A great way to wrap up in Montreal. We were joined by all three ITF inspectors in Canada. Peter Lahay (ILWU 400), Karl Risser (Unifor) and Vince Giannopoulos (SIU) talk about their beginnings, challenges and proud moments as ITF inspectors.
This was something special. Recorded as part of a presentation at the ITF Maritime Roundtable, Peter Lahay sets the stage by taking about the FOC (flag of convenience) campaign, then brother Shwe Aung shares his story. A inspiring journey from Burmese seafarer to ITF inspector in Texas.
Our new best friends Geir Ore Gjelsuik (Norwegian Transport Federation) and Herdis Eide (Idustrai Energi) from Norway discuss their unions and their struggles.
We talk with Lars Turner of the Masters Mates and Pilots Union about cabotage and the Jones Act.
We got a chance to have a short but fun catch up with Steve Todd of RMT in England and retired ILWU Canada President Mark Gordienko.
Shawna Walsh 2nd Vice President of the BCFMWU joins us to talk about CETA and young workers.
Live from the ITF Maritime Roundtable! We recored a live episode as part of fringe session presentation about the young workers movement in the ILWU Canada called "The Evolution of Our Movement"
First show form the maritime round table in Montreal we talk with Viktors Panasjuks of the WATER TRANSPORT FEDERATIVE UNION OF LAVIA, and Macik Konopuk, organizer for NAZZ SOLIDIAROSE POLAND.
This is something special. Steph and part time sudo host Zack Pattin got a chance to talk with the who's who of labour history on the west coast. Gene Vrana, Ron Magden, Harvey Shwartz, and Connor Casey all take us to school. ILWU 19 Brother Leith Kahl caps it off with something special at the end.
Dan and Steph talk with Mike Jagielski, ILWU Local 23 pensioner and Tom Dufresne, ILWU 500 pensioner. We discuss the importance of the relationship between the young workers and the pensioners going forward in the ILWU.
Live from the Pacific Coast Pensioners Associations Conference! Dan and Steph have a conversations with Zack Pattin of ILWU 23 and Kyle Mcginn from the MUA about the future of the maritime youth movement.
We got a chance to sit down with CUPW Vancouver President Jennifer Savage to talk about the struggle, bargaining and the potential new deal.
This episode begins with speeches given on the picket line by David Black, Graeme Johnson, Irene Lazinger, Terry Engler and Rob Ashton. We then have a conversation with David Black, president of MoveUp and Janice Ford. We wrap up with returning presidents Rob Ashton (ILWU) and Graeme Johnston (BCFMWU).
This morning we went to show our support for the good people at MoveUp. We spoke with Ryan Hamer from MoveUP local 378, and Donna Forscutt and Allen Towers on Unifor 888, as we try to cast some light on a bit of a confusing situation with the BC Nurses Union.
On July 8 ILWU Local 502 hosted the first ever "Taking it to the Streets" 4 on 4 ball hockey tournament in support of the Surrey Food Bank . Steph and Dan found some time on that day to talk with BCFMWU president Graeme Johnson and secretary treasurer Brian Lalli. We had a quick conversation about the trash talk leading up to the event as well as some history and news from the BCFMWU before we all had to get back to the games.
We went down to Tacoma for a "Passing the torch" education event put on by Local 23 Young Workers, and Pensioners committees. We then had a chance to sit down with Brian Skiffington, Zack Pattin, and Local 23 president Dean McGrath, and talk about the ILWU's 10 guiding principals....................This episode could really be called "Zack drops Knowledge bombs", but i don't think he would like that.
After a year of asking to come on the show we finally have time for recently retired ILWU Canada president Mark Gordienko. He joins us to talk about his tenure as president and trustee and shares some stories as a rank and file member. Thank you for your lessons, your insight and your 44 years of service to the ILWU, Mark!
Dan and Mike crash the ILWU 502 pensioners banquet but none of the old timers wanted to talk to us...... so we settled for ILWU Canada President Rob Ashton, and 1VP Shawn Nolan.
Mike heads all the way to Stewart B.C. to talk with ILWU Local 519 workers about the lies they were told, and false promises made. The community was promised family supporting jobs that would stay in their small community. Thats not what happened.....
Finally, Troy Cook and Alex Hanson from the USW, Steel Megaphone Podcast join us. We sit down and talk about how we are using podcasting as a tool for labour to communicate and touch on some international labour issues.
ILWU Canada Young Worker Committee member Stephanie Dobler takes the helm and sits down with ILWU 2nd VP Steve Nasty, Brian Skiffington of ILWU 23 in Tacoma, and Danielle Burgess also of the ILWU Canada Young workers committee. The group discussed the youth movement in the ILWU and their time at the ILWU Canada Convention.
We headed down to the Grant’s Law Sit-in put on by the BCFED Young Workers Committee, to commemorate the tragic death of Grant DePatie in 2005, who was killed when attempting to stop the theft of $12.30 in gas at an Esso station in Maple Ridge. Since Grant’s death, the Liberal government broke their promise to improve safety for late night workers. We were joined by Carlos Carvalho, Sussanne Skidmore, and Caitlin Davidson King.
Part 2 Brian Skiffington and Zack Pattin from ILWU 23 Tacoma help us out at the Activate Now! Northwest TPP Summit, a collection of activists form all of the the Pacific Northwest west sharing strategies to fight the TPP. We start with Lynne Dodson secretary treasurer of Washington State Labor Council and Gillian Lacascio Director of the Washington Fair Trade Coalition. Then Zack hijacks the show with a group of activists Michelle Heckler, Ronna Loerch, Peggy Bruton and Joanna Schoettler.
Part 1 Brian Skiffington and Zack Pattin from ILWU 23 Tacoma help us out at the Activate Now! Northwest TPP Summit, a collection of activists form all of the the Pacific Northwest west sharing strategies to fight the TPP. First is Joe Levebre form ILWU 23 Tacoma, then Kristien Beifus from UFCW 21 and retired USW 12-591 President Steve Garey.