26 episodes

In the Pacific Northwest, we don't live to work... we work to live!

Produced by the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council, Working to Live in Southwest Washington gives working people in Southwest Washington and around the world discussions with decision-makers and everyday folks who help make the lower left corner of the Evergreen State a great place to live... and work!

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In the Pacific Northwest, we don't live to work... we work to live!

Produced by the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council, Working to Live in Southwest Washington gives working people in Southwest Washington and around the world discussions with decision-makers and everyday folks who help make the lower left corner of the Evergreen State a great place to live... and work!

    What Is ”Redistricting” And Why Should We Care? With April Sims

    What Is ”Redistricting” And Why Should We Care? With April Sims

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    Something is happening right now in Washington state (and around the country) that is going to change the political landscape for the next decade. It's called "redistricting," and it might have a major impact on working people's lives - but they may not be aware it's happening, or even know what it is.


    Thankfully, Washington State Labor Council (https://www.wslc.org/) Secretary Treasurer April Sims, who also serves on our state's Redistricting Commission, is here to explain to Shannon and Harold what redistricting is, why it matters, and how working people can affect the process.


    Want find out more about redistricting and make your voice heard?  Visit https://www.redistricting.wa.gov/ 


    Remember working people in Southwest Washington, this is YOUR podcast! Email us at podcast@swwaclc.org and let us know what you think about the show, and what you'd like to hear in future episodes!


    We're a proud member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network - find more radio shows and podcasts that speak to working people about working people's issues at www.LaborRadioNetwork.org.

    • 32 min
    Why Does A Hollywood Strike Matter To Southwest Washington? With Special Guest cdavid cottrill

    Why Does A Hollywood Strike Matter To Southwest Washington? With Special Guest cdavid cottrill

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    About 60,000 members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, or IATSE (https://iatse.net/) - including some here in the Pacific Northwest - are voting on whether or not to authorize a strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers or AMPTP (https://www.amptp.org/.) A strike, if it happens, would severely impact movie and TV production in the united states... but what would that mean for us here in Southwest Washington?


    IATSE Local 488 (https://www.iatse488.org/) Business Agent cdavid cottrill sits down with Shannon and Harold to tell them the issues behind the strike vote, explain why there's more media production in Oregon than in Washington, and reveal what the heck a "Fraturday" is.


    Want to find out more about the IATSE strike vote and support film and TV crews as they fight for fair treatment? Visit https://www.asa.iatse.net/!  


    Remember working people in Southwest Washington, this is YOUR podcast! Email us at podcast@swwaclc.org and let us know what you think about the show, and what you'd like to hear in future episodes!


    We're a proud member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network - find more radio shows and podcasts that speak to working people about working people's issues at www.LaborRadioNetwork.org.

    • 25 min
    Who‘s Next? Voices From The Nabisco Strike

    Who‘s Next? Voices From The Nabisco Strike

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    The Nabisco Strike is over - https://bctgm.org/2021/09/18/nabisco-strike-ends-bctgm-members-overwhelmingly-accept-new-contract/  Why did Nabisco workers go on strike in the first place, though, and what were they fighting for?


    Shannon and Harold sit down with Mike Burlingham and Jesus Martinez, two BCTGM Local 364 (https://www.facebook.com/BCTGM-Local-364-Portland-Oregon-621776167954560) members, to talk about the conditions in the Portland Nabisco plant and the reasons they stayed on strike for over a month.


    Then Doug Long and John Murphy, two former presidents of Local 364, tell Harold and Shannon about the support striking workers received from the community, and what Nabisco pulling out of BCTGM's multi-employer pension  plan meant for the workers and retirees like them.


    The strike may be over, but we still need to protect American jobs - keep checking the label when you're buying Nabisco products at your local grocery store - https://bctgm.org/PDFs/NabiscoSTRIKE_ChecktheLabel.pdf - and if they're not made in America, leave them on the shelf!


    Remember working people in Southwest Washington, this is YOUR podcast! Email us at podcast@swwaclc.org and let us know what you think about the show, and what you'd like to hear in future episodes!


    We're a proud member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network - find more radio shows and podcasts that speak to working people about working people's issues at www.LaborRadioNetwork.org.

    • 48 min
    What‘s In Your Kit?

    What‘s In Your Kit?

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    Happy Labor Day, working people!


    Unfortunately, we aren't able to gather at our annual Labor Day picnic this year (though we ARE holding a virtual #LaborDay celebration - find out more about it at https://tinyurl.com/eudbbdwj.) 


    A few local working people are still getting together and talk about what they do and how they do it, though.


    A stage hand  (IATSE Local 28 - https://www.iatse28.org/ - member Jane Chorazy)


    An educator (Evergreen Education Association - https://www.eeaoffice.com/ - member Marj Hogan)


    And a bus driver (ATU Local 757 - https://www.atu757.org/ - member Jim Bennett)


    join Shannon and Harold to discuss what's in the "kit" they use at work. Looking at the difference in their professions, their kits must be pretty different as well, right? Maybe... Maybe not!


    Remember working people in Southwest Washington, this is YOUR podcast! Email us at podcast@swwaclc.org and let us know what you think about the show, and what you'd like to hear in future episodes!


    (We really mean that! The idea for this episode came from a working person right here in our community who's also one of our guests!)


    We're a proud member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network - find more radio shows and podcasts that speak to working people about working people's issues at www.LaborRadioNetwork.org.

    • 22 min
    Rest In Peace, Brother - We've Got It From Here... Remembering Richard Trumka

    Rest In Peace, Brother - We've Got It From Here... Remembering Richard Trumka

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    The unexpected death of AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka sent shockwaves through the American Labor movement.


    Three Washington Labor leaders -


    IBEW Local 48 (https://www.ibew48.com/) Business Rep. and Southwest Washington Central Council Vice President Bob Carroll, 


    UA Local 290 (https://ua290.org/) member and Southwest Washington Central Labor Council Secretary Treasurer Randall Friesen,


    and AFM Local 105 (https://www.afm105.org/) president and Secretary Treasurer of the Spokane Regional Labor Council (https://unionhall.aflcio.org/spokanelabor) Tina Morrison - 


    Join Shannon and Harold to discuss who Richard Trumka was, what he did for the Labor movement, and what's ahead for the movement now that he's gone.


    Remember working people in Southwest Washington, this is YOUR podcast! Email us at podcast@swwaclc.org and let us know what you think about the show, and what you'd like to hear in future episodes!


    We're a proud member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network - find more radio shows and podcasts that speak to working people about working people's issues at www.LaborRadioNetwork.org.

    • 24 min
    What Do We Mean When We Talk About "Equity?" With Kasi Perreira and Shellea Loutsis - Allen

    What Do We Mean When We Talk About "Equity?" With Kasi Perreira and Shellea Loutsis - Allen

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    It's been a year since the death of George Floyd, and working people in Southwest Washington and across America are having hard conversations about how members of marginalized groups are treated here in the United States.
     
    Thankfully, the Washington State Labor Council (https://wslc.org/) is here to help with those conversations.  WSLC Director of Racial and Gender Justice (https://www.wslc.org/race-and-labor/) Kasi Perreira tells Shannon and Harold what her department is all about, some of the history Labor is working to acknowledge and move past (https://www.thestand.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Race-and-Labor_booklet_lo-res.pdf) and about the WSLC's Race, Gender and Labor Workshops (one of which the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council a couple weeks ago - https://www.facebook.com/events/758646614817740/ ... and be on the lookout for more in the future!)
     
    Interested in the WSLC's workshops, and in being a part of them? Find out how to be a certified trainer at https://forms.gle/feVmmBNg6qNfW7T39 
     
    Before she left, Kasi also talked about the WSLC's 2021 #JuneTeenth celebration, which kicks off on Instagram Live on June 15: https://www.facebook.com/WAaflcio/posts/3989898384378847 Check the Calendar at The Stand for JuneTeenth celebrations all across Washington State - https://www.thestand.org/calendar/
     
    June is also PRIDE month! PRIDE at Work (https://www.prideatwork.org/) National Co-President Shellea Loutsis - Allen stops by to talk about what PRIDE means to her, the challenges LGBTQ+ workers are still facing, the importance of the Equality Act (https://aflcio.org/press/releases/labor-applauds-overdue-passage-equality-act,) and about PRIDE at Work's annual Celebrating Solidarity event on June 24: https://www.prideatwork.org/celebrating-solidarity-2021/ 
     
    Shellea even turns the tables on Shannon and Harold, and asks THEM about how involved LGBTQ+ working people are in their community - which is a perfect opportunity to talk about the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council's support of Vancouver USA PRIDE (http://vanusapride.org/) thanks to a couple of very special Delegates to the Council!
     

    Remember working people in Southwest Washington, this is YOUR podcast! Email us at podcast@swwaclc.org and let us know what you think about the show, and what you'd like to hear in future episodes!


    We're a proud member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network - find more radio shows and podcasts that speak to working people about working people's issues at www.LaborRadioNetwork.org.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

ddhwinther ,

Love the enthusiasm for working people and their issues!

Shannon and Harold work hard to focus on issues that affect working people in SW Washington and seek out guests that can shed light on those topics. This is a must-listen for me because I know I can trust this podcast to keep me informed and make me smile.

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