Building Bridges Radio: Your Community & Labor Report

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Our beat is the labor front, broadly defined, both geographically and conceptually. We examine the world of work and workers on the job as well as where they live. We examine the issues that affect their everyday lives, with a particular sensitivity towards human rights abuses, environmental concerns and the U.S. drive for global domination. We record their global struggles and provide analysis of their efforts to empower themselves and transform society to provide greater democratic, human, social, political and economic rights. Each program consists of feature stories, generally interviews, within a historical context, often accompanied by sound from demonstrations, rallies or conferences, and complemented and enhanced by poetry and instrumental or vocal -- people's culture.

Over the years Building Bridges has produced a weekly one hour program, Mondays from 7-8 PM EST, covering local, national and international labor and community issues over radio WBAI-Pacifica 99.5 FM in New York. We also produce half hour version, Building Bridges National, which is distribtued to over 40 broadcast and internet radio stations.

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In Struggle Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash

Target Union Drive; Queens Library Budget Disaster - 28:29  

Workers Aim at Target Unionization
Tashawna Green – Member Union Organizing Committee
Sonia Williams – Member Union Organizing Committee
Aly Wady – Special Projects Dir., Organizing Dept., UFCW, Local 1500
Diana Robinson – Food Policy Coordinator, UFCW, Local 1500

Target workers at the superstore’s Valley Stream location are furious that
their hours have been cut sometimes to just one or two days a week while
new workers are being hired. So they don’t have enough income to survive
forcing many to rely on food stamps and Medicaid. A majority of workers have
already signed cards supporting unionization with Local 1500, UFCW. Target
is fighting back by threatening union workers with firings, disciplinary actions
and closing the store. Workers have been prevented from discussing their employment on social networking sites, interrogated about their union activity
and have been told their union activity was under surveillance. If the workers
vote to join Local 1500 in the June 17 election, the Valley Stream store would
be the first Target in the country to be unionized but probably not the last
especially in the NYC area.
Bloomberg’s Budget to Decimate Queens Public Library
John Hyslop, Pres., Queens Library Guild, Local 1321 , DC 37 AFSCME

Library workers are fighting Mayor Bloomberg's proposed $25.3 million in
budget cuts to the Queens Public Library. Since 2008, over 200 jobs have
already been lost through attrition and layoffs. The current proposed 30% cut
will result in library hours being at their lowest level ever, less than in NYC’s
budget crisis of the 1970s. These cuts would slash library services; close
branches 2-3 days a week; end free computer and Internet services; destroy
the materials budget; and force 234 Library employees to be laid off.
Local 1321 is sponsoring a demonstration outside the Central Library on
Merrick Blvd.

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