“Power & Practice: An Inside Look at Teamsters Local 89” – Labor Notes – Episode 5, Season 2


(From Left to Right) – Bryan Trafford, Stephen Piercey & Jay Dennis. Bryan isn’t asleep! He just blinked mid-picture.

At the Labor Notes Convention in Chicago, IL, we sat down with some of our Teamster brothers from Local 89 out of Louisville, Kentucky, home of Teamsters United leader Fred Zuckerman.

Joining us for the hour are Jay Dennis (Political Organizer & Business Agent), Stephen Piercey (Communications Director) and Bryan Trafford (Shop Steward). We talk about what makes Local 89 a fighting Teamsters local, in contrast with the business unionism we see in so much of the labor movement today.

Throughout the episode, you’ll hear us riff on the ongoing UPS contract negotiations, organizing non-union workplaces, especially in core industries, and building a fighting local union that mobilizes the rank-and-file. We cover strategies for organizing Amazon, the teachers strike in Kentucky, and developing independent political action for the working class.

Local 89 has dynamic leadership with vision for building a fighting working class movement in this country, from their President Fred Zuckerman at the top all the way to rank-and-file shop floor leaders. We think this unique aspect really comes out in our interview, and we think Teamsters and union members across this country will learn a lot from listening to it.

Stay tuned at the end where we do a special Blue Moon of Kentucky edition of “Working Class Heroes & Ruling Class Assholes.”


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“Teachers Strike Back: From Puerto Rico to Chicago” – LABOR NOTES Exclusive, Episode 4, Season 2

At the 2018 Labor Notes Conference in Chicago, IL, we interview Sarah Chambers from the Chicago Teachers Union and Edwin Morales, Vice President of the Puerto Rico Teachers Federation, about the wave of teachers strikes in the U.S.

Edwin talks about the planned May 1 Teachers strike in Puerto Rico and the fight against privatization. Sarah talks charter schools with us and the fight to win decent funding for public education in Chicago. We all talk about the need for militant union leadership and riff on our favorite moments fighting management.

Apologies for audio issues. Our producer worked hard to clean up our mess recording and did the best with what we gave him. Leave us a review on iTunes.

“Teachers Strike Back: From Puerto Rico to Chicago” – LABOR NOTES Exclusive, Episode 4, Season 2

“Arizona Uber Alles” – Episode 3, Season 2

Arizona’s on our mind as we talk about the self-driving Uber car that killed a woman last week and the Phoenix teachers walk-out at nine elementary schools. We do a deep dive on Trump’s tariffs and anti-China trade measures, explaining why this actually hurts the working class and only helps the bosses.

We’ve got a new segment where we rip apart this crappy anti-worker meme and talk about the Fight for $15/Hour.

There’s a UPS contract update in here too. We riff on the Toys-R-Us bankruptcy and a recent public sector union strike in France. And we name our Working Class Hero and Ruling Class Asshole of the week.

Adam produced and edited the show.

Download here: “Arizona Uber Alles” – Episode 3, Season 2

“Jersey Shore, Class War” – Episode 2, Season 2 ft. Michael Sampson

Strike fever continues as the squad talks about the Jersey City Teachers strike last week, billionaires, and Florida public sector unions fighting against decertification.

We’re joined by AFSCME Council 79 union representative and Jacksonville Community Action Committee co-founder Michael Sampson (@BrotherFlourish on Twitter), who offers some insight on why and how the working class should fight against racism. And we roast a certain National Review article calling for public-sector unions to “be destroyed.” Stay tuned for our Working Class Hero and Ruling Class Asshole of the week at the end.

Produced and edited by the intrepid Adam Gerardo.

“Jersey Shore, Class War” – Episode 2, Season 2 ft. Michael Sampson

“Strike Fever” – Season 2, Episode 1

We’re back for Season 2 to talk about the strike fever that’s sweeping the nation’s teachers – from West Virginia to Oklahoma. We talk about Teamsters United’s recent steward victories in Jacksonville, FL, and International Working Women’s Day. We take a look at the looming economic crash coming in the near future, roast scabs like Mark Janus, and name our Ruling Class Asshole of the week.

Worker Power Hour has a new producer – Adam Gerardo from Jacksonville, who edited this episode. Shouts out. Excited to have him on board. #unionPOWER


“Strike Fever” – Season 2, Episode 1

“Frontline Fighters – EVERYTHING TEAMSTERS Part 2” – Episode 10, Season 1

From left to right: Gabriella Killpack (Utah, Local 222), Dave Schneider (Florida, Local 512), Dustin Ponder (Florida, Local 512), Joan Elaine Miller (Pennsylvania, Local 623)

Dave & DP return for part 2 of their coverage at the TDU Convention. They interview union fighters across the country about the struggles facing Teamster women, the fight for $15/hour, building solidarity between Black and white workers, and the soul and direction of the Teamsters union. 

Big shouts out to our ALL TEAMSTERS EVERYTHING interview guests – Gabriella Killpack (Utah, Local 222), Joan Elaine Miller (Pennsylvania, Local 623), David Loobie (New York, Local 804), Lennox James (New York, Local 804), Dave Bernt (Chicago, Local 705), John Palmer (Southern Region Vice President).


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“Fred Zuckerman Interview – EVERYTHING TEAMSTERS” – Episode 9, Season 1 ft. Kas Schwerdtfeger

Dave & Dustin interview Fred Zuckerman, president of Teamsters Local 89 and last year’s Teamsters United candidate for General President, on the Worker Power Hour. We talk everything Teamsters – the UPS contract fight, the pension crisis, organizing Amazon, hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, and taking a stand against white supremacists.

We also interview Kas Schwerdtfeger, package car driver and Teamsters Local 344 shop steward, about the new Amazon Key delivery program and the future of the Teamsters.

Part 1 of our two-part Worker Power Hour special at the Teamsters for a Democratic Union convention in Chicago.

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“A grievance a day keeps the boss away” – Episode 7, Season 1

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The squad assembles to talk about Colin Kaepernick’s grievance against the NFL, Richard Spencer’s disastrous speech at UF, the upcoming UPS contract fight, why the Fraternal Order of Police isn’t a real union, the terrible Blade Runner sequel, and to shout out the Chapo Trap House podcast.

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“Dotard Trump Goes to the U.N.” – Episode 6, Season 1

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Dave, DP and Christina are back after Hurricane Irma. The #TakeAKnee protests in the NFL, Teamster-UPS contract negotiations and Trump’s genocidal threats at the UN are all on the table. They also talk about the continued fight for community control of the police and name this week’s Working Class Hero and Ruling Class Asshole.

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