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ILWU Local 502 presents, The Docker Podcast! Labor related news and discussions. ***ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE THE OPINIONS OF THE INDIVIDUALS AND DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT ANY OFFICIAL OPINION OF THE ILWU, ANY AFFILIATED LOCALS, OR ANY OF ITS OFFICERS. ALL UNION BRANDING IS USED WITH PERMISSION***
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Aug 27, 2016

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).

Jul 27, 2016

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.

Jul 20, 2016

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.

Jun 14, 2016

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.

Jun 4, 2016

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!

Jun 1, 2016

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.

May 19, 2016

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..... 

May 4, 2016

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. 

Apr 27, 2016

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.

Apr 20, 2016

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.

Apr 19, 2016

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.

Apr 19, 2016

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.

Apr 18, 2016

We finally get some ILA representation from eastern Canada. Brother Albert Batten, President of ILA 1657 joins us.

Apr 17, 2016

Super excited to have brother Paddy Crumlin of the MUA and ITF return to the show. Paddy talks, you listen.

Apr 14, 2016

After just missing each other in Australia we finally got a chance to take with Assistant National Secretary of the MUA Warren Smith. Then returning to the the show to update us on things in New Zealand is "Big" Joe Fleetwood from the Maritime Union of New Zealand.

Apr 12, 2016

Bobby Olvera Jr president of local 13 joins us to offer his insight on automation and union structure in California. Then ILWU International Vice President Ray Familathe joins us to talk about the contract battles he's dealt with during his time with the ILWU.

Apr 9, 2016

First we talk with GWU President Gerry Gault about the grain handlers coming home to the ILWU to become local 333. Then we speak with ILWU 400 VP Jason Woods about free trade and the struggles in the tugboat industry.

Mar 24, 2016

We all made it home and took a week to process everything. Dan, Steph, Dani and Tim all sit down and discuss our experience at the Maritime Union of Australia's conference.

Mar 22, 2016

Steph digs up a new guest, sort of, she got Steve Todd of RMT to return to the show. Dean Summers must of had fun cause he crashed the party and sat in as well. After updating us on all things RMT Steve refers us to Mick Cash RMT General Secretary to give us a update on the situation in London and the strikes on the Tubes. We finish this one with Dean McGrath ILWU 23 and Adrian Adrian Evans from WA Branch, taking about the sister relationship between each parties.

Mar 21, 2016

Will Tracy gives Dan a update on the struggles with Chevron and MUA fighting for workers in oil and gas. Then we are joined by two MUA vets, Gary Smith and Fred Krausert. We finish this one with Michael Cross Branch Committee offshore rep in NSW branch.

Mar 20, 2016

We were lucky to get a few minutes with Zac Kinzett and Warren Hopkins. Two of the five aussie seafarers chased off their ship and robbed of there jobs and livelihoods, only to be replaced by $2 a day foreign labour.

Mar 19, 2016

Kenneth Riley ILA 1422 President gives The Docker our first interview with anyone from the ILA. Ken briefly talks about the recent job action on the east coast of the U.S. and teaches us about the "Charleston 5"

Mar 17, 2016

First we catch up with our old friend Jason Miners , Deputy State Secretary of the MUA Queensland branch. Next up is Joe McDonald, and MUA seafarer and we talk abut his involvement in the Sydney Branch Activist Committee. Then we wrap it up with Nick Pedler and retuning guest Matt Burnell.

Mar 11, 2016

Dan gets a few minutes with Danny Cain, Phil Swanston, and George Gakis from WA branch Youth movement. 

Mar 9, 2016

We talked with Jamie Newlyn of the MUA about the early days of the MUA youth moment, then Dean Summers joins us to talk about his work with the ITF and swimming the English Channel.

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