Building Bridges Radio: Your Community & Labor Report

Produced and Hosted by Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash over WBAI,99.5FM in the NYC Metro Area

WHO WE ARE

WORKERS OF THE WORLD TUNE IN! Introducing "Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report"

Our beat is the labor front, broadly defined, both geographically and conceptually. We examine the world of work and workers on the job as well as where they live. We examine the issues that affect their everyday lives, with a particular sensitivity towards human rights abuses, environmental concerns and the U.S. drive for global domination. We record their global struggles and provide analysis of their efforts to empower themselves and transform society to provide greater democratic, human, social, political and economic rights. Each program consists of feature stories, generally interviews, within a historical context, often accompanied by sound from demonstrations, rallies or conferences, and complemented and enhanced by poetry and instrumental or vocal -- people's culture.

Over the years Building Bridges has produced a weekly one hour program, Mondays from 7-8 PM EST, covering local, national and international labor and community issues over radio WBAI-Pacifica 99.5 FM in New York. We also produce half hour version, Building Bridges National, which is distribtued to over 40 broadcast and internet radio stations.


For more information you can contact us at knash@igc.org
In Struggle Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash

Trumka vs. Wall Street plus Wage Theft - 28 minutes  

Labor President Trumka Takes Fight For Workers To Wall Street

Scrooge Bosses Steal From Low-Wage Workers

with
John DeFilippis, Assoc. Professor, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
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Labor President Trumka Takes Fight For Workers To Wall Street

The new President of the AFL-CIO Richard Trumka called for tough new regulations on the financial industry and a new approach to making the U.S. economy responsive to working people. Trumka took to the streets as part of the new leadership team’s national tour to set out a jobs-focused, progressive vision for the economy, and to fight back against the
corporate agenda that left workers behind.
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Scrooge Bosses Steal From Low-Wage Workers
with
John DeFilippis, Assoc. Professor, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University

Low-wage workers are routinely denied overtime pay and are paid less than the minimum wage, according to a new study based on a survey of workers in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The study, the most comprehensive examination of wage-law violations in a decade, concludes that "the sheer breadth of the problem, spanning key industries in the economy, as well as its profound impact on workers, entailing significant economic hardship, demands urgent attention."

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Iraqi Labor Leaders Speak Out - 27 minutes  

Iraqi Labor Leaders: Their Fight For Workers & Against Occupation
with
. Hassan Jumaa, Pres. Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions
. Rasim Awadi, Pres., General Federation of Iraqi Workers
. Sardar Mohammed, Pres., Iraqi Kurdish Workers Syndicates & Unions
. Falah Alwan, Pres., Federation of Workers Councils & Unions in Iraq

Iraqi labor leaders share their views and stories, from the conditions workers face on the ground, to their struggles against privatization, and the law banning public sector unions and their perspectives on the United States occupation of their country. Who are our fellow labor activists and what are their perspectives on class struggle.

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Obama ICE Policies; Hunter College Cafeteria Workers Protest - 28 minutes  

Obama Inherits Bush ICE Policies, But Won’t Let Them Thaw Out!
with
Marielena Hincapié, Exec. Director, Ntl. Immigration Law Center

Hunter College Cafeteria Workers Can’t Stomach AVI Food Systems

with
Deborah Johnson, Hunter College Cafeteria Worker
Gilbert Palacios, Lead Organizer, Local 100, Unite-HERE

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Obama Inherits Bush ICE Policies, But Won’t Let Them Thaw Out!
with
Marielena Hincapié, Exec. Director, Ntl. Immigration Law Center

American Apparel in downtown Los Angeles (you know their
immigration slogan, "Legalize L.A.") had a quarter of its workforce,
about 1,800 employees fired as the Obama administration authorized
federal investigations of employers seeking "irregularities in the identity
documents the workers presented when they were hired." A crackdown
that forces 1,800 taxpaying would-be Americans into joblessness in a
dismal economy as a solution to the problem of undocumented workers
— 1,800 down, millions to go — it’s ludicrous.
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Hunter College Cafeteria Workers Can’t Stomach AVI Food Systems
with
Deborah Johnson, Hunter College Cafeteria Worker
Gilbert Palacios, Lead Organizer, Local 100, Unite-HERE

AVI Food Systems came to Hunter with the promise of improved food service operations. What they didn’t mention is that they would refuse to continue providing the same health and pensions benefits that the cafeteria workers have received for years.




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Report from Honduras; Stella Workers Protest - 27'57"  

Joining Honduran President Zelaya In Brazilian Embassy
with
Andres Conteris, Director, Program on the Americas, Nonviolence International, in the Brazilian Embassy in Honduras where Pres. Zelaya has taken refuge
and
Tim Russo, Correspondent, Free Speech Radio News, has been reporting live from Tegucigalpa, Honduras since the return of Pres. Zelaya

Stella Workers Rally vs. Goldman Sachs & Mayor Bloomberg


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Joining Honduran President Zelaya In Brazilian Embassy
with
Andres Conteris, Director, Program on the Americas, Nonviolence International, in the Brazilian Embassy in Honduras where Pres. Zelaya has taken refuge
and
Tim Russo, Correspondent, Free Speech Radio News, has been reporting live from Tegucigalpa, Honduras since the return of Pres. Zelaya

More than 90 days since the military coup d’etat in Honduras
Pres. Zelaya returned to join the resistance movement in the
final stretch of the fight to restore constitutional order. Report
from inside the Brazilian Embassy where Pres. Zelaya has
sought sanctuary and from the streets of Honduras after the
escalation of repression by the coup government. How is
Zelaya lining up his support and strategy in these moments,
how are the masses responding and what has been the role
of the U.S.?.
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Stella Workers Rally vs. Goldman Sachs & Mayor Bloomberg

Anti-union Lance Inc., based in No.Carolina is poised to buy Stella
D'Oro cookies and if they do the Bronx plant will be shut and its
unionized workers, who have waged a courageous struggle for more
than a year will lose their jobs. So, the Stella workers and their
supporters brought their pleas to keep the plant in New York to
Goldman Sachs one of Lance's high-profile investors and then to
Mayor Bloomberg to intervene to keep Stella D’oro in the Bronx.


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