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.


Written by Marc Steiner

Marc Steiner

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