ILWU International Secretary Treasurer Ed Ferris returns to the show. Dan and Ed talk about climate change, the upcoming U.S. elections, and ILWU Young Workers.
ILWU International President Willie Adams returns to the show to talk about COVID-19, and how the ILWU is adapting. We also get a few general updates on some ILWU issues and discuss political action and the importance of the upcoming U.S. elections. Brother Willie shares some thoughts he has for the rank and file in this strange time.
Dan is joined by ITF Maritime Coordinator Jacqueline Smith to discuss the affect COVID-19 is having on the maritime industry around the world.
Dan talks with Christy Slusarenko, Vice President of MoveUp. Christy talks about how she got involved in the union movement, and how the current COVID-19 situation is affecting the workers she represents.
Dan is joined by Stephen von Sychowski, President of the Vancouver and District Labour Council. Dan and Stephen talk about the VDLC, its function, affiliates, and the work they are doing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dan is joined by Joe DeManuelle-Hall from Labor Notes. They discuss the organizing tools and education Labor Notes provides as well as what it’s like to be a New Yorker during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Neal Adolph from the United Way of the Lower Mainland joins Dan to talk about the United Way, building community power and discussing what the new reality might be after COVID-19.
ILWU Canada Organizer Genevieve Lorenzo talks with us about organizing in the strange times we are currently in.
Zack Pattin co-hosts this conversation with historians Peter Cole, author of Dockworkers Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area, and Aaron Goings, co-editor of The Red Coast: Radicalism and Anti-Radicalism in Southwest Washington. We go deep into the histories of the Wobblies and the ILWU, race and technology on the waterfront, the struggle for a free South Africa, and much, much more.
David Grey-Donald, Publisher of Briarpatch Magazine has a quick chat with Dan about media and labour live from the RWDSU convention.
Jorgen Gullestrup from Mates in Construction joins Dan and past guest Jessica. Mates in Construction is a charity established in 2008 to reduce the high level of suicide among Australian construction workers. We talk about the work they do and the importance of recognizing mental health issues in the work place.
Jen Savage, President of the Vancouver Local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers returns to the show. We talk about how the labour dispute two years ago lead to the current situation, public perception, the Liberal government attack on bargaining rights and more.
Paul Finch BCGEU Secretary Treasure and Brian Skiffington from ILWU Local 23 Young Workers Committee discuss their respective campaigns on housing affordability and tenants rights.
This November marks the 100 year anniversary of the Inland Boatmen's Union. At the last ILWU International convention, Steph had a chance to talk to returning guest Stefan Mueller-Domobis of the IBU Southern California and retired IBU Portland member Joe Maresh about this milestone.
Dan has a very quick talk with Christine Bro, Lead Organizer for SEIU Local 2. These workers have been laid off due to contract flipping and have been blackballed by the new contractor for belonging to a union.
After being welcomed by the Squamish first nation with songs, history and storytelling, we listen to Thomas Mayor, Branch Secretary of the Northern Territory branch of the Maritime Union of Australia, and advocate for the sacred Uluru Statement From the Heart. Thomas tells us about the struggles of Aboriginal and Torres Straight people in Australia as well as the work that went into creating the Uluru Statement, and his 12 month campaign to gain Voice, Treaty, Truth.
See www.1voiceuluru.org for more info
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Dan is joined by a group of young dockers from all over Europe at the 2ndETF Young Dockers Meeting. They stood around a small table outside and shared some stories and ideas over a few beers.
We sit down for a good old fashion bullshit session with ILWU 23 Young worker Zack Pattin. Dan is his usual charming self and Steph didn’t realize that we were recording. We weren’t going to publish this one but, hey, why not?
Returning for the third (or is it the fourth?) time on the show we have a legend! Stevie Todd is back and this time, on the eve of his retirement, he gives us a bit of insight in to his lengthy career in the RMT. One thing is for sure, we don't think this is the last we'll hear from this bulldog!
As the convention progresses more first timers come join Dan and Steph, Sean Farley from local 34 has a sit down to discuss his career with the ILWU and his work on the Jim Herman Cruise Ship terminal in San Francisco
ILWU Aux. 8 President Ida Taylor joins Steph and Dan to talk about the roll of the Auxiliary both traditionally and today.
Another new voice to the Podcast, Ed Ferris joins Dan and Steph. Ed has long been involved in the ILWU, previously being President of local 10 among other positions and its about time we finally get to pick his brain about his vision for the future.
From the Maritime Union of Australia Will Tracy, and Paul Garret return to the show to update us on the what’s going on with the “New Union” and the continued battles with government and employers.
And here we have it folks, after a 1229 day (3+ year) chase across the planet, we have finally managed to get a visit from “Big” Bob McEllrath. Dan and Steph talk with Bob about changes he has seen in the industry and the union and some of his biggest accomplishments as President of the ILWU.
We have another familiar voice returning to the show: ILWU International Secretary-Treasurer Willie Adams joins Steph and Dan. This time, Willie talks about his career and growth within the union.