Radio show on unionbusting

Charles Brown CharlesB at
Tue Aug 24 10:02:09 MDT 1999

TO: All Program Directors
FM: Making Contact
DT: August 26, 30-31, 1999
RE: Labor Day Special

Program ID: 99-W23-000035
Title: "Making Contact"
Feed Time: September 1, 1999 at 12:00 Noon ET
Channel: A731 M
Length: 29 minutes
Mode: Mono

"Labor Unions: Boom or Bust?"  --
that's the title of our   program to be fed Wednesday, September 1,

Last year, the number of unionized workers rose for the first  time in
five years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This past
summer, organized labor has scored some stunning victories.  Workers at
the largest textile plant in the United States, Fieldcrest Cannon in
North Carolina, voted to unionize in June after a decades-long
struggle.  In Washington state, a 90 percent immigrant workforce went on
strike at a meat packing plant owned by IBP, the world's largest beef
packer.  IBP backed down and workers won approval for their union.  And,
the Service Employees International Union recently signed up 75,000 home
health care workers in Los Angeles, its biggest organizing drive in 50

Today, there are more than 16 million union members in the United
States.  That includes a jump of 100,000 union members in 1998.  A quick
survey of these numbers may lead one to believe that the labor movement
is making a comeback.  But, even as the total number of union workers is
rising, the percentage of the U.S. workforce that is unionized is
declining.  According to some figures, U.S. workers are losing 5000
manufacturing jobs a year.  There's also another component: Union
busting.  When faced with attempts by workers to establish a union, 80
percent of private sector employers in the United States hire anti-union
consultants and law firms.

 On this program, we take a look at tensions between unions and big
business during organizing drives.

 * Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research at Cornell
University's School of Labor Relations, discusses tactics used by
private sector employers to affect union organizing in the workplace .
Bronfenbrenner has testified at numerous congressional hearings and
investigative forums.

 * Floyd Palmer, an attorney with Littler-Mendelson -- a law firm cited
by the San Francisco Chronicle as a tough advocate for employers against
unions -- talks about his firm's role during union
organizing drives and campaigns.

 *  Mike Jakabul, an activist who posed as a scab during the strike by
the United Steelworkers of America at Maxxam's Kaiser Aluminum, reports
on his experience and how the company
attempted to break the morale of the striking workers through a variety
of tactics.

 *  In a special Women's Desk segment, correspondent Rosie Reyes talks
with two women about their experiences as labor organizers.

 Making Contact, a 29-minute public-affairs program fed on the public
radio satellite each Wednesday at 12 noon ET, is available free of
charge to all public radio stations.  For further information,
please call the National Radio Project at (510) 251-1332 or (650)

email: contact at

Managing Director, Laura Livoti; Managing Producer, Phillip Babich;
National Producer, David Barsamian; Senior Advisor, Norman Solomon;
Executive Director, Peggy Law; Production Assistant, Shereen Meraji
Contact information for September 1, 1999 show:

 Kate Bronfenbrenner
NYS School of Industrial and Labor Relations
207 ILR Extension Building
Ithaca, NY 14853-3901
klb23 at

Floyd J. Palmer
Littler Mendelson
400 Capitol Mall, 16th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel:  (916) 448-7100
Fax:  (916) 448-7741
fpalmer at

Wei-Ling Huber
HERE (Hotel Employees/Restaurant Employees)
548 20th St.
Oakland, CA 94612
hongyu at
(510) 893-3181

Danielle Mahones
SEIU Local 715 Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO/CLC
2960 North First St.
San Jose, CA 95134-2021
(408) 954-8715

Mikal Jakubal
P.O.B. 5
Redway, CA 95560


Rosie Reyes
1552 7th St.
Oakland, CA 94607
Tel: (510) 849-2215

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