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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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Apr 19, 2018

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.

Apr 16, 2018

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.

Apr 14, 2018

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).

Mar 29, 2018

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.

Mar 22, 2018

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.

Mar 22, 2018

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

Jan 10, 2018

ITF inspectors Vince Giannopoulos and Karl Risser join Dan over the phone to talk about the past year. We talk about everything from the Lashing campaign in Montreal, to gong up gangways in Halifax, to hockey.

Nov 23, 2017

Dan Kask (ILWU 502 NW), Brian Skiffington (ILWU 23 Tacoma), Ashley Bordignon (ILWU 502 NW), Jose Jorge Garcia Faerna (FSC-CCOO Spain), Manual Laris Ros (FSC-CCOO Spain), Josefina Castille (FSTPS Nicaragua), John Edward Espinosa (SNTT Colombia), Missanka Mendis (NUSS Srilanka) and Ryan McGibbon-Thompson (MUA Syndey), recap the ITF Young Dockers meeting in London.

Nov 8, 2017
Dan is joined by Joulene Parent and sits with retired ILWU Pensioners   Sam George, Ron (Red) Baker, John (Corky) Cordocedo, Ken S. E. Baker.  We begin to explore the history of First Nations people on Vancouver's waterfront including the  “Bows & Arrows” and what solidarity means to these retired brothers.
 
“ Knowledge and understanding of our Union's history are invaluable tools for charting our course into the future. We shall educate our membership, particularly the young as to the origins of the Union, the privations and hardships endured by our forefathers and foremothers, the basic principles they strived for.” -Declaration of Principles. 
Oct 30, 2017

The new ILWU Canada Young workers Committee sit down with members of the out going committee to discuss the conference they attended and the their hopes for the youth movement in the future.

Oct 24, 2017

Rico Tortolano from the ITF Dockers Section gives Dan a lesson on the trade union movement in Latin America.

Oct 22, 2017

Dan, Steph, Brian, and Zack talk with ILWU International Secretary Treasurer Willy Adams and talk about everything from young workers to what grandma said.

Sep 21, 2017

Dan gets Matt Goodwin on the phone from the ITF Asia-Pacific Campaign Centre in Sydney Australia. They Talk about a couple of the ITF's major campaigns dealing with Hutchison and ICTSI. 

Aug 2, 2017

Dan, Mike S, and Jason Woods, talk with CUPE 1816 rank and file and leadership about their current dispute with Pacific Blue Cross, live form the picket line.

Jul 21, 2017

We could recored 100 episodes talking with the MUA's Mick Doleman with all his stories and accomplishments as a activist and trade union leader and all 100 would be great. This time we got something different. Brother Doleman took the time to tell us a story that very few had ever heard up until a year ago. Listen as Mick tells us the emotional story of the sinking of the Blythe Star, a story of survival and loss, that lead to industry change that would to save sailors's lives.

Jul 17, 2017

We first met Sara Maguire at ILWU Canada's first Youth Conference. At the time she was a National Youth Delegate for the MUA and we just casuals in our union, long before this podcast existed. We sit down to catch up as see how far we have come.

Jul 13, 2017

Adam Tylski from the union Solidarnosc joins us to talk about organizing dockers in Poland.

Jul 10, 2017

Mike and Dan sit with returning guests, ILWU 400's Terry Engler and the MUA's Ian Bray. We discuss some of the similarities between the laws and trade deals that attack Canadian and Australian cabotage. 

Jul 6, 2017

A North Range Invasion! Retuning guests Torben Seebold, Mark Loridan, Niek Stam and Monique Verbeeck talk with us about taxing robots and defining automation.

Jul 4, 2017

Unite the union's Steve Biggs and Nik Rrogocki joins us to talk about the ITF, The Global Alliance, and DP World.

Jun 28, 2017

Joulene, Ryan, Zack, Dan, Steph, and Leith sat down to reflect on the LAWCHA 2017 conference, the Ten Guiding Principles, Black Lives Matter, indigenous rights, the ILWU's opposition to Japanese internment, and LAWCHA's invaluable contribution to the labor movement and study of working class history.
The Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA) is an organization of labor scholars, teachers, and activists working to promote the teaching and learning of labor history in public schools, universities, and union halls. This year's annual conference was held in Seattle at the University of Washington. See www.lawcha.org for more info and thanks to Connor Casey

Jun 22, 2017

A day after her presentation on gender segregation in lashing, ILWU Local 502's Jessica Isbister sat with us to talk about her story about being a women working as a ILWU Longshoremen.

Jun 17, 2017

live from the ITF Meetings in Cape Town, we sit with Peter Lahay, Daniel Tremblay, and Christian Roos and talk about the ITF Regain Lashing Campaign, and how dockers in Montreal aren't just supporting the campaign, but joining to regain their own lashing.

Jun 12, 2017

As the rolling strikes continue on Spanish docks, we sit and talk with Jorge Garcia Faerna, General Secretary of FSC-CCOO in Spain. Jorge gives us the whole story on what struggles are being faced by Spanish dockers.

Jun 8, 2017

The Dans wrap up the Co-recordings from the MAU WA branch conference with two leaders who are not afraid to make big changes. Christy Cain (MUA) and Mick Buchan talk walk with us about the weeks proceedings and the future of these great unions as they go forward with the merger.

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