10 episodes

Welcome to Uniontown! Brought to you by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, we dive deep into the backstories of workers and the journey of iconic leaders from their first job to their greatest victory, in every aspect of the movement from Hollywood to the docks. Learn behind-the-scenes stories behind milestone moments and the not-ready-for-prime-time details behind everything from policy to protests. This is a place for unique American stories, stories of immigrants and outcasts, stories of the heartland, and the outliers. We hope you enjoy your stay.

Welcome to Uniontown Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

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Welcome to Uniontown! Brought to you by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, we dive deep into the backstories of workers and the journey of iconic leaders from their first job to their greatest victory, in every aspect of the movement from Hollywood to the docks. Learn behind-the-scenes stories behind milestone moments and the not-ready-for-prime-time details behind everything from policy to protests. This is a place for unique American stories, stories of immigrants and outcasts, stories of the heartland, and the outliers. We hope you enjoy your stay.

    Episode 09 - Susan Minato

    Episode 09 - Susan Minato

    Kicking off API History Month, we’re joined by co-president of UNITE HERE Local 11, Susan Minato, on this episode of Welcome to Uniontown. We learn about how her career took her from labor lawyer to labor organizer, her philosophy behind her organizing, her thoughts on how our country can address anti-Asian hate crimes, and her message for the LA Fed’s Policy Director, Rob Nothoff.


     


    A podcast from the Los Angeles County of Labor, AFL-CIO.


    Produced by Hugo Romero, Christian Castro, and Scarlett Ying


    Sound Editing: Jared Batty (of IATSE Local 33)


    Music: The Nightwatchman - Union Town. Special thanks to Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine and proud AFM Local 47 union member) for providing us with the music from his solo project.


    Art: Otha Davis III aka Vakseen


         

    • 37 min
    Episode 08 - Senator Alex Padilla

    Episode 08 - Senator Alex Padilla

    LA's very own U.S. Senator (and former intern of the LA Fed) Alex Padilla joins us on this episode of Welcome to Uniontown to talk about his new role in DC as our junior Senator and discuss the PRO Act. We learn about his background as the proud son of immigrants from Mexico living in the Valley (his father a short-order cook and UNITE HERE Local 11 member, his mother a housekeeper), his degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, his journey in politics, and who at the LA Fed currently works in his old office.








     






    A podcast from the Los Angeles County of Labor, AFL-CIO.


    Produced by Hugo Romero, Christian Castro, and Scarlett Ying


    Sound Editing: Jared Batty (of IATSE Local 33)


    Music: The Nightwatchman - Union Town. Special thanks to Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine and proud AFM Local 47 union member) for providing us with the music from his solo project.


    Art: Otha Davis III aka Vakseen


         

    • 41 min
    Episode 07: Dr. Melina Abdullah

    Episode 07: Dr. Melina Abdullah

    Professor and proud California Faculty Association union member, Dr. Melina Abdullah joins us on this episode of Welcome to Uniontown. From recounting her roots in labor that sparked her childhood love of unions to discussing sacrifices endured by grassroots organizers, we learn what has inspired and shaped her field of study as an academic scholar, her teachings as an educator, and her activism as a Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter - Los Angeles.


     


    A podcast from the Los Angeles County of Labor, AFL-CIO.


    Produced by Hugo Romero, Christian Castro, and Scarlett Ying


    Sound Editing: Jared Batty (of IATSE Local 33)


    Music: The Nightwatchman - Union Town. Special thanks to Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine and proud AFM Local 47 union member) for providing us with the music from his solo project.


    Art: Otha Davis III aka Vakseen


         

    • 46 min
    Episode 06: Julián Castro

    Episode 06: Julián Castro

    Julián Castro, former Mayor of San Antonio, Texas and President Obama's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, joined us back in early February, prior to the storms in Texas, for this episode of Welcome to Uniontown. We hear about the inspirational women in his life, his thoughts on the importance of building bridges between communities of color in activist spaces, and his answer to the critical question: In & Out or Whataburger?


     


    A podcast from the Los Angeles County of Labor, AFL-CIO.


    Produced by Hugo Romero, Christian Castro, and Scarlett Ying


    Sound Editing: Jared Batty (of IATSE Local 33)


    Music: The Nightwatchman - Union Town. Special thanks to Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine and proud AFM Local 47 union member) for providing us with the music from his solo project.


    Art: Otha Davis III aka Vakseen


         

    • 28 min
    Episode 05: Rev. James M. Lawson Jr.

    Episode 05: Rev. James M. Lawson Jr.

    In this episode of Welcome to Uniontown, we're joined by activist and scholar Reverend James M. Lawson Jr., who was a leading theoretician and tactician of nonviolence within the Civil Rights movement. We learn the reason he left the South to come to Los Angeles, look back on his memories of getting arrested with CA State Senator (and former LA Fed President) Maria Elena Durazo, and hear the advice he has to bestow to young organizers.


     


    A podcast from the Los Angeles County of Labor, AFL-CIO.


    Produced by Hugo Romero, Christian Castro, and Scarlett Ying


    Sound Editing: Jared Batty (of IATSE Local 33)


    Music: The Nightwatchman - Union Town. Special thanks to Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine and proud AFM Local 47 union member) for providing us with the music from his solo project.


    Art: Otha Davis III aka Vakseen


         

    • 37 min
    Episode 04: Richard Trumka

    Episode 04: Richard Trumka

    We welcome America's highest-ranking union leader Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President, to Uniontown. He looks back on his days as a mineworker, explains why labor is not at odds with environmental rights, and reflects on how his first childhood lesson from his father about racism leads to his conclusion that America can't just be built back, but must be built back better.


     


    A podcast from the Los Angeles County of Labor, AFL-CIO.


    Produced by Hugo Romero, Christian Castro, and Scarlett Ying


    Sound Editing: Jared Batty (of IATSE Local 33)


    Music: The Nightwatchman - Union Town. Special thanks to Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine and proud AFM Local 47 union member) for providing us with the music from his solo project.


    Art: Otha Davis III aka Vakseen


         

    • 50 min

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