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US-Canada Labor History Forum - Shared screen with speaker view
Lois Rugg
47:19
Kamloops, BC
Julia Smith
47:24
Hi folks! Joining from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Treaty 1 territory and homeland of the Metis Nation
Betsy Hastings
47:40
Gurnee IL here
Nikki Mandell
48:29
Portland, OR
Sharon
51:24
New York City
Amy Laiken
52:25
Amy from Working Women's History Project in Chicago
Marc Zwelling
53:55
Joining from Toronto.
Ground Zero Productions
54:26
Edmonton, AB
Linda Loew (she/her)
55:01
Greetings from Chicago (AFSCME, retired.) Solidarity knows no borders!
Wes Brain
55:14
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!!!
Karen
56:26
Hello from Edmonton Alberta from Karen, Dave and Sandra!!! Go Alvin!!!
Edward Green
57:52
Hear, hear!
Edward Green
57:56
Chicago, IL
Bruce Macdonald
59:41
Hello from St. Albert, Alberta from Bruce and Gloria.
Michael Sacco
01:00:49
From
Jackie Kirley
01:03:03
Chicago — South Side
Michael Sacco
01:03:13
Hello from Indiana, Based in Chicago
Jay Smith
01:04:13
Hello from Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Meenal S
01:08:48
Hello from the Coast Salish territory.
Paul F Blaski
01:11:59
Hello from Tucson, AZ
Wes Brain
01:15:40
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!!!
Dave Rathke
01:19:09
motherjonesmuseum.org
Julia Smith
01:19:44
Hear! Hear!
Judi Gibbs
01:21:27
How about Covid safety there?
DonnaCM
01:22:25
Solidarity Sara Nelson from a Black Canadian. My fist is raised in solidarity with you
Amy Laiken
01:22:33
Remember that 110 years ago on March 25, 1911, 146 workers lost their lives at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.
Rachel Bernstein
01:26:33
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
Edward Green
01:29:28
Hear, hear! Direction action is how most negotiations are initiated.
Karen
01:43:50
Amazing Sister!!!
Linda Loew (she/her)
01:44:38
Capture, bottle, and distribute widely the wisdom and energy of this perspective. Thank you Sara!
Wes Brain
01:44:46
This helps get out of bed tomorrow morning, and prepare to raise hell for the working class!
DonnaCM
01:45:18
We have been waiting for you Sara
Rachel Bernstein
01:46:04
Fantastic and inspired/inspiring talk Sara. What a terrific historian you are.
Keith Danish
01:46:07
Sara should have been Biden's V.P.
Brandi Thorne
01:46:15
Biden has Chavez bust on the desk behind the Resolute Desk! AMAZING
Julia Smith
01:46:33
Thank you, Sara and Alvin, for your excellent and inspiring talks!
Judi Gibbs
01:46:35
I live a mile or two from Amazon headquarters. I'm aware of the COVID safety issues at Amazon.
Kian
01:46:58
Tremendous!
Judi Gibbs
01:47:37
Joey, please ask about COVID safety in Alabama warehouses.
Brandi Thorne
01:47:41
Boycotting Amazon....Yes or No?
Larry Spivack
01:48:19
Betsy, we hope to eventually be a world labor history organization!
Wes Brain
01:48:45
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
01:49:46
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.
Jim Gurnett
01:50:36
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?
Brandi Thorne
01:50:56
We are gobsmacked!
Brian Charlton
01:50:56
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?
Karen
01:51:39
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
Wes Brain
01:51:50
Single Payer takes Health Care OFF the table. Not only good for our unions but for small business too!!
sleberstein .
01:52:13
A terrific, inspiring talk. Bravo!
Pat Reed
01:52:41
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?
Wes Brain
01:52:53
We need to organize long term healthcare and memory care. We have a plan to do this in Oregon, thank you service employees!!!
Edward Green
01:54:11
Out of the pandemic is not only precarious/gig work, but an accelerated agenda of automation.
Barry Eidlin
01:54:19
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?
Barry Eidlin
01:55:20
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?
Timmy Mak
01:55:41
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.
Wes Brain
01:56:22
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.
brucerosen
01:58:04
Amazon is modeled on Walmart. Both feed on the public trough - deeply. Perhaps this should be discussed?
Brandi Thorne
01:58:39
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
Kian
02:01:42
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
brucerosen
02:01:43
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.
Brandi Thorne
02:02:37
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".
Wes Brain
02:02:47
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!
Karen
02:03:04
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
Judi Gibbs
02:03:55
I'm freelance and want to remain freelance. What will the PRO Act do me?
Timmy Mak
02:04:27
did the decision of Janus v. AFSCME on union dues have a large implication on unions expansion in the US?
Wes Brain
02:05:02
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.
Larry Spivack
02:05:23
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.
Brandi Thorne
02:05:53
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!!!
Kian
02:08:44
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
brucerosen
02:09:14
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
Brandi Thorne
02:09:46
I wish I could like comments
Brandi Thorne
02:10:57
didn't he lose too???
Kian
02:11:09
That Purdue story is amazing haha
Kian
02:11:23
Yeah, he lost his senate seat
brucerosen
02:12:05
Obama reemployed all the people who tanked the economy.
Edward Green
02:12:37
\m/
Judi Gibbs
02:15:12
Some young IWW members don't know the history of the IWW.
Brandi Thorne
02:15:23
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
Wes Brain
02:16:47
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!!!
Wes Brain
02:19:04
Thanks everybody, It is always so inspirational when labor is in the house. Solidarity Forever!
brucerosen
02:19:05
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/
Edward Green
02:19:07
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.
Judi Gibbs
02:19:17
Please remember that Seattle also had a general strike in 1919.
Wes Brain
02:21:09
Beak the rules. Laws are made by people and people can be wrong. Bad rules needs broken and to hell with the NLRB!
Brandi Thorne
02:29:33
Thank you both
Kian
02:29:39
thank you everyone!
Pat Hammel
02:29:50
Thanks to both of you.
Judy
02:30:10
its an extremely inspiring video, good to share in apprenticeship training jg
Betsy Hastings
02:30:27
Loved the program! Thank you.
Jackie Kirley
02:30:55
Excellent program. Thank you.
Rosemary Feurer Mother Jones Chicago Statue/MJHP
02:30:57
Happy 150th Paris Commune!
Pat Reed
02:31:02
Very worthwhile program. Thanks!
Carl Rosen
02:31:09
https://www.ueunion.org/video/2018/%C2%A1hasta-la-victoria-until-victory-is-ours-the-worker-occupation-of-republic-windows-and
Frank
02:31:10
Excellent
Carl Rosen
02:31:57
That was the Republic Windows video link I just posted
Marc Zwelling
02:32:58
Kudos to PNLHA for organizing a special event!