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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Which Of The 2020 Candidates Is A Friend Of The Workers? - 25:01  

Which Of The 2020 Candidates Is A Friend Of The Workers?
Shaun Richman, Program Dir. of the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies at SUNY Empire State College.

.  Wage growth is weak for a tight labor market—and the pace of wage growth is uneven across race and gender. 
.  Wage growth is being held back by political decisions and the Trump administration is on the wrong side of key debates.
.  Working people have been thwarted in their efforts to bargain for better wages by attacks on unions.
.  Low-wage workers are suffering from a decline in the real value of the federal minimum wage.
.  Black workers endure persistent racial disparities in employment outcomes.
.  Employers increase their profits and put downward pressure on wages and labor standards by exploiting migrant workers

Together, these dilemmas underscore that we must understand and address many factors—including the dynamics of gender, race, and immigration—when crafting policies to give all workers a fair shot at achieving faster wage growth and greater opportunity. 

Moreover, U.S. employers are willing to use a wide range of legal and illegal tactics to frustrate the rights of workers to form unions and collectively bargaining. Employers are charged with violating federal law in 41.5% of all union election campaigns. And one out of five union election campaigns involves a charge that a worker was illegally fired for union activity. While this outrage has persisted for years under Democratic and Republican Administrations, it has reached new depths under Trump.

Within this context we’ll talk about what the top Democratic Party contenders for the presidency are proposing to better the “state of the state” of working men and women, as they ready themselves for the Iowa caucuses.  We’ll also discuss who supports and the likelihood of the passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, which is scheduled to be introduced in the House of Representative in early February. 

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