Hot off the presses, we talk about the Mueller report and how the Russiagate conspiracy theories have always been a waste of time that working people don’t care about. We riff on the bankruptcy of the corporate Democrat leadership and consider what it will take to build a real working class political movement. Also covered: The Democrats’ massive defeat in Jacksonville’s 2019 local election and efforts to reform our unions. Sorry about the background noise.
We’re back for 2019 covering key lessons from the UPS-Teamsters contract battle, the continued wave of teachers strikes, how to organize your coworkers and build union power on the shop floor, and the direction of the U.S. labor movement. We recorded in Riverside Park so expect some background noise.
We’re joined by Jim Byrne, a public school teacher in Tucson, Arizona and a leader in the state’s ongoing teachers strike. We talk about the #RedForEd movement, how the Arizona teachers organized for this historic strike, the attitude of union leadership towards the strike, and more. We think teachers and union members will get a lot out of Jim’s interview with us, which is full of concrete advice, strategy and tactics. You won’t want to miss it.
We also riff on the historic peace talks in the Korean Peninsula and Burgerville workers becoming the first legally recognized fast food union.
(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.”
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.