We're kicking off our convention series with a familiar voice. Returning to the show is Maritime Union of Australia Queensland Branch Deputy Secretary Jason Miners. He sits down with Dan and Steph to discuss the current struggles of the MUA.
Shortly after a rally in the Port of Vancouver, in support of SCFP (CUPE) 5317, Dan and ILWU President Rob Ashton talk with Eric Sinclair of CUPE 5317 and Alain Desrochers of CUPE 375. The discussion and rally, attended by Multiple ILWU from Canada and the states, CUPE, and included solidarity messages from the MUA in Australia, were centred around Viterra, a grain company that has locked out 51 workers in the port of Montreal, and their disregard for the rights of working people.
Zack Pattin fills in for Dan, when he and Steph talk with Mark Medina, an organizer for the IWW in Portland. Three of then discuss the recent success of the Burgerville Workers Union and their efforts to organize multiple Burgerville locations in Portland.
Mitch Bowman comes to talk with us about the "Wobblies" in Vancouver.
Recorded live in Chicago by The Docker and The Deckhands we talk with organizers Gene Bruskin, and Peter Olney (retired ILWU organizer). Then Peter Heart form the IBU and Ari, talk with Peter Kennedy (retired Unifor), Fred Wilson (retired Unifor), and Peter Knowtten (UE) about the North America Solidarity Project.
Recorded live in Chicago by The Docker and The Deckhands, First, we talk to Emily McArthur from Socialist Alternative about the Kshama Solidarity Campaign and her podcast “Socialism Today”, then we speak with Linda Gomoa, from the International League for Brand Responsibility, lastly we talk with Chris Baehrend from ACTS is Chicago.
Recorded live in Chicago by The Docker and The Deckhands, A mash-up of ILWU and IBU rank and filers conversations both before and after some of the workshops at the Labor Notes Conference. Dan (The Docker/ ILWU 502), Ryan Brazeau and Ari Landrum (IBU, The Deckhands), Ali Vekich (ILWU 19), Terence Candell, Alea Pritzos, Brian Helme (IBU), Anita Burns (Puget Sound WSF), Myka Dubay (ILWU local 5).
Dan tries to get the facts while on thee picket line with other young workers from the ITF Youth commitee. Bosses at DHL Express Turkey refuse to recognise their workers' legally recognised union. Even after German owners stated they would reconize unions in all contries it they operate in. After 8 months, striking union workers in Istanbul are still waiting for German company to keep its word.
Brother Al Bieksa (Yeah, Kevins dad, cool right?) from the United Steel Workers 2009 and the BCFED OH&S Center, sits with Dan to talk about his background as a steelworker, the Day Of Mourning, The Westray Act, behaviour based safety, among other things.
ILWU Canada President Rob Ashton had an opportunity to speak in front of the Senate Committee on Transport and communication in regards to bill c-49. Speaking against the port of Vancouver having an ability to borrow money from the infrastructure bank to build an automated terminal. #noT2 #ilwucanada#workingclass #itfdockers