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Michael Morrow will be your host
and his guests will include:
An Exciting Fifth Monday

KBOO Labor Radio Show

on Monday Night At 6pm, 
March 31 2014!

Tax Fairness and Income Disparity
call in and join the conversation!  Studio Line  (503) 231-818
Juan Carlos Ordonez, (the communications director for the Oregon Center for Public Policy, ( conducts research and analysis to advance policies that create economic and social opportunities for all Oregonians. a father and serves as the Oregon Center for Public Policy’s Communications Director. Juan is a graduate of Harvard Law School, he practiced commercial litigation in New York City for six years. He left the practice of law and returned to his native Guatemala, where he worked as a freelance journalist and supported numerous civic projects, many of which focused on the sustainable development of indigenous communities..

And Scott Moore
Communication Director for Our Oregon, (

who was born in the Central Valley of California and has lived in

Portland since 2004. 

He spent a few years as a political reporter and news editor for the

Portland Mercury before working on the 2008 campaign against

Bill Sizemore’s d
estructive ballot measures.

Here is some background info. for listeners who want to be prepared for this in-depth discussion of where we go from here: Hedrick Smith's Who Stole the American Dream, Reich's Beyond Outrage, and Stiglitz' Price of

We plan to talk about

* Education funding in Oregon (after tax initiatives put on hold)
* Tax fairness in Oregon (ditto)
* Potential for the 2015 Legislature, and Gov. Kitzhaber, to realistically address these
* Future plans Our Oregon might have with respect to tax fairness and adequate education funding
All this understanding that a significant chunk of Oregon's union folks (AFT-OR, OEA) are directly affected by this.

Here is the run sheet for the show, please tune in and enjoy...

 KBOO Community Radio  90.7 FM presents: Labor Radio Show
 6:00-6:30 pm Every Monday Night!
CALL-IN: 503-231-8187  March 31st, 2014 Host: Michael Morrow-- 5th Monday
Guests Juan Carlos Ordonez and Scott Moore for KBOO Labor Radio!  

Running Sheet:
6:00pm Underwriting Info
6:03pm Opening Music: Whistle Song by AL
6:04pm Announcements
6:10pm Intro of Guests: Juan Carlos Ordonez
Oregon Center for Public Policy
Scott Moore, Our Oregon
6:15pm ID:You’re listening to KBOO/90.7 in and join the conversation  
CALL-IN # is: 503-231-8187 
6:17pm Topics:
* How will pulling anti-labor & tax fairness initiatives affect education funding & unions?
*November election expectations
*2015 Legislative Session
*Future Initiatives
6:27pm Next week---Tune in at 6pm for weekly news…
6:28pm Closing Music: Whistle by Al
Breaking News:  Here is the March Portland Alliance!


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Stand with Teachers for Racial Equity (raw audio)

Labor Radio  program date: Tue, 01/21/2014
The Portland Teachers Solidarity Campaign, with the Portland Parent Union and the Portland Student Union, held a press conference prior to the January 21st school board meeting, declaring that support for the Portland Association of Teachers demands for lower class sizes and wrap-around support services, less standardized testing, an end to racist school closures, and resources targeted to low-income schools, all would help create racial equity.  The crowd of a dozen parents, teachers and students called for the board to quit stalling and settle a fair, equitable contract with the teachers.  Recording (raw audio) by Jamie Partridge.
  • Length: 26:45 minutes (36.73 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)

Labor Radio on KBOO- bringing you the news and views of, by, and for working people every Monday night at 6:00PM. Tune in at 90.7FM or online at KBOO.FM.
Education Remix--Highlights of the Struggle for the Schools Portland Students Deserve

In light of the rally happening at the Portland Public School District Building as Labor Radio airs today, we're remixing some of our
favorite moments in Labor Radio reporting: excerpts from the Jefferson student demonstration on Friday, interviews with students,
teachers, and parents, and a new interview with Sekai Edwards, Jefferson High School student union organizer.

For the solidarity events announced during the show, visit our Facebook Page:

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Tune in to Fifth Monday Labor Radio and find out about Joe and a lot more!
at 6pm Monday, December 30th
Joe Hill, union activities, political intrigues and more. with guests Ron Verzuh andMichael Munk
hosted by Lan
e Poncy and Michael Morrow
 Don't miss this dynamic combination
of activists and organizers.
Call in and join the conversation!  
  more details here!

Studio Line            (503) 231-8187

Ron Verzuh has produced a video about Joe Hill and will discuss his discoveries along the way. Micheal Munk will join Lane Poncy and Michael Morrow to discuss a few of Ron's latest interests
and observations on union activities and political intrigues ...

Ron Verzuh

Ron Verzuh is currently a PhD student in history at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. He is also the former national communications director for the Canadian Union of Public Employees. He completed his years at CUPE heading the union’s international solidarity program. He is the author of two books, several booklets and many articles on subjects ranging from the labour movement to travel, books, news media, movies, food and politics.

Michael Munk was born in Prague in 1934 and escaped from the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia to Portland in 1939. He received a PhD in politics from New York University after degrees in political science from the University of Oregon and Reed College. He was drafted into the US Army and sent to South Korea and afterwards was a journalist for the leftist New York weekly National Guardian. He taught political science at Stony Brook University, Roosevelt University in Chicago, and Rutgers University in New Jersey for twenty-five years before retiring to Portland.
Since then, his interests and publications have focused on local radical history. Munk has published widely in the Oregon Historical QuarterlyPacific Northwest QuarterlyThe Portland Alliance and The Oregonian, which listed him among Portland's "local literary luminaries"   visit his provocative website:

Lane Poncy  is with the Oregon Alliance for Retired Americans, CWA Local 7901   - Communications Workers of America Local 7901 in Portland. She has been hosting and co-hosting Fifth Monday for more than 10 years.
Michael Morrow served as President and Vice President of the Committee on Political Education for Portland Community College Faculty Federation Local 2277. He retired from teaching at PCC but is an active union member and co-hosts Fifth Monday Labor Radio.  
Lane Poncy                        Michael Morrow
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Labor Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 11/25/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
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Conflict at KBOO sparks effort to unionize

Apr 23, 2013  |
KBOO-FM, Portland’s community non-profit radio station, may soon be a union shop. A petition filed April 18 asks the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to conduct a union election to determine whether the station’s 10 employees want to join Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 7901.
Employees contacted the union after the station’s elected board of directors approved a package of personnel policy changes over which they had no say. Among the changes: Paid maternity leave was cut in half to three weeks; paid sick leave was cut in half to 40 hours a year; and employees were designated as “at-will.”
Eight of the 10 employees signed union authorization cards, and at an April 2 staff meeting, asked the station manager to voluntarily recognize the union. But that didn’t happen. So on April 18, with a mass firing rumored to be in the works, the union asked the NLRB to oversee an election.
The April 22 meeting of the KBOO Board of Directors was packed with union supporters there to urge recognition. But retired letter carrier Jamie Partridge — one of a crew of volunteers who host the station’s weekly Labor Radio program, said the board seemed resolute in backing the changes. Partridge predicts a protracted struggle at the station.
No election date has been scheduled yet.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Social Equality Educators & Social Justice Autoworkers

In the first half of the show, Adam Sanchez of Portland's Social Equality Educators describes local resistance to the corporate education "reform" agenda of school closures, charter schools, high-stakes standardized testing, merit pay and union-busting. In the second half, Wendy Thompson, former president of United Auto Workers local 235 in Detroit and activist with Autoworker Caravan talks about the rebellion against the ten-hour day and "alternative scheduling" in the auto industry.

We wound up 2012 with Labor Radio at 6pm Monday, Jan 31st in Portland on 90.7 FM • Corvallis 100.7 FM • Hood River 91.9 FM
Hosts were Lane Poncy, Tim Flanagan, & Michael Morrow with guest Mike Munk. They discussed
Labor Under Attack: Learning from the Past & Preparing for the Future
with special attention to the current struggle between grain bosses and the ILWU.
Call in to Labor Radio every Monday night at 6pm to join the conversation! 503 231 8187.

Lane PoncyMichaelMorrowMichael Munk&Tim Flanagan
A Struggle for Jobs with Justice       
The PNLHA's 45th Annual Labor History Conference

will be held in Portland, Oregon, from May 3-5, 2013.

Labor Radio on 03/11/13

 Labor Radio
Air date: 
 Mon, 03/11/2013 - 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Short Description: 
 Wildcat! The Great Postal Strike of 1970

Tara Lee, retired letter carrier and a leader of the great U.S. postal strike, and  Keeanga Yamahtta Taylor, of the African American Studies department at Northwestern University and editor of the International Socialist Review, discuss the 1970 wildcat strike and its implications for today's labor movement.

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    On October 29, 2012, Fifth Monday Labor Radio on KBOO
    will have an hour long show, from 6-7pm, "Third Party Choices in 2012," 
    to provide listeners with exposure, a forum, and coversation with advocates for Third Party Alternatives.

    Michael Meo, (at left) will tell us about Jill Stein (at right) and how the
    Pacific Green Party addresses issues for everyday people. 
    Rocky Anderson (left) may call in at 6:30,
    or we will have a local representative of the Justice Party
    in the studio to field questions.
    The show will include Dan Meek (Independent),
    Seth Woolley
    (at right) (PG),
    Bob Wolfe (Progressive),

    and Steve Hughes (at left)  (Working Families Party),
      in the studio.  If you are a candidate for a third party
    or willing to speak on behalf of third party candidates
    issues, or platforms:, please contact us
    at your earliest convenience.
    Call Tim prior to show at 503-697-1670,
    or to call in on Monday, 
    October 29, during the show:
    KBOO's number
    for call-in programs is
    503 231 8187.
    Tim, Lane, & Mike at left            

  • Hosted by Tim Flanagan, Lane Poncey, and Michael Morrow
    20 SE 8th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214

Labor Radio

Labor Radio Collective:"Together We Make A Difference"
Monday Nights at 6pm,
On Monday, April 30, 2012...
Lane and Tim hosted Fifth Monday Labor Radio!
Elizabeth Joy Zarek, (below at left) an organizer for The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) talked about Early Childhood Education Workers (Pre-Kindergarden) and how they are exploited and under-valued with low pay, few benefits, and little protection. And we discovered "The Quilt Project."
And Cameron Whitten, (below right) an Occupy Organizer, gave us an update on The 99% Spring and how Occupy
PDX and Labor are working together for Justice! "We are on the verge of a new age, but we can only get there as a community."
contact info for Cameron silvershadow4891@yah
Elizabeth Jacobs
The Early Learning Alliance/AFT-Oregon

The Early Learning Alliance/AFT-Oregon is a unique, statewide coalition of child care center directors, owners, teachers and staff as well as parents and community leaders who have joined in a mission to improve the quality of early childhood edu­cation in Oregon. 

CLICK HERE to join ELA today.

ELA's mission

Our mission is to ensure that child care centers have resources to provide living wage jobs; and give families access to high quality, affordable child care. To achieve this goal, we must advance the interests of the key component in a quality education — the workforce that provides it.

A unified organizational voice

We envision a unified organizational voice for the early childhood workforce based in child care centers. As a voice for the child care workforce, we advocate for livable wages, benefits and professional devel­opment — but not at the expense of struggling parents or under-funded child care centers. ELA/AFT-Oregon seeks to shape landmark legislation that would bring greater resources to child care centers and workers throughout the state.

That’s why we are joining together — owners, directors, teachers and staff of child care centers in Oregon — to find funding and public support for early learning. Join our extraordinary organizing effort! Let’s work together to make sure child care centers, and the people who work in them, get the support they deserve.

CLICK HERE to join ELA today.

For more information:  contact Elizabeth Joy Zarek, ELA/AFT-Oregon organizer and longtime early educator, to find out more about the benefits of membership. 

Elizabeth Joy Zarek, Organizer  Early Learning Alliance/AFT-Oregon
Office: (503) 906-3495
7035 SW Hampton Ave. /  Tigard, OR 97223-8313
Labor Radio's IWW Special!

program:     Labor Radio

How GM Kicks Occupationally Disabled
Workers to the Curb in Colombia

Labor Radio
program date: 
Mon, 12/26/2011

GM assembly workers in Colombia suffer occupational disabilities resulting from outdated equipment and production methods, then the company forces them out of their jobs.  The workers and their families fight back by occupying a spot right across the street from the US embassy.  In November they spoke with a Witness for Peace delegation about their struggle for justice.

Length: 12:37 minutes (11.55 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

John Walsh

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disabled workers kicked to the curb by GM in Colombia, now posted at

How GM Kicks Occupationally Disabled
Workers to the Curb in Colombia

Labor Radio
program date: 
Mon, 12/26/2011

GM assembly workers in Colombia suffer occupational disabilities resulting from outdated equipment and production methods, then the company forces them out of their jobs.  The workers and their families fight back by occupying a spot right across the street from the US embassy.  In November they spoke with a Witness for Peace delegation about their struggle for justice.

Length: 12:37 minutes (11.55 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

John Walsh

Please call in and join the conversation.   
Studio Line   (503) 231-8187
The Labor Radio Collective Calendar
A great photo album!   
Our blog:
A Google Promo:  
And more on KBOO here!
Mon, 10/10/2011 Bradbury and Angela MacWhinnie bring you a Very Special Episode of Labor Radio, all about the IWW.  Wobbly guests include:

  • Daniel Gross, IWW organizer, co-founder of the Starbucks Workers' Union, and author of the preface to the new edition of Rebel Voices: An IWW Anthology
  • Brendan Phillips, Portland community organizer and frontperson of the band Fast Rattler, on the band's new album "Linger On," a tribute to Brendan's father, the legendary Wobbly storyteller and folksinger Utah Phillips
  • Bill Adler, author of the celebrated new biography of Joe Hill, The Man Who Never Died
  • Emmitt Nolan, Portland IWW member, on organizing in the food and retail industry, and the upcoming IWW Food & Retail Workers Union Founding Convention

  • Length: 82:33 minutes (56.68 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 22kHz 96Kbps (CBR)
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