For this week’s show, we’ve got an interview with actor – and strong union member -- Alan Alda, from the SAG-AFTRA podcast. Then, Georgetown University professor and Working-Class Perspectives contributor Sherry Linkon talks with America’s Work Force Radio about how the working class has been affected by the pandemic. No end-of-year show would be complete without, well, an end-of-year show, so, from the Breaktime Breakdown, Jeremy, Mark, Jason and Richard get together to chat about all things 2020 at Sheet Metal Workers Local 110. From Black Work Talk, one of the newest members of the Network, host Steven Pitts welcomes Greg Kelley, President of SEIU Health Care Illinois, who discusses how COVID has affected union members, efforts to build racial solidarity within the union and linking the work of the union with the mission of Black freedom. This is also traditionally a time when we look to the year ahead, and on Union Strong, the New York State AFL-CIO’s Legislative Director reviews labor’s 2021 legislative agenda in that state, including protections for essential workers and support for all workers who continue to suffer as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. One of our favorite things about the Labor Radio Podcast Network is the chance it gives us to learn about local struggles we probably wouldn’t otherwise know about. Thanks to the My Labor Radio podcast, we’ll literally go to the streets of Fort Wayne, Indiana to hear about the ongoing battle by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic musicians for respect and a contract. Throughout today’s show you’ll hear poems from novelist, poet and singer/songwriter A.S. Coomer, who’s brought to us by The Blue Collar Gospel Hour, a podcast hosted by union autoworker and activist Dan Denton, who’s also a poet. Highlights from labor radio and podcast shows around the country, part of the national Labor Radio Podcast Network of shows focusing on working people’s issues and concerns. Also, check out our weekly livestream show, available on Facebook and YouTube, where you’ll also find profiles of members of the Network.
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