Description: Recordings of a Bay Area independent radio news program from 1984-1987 covering labor issues with a primary focus on California. Includes numerous interviews with local labor leaders regarding significant strikes and labor struggles such as the historic Latina-led Watsonville Cannery Strike, United Farm Workers' (UFW) "Wrath of Grapes" campaign, and the month-long SEIU Local 250 Kaiser healthcare workers strike.
A majority of episodes begin with a 2-3 minute introduction on the program Labor on the Line followed by a recording of the episode. For more information on each episode, see program notes below:
Pt. 1 – 09/04/84: Labor on the Line Pilot Episode
Pt. 2 – 11/13/1984: HERE Local 2 restaurant strike | Tom Rankin and response to national and state elections [Reagan and Republican agenda, decline of labor]
Pt. 3 – 04/03/85: Workers Compensation reform | Anti-Apartheid struggles |Save Blue Cross jobs
Pt. 4 – 09/03/85: Labor Day – UFW vs. The Duke | Culinary Workers’ Battles, HERE Local 2 | UFCW vs. Pak N’ Save | Plant Closing Bill hits Congress | Union Busting at TransAmerica
Pt. 5 – 10/30/85: [begins at 3:42] AFL-CIO convention and issues re foreign policy | HERE Local 2 hotel struggles | Walter Johnson, head of SF Labor Council | Occupational illness in Silicon Valley
Pt. 6 – 11/22/1985: San Francisco fight for comparable worth | Watsonville Canning strike | US Postal Office scandal raised during APWU postal worker negotiations involving conflict of interest by anti-union law firm Littler Mendelson and Attorney General Edwin Meese| SEIU Local 250 fired workers at Shoreline South Convalescent Hospital | US trade union visit to El Salvador | Workers protections against wrongful firings [last section not included in recording]
Pt. 7 – 1/29/86: Late Strike News: UFCW Local P-1 at Hormel and Teamsters Local 912 at Watsonville Packing Houses | SEIU 790 Gets Agreement on San Franciso Comparable Worth | Labor Celebrates Martin Luther King’s Birthday: AFL-CIO Chief Jack Henning Addresses January 20th SF Rally | Oakland Teachers’ Strike: Analysis of Issues in Dispute | Labor/Religious Coalition Developing: Discussion of Catholic Bishops Pastoral Letter & Unions | Airport Labor Coalition Charts New Course for Child Care | VDT Coalition Plans Speak-Out/New Book on Plant Closures
Pt. 8 – 2/26/86: Teamsters Settle One Watsonville Strike; One More Hangs Tough | Labor Responds to Texas Air Takeover of Eastern Airlines | Comparable Worth Settlement Breaks Down in San Francisco | Berkeley Set up Its Own Labor Commission | VDT: Window On the Future or Hazard in the Office? | Income & Jobs Action Act: Congressmen Hayes and Dellums Urge Passage Local “Quality of Life” Ordinances Set Stage for Federal Law | Hormel Strikers Visit to the Bay Area for Support
Pt. 9 – 3/26/86: Labor Organizes Anti-Apartheid Boycott of Shell Oil in California | Pickets Stand Firm in Defense of Minority Rights in Watsonville | Protest State-Backed Strike-Breaking in TWA Flight Attendant Strike | HERE Local 2 Convention Prepares Rank & Files for Hotel Industry Struggles | UC Berkeley Contracting Out Draws AFSCME and Community Protests | San Mateo Labor Looks at Quality Circle and Worklife Programs | Labor History Collection Unveiled by Labor Archives & Research Center | Hormel Local P-9 Leader Tours Bay Area to Build Strike Solidarity
Pt. 10 – [begins at 4:45] 4/23/86: Labor Speaks Out for Peace, Jobs & Justice: San Francisco Demonstration May 19th | "Live From Austin": Proud to March With Local P-9 | Labor Backs Rose Bird: Paul Varacalli Explains Labor's Support | SEIU Local 250 Gears Up For Merritt-Peralta Fight on Two-Tier Wages | UFW Calls for Defunding of ALRB in Defense of Farmworker Rights | 7-Month Strike In Watsonville Continues To Draw Labor Support | Showdown Looms Over Comparable Worth in San Francisco: | SEIU 790 A Look At Quality of Work Life: Good, Bad, or Just Ugly? | Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition Slates May 8th Expose
Pt. 11 – 5/28/86: "THE WRATH OF GRAPES": UFW Opens New Grape Boycott | Labor Mounts Solidarity Drive for Watsonville Strikers | 8th Annual Conference of Women Miners: A Preview | San Francisco Labor Archives Marks Life of Mayor with Union Roots | Quality of Work Life: Pros & Cons Inside the Circle | May Day, `86: A Holiday Made in The U.S.A.
Pt. 12 – 7/2/86: AC Transit Strike Looms--Talks Continue | Jesse Jackson Backs Teamster Cannery Strikers in Watsonville | Transamerica Foundry Closure Sparks Fightback | AFL-CIO Offers Prepaid Legal Services | 1982 Atari Layoffs Lead to $1 Million Apology | Constitutional Rights Threatened in Watsonville | Union Struggles Turn "Skygirls" into Professional Flight Attendants
Pt. 13 – 7/30/86: Sugar Workers Set for Long Haul In Bitter Strike | Watsonville Food Workers Teamster Strike Update | UFCW Launches Product Tampering Info Campaign | TWA Flight Attendants Seek San Francisco Supervisor Support, Get Help From Airport Labor Coalition | Safeway Corporation Takeover: Threat to Workers/Consumers | HERE Local 2 Hotel Workers Prepared for Major Contract Fight | Transamerica Delaval Molders Union Puts Up Closure Fight | San Francisco’s Labor Mayor P.H. McCarthy: Untold History Has Political Lessons For Today
Pt. 14 – 8/27/86: Job Study Decision Expected on Transamerica Delaval Plant Closure | General Shutdown Possible If Strike Is Forced On Hotel Workers, HERE Local 2 | Winery Workers Crush Take-Back Demands by Vinters | Labor Mourns Death of Dick Groulx, Alameda County Leader | Rally Spells Out Issues In Hotel Industry Negotiations | Watsonville Cannery Strike Marks Anniversary: Key Vote Taken | New Labor Studies Classes Prep Unionists For Struggle | Court Decision Sets Precedent For Garment Workers At Sweatshops
Pt. 15 – 9/1/86 Labor Day: UAW Victor Reuther speech on Labor Management Cooperation Quality of Worklife Circles in San Mateo
Pt. 16 – 9/24/86: Green Light for Job Saving Study at Transamerica Delaval | Benefit Slated to Aid TWA Flight Attendants | Labor and the November Elections: Cranston vs. Zschau, Bradley vs. Deukmejian, Rose Bird vs. The Political Right | Worker Rights Evaporate Under the Reign of the Duke [Deukmejian] | Labor Offers Alternative Consumer Benefits to Working People
Pt. 17 – repeat of Pt. 15
Pt. 18 – 10/22/86: Labor and the 1986 California Elections: Roundup of Events | Prop. 64 AIDS Initiative Unions vs. LaRouche | Threatens Workers | Prop. 65: "Get Tough On Toxics" Initiative Gets Labor Backing and Heavy Corporate Opposition | Prop. 61: Gann Initiative Opposed by Unions as Attack on Public Worker Benefits & Public Services | Alameda County Labor Wins Unique Study to Save Delaval Jobs | Fight Mounts on California Minimum Wage, Frozen Since 1980
Pt. 19 – 11/26/86: Patient Care Suffers as Kaiser Strike Enters Week #5 | OPEU Local 29 Fights for Blue Cross Jobs in Oakland | Molders Local 164 Extends Food Bank to Other Displaced Workers | San Francisco City College Labor Studies Announces New Term Courses | Behind The Strike: Labor Built Kaiser As Nation's Largest HMO | San Francisco Public Employees Challenge City Contracting-Out Of Work | Local Labor Leaders Assess November Election Results
Pt. 20 – [begins at 4:14] 1/28/87: Sacramento Teachers Take on Union-Busting Board; Strike Set | Blue Cross Set to Flee Oakland; OPEU Local 29 Fights Back | Reagan Economy Replaces Living Wage Jobs with Poverty Wage Jobs | Duke Plan to Nuke CAL-OSHA; Worker Health and Safety Threatened | Women's Employment Issues Slated for Training Classes | Overtime: Outline of Worker Legal Rights To Extra Pay
Pt. 21– [begins at 2:55] 2/25/87: CWA Local 9415 Confronts PacTel Infosystems Union-Busting | Three Unions Vie to Represent 14,000 Northwest Air Employees | 18-Month Watsonville Strike Prolonged by Wells Fargo Loans | Rally Called to Block Transamerica Deleval Oakland Plant Closing | Pink Collar Ghetto a Source of Workplace Stress for Women | Western Workers Labor Heritage Song Fest Traces Cultural Roots
Pt. 22 – 3/25/87: Waterfront Confrontation Sparked by Crowley Maritime IBU Strike and support of ILWU| CWA Hits PacTel Infosystems with Labor Board Charges | Oakland Office Employees Cut In Blue Cross Pullout Jobs Study Due In Molders Fight With Transamerica | Victory in 19-Month Watsonville Teamster Strike | Rest Breaks: Worker Rights On The Job
Pt. 23 – 4/22/87 CWA Technicians Win Breakthrough with PacTel InfoSystems | "AIDS is a Workplace Issue": San Mateo Labor Conducts Workshop | Teamsters Strike Taylor School Bus Company in Contra Costa County | A Look at Immigration Reform Act: Labor Sees Much Injustice | Delaval Plant Retention Study Released: Results Are Mixed | Building Trades Take on South Korean Non-Union Steel Plant Scheme
Pt. 24 – 5/27/87: HERE Local 2 Hotel, Restaurant Workers Gear Up for Tough Bargaining | Electronic "Big Brother" Subliminally Programs Office Workers | Office of the Future: Electronic Liberator or Labor Overseer | Metal Trades Strike Against Shipyard Concessions in 4th Month | Workers Compensation: Promises and Pitfalls in Getting Benefits | Labor Throws Benefit for Plant Closures Project
Pt. 25 – 7/01/87: Department Store Workers Ready for Contract Fight | The Duke Nuke's Cal-OSHA--Weaker Federal Agency Takes Over | Contra Costa Public Workers Take on Use and Abuse of Temporary Workers | Temporary Jobs: A Growth Industry--Challenge to Labor | Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Jockey for Labor's Support | HERE Local 2 Union Readies for Major Restaurant Contract Struggle in San Francisco
Pt. 26 – [begins at 2:47] 7/29/87: NALC Postal Bargaining Defends Contract Conditions: Members to Vote | Table Grape Boycott Gets City Council Boost | Congress for Economic Justice Considers Economic Bill of Rights | Contra Costa Building Trades Workers Tackle USS-Posco Jobs Fight | Refusing Hazardous Work: A Primer on Worker Rights | Social Security Electronic Data Files Undercut Work Conditions | Central Valley News Guild Members Target of McClatchy Chain | Littler, Mendelson Firm Behind 7 Week Old Printers Strike
Pt. 27 – 8/26/87: 11 Week Printers' Strike Challenges Union-Busting Effort | Congress for Economic Justice Draws Unions & Community Together in Oakland | Labor Rally Protests Non-Union Overhaul of Pittsburg | Non-union renovations at USX Steel Plant | HERE Local 2 San Francisco Restaurant Workers Confront Area's Elite in Contract Fight | CWA Techs Celebrate Victory in Survival Battle at PacTel | Tips for Dealing with Sexual Harassment on the Job | Ken Blaylock of AFGE Speech Brings Labor Foreign Policy Debate to Bay Area [CISTUR]
Pt. 28 – [duplicate recording of 8.26.87 program, Pt. 27]
Pt. 29 – 9/23/87: NFL Players Strike Over Free Agency: Owners Recruit Scabs | Restaurant & Club Workers' Battle Focuses On Snooty Bohemian Club, HERE Local 2 | Workers at Oakland's Mama's Royal Cafe Seek Union Rights, HERE Local 28 | Lifesavers Organize for Basic Rights, Respect, and Decent Pay | Foreign Policy Debate Looms at AFL-CIO Convention Over Contra Aid | Alameda & San Francisco Counties Inaugurate Workfare Scheme Countering Sexual Harassment by Co-Workers: Tips and Strategies.
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