They came from Boston, Buffalo, Philly, Delaware and Virginia and the message was clear that it’s their turn. We got tons of audio from the 12k plus Communications Workers of America pre-strike rally at Verizon headquarters in NYC. LaGrange got the crowd riled up and the house was jumpin’ so we’ll play that for you. Thousands came out to the Local 3 IBEW Open House in Flushing Queens for non-union electricians looking to better their lives. We grabbed interviews and perspectives so we’ll put that on the air as well and it’s friggin hot! We got some tips from OSHA on how to stay cool while working in this heat and as always 3 minutes with Workers Independent News, some rank&file messages from 1-855-UCOMM 99, this week in twitter, and a few new alt rock tunes.
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Stopping into studio is the very charismatic Ernie Fazio of Long Island Metro Business Action chatting up what his organization does and his perspective on unions and a bunch of other business stuff. Cherri Senders from Labor 411 based in Los Angeles talks up consumer patriotism. Dan Hinton the Intern grabbed audio from a UFCW Local 1500 charity event. Plus in the UCOMM News Network we report that California is calling cheerleaders employees, a deadline is upon us on infrastructure funds, DC 37 needs more inspectors and CWA 1101 organized production assistants. Give our toll free rank & file message line a call at 1-855-UCOMM-99 and as always 3 minutes with Workers Independent News, this week in twitter, and a few new alt rock tunes.
Martin O'Malley, former Governor of Maryland is running for President of these United States, so we'll get Martin on the phone to chat up his record working for working people and ask key questions as to why he will be the best Democratic candidate for President. Stopping into studio is the Communications Workers of America's Dennis Trainor! Dennis is leading the CWA in union contract talks with Verizon Communications. A huge mass rally is set for Saturday July 25th in NYC, UCOMM will be there will you? Dennis will give us a little inside baseball on contract talks. Plus we are happy to re-develop the official UCOMM Radio Rank&File Message Line at 1-855-UCOMM-99. Call and leave shouts, topic ideas and event announcements and news tips. As always we bring you 3 minutes with Worker Independent News, given time constraints you won't hear this week in twitter on 77 WABC but you can catch it in the extended podcast and of course we play a few new alt rock tunes. See you Sunday!
We welcome into studio Nicole Bertran from Construction Skills NYC. She lets us know what it takes to be in the union building trades and how to get started. We are also joined by Walters Allen Jr. who gives us the skinny what the Office of Professional Employees International Union does and how they are working with cab drivers in San Diego. We have a bargaining report from the Communications Workers of America who are in negotiations with Verizon. They are having a huge rally in NYC on July 25th. We also have tickets to The Gaslight Anthem and Raekwon/ Ghostface Killah at the Paramount. As always we bring you 3 minutes with Worker Independent News, this week in twitter and a few new alt rock tunes. See you Sunday!
Happy 4th UCOMM Radio Nation! This Sunday Jimmy Slevin from the Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 NYC stops into studio. Jimmy talks about why we need an Assault Bill for Utility Workers with real life horror story specifics. With some new timeline changes in union elections, LaGrange and co-host Erikson, Jr. chat up why speeding up the process make it more fair for the non-union worker. As always we bring you 3 minutes with Worker Independent News, this week in twitter and a few new alt rock tunes. See you Sunday!
So we grabbed some past interviews from Local 3 IBEW's Chris Erikson and NECA NYC's Steve Gianotti - they have a lively conversation about the importance of using union contractors and the 421-a issue. CWA National President emeritus Larry Cohen talks contract with Verizon, trade deals and his conversation with Barack Obama. We give you new live audio from New York's Wage Boards and new news from CWA bargaining, Bridging the Airline Wages Gap, contract at MOMA, Atlantic City organizing and more cops in NYC, plus as usual some tweets and a few new alt rock tunes. We will have a brand new show next week so have a Happy 4th UCOMM Radio Nation! (photo: members of CWA 1109 based in Brooklyn rally in Rye, New York as bargaining takes places between the union and Verizon.)
Sean Fitzpatrick from Local 3 IBEW and Bill Lacey from the NYC Carpenters will be stopping into studio to chat up the 220 coalition, we’ll be giving the official UCOMM phone call to Paul Cameron from Local 459 in PA, he’s got some awesome union organizing news. An impasse was declared so UCOMM Intern Dan Hinton grabbed some audio from the Court Officers in Nassau County. Plus we chat up why we need an Assault Bill for Utility Workers, IBEW Local 97’s Dan Machold gives us the skinny on that, and as always the UCOMM News Network, 3 minutes with Workers Independent News, this week in twitter, and a few new tunes from AWOLNation - we have a pair of tickets to give away for their show at Irving Plaza on June 27th.
This week features two exclusive interviews with the executive director of Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) Lowell Peterson of and Lance Van Arsdale from IBEW Local 3. Peterson calls in to discuss the organizing drive at Gawker Media's editorial staff, and Van Arsdale updates us on Local 3's contract battle with Time Warner Cable. We got audio from an anger-fueled rally outside of Congresswoman Kathleen "Flip Flop" Rice's office in Garden City, New York. Looks like Rep. Rice-a-phony flip-flopped on a trade deal that will put the U.S. in business with countries currently active in the modern day slave trade. What a dumb move by the rookie DINO. And as always, we'll have the UCOMM News Network, three minutes with Workers Independent News (WIN), this week in Twitter, and a few new alt-rock tunes!
Photo credit:Damir Sagolj/Reuters/Corbis Huffington Post A policeman watches over abandoned human trafficking camp in the jungle close the Thailand border near Wang Kelian in northern Malaysia.
On this week’s show we read a letter from the White House! The National President of the Communications Workers of America, Mr. Larry Cohen, attended the Local 13101 union meeting in Delaware to energize the members on stopping the Trans Pacific Partnership. LaGrange was there and he got the exclusive audio so we'll chat that up. Stopping back into studio is Local 3's Chris Erickson and the leader of the National Association of Electrical Contractors Association NYC Chapter Stephen Gianotti. Plus we are getting heat on how we do our twitter reads so we'll dive into that as well and as always the UCOMM News Network, 3 minutes with Workers Independent News, this week in twitter and a few new alt rock tunes.
Everyone was away this week, so we had "Average Joe Tech Pro" put together the best segments since we came on into the Nueva York radio market. This week we have our primary sponsor, the elected Business Manager of Local 3 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Chris Erickson, he talks up the great work that Local 3 is doing to power New York. LaGrange reads his column about how unions are making a comeback, we have a convo with the ever charismatic Stuart Appelbaum, the elected president of the Restaurant, Wholesale, Department Store Union. Stuart chats up why he got arrested for car wash workers. We also hear about all the great work union members in this great city are doing from Vinny Alvarez the President of the NYC Central Labor Council and to pay homage to the great American holiday Memorial Day, we go way back to 2012 when we spoke to Robert Schwartz from the Helmets to Hardhats program, about how they are working with Veterans to get them worthwhile jobs in the building trades. We will be back next week with a brand new-ish show.