Building Bridges Radio: Your Community & Labor Report

Produced and Hosted by Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash over WBAI,99.5FM in the NYC Metro Area


WORKERS OF THE WORLD TUNE IN! Introducing "Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report"

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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NYC Municipal Workers Demand Fair Contracts -28'  

NYC Municipal Workers Starved Under Bloomberg Send Message to Mayoral Candidates They Demand Fair Contracts

Thousands of N.Y.C. municipal employees, including health care, education, sanitation, transit, communication, and public housing workers – the diverse category workers who make this city run, filled City Hall Park demanding new labor contracts. NYC’s more than 300,000 employees have spent up to four years working under expired union contracts, without any wage increase to keep
pace with inflation, while Mayor Bloomberg contends salary
increases, and retroactive pay would blow a massive hole in the city’s budget. Meanwhile, Bloomberg’s predicted budget deficits each year have actually ended with billions in surpluses, and he continues to give billions in contracts to high-priced consultants and outside contractors, some of whom have been marked by fraud and incompetence. So, now municipal workers demand a new deal from a new Mayor in the new year.  

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Walmart Strikers Rally and Cablevision Attacks NLRB - 28'  

Walmart Strikers Rally
at Company's Shareholder
Tsegau Almaz, Walmart Associate, Crenshaw, Los Angeles, member “OUR Walmart Campaign”

Walmart strikers, with support from the OUR Walmart campaign, launched the first extended strike in the company's history, capping it with a rally outside the company's shareholder meeting in Bentonville, Ark, after a
week long “Ride for Respect.”  Workers from more than 30 cities joined in the Ride For Respect to mobilize other Walmart workers and educate the public about Walmart’s many abuses.  The Walmart workers seek higher pay, more hours of employment, health care, and protection from retaliation when they raise workers rights issues.  Walmart's workers also raised the issues of the companies failure to provide for the health and safety of  their   workers  in factories overseas that manufacture the products the retail giant sells – recalling the recent death of 1,239 garment workers in the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh. Kalpona Akter, the Ex. Dir., of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity, who implored Walmart to take action to insure that the factories where Wal-Mart products are made should be safe for the workers joined the Bentonville  rally.

Cablevision Breaks Law, Then Attacks NLRB
Tim Dubnau, Organizing Coordinator, District One, 
Communication Workers of America

Cablevision, the cable giant is asking the federal court to undermine the authority of the National Labor Relations Board in pursing complaints charging Cablevision with multiple violations of labor law. Since Brooklyn 
technicians voted to unionize more than a year ago, Cablevision has refused to bargain in good faith.  Cablevision actually fired 23 workers in Brooklyn 
after the workers used management’s “open door” policy to talk to a vice president about how the company was stonewalling their first-contract bargaining.  Cablevision has illegally intimidated workers, brazenly violated 
federal law by firing workers for protected activity, while refusing to offer any improvements in wages to the newly unionized technicians in Brooklyn.

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Building Bridges: Long Term Unemployme​nt A National Crisis - 27:51  

Long Term Unemployment A National Crisis
with Christine Owens, Ex. Dir., National Employment Law Project

Another month and another tepid unemployment report. The nation's unemployment rate just went up to 7.6% with no prospect for a significant decline in sight. The plight of the long term unemployed who represent over 37% of the unemployed is all but forgotten. Facing daunting odds in finding work, they are also being hit with federal unemployment benefit cuts, that states have been forced to implement due to sequestration and now qualify for fewer weeks of unemployment coverage than at any time since the beginning of the economic crisis. 
The Economic Elephant
with Robert Reich, Prof. of Public Policy. UC Berkeley, and former
Secretary of Labor

What's really wrong with the economy, and why? Unemployment is still high and job creation hasn't made a big dent this many years into the so-called recovery. Who has the best plan? Is it the Keynesians? On the other end, the Austerics? They both neglect the economic elephant in the room - spreading wealth to the wealthy keeps buying power away from the 99%; it simply does not lead to economic recovery.

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Wendy's Shame, Farmworkers Exploitation  

Wendy's Shame, Farmworkers Exploitation
Members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and
supporters in N.Y.C.
The Fair Food Program is a watershed accord signaling the dawn of a "new day" for farmworkers' rights in Florida's tomato fields. For the first time in history, farmworkers and participating buyers and growers are working together to eradicate wage theft, sexual harassment, physical abuse and forced labor. 

But, Fast Food giant Wendy's has refused to join The Fair Food Program. 
To date 11 of Wendy’s competitors, such as McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell and Subways who have pledged to begin to tackle the flagrant exploitation of farm workers in Florida.  Wendy's is the last big holdout of the fast food giants, but the Coalition of Immokalee Workers is fanning out across the country to hold them accountable. In NYC they held a rally at Union Square and 
marched and rallied at two Wendy's in the area in protest. 

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