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.
Darren Williams from ILWU local 7 joins Steph and Dan to talk about working in a small port like Bellingham Washington.
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
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.
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.
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.
Rico Tortolano from the ITF Dockers Section gives Dan a lesson on the trade union movement in Latin America.
Dan, Steph, Brian, and Zack talk with ILWU International Secretary Treasurer Willy Adams and talk about everything from young workers to what grandma said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Adam Tylski from the union Solidarnosc joins us to talk about organizing dockers in Poland.
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.