lennox, the Rose City Kings, Nina Simone, Keb' Mo' & Roseanne Cash. And we celebrate the birthday of Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul.   PLUS: Bev Grant and Ballad of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire (March 25, 1911) and Seeds Of Freedom by the R.J. Phillips Band for Óscar Romero – the archbishop of San Salvador who spoke out against social injustice -- assassinated March 24, 1980 by the right-wing military while celebrating mass. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod
55:41
March 26, 2021
Atlanta murders targeted working women
Broadcast on March 18, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: Labor movement unites in condemnation of murders of female Asian workers in Atlanta; fire fighters battle Virginia’s Jim Crow legacy; Who is Keolis and why are they hurting local transit workers? Fitness workers unite! APALA Grieves for the Asian Women Who Were Victims of Targeted Shootings in Georgia, and Condemns Misogyny and White Supremacy that Motivated These Murders: Virginia Rodino, Maryland coordinator of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) and the national convenor of United Against Hate. Alexandria fire fighters battle Virginia’s Jim Crow legacy: Josh Turner, President, Alexandria Fire Fighters Local 2141.   Who is Keolis and why are they hurting local transit workers? John Ertl, Collective Bargaining Administrator, Amalgamated Transit Union.   Fitness workers unite! Emily Collinson, former trainer with Solidcore.   PLUS: World Against Racism day of action Saturday (3/20) and concert Sunday (3/21). Music: Spirit; written/performed by Tarn Goelling, APALA member who will be singing it at the concert against racism on Sunday. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @APALAnational @APALADC @VirginiaRodino @IAFFLocal2141 @ATUComm @SolidcoreU
54:60
March 18, 2021
Workers after a year of the pandemic
Broadcast on March 11, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: What’s been the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on DC-area workers and their unions? First-hand reports on the toll -- and the ongoing struggles -- from hotel workers (John Boardman, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, UNITE HERE 25), supermarket workers (Mark Federici, president, UFCW Local 400), DC teachers (Elizabeth Davis, president of the Washington Teachers Union) and janitors, security guards and airport workers (Jaime Contreras, District Chair and Supervisor, SEIU 32BJ). PLUS: Workers helping workers: Sonte DuCote, Executive Director, MWC Community Services Agency. Music: Covid Vaccine - The Soulm8s Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @UFCW400 @DCHotelworkers @WTUTeacher @32BJSEIU
55:01
March 12, 2021
UI, MEWPA & Re-Union
Broadcast on March 4, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: Pushing to extend Unemployment Insurance benefits with Judy Conti, Government Affairs Director at the National Employment Law Project… "Essential Worker Wednesdays" and the Maryland Essential Workers Protection Act (MEWPA), with Chris Stevenson, analyst for 1199SEIU… Solidarity Forever, with Pete Seeger and special guest Joe Biden… And Re-Union: How Bold Labor Reforms Can Repair, Revitalize, and Reunite the United States, with David Madland, Senior Fellow and Strategic Director of the American Worker Project at the Center for American Progress. PLUS: it’s WPFW’s annual Winter Pledge Drive; pledge at 202-588-9739 or online; be sure to scroll down to Your Rights At Work to show your support for DC’s only call-in show about your rights on the job. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @NelpNews @DavidMadland @1199SEIU @1199SEIU_MDDC
55:02
March 04, 2021
The Hardhat Riot
Broadcast on February 25, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: EPI Policy Analyst Margaret Poydock on the story behind the 2020 decline in the number of striking workers. David Paul Kuhn on his book THE HARDHAT RIOT: Nixon, New York City, and the Dawn of the White Working-Class Revolution. Music: Strike (1970 funk tune by Union). PLUS: it’s WPFW’s annual Winter Pledge Drive; pledge at 202-588-9739 or online; be sure to scroll down to Your Rights At Work to show your support for DC’s only call-in show about your rights on the job. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @EconomicPolicy
55:07
February 25, 2021
Life and Times of a Black Wobbly & Strike the Hammer
Broadcast on February 17, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: Special Black Labor History Month show: Peter Cole on “Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly” (2nd Edition) and Dr. Laura Warren Hill on “Strike the Hammer: The Black Freedom Struggle in Rochester, New York, 1940-1970” (March 2021). Peter Cole is Professor of History at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois; Laura Warren Hill is Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies, Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Music: The Preacher And The Slave (Pie in the Sky): Mischief Brew PLUS: it’s WPFW’s annual Winter Pledge Drive; pledge at 202-588-9739 or online; be sure to scroll down to Your Rights At Work to show your support for DC’s only call-in show about your rights on the job. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Kahlia Chapman. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @ProfPeterCole @mohojolo
55:35
February 18, 2021
Worked Over: How Round-the-Clock Work Is Killing the American Dream
Broadcast on February 11, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: The AFL-CIO’s Cathy Feingold and Brian Finnegan report live from "The Sound of Democracy: A Global Noise Barrage for Myanmar" action at the Embassy of Myanmar in Washington, DC. Jamie McCallum on his new book “Worked Over: How Round-the-Clock Work Is Killing the American Dream.”  He argues that labor’s next big battle may be over not wages but time. PLUS Labor news headlines and “Ampun Bang Jago” (Ease up, Mr. Hotshot), a popular Indonesian protest song that popped up in a viral video after the military coup in Myanmar last week. “Ease up, Mr. Hotshot” is a phrase that’s used to respond to arrogant or self-righteous authority figures. Like bosses, say. Or the military. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Kahlia Chapman. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod #Workers4Myanmar
53:47
February 12, 2021
Remembering John Sweeney (1934-2021)
Broadcast on February 4, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: Stephen Lerner, Marilyn Sneiderman, Harold Meyerson and Joe McCartin remember John Sweeney, who led the AFL-CIO from 1995 to 2009. John Sweeney died on Monday at his home in Bethesda, Maryland; he was 86. American labor and community organizer Stephen Lerner worked with Sweeney at SEIU to create the Justice for Janitors campaign in the mid-Eighties. Marilyn Sneiderman is Executive Director of the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization at Rutgers; under Sweeney, she directed the National AFL-CIO’s Department of Field Mobilization, where she helped launch the national "Union Cities" initiative. Harold Meyerson is editor at large of The American Prospect; his piece on Sweeney, The Man Who Realigned Labor, appeared on February 2. Joe McCartin is a labor historian at Georgetown University, where he also serves as the executive director of the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor. PLUS: Elise Bryant, president of the Coalition of Labor Union Women, on the February 9 free online screening of 9to5: The Story of A Movement. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Kahlia Chapman. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod
55:06
February 04, 2021
Why “Work Won’t Love You Back”
Broadcast on January 28, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: Labor journalist Sarah Jaffe on her new book Work Won't Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone. Richard Loeb, AFGE Senior Policy Counselor on President Biden revoking Trump’s Executive Orders targeting federal workers’ rights. Sophia Miyoshi, Restaurant Opportunities Center-DC Lead Organizer on the upcoming webinar on Your Rights At Work In A Pandemic (Thursday, January 28; 6:30 – 8:00pm). Plus: Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do?) and I Do What I Love by Ellie Goulding (both from Sarah Jaffe’s Work Won’t Love You Back Spotify playlist) Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @AFGENational @sarahljaffe @ROCDC
54:59
January 28, 2021
Biden fires Trump's union buster at the NLRB
Broadcast on January 21, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock  This week's show: Joe McCartin on Biden’s firing of Peter Robb, Trump-appointed general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board, who helped Reagan bust PATCO in 1981.  McCartin wrote "Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America." Becky Kolins Givan on “Strike For The Common Good: Fighting for the Future of Public Education”; she’ll be discussing this online next Monday, January 25, 5:00 pm EST with Joe McCartin, hosted by the Albert Shanker Institute. Steve Striffler, co-editor “Organizing for Power: Building a 21st Century Labor Movement in Boston.” Plus: Worker's Song by the Dropkick Murphys. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Kaliah. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod
54:53
January 21, 2021
COVID vaccine: myths & realities
Broadcast on January 14, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: John Boardman, UNITE HERE Local 25 on calls for DC-area hotel closures and transit safety procedures to protect staff and public from right-wing violence. Anita Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer at Howard University Hospital, clears up the myths and realities about the COVID vaccine. Richard Schweid on “The Caring Class.” Plus: Maryland My Maryland: The Free State Song. Hear a proposed replacement for the state’s song glorifying secession and violence. Sign the petition here. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella and Shepsu Baker. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @DCHotelworkers @HowardU @ATULocal689 @ATUComm
01:00:07
January 14, 2021
Workers react to the insurrection
Broadcast on January 7, 2021 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: John Boardman (UNITE HERE 25), Jaime Contreras (SEIU 32BJ) and Mark Federici (UFCW 400) on how DC-area workers were affected by Wednesday's insurrection and how they're surviving the pandemic. Mara Verheyden-Hilliard of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, which is demanding an investigation into the federal and local police planning and response to yesterday's events and Harold Meyerson, American Prospect editor, take a deeper dive in Wednesday's events, including the difference in how authorities handled peaceful BLM protests and the violent right-wing mob as well as the short- and long-term political implications. Plus: George Mann’s “Donnie Took A Dump All Over Twitter” Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @32BJSEIU @Julie32BJ @UFCW400 @DCHotelworkers @ThePCJF @TheProspect
54:36
January 08, 2021
Gonna Vote Your Asses Out!
Broadcast on December 31, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: Chris and Ed say goodbye to 2020 with a dozen work-themed songs, including Gonna Vote Your Asses Out! (Emma's Revolution), A Matter of Time (Los Lobos), Factory (Bruce Springsteen), Welcome to the Working Week (Elvis Costello), Working Man's Blues (Merle Haggard), Big In The Body/All You Fascists Bound To Lose (The Selecter), Together (For King and Country), Working-Class Hero (John Lennon), Wake up Everybody (Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes), Inner City Blues (Marvin Gaye), Living for the City (Stevie Wonder) and Work Song (Nina Simone). This show is dedicated to Andrew Washington (AFSCME Council 20) and all the working men and women taken from us this year by the COVID pandemic. Rest in Power, brothers and sisters! Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Kahlia. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod
36:16
December 31, 2020
SF Mime Troupe's "A Red Carol"
Broadcast on December 24, 2020 Chris Garlock and Ed Smith are off for the holiday; they'll be back next week with a New Year's Eve all-labor music call-in show.  This week's show: "People always think this story is about you,” Bob Crachit tells Scrooge in this original radio drama based on the Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol."  “But it ain’t about you, it’s about us - and how we let ourselves get infected with your ideas, your greed, your lies, its you steppin’ over the hungry and homeless and us following your lead, it’s us lettin’ you turn our government into a casino, listenin’ while you say day after day that profit is the new god, and us not standin’ up and shouting "NO!"' “It ain’t about you," Cratchit says. "It’s about us.” ​A Red Carol is leavened with labor songs, and features a 10 person cast that includes present and veteran SF Mime Troupers. As with all Mime Troupe projects they're supported directly by you! If you can, please make a donation by Clicking Here. (suggested $20 donation) @wpfwdc #1u #unions #laborradiopod @SFTroupers 
59:33
December 26, 2020
A Red Carol; Workers in holiday movies
Broadcast on December 17, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: A Red Carol; Daniel Savio, Music Producer and member of the San Francisco Mime Troupe Collective, talks about the Mime Troupe's first-ever radio play A Red Carol, which airs next week on Christmas Eve at 1pm on Your Rights At Work. Workers in holiday movies: Kathy Newman, Associate Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University, discusses the workers who make your favorite holiday movies possible. Read her essay “Christmas (and Class) Behind the Scenes” on the Working-Class Perspectives blog.   Plus: There is Power In A Union, sung by the SFMT Red Carol cast. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Shepsu. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @SFTroupers @_kathymnewman
54:59
December 17, 2020
Best labor books of the year
Broadcast on December 10, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: The best labor books of 2020, with TIM SHEARD, Hardball Press publisher and author of the Lenny Moss mysteries, and PATRICK DIXON, Managing Editor at LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History. YEMISRACH WOLDE, Ethiopian Community Center on the upcoming DC Pay Stub Clinic. Plus: Fallen Heroes: Songs for Essential Workers by The Pandemics. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nasella. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @hardballpress @GeorgetownKILWP Proud member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network
54:47
December 11, 2020
“Right to Return to Work”; the urgent need for economic relief
Broadcast on December 3, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: Sam Epps, Unite Here Local 25 Political Director, on the “Displaced Workers Right to Reinstatement and Retention Amendment Act” or “Right to Return to Work” for DC workers. Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, on the crisis facing American workers and the urgent need for economic relief. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Ciera Shine. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @FlyingWithSara @DCHotelworkers Proud member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network
54:39
December 04, 2020
Workers fight for safe DC schools; "Tales of the Resistance" wraps
Broadcast on November 19, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: Metro Washington Council president Dyana Forester reports on the latest on efforts by DC school unions to keep students safe; plus why postal workers took to the streets across the country this week. Tales of the Resistance; the final episode! Will the Resistance become a Revolution, or will the fascist corporate overlords maintain their control over the workers? Find out in the last installment of this gripping radio drama from the San Francisco Mime Troupe! Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Michael Nasella. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @DaOrganizer @WTUTeacher @NursesHealDC @CSO_Local4 @1199SEIU_MDDC @32BJSEIU Proud member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network
54:33
November 19, 2020
Everything you need to know about DC unemployment insurance
Broadcast on November 12, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: DC City Councilmember Elissa Silverman discusses extended UI benefits, troubleshooting the latest issues, and the upcoming oversight hearing on outstanding Department of Employment Services issues. PLUS: latest labor news headlines and callers weigh in with their questions. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Kaliah. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @tweetelissa
54:59
November 12, 2020
Election zombies?
Broadcast on November 5, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: Bill Fletcher, Jr. explains how the 2020 election proves the existence of zombies (and reveals his simple 3-step Zombie Test). Callers weigh in on this and much much more. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Myke “The Man” Nasella. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @BillFletcherJr
54:58
November 05, 2020
The End of the Beginning!!!
Broadcast on October 29, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: The cliff-hanger Episode 9 of the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Tales of the Resistance radio drama. Will the Resistance become a Revolution? Or will the fascist corporate overlords maintain their control over the workers? Plus: Metro Washington Council Political Director David Stephen on labor-endorsed DC-area candidates and why Montgomery County voters should vote against Question B. Labor headlines: Kroger workers demonstrate for contract; ‘Stunning’ Executive Order Would Politicize Civil Service; Gig Worker Groups Release Solidarity Letter Opposing Proposition 22 Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Myke “The Man” Nasella. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod
54:56
October 29, 2020
Fighting union busters in a Carolina carpet mill
Broadcast on October 22, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: Legendary organizer Phil Cohen’s shocking expose of illegal union-busting under the Trump Administration (info/order his book here). Plus: Metro Washington Council president Dyana Forester reports on the "No on B" labor rally, DC teachers hold a public hearing on re-opening DC schools safely, and DC dispensary workers organize with UFCW 400. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Myke “The Man” Nasella. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod
55:07
October 23, 2020
The San Francisco Mime Troupe’s “Tales of Resistance” (Episode 8)
Broadcast on October 15, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: “Systemic racism” at the VA? Plus: the latest episode of the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Tales of Resistance! Today, the continuing story of “DIMENSION 2020" - No one could predict that Greg and Clya could either save democracy, or lock the country into an endless cycle of tyranny and oppression, but now they have a hard choice to make... Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Myke “The Man” Nasella. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod
01:00:08
October 16, 2020
A nerd runs for office; Marx at the Arcade
Broadcast on October 8, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: Policy nerd Ed Lazere – DC City Council At-Large candidate -- on why he wants to take the fight for DC’s working people inside the belly of the beast. “Marx at the Arcade”; Dr. Jamie Woodcock on how Karl Marx can help us understand video games and the people who make them. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Myke “The Man” Nasella. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @edlazere @jamie_woodcock
01:00:08
October 08, 2020
The Killing of Daniel Prude: Rochester labor reacts
Broadcast on October 1, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: Rochester (NY) Labor Council president Dan Maloney on the local labor movement’s reaction to the killing of Daniel Prude and the need for police accountability: "It is imperative to remember that social justice, racial justice and human rights are forever intertwined with the fight for labor rights." San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Tales of the Resistance, Episode 7: Fear of the Dark: "The Rotten Orchard." Can Primo come to grips with his haunted past? Will he be able to be more than just a good cop? Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Mike Nasella @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod
54:52
October 02, 2020
Trump’s top 50 attacks on working people
Broadcast on September 24, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: Heidi Shierholz on EPI’s report on the Trump administration’s 50 most egregious attacks on working people since he took office. Julie Karant, SEIU 32BJ: Essential workers launch union’s largest-ever voter turnout program. PLUS: NPEU president Kayla Blado on union-busting at the Feminist Majority, and "Resisterhood" director/producer Cheryl Jacobs Crim Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Kailah @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @32BJSEIU @EconomicPolicy @NonprofitUnion @Resisterhooddoc
53:51
September 25, 2020
NC nurses win landslide victory; Despotism at work
Broadcast on September 17, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: Largest hospital union victory in South since 1975: Asheville, NC HCA nurses vote ‘Yes’ to unionize in Landslide Vote by 70% for National Nurses United. Despotism on Demand: How Power Operates in the Flexible Workplace; a chat with author Alex J. Wood, live from the UK. PLUS: The latest episode of the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Tales of the Resistance radio drama. Today, the continuing story of "Novice Nurse Susie Terse!" - Can she continue to fight off the bureaucracy while fending off the corrupt Capitalist Healthcare Conspiracy? Or will she be locked up as a Cop hating Commie forever? Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Myke “The Man” Nasella. @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod @NationalNurses @tom_swing
01:00:07
September 17, 2020
Union vets mobilizing to vote; AFGE's Black Labor Week
Broadcast on September 10, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock This week's show: The Union Veterans Council reports on their 2020 political strategy launch; AFGE’s Black Labor Week September 14-18. PLUS: Laid-off food service workers to rally at Senator Mitch McConnell’s house & labor news from RadioLabour International. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Myke “The Man” Nasella. @unionveterans @radiolabour @AFGENational @wpfwdc @aflcio #1u #unions #laborradiopod
01:54:02
September 10, 2020
Grocery workers protest; Tales of the Resistance Episode 5
Broadcast on September 3, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: Grocery workers plan 18 simultaneous protests today at area stores to demand hazard pay; also, how UFCW 400 members rescued boaters at sea last week.   PLUS: “The Case of the Wrinkled Egg”; Episode 5 of the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Tales of the Resistance radio drama; The continuing story of "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? Find out this week in...Jade for Hire! Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Kahlia.
54:26
September 03, 2020
Labor joins the Commitment March; Unionbusting, vegan style
Broadcast on August 27, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: We visit with local union leaders participating in tomorrow’s Commitment March and Rally on the 57th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" Speech. PLUS:  "Union Busting, Vegan Style"; No Evil Foods suppresses labor podcast; we talk to the show’s host and an expert on fair use. Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Myke “The Man” Nasella and Kahlia
55:08
August 27, 2020
“The Last Strike”; Tales of the Resistance
Broadcast on August 20, 2020 Hosted by Chris Garlock and Ed Smith This week's show: Danny Alpert, Co-director of the upcoming film The Last Strike; check out their Kickstarter campaign here. PLUS:  Episode 4 of The San Francisco Mime Troupe’s "Tales of the Resistance" radio drama: “It Came From R&D!" Times are tough, but if you’re able to, please consider contributing to WPFW’s summer fund drive. You can give online at wpfwfm.org, On your phone via CashApp: $WPFW or pledge by phone at 202-588-9739 or 1-800-222-9739.  WPFW and Your Rights At Work: Radio for the Resistance! Produced by Chris Garlock; engineered by Myke “The Man” Nasella
54:55
August 20, 2020
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
01:00:08
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 06, 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
01:00:08
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
54:55
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
01:00:07
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
01:00:08
July 09, 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 02, 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
01:00:07
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
01:00:08
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
55:05
June 04, 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
54:44
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 
55:04
May 07, 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
54:51
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 09, 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 02, 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
53:43
April 02, 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 05, 2020