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Baltimore’s New Deal: WPA-Level Spending Has Power To Remake City, But Much Of It Might Be Going Away

Baltimore's New DealDecember 3, 2014 – Segment 4

We do an extended version of our regular feature, City Paper This Week, to include “Baltimore’s New Deal,” which was featured in the paper last week.

Our guests are: Edward Ericson Jr., staff writer for the City Paper whose article “Baltimore’s New Deal” was the cover story last week; Dr. John Bullock, Professor of Political Science at Towson University; and Dr. Dennis Coates, Professor of Economics at UMBC.


SCOTUS Update: Harris v. Quinn Decision

scotusJuly 1, 2014 – Segment 3

We turn to another Supreme Court decision handed down yesterday, in the case of Harris v. Quinn. The Court’s ruling states that state governments cannot force-unionize participants in state entitlement programs or force them to pay union dues as a condition of receiving help from the state. With: Trevor Burrus, research fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies and Editor of A Conspiracy Against Obamacare; and Patrick Moran, President of AFSCME Maryland Council 3.


Update From UNITE HERE And BWI Workers

Unite Here BWI Airport WorkersMay 14, 2014 – Segment 6

We check in with UNITE HERE and the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Workers. We’re joined by  Tracy Lingo, an organizer with UNITE HERE Local 7 in Baltimore, Kevin Wheeler, a former BWI worker who was laid off from Creative Food Group, and Betty Schuler, who works for HMS Host at BWI.


The Future of the Labor Movement in America

Unite Here BWI Airport WorkersApril 14, 2014 – Segment 3

We discuss the state of the labor movement in Maryland and beyond. We are talking with labor activists and workers involved in a number of struggles, including individuals who work at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, former Sparrows Point employees, and a person who is organizing community college employees. Our guests include:

  • Syndicated columnist and author Bill Fletcher, who is Senior Scholar at Institute for Policy Studies;
  • Carietta Hiers, longtime SEIU 1199 organizer at the Johns Hopkins Hospital who has been present at the ongoing contract talks between the workers at the hospital;
  • Jeff Singer, founder and former executive director of Health Care for the Homeless and instructor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.
  • Mike Lewis, former Sparrows Point steelworker;
  • Kim Jensen, poet, author, and associate professor of English at the Community College of Baltimore County helping to organize professors and adjuncts;
  • Sam Williamson, bartender and server at Creative Food Group at the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and a leader of Unite Here Local 7;
  • Anthony Coates, Local President of AFSCME Local 647, Baltimore City Housing Authority;
  • Paul Williams, Local Vice President of AFSCME Local 647, Baltimore City Housing Authority;
  • and Lucky Crosby, Sr., maintenance mechanic who has worked for the Baltimore City Housing Authority for a decade.


Disability Law And Labor

diabledworkersMarch 5, 2014 – Segment 4

We discuss pending legislation concerning persons with disabilities, including: a bill that would give Medicaid coverage to adults with disabilities in need of shift nursing services, so they can live at home with their families instead of being institutionalized; a bill that addresses “Assertive Community Treatment;” and a bill that addresses the minimum wage for disabled persons. Joining us will be: Cathy Surace, Managing Attorney at the Maryland Disability Law Center; and Sarah Rhine, Attorney at the Maryland Disability Law Center.



Baltimore Teachers Vote On A New Contract

schoolFebruary 5, 2014 – Segment 6

We look at Baltimore teachers, as members of the Baltimore Teachers Union look to vote on a new contract this Thursday. We speak with Marietta English, President of the Baltimore City Teachers Union, and Iris Kirsch, Baltimore City Public Schools teacher.


Happy Labor Day! The State Of Labor In 2013 Featuring Our Favorite Labor Songs

Walmart Workers ProtestSeptember 2, 2013 – Hours 1 & 2

Happy Labor Day! We celebrate with a 2-hour special of interviews and music. You will hear local activists, union members, and workers talk about what Labor Day means in 2013 and what major challenges workers face across the country, interspersed with songs by Woody Guthrie, Bo Diddley, Tracy Chapman, Joan Baez, and others.

Our guests include: Bill Barry, retired Director of Labor Studies at the Community College of Baltimore County and author of Union Strategies for Hard Times and From First Contact to First Contract: A Union Organizer’s Handbook; Cory McCray, an organizer for his local union and co-founder of B.E.S.T. Democratic Club; Jasmin Jones, server and union leader at Duclaw, operated by Aeroservices Group at BWI Airport; and Mike Hachey, organizer with Unite Here! Local 7.


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State Of The Labor Movement And Remembering The Poor People’s Campaign

yasinMay 8, 2013 – Segment 1

We host a conversation about the current state of the labor movement. We look at local organizing in Baltimore around living wages and fair development and talk about the 45th anniversary of the Poor People’s Campaign. We’re joined by Yasin Abdul-Malik, a food service worker at Thurgood Marshall BWI Airport and a member of the UNITE HERE Local 7 organizing committee. Food and retail workers at BWI are currently organizing for living wages, full-time work, and the right to unionize in a neutral environment. We are also joined by Bill Barry, Retired Director of Labor Studies at the Community College of Baltimore County and author of Union Strategies for Hard Times and From First Contact to First Contract: A Union Organizer’s Handbook; and Bonnie Lane, local activist and journalist who is on the editorial board of Word on the Street.


Bangladesh Factory Collapse

BangladeshApril 30, 2013 – Segment 3

We discuss the collapse of a factory in Bangladesh that left nearly 400 people dead last week. Imara Jones, writer for Colorlines, Charles Kernaghan, director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, and Karen Li, a sophomore studying Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University and a Student Organizer for United Students Against Sweatshops join us.