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The Brian Lehrer Show

Listening to "Silent Cal" Coolidge

Friday, March 22, 2013

Coolidge was president in the 1920s when the U.S. faced crises with public sector unions, wars abroad and violence on its southern border. Charles Johnson says we should listen and learn from "Silent Cal" today. He is the author of Why Coolidge Matters: Leadership Lessons from America's Most Underrated President (Encounter Books, 2013).

 

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WNYC News

Union Numbers Continue to Decline

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Union membership nationwide has hit a nearly 100-year low, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Labor unions lost 400-thousand members last year, falling to 11.3 million members across the country.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Starting Over

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

New York Times columnist David Brooks talks about the latest news from the Beltway, and his picks for best essays of 2012. Plus: what the longshoremen’s strike threat means in the context of recent labor disputes; environmental activist William Hewitt on optimism on the climate change front; and Joe Nocera of The New York Times reflects on business and economic news as we kick off 2013.

On The Media

The Great Newspaper Strike of 1962-63

Friday, December 21, 2012

Fifty years ago this month, 17,000 New York City newspaper workers went on strike, shuttering the city's seven daily papers for 114 days. Rooted in fears about new "cold type" printing technology, the strike ended up devastating the city's newspaper culture and launching the careers of a new generation of writers including Tom Wolfe, Gay Talese, and Nora Ephron. Vanity Fair contributor Scott Sherman talks with Bob about the strike and its legacy.

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Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The Union Made Gabfest

Friday, December 14, 2012

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: Michigan's right-to-work law, marriage equality at the High Court and Zero Dark Thirty's depiction of torture.

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The Takeaway

Michigan House Passes Right-to-Work Law

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Despite the shouts of angry union member protesters at rallies in Lansing yesterday, the Michigan Legislature approved the right-to-work legislation with a 58-to-52 vote by the House. Michigan House Republican Rick Olson discusses how this legislation passed and Joseph Slater, professor of law and values at the University of Toledo, explains how the decision fits into the context of union history in the United States.

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WNYC News

Could Michigan's Shift to 'Right-to-Work' Happen in NY?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Michigan is known as the birthplace of the modern labor movement. But on Tuesday, the Republican-led state legislature approved new limits on unions that drastically cut the power of organized labor in the state.

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The Takeaway

'Right-to-Work' Passes in Michigan

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Labor activists in Michigan could face a historic defeat this week against a "right-to-work" bill that lawmakers have reconvened over today, and which Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has pledged to sign. United Auto Workers president Bob King discusses what this means for the nation's future with labor.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Fighting for the Labor Movement

Monday, December 03, 2012

Today, fewer than 7 percent of American private-sector workers belong to a union, the lowest percentage since the beginning of the 20th century. Union organizer Jane McAlevey looks at the state of the American labor movement and describes her experiences fighting the bosses and national labor leaders. In Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell): My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement, she tells the story of a number of dramatic organizing and contract victories, and the unconventional strategies that helped achieve them, and looks at ways to revive the labor movement.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tearing Down, Building Up

Monday, December 03, 2012

On today’s show: Jane McAlevey talks about her struggles as a union organizer and discusses ways the labor movement might be revived. Benjamin Lorr describes his experience with competitive yoga. Frances Beinecke, the President of the NRDC, and acclaimed photographer Paul Nicklen, discuss changes in the Arctic and his photographs a changing worlds at the earth’s poles. And we’ll look at efforts by urban planners, land speculators, and utopian environmentalists to remake Detroit.

WNYC News

In Effort to Unionize, Fast Food Workers Walk Out

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Workers at dozens of fast food restaurants in New York City walked off the job to rally for higher wages and the right to unionize. 

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WNYC News

Mediation Talks Fail, Hostess Plans To Liquidate

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hostess Brands Inc, the maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs, said late Tuesday failed to reach an agreement with its second-biggest union. As a result, the company plans to continue with a hearing on Wednesday in which a bankruptcy court judge in White Plains, N.Y., will decide if the company can shutter its operations.

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The Takeaway

Why We Care About Jimmy Hoffa

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

This past week, Detroit and much of America held its breath, waiting to find out if the newest lead on Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance would reveal the truth. Thirty-seven years later, why does Jimmy Hoffa still capture the American imagination? Quinn Klinefelter has a few theories.

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It's A Free Country ®

Why the NFL Ref Lockout Had the Public on Labor's Side

Thursday, September 27, 2012

NFL referees have managed to do what public sector employees in Wisconsin and teachers in Chicago couldn’t: Inspire near-unanimous public sympathy for the demands of organized labor.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Unions vs. Right to Work

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: A look at the role of organized labor in politics and the future of unions. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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Annotations: The NEH Preservation Project

Richard Dyer-Bennet's Living Tradition of American Minstrelsy

Monday, September 17, 2012

WNYC

WNYC's American Music Festival features Richard Dyer-Bennet in his all-too-brief heyday, before betrayal and political accusations would derail his career, in this 1945 studio appearance.

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The Takeaway

A Student on the Strikes in Chicago

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Early yesterday morning, the public school teachers of Chicago went on strike, and in the hours since, we’ve heard a lot about contracts, salaries, city government, and unions. And of course, we’ve also heard both sides mention the students, but in very different contexts.

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The Takeaway

Chicago Teachers Strike

Monday, September 10, 2012

Thousands of teachers are on strike in Chicago after the teachers union and the city's education officials failed to reach an agreement on contract negotiations by midnight last night.

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It's A Free Country ®

Who Had the Better Week—Cuomo or Christie?

Friday, July 27, 2012

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo helped end the Con Ed lockout, while New Jersey Governor Chris Christie headed for the beach.

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Schoolbook

City Promises More Even Distribution of Needy Students

Friday, July 27, 2012

The schools chancellor has promised to distribute high-needs students fairly across the school system. This comes after years of complaints from school communities that feel over burdened with high numbers of struggling and special-need students.

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