Professor Mark Leier a labour historian at Simon Fraser University joins us on the 100 year anniversary of the execution of labour legend Joe Hill. He schools us on the IWW and even brought along his banjo.
This episode is dedicated to the memory of ILWU brother Michael Birmingham.
IBU Convention Part 3, the MUA Assistant National Secretary Ian Bray, Sydney Assistant Branch Secretary Paul Garret, and MUA Delegate Scott Hare from Sydney Ferries, all sit with us. We talk about everything from the youth movement, the top, union mergers and get a bit of a update on the Hutchison dispute.
Part 2 from the IBU convention, we had a long talk with Andrew Hedden form the Harry Bridges Center for labour studies at the University of Washington, and Conor Casey the Labour Archivist and Director of the the Labour Archives of Washington. We find out how a labour leader from San Fran ends up having a building named after him, and a statue of him, on a campus full of corporate money in Washington state.
IBU Convention Part 1, this is a mash up of all the short conversations we had over our two days in Seattle. We learned a lot about the structure, scope, and history of the IBU as well as some of the struggles the IBU shares with other maritime unions around the world.
1-Adam Petty, IBU Executive and Zac villanueva from the IBU in southern California
2-Mike Vera IBU Southern california, captain with Foss Maritime
3-Berit Eriksson, workforce development director for the sailors union of the pacific
4-Terry Engler ILWU Local 400
5-Monte Beard JR, captain for Catalina Express, and Adam Dalton, IBU organizer
6-Richard Gurtiza IBU region 37 cannery workers
7-Meagan Nye IBU Alaska, Ryan Brazeau IBU Puget Sound
8-Peter Hart, Rolland Lee, Terri Mast IBU Secretary Tresurer, Kerry Crocker
Brother Aaron Ekman, BCFED Secretary Treasurer joins us for a election wrap up episode. We chew through some international labour news, and Aaron ends things with a great song choice.
The Mikes were both gone, so Dan called in two returning guests to fill some seats. Dan, Sunny, and Rob sat down with Vancouver-Kingsway NDP MP Don Davies and talked about a bunch of stuff including his campaign, Bill C51, TPP, and the NDP plan for real change.
Day 3 started with some 502 youth delegates, John Collins Jr, Chad Goodrich and Aaron Higo. Then we were honoured to have BCFED President Irene Lanzinger. From Local 13 in LongBeach we had Armondo Porras and Jose Lomeli. The MUA sent two delegates for us to speak with, Codey Buekers and Rachael Carter. We finished it all off with ILWU Canada 2nd VP Steve Nasby.
Day 2 for us started with a conversation with Rene-John Nicolas from Victory Square law office, about appropriate use of social media and some of its benefits and pitfalls. We then spoke with Brian Campbell from the BCFED occupational health and safety centre. Next up was Brother Dean McGrath, President of ILWU Local 23 in Tacoma. We finished the day with Allison Tremblay, also from Victory Square, and spoke about issues around port security.
ILWU pensioners Tom Dufesne, Mike Morino, and Barry Campbell join us right after their presentation on the history of the ILWU in Canada. We were then joined by actor Ian Ruskin, who performed a one man play on the life of Harry Bridges.
Peter Lahay joins us to have a quick chat about the Liverpool dockers dispute 20 years ago.
Friend of the show Mich-Elle Myers of the MUA calls in and gives us a update live from the Hutchison picket line.
ILWU 502 President Tim Farrell and Brother Adam Noullett join us to discuss what we all took away from the last ILWU convention last June in Hawaii. We also talk about the grain workers affiliating with the ILWU Canada, Qatar Airways and couple other current events.
John Catanho, form ILWU local 10, is a benifefits specialist. He talks to us about the differance between our Canadian and their U.S. health care, and how tricky it is to navigate their complicated system.
Jeff Engles from the ITF was so exited about a resoluton that past, that he had to tell someone, we just happen to be there with microphones.
ILWU Local 142 Buisness Agent Tyrone Tahara schools us on the the ILWU's history in Hawaii.
Dan was lucky enough to get a few minutes of ILWU International VP Ray Familathe's time to discuss his start in the ILWU.
Amy Wren, Brian Bingold, and Chris Hagen form ILWU local 5 in Portland Oregon join us to. We talk about the history of local 5 with Powells Books and some of the creative stuff local 5 members are involved in.
We head down to the picket line to talk to Eva Anderson and Malcolm Colcleugh of COPE 378 to talk about about the root cause of their dispute.
Dan and Mike went to Nanimo for the rededication of a mounument to 6 seattle longshormen killed in an explosion in 1886. The whole story was told on the Hawaii #12 episode. We had two unexpected opportunities to quickly speak with two great people. First was ILWU 19 VP Jason Gross. The second was with ILWU International Secratary Treasurer Willy Adams.
The audio is not very good, we were in a big empty room with just a hand help recorder.
Art Almeida joins us to do what all retired longshoremen like to do, talk. Some how we got on the subject of Joe Hill. This one was fun.
Padraig "Paddy" Crumlin is the National Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the President of the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF). One of the biggest figure heads in the labour movement worldwide,
Crumlin has wide involvement in the port authority, towage, shipping, cruise ship and stevedoring industries in Australia and Internationally. Thankfully he had some time to sit and talk with us and we hung on every word as did the small crowd that formed around our table during his segment. A magnetic personality, fearless leader and great union man. This is a must listen.
Labour historian Ron Magden and Puget Sound Arbitartor Herald Ugles sit down with us and share a cool old story about 6 Seattle Longshoremen that were killed in a explosion, and buried in Nanimo in 1886.
Author Harvey Schwartz talks with us about his book, Solidarity Stories. A must read for all longshore workers.
Brothers from ILWU local 10 in San Fransisco stop by for a quick chat about thier last round of bargaining and the empoyers dirtry tricks.