The Racial Wealth Divide (Seg 1) 20 Years Since Pres. Clinton Shredded Welfare (Seg 2)
THIS WEEKS SHOW:
SEGMENT 1: The Rev. Dr. William Barber is Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, in Goldsboro, North Carolina and architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement that gained national acclaim with its Moral Monday protests at which drew tens of thousands of North Carolinians and other moral witnesses to the state legislature. He has served as president of the North Carolina NAACP, the largest state conference in the South. His two most recent books include Forward Together (Chalice Press) and The Third Reconstruction (Beacon Press).
And, Dr. William Barber is the founder and president of Repairers of the Breach, an organization that seeks to build a progressive agenda rooted in a moral framework to counter the ultra-conservative constructs that try to dominate the public square. Rev. Barber one of the most influential, progressive religious figures in the country.
Tens of thousands of men and women rose up in Chicago and cities from coast to coast to demanding that everyone in America have the right to organize and join a union and the Rev. William Barber said Im proud to stand with them, because their fight is central to the battle against poverty, racism, and inequality.
Earlier this year Rev. Barber announced an effort by faith and moral leaders to carry forward Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.s dream of a Poor Peoples Campaign, working across twenty-five states to alleviate the triad forces of poverty, militarism, and racism that Dr. King knew were poisoning our country then and still threaten us today.
Credits: produced by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
On Strike, Six Months & Counting: Spectrum Cable workers headed from the picket line crossing the Brooklyn Bridges to a massive Rally in Foley Square drawing thousands of supporters from the labor & community movements for social change. They built support amongst the public for their fight for a fair contract and to save their union, amidst a media whiteout of their historic labor struggle!
IBEW Local 3 strikers and supporters
Some 1,800 members of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3 have been on strike at Spectrum/Time Warner Cable in New York and New Jersey since March 28, more than six months ago. Since then, only a fraction of the workforce has crossed picket lines, but the company is trying hard to keep up normal operations by using scabs and subcontractors to break the strike and the workers’ union..
Spectrum is part of Charter Communications, the 2nd largest cable
provider in the U.S. and is a tele-communications giant, providing services to roughly 25 million customers in 41 states, two and a half million of which
reside in New York. The CEO, Tom Rutledge, who made $98.5 million last year met with Donald Trump in the White House earlier this year, and the company is touted by Trump as a job creator investing in its U.S. workforce. Meanwhile Rutledges Charter Communications has hung its workers out to dry:
. Charter wants to eliminate Pension and Hospitalization plan contributions.
. Charter wants to eliminate the Educational and Cultural Trust Fund
contributions. Funds will no longer will be available for employees and spouses to attend college.
. Charter wants to eliminate Annuity/HRA contributions, Dental, and the Company 401k.
. Charter wants to eliminate Social Security (FICA) which is an additional 7.65% of salary.
. Charter wants to eliminate overtime pay for Saturday and Sunday.
. Charter wants to reduced holidays from 9 to 7 days (eliminate your birthday day and religious holiday).
. Charter wants to eliminate bargaining unit shifts and create shifts at their
discretion at any time.
. Charter wants to have union members paid bi-weekly instead of weekly.
. Charter wants to eliminate all personal days including accrued personal days and eliminate unused payout of sick time.
. Charter wants to eliminate the Subcontracting Clause which will allow them to lay off employees of the company even if outside contractors are being used.
. Charter wants the right to subcontract out service and all bargaining unit work.
. Charter wants to assign any employee regardless of seniority to any work location, in the five boroughs and New Jersey, at their discretion.
. Charter wants to eliminate the representation of Shop Stewards.
Walter Smith, a cable technician at Spectrum for 6 years lives in the Bronx. He received an eviction notice in July after falling behind on his bills, he said. The father of two has not worked since early October, when he had surgery to remove a benign tumor on his head. When he was ready to return to work in April, workers had just gone on strike. The strike has lasted longer than anybody could have imagined, Mr. Smith, 48, said.
Emotionally, dealing with the tumor and then this financially, it has been tough, but I have a strong family that keeps me grounded, and Ill keep walking the picket line until Spectrum CEO Rutledge honors our union and we get a fair contract.
Credits: produced by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg