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.
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.
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.
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.
We finally get some ILA representation from eastern Canada. Brother Albert Batten, President of ILA 1657 joins us.
Super excited to have brother Paddy Crumlin of the MUA and ITF return to the show. Paddy talks, you listen.
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.
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.
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.