US-Canada Labor History Forum - Shared screen with speaker view
Hi folks! Joining from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Treaty 1 territory and homeland of the Metis Nation
Gurnee IL here
New York City
Amy from Working Women's History Project in Chicago
Joining from Toronto.
Ground Zero Productions
Linda Loew (she/her)
Greetings from Chicago (AFSCME, retired.) Solidarity knows no borders!
Shamelessly, I have to promote. Next Wednesday at 9am on KSKQ radio kskq.org we will be highlighting “Working Oregon, A Labor History Chronology” on our radio show here in Southern Oregon. So join us and guest Ron Verzuh with the Northwest Labor History Association. OK, I said it. Do join if you can. Thanks brothers and sisters!!!
Hello from Edmonton Alberta from Karen, Dave and Sandra!!! Go Alvin!!!
Hello from St. Albert, Alberta from Bruce and Gloria.
Chicago — South Side
Hello from Indiana, Based in Chicago
Hello from Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Hello from the Coast Salish territory.
Paul F Blaski
Hello from Tucson, AZ
All we need is a congressional ACA “Super Waiver” and Oregon will be the province to do it in this country. Oregon is well on the way and leading the way for Universal Health Care that kicks Insurance Companies out the door. We can do this! Health Care is a Human Right!!!
How about Covid safety there?
Solidarity Sara Nelson from a Black Canadian. My fist is raised in solidarity with you
Remember that 110 years ago on March 25, 1911, 146 workers lost their lives at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.
To repeat from the start -- everyone is invited to the 110th Triangle Fire commemoration -- www.rememberthetrianglefire.orgRegistration for the event: https://theworkerscircle.salsalabs.org/trianglefirecommemoration_2021/index.html
Hear, hear! Direction action is how most negotiations are initiated.
Linda Loew (she/her)
Capture, bottle, and distribute widely the wisdom and energy of this perspective. Thank you Sara!
This helps get out of bed tomorrow morning, and prepare to raise hell for the working class!
We have been waiting for you Sara
Fantastic and inspired/inspiring talk Sara. What a terrific historian you are.
Sara should have been Biden's V.P.
Biden has Chavez bust on the desk behind the Resolute Desk! AMAZING
Thank you, Sara and Alvin, for your excellent and inspiring talks!
I live a mile or two from Amazon headquarters. I'm aware of the COVID safety issues at Amazon.
Joey, please ask about COVID safety in Alabama warehouses.
Boycotting Amazon....Yes or No?
Betsy, we hope to eventually be a world labor history organization!
Will Sara join as a guest on the Brain Labor Report radio show, KSKQ Community Radio in Southern Oregon? We want to book her! Wednesdays 9am. www.kskq.org
Rosemary Feurer Mother Jones Chicago Statue/MJHP
Sara, Could you share a few more details about what it felt like to be in the moment of thinking you might launch a general strike with the federal government shutdown? Did you feel European? Most of my students think this is what happens somewhere else. We all love you because like Mother Jones, you try to remind us of our own home-grown but global traditions in the US, and making the common sense idea that we reclaim these.
My observation from being around folks in the urban core over the years is that lack of "hearth & home" (i.e. decent secure affordable housing) is a major challenge to workers in being able to obtain and retain good jobs. But it seems most workers who are part of the labour movement usually do have good housing and do not notice this issue. What has been the record of organized labour in Canada and the US over the years in relation to housing security?
We are gobsmacked!
There is a difference in how unions in Canada and the US do labour education in US mainly done via universities by academics while in Canada done more in-house. Do you think that has shaped the union cultures differently?
Question from Sandra _ - how do we move the Labour movement away from being 'business union' to 'Labour movements' that represent workers rather than their need to grow their real estate and bank accounts
Single Payer takes Health Care OFF the table. Not only good for our unions but for small business too!!
A terrific, inspiring talk. Bravo!
Do you see a need and or the possibility to resurrect a National Labor College to harness, propel, and invest in this momentum for the future?
We need to organize long term healthcare and memory care. We have a plan to do this in Oregon, thank you service employees!!!
Out of the pandemic is not only precarious/gig work, but an accelerated agenda of automation.
Question for Sara: You have spoken eloquently in the past about how Medicare for All gives unions more leverage by taking health care off the bargaining table. What kinds of things should unions be doing now to expand beyond Obamacare to get to Medicare for All?
For Alvin: We all know the story of Tommy Douglas and the NDP’s role in winning Medicare for All in Canada. Can you speak more specifically to labor’s role in winning universal health care in Canada?
How do you convince workers who are afraid of unionization because management / corporation has such vast power in relocation and threaten job dismissal in small towns that are dependent on manufacturing / warehouse precarious work? it's a common fear across sectors and workers are stuck in a catch 22.
Alvin, trade agreements can replace you in a new your second brother, although you sound like somebody they couldn’t replace. There are some good profs overseas.
Amazon is modeled on Walmart. Both feed on the public trough - deeply. Perhaps this should be discussed?
I seen on the news a poor worker in a poultry plant that had to take a pee on the floor of his workplace. Poor guy
For Alvin, what has been giving you hope on the improvement or growth of the labor movement in Canada? Is there something like the PRO Act making it's way through parliment or one the provincial governments or is there a grassroots movement that you've observed that we should keep an eye on
The first major effort to unionize Walmart was in Quebec & Walmart responded by closing those stores. For years, the only institution in the US battling Walmart was the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Why? They are the biggest advocates for Main Streets & Walmart is THE Main Street killer. The AFL-CIO was nowhere to be seen.
I'm going to bring this up at the NDP convention coming up! I'm going to be sure to say "how do you want me to get my membership to stand up and vote when you let us down so bad".
COVID is Health Care. COVID is Radical. Single Payer Health Care is a simple solution to these radical times. Here we go! This is going to happen sisters and brothers!
How long do we think it will take the Labour movement to start talking about Socialism and actually Changing the socio- economic system we live under
I'm freelance and want to remain freelance. What will the PRO Act do me?
did the decision of Janus v. AFSCME on union dues have a large implication on unions expansion in the US?
The socialism conversation is stupid. We are a mixture of socialism or capitalism, period. The whole idea is you are one or the other is the stupid part. Why the hell is this not an understood reality in our country.
There was just a good article on why freelancers shouldn't be opposed to the PRO ACT, but I have to find it. It may have been in In These Times.
How do we convince our left/progressive politicians to believe that THESE are the policies that motivate people to vote, contribute, and volunteer and "middle of the road" or "left of centre" crap is like asking me to eat oatmeal!!!
To Sara , I think someone mentioned this but there are some freelancers, like freelance writers who are concerened about the PRO Act because of the ABC Test to the point that they are throwing the baby out with the bathwater and telling people to just flat out tell congressmen to vote NO, for it, before it passed Congress. Maybe this is an act of division and/or just misinformation to freelancers
House passes bipartisan bill to grant legal status to undocumented farmworkershttps://www.axios.com/immigration-farmworkers-bill-house-democrats-879f1db9-f739-4365-8432-fb2371f07b2f.html
I wish I could like comments
didn't he lose too???
That Purdue story is amazing haha
Yeah, he lost his senate seat
Obama reemployed all the people who tanked the economy.
Some young IWW members don't know the history of the IWW.
I'm an Albertan union member and everything I learned about the labour movement came from "elders" until I went to University for Labour Studies. We need formal education badly!!!! Thanks Alvin for being a great educator and the program design that I have taken is extraordinary
Tricked by Obama. How many cards did you turn in? Employee Free Choice Act. I turned in hundreds. First thing Obama through out after elected. These things hurt. Bring on our Labor Party, the corps have two. We need our own!!!
Thanks everybody, It is always so inspirational when labor is in the house. Solidarity Forever!
Documentary Spotlights Greek American Miners In Shadow Of Ludlow Massacre https://www.cpr.org/show-segment/documentary-spotlights-greek-american-miners-in-shadow-of-ludlow-massacre/
Hear, hear! Cheers, to both speakers Sara and Alvin. Yes, we need to educate all people on the realities of rights. And that they are questionable on private property.
Please remember that Seattle also had a general strike in 1919.
Beak the rules. Laws are made by people and people can be wrong. Bad rules needs broken and to hell with the NLRB!
Thank you both
thank you everyone!
Thanks to both of you.
its an extremely inspiring video, good to share in apprenticeship training jg
Loved the program! Thank you.
Excellent program. Thank you.
Rosemary Feurer Mother Jones Chicago Statue/MJHP
Happy 150th Paris Commune!
Very worthwhile program. Thanks!
That was the Republic Windows video link I just posted
Kudos to PNLHA for organizing a special event!