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2017 Radio Shows

  • Nov 5, 2017: DC 37 Members on Hurricane Maria Recovery Work in PR & The Nation’s J. Walsh on her new WNYC Radio Show & National Politics

    DC 37 members who recently helped with Hurricane Maria recovery work in Puerto Rico tell their experiences. The Nation’s Joan Walsh talks about her new Sunday morning radio show on 820 WNYC-AM and the latest on national politics. Show also aired on Wed., Nov. 8, 2017.

  • Oct. 22: AFSCME Labor Economist Jane Carter on “Dark Money” in Politics & DC 37 MELS Asso. Dir. Robert Martin on the Equifax hacking incident

    AFSCME Labor Economist Jane Carter pulls back the curtain on the billionaire extremists who are trying to destroy the labor movement, and the role they could play behind the scenes of a New York State Constitutional Convention. DC 37 attorney Robert Martin talks about what you can do to protect yourself from the Equifax data. Show also aired on Weds., Oct. 25 & Nov. 1 and Sun., Oct. 29.

  • Oct. 8, 2017: Illinois’ AFSCME Council 31 Exec. Dir. R. Lynch on Janus v AFSCME & Organizing Dir. B. Terrelonge on Union’s Organizing Drive

    Illinois’ AFSCME Council 31 Exec. Dir. Roberta Lynch discusses how Janus v AFSCME threatens to muzzle public sector workers and create a “right to work” nation. Organizing Dir. Barbara Terrelonge discusses the union’s drive to engage members and retirees. Show also aired on Weds., Oct. 11 & 18 and Sun., Oct. 15, 2017.

  • Oct. 1, 2017: Former NY Daily News Columnist, Juan Gonzalez, on his new book, “Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America’s Tale of Two Cities”

    Former NY Daily News Columnist Juan Gonzalez discusses his new book, “Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America’s Tale of Two Cities,” and mayoral politics over the last two decade. Show also aired on Wed., Oct. 4, 2017.

  • Sept. 24, 2017: L. 983 Parks Worker J. Molina & L. 983 Pres. J. Puleo on Molina’s Deportation Order Termination & Local 3’s D. Jordan on Latest in Spectrum Strike

    Local 983 Parks Worker Jose Molina & Local 983 President Joe Puleo talk about Molina’s successful fight against deportation. Local 3’s Derek Jordan discusses this week’s rally in downtown Brooklyn in support of the striking Spectrum workers his union represents. Show also aired on Wed., Sept. 27, 2017.

  • Sept. 17, 2017: Ed Fund Administrator D. Shabazz on Ed Fund Courses and Benefits & Political Action Dir. J. John on Union’s Impact on Primary Elections Results

    Political Action Dir. Jeremy John elaborates on how the union’s activism in several of their endorsed City Council candidates’ districts helped them win their elections on Primary Day. Ed Fund Administrator Diallo Shabazz talks about the Ed Fund courses and benefits available to the union’s members. Show also aired on Wed., Sept. 20, 2017.

  • Sept. 10, 2017: Political Action Dir. J. John on Upcoming Political Season & Community Food Advocates’ L. Accles on NYC Universal Free School Lunch Program

    DC 37 Political Action Dir. Jeremy John talks about the need to engage in political action during this crucial political season. Community Food Advocates Exe. Dir. Liz Accles discusses the NYC Universal Free School Lunch program expansion benefits. Show also aired on Wed., Sept. 13, 2017.

  • Aug. 27, 2017: AFSCME President Lee Saunders on the state of the labor movement with Republicans controlling federal government

    AFSCME President Lee Saunders weighs in on the state of the labor movement with Republicans controlling the federal government. Show also aired on Wed., Aug. 30 & Sept. 6, and Sun., Sept. 3, 2017.

  • Aug. 13, 2017: Author/Local 375’s A. Samuels on & Assembly Member D. O’Donnell on “millionaires tax” for NYC subway system repairs

    Author/Local 375’s Anita Samuels on reaction to her book “Rants & Retorts: How bigots got a monopoly on commenting about news online.” State Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell discusses his bill for a progressive income tax on wealthy New Yorkers for NYC subway system repairs and half-priced Metrocards for low-income riders. Show also aired on Wed., Aug. 16 & 23 and Sun., Aug 20, 2017.

  • Aug. 6, 2017: CM. H. Rosenthal on Affordable Housing & Tenant Protection Bill & NY Daily News’ R. George on Trump’s Legal Immigration Plan

    Council Member Helen Rosenthal discusses the affordable housing problem and a bill that would establish the Office of the Tenant Advocate within the Department of Buildings to protect tenants from harassing landlords. NY Daily News’ R. George talks about Pres. Trump’s legal immigration plan. Show also aired on Wed., August 9, 2017.

  • July 30, 2017: Local 3’s Derek Jordan & Karega Bennett on the latest in the four-month-old Spectrum strike

    Spectrum workers/Local 3’s Derek Jordan and Karega Bennett discuss the latest in the four-month-old Spectrum strike. Show also aired on Wed., August 2, 2017.

  • July 16, 2017: New Yorkers Against Corruption’s Jordan Marks on the NYS Constitutional Convention ballot question “No” Vote

    New Yorkers Against Corruption campaign director Jordan Marks makes the case for a “NO” vote on the NYS Constitutional Convention ballot question this November. Show also aired on Wed., July 19, 2017.

  • July 2, 2017: CUNY’s E. Ott on Unions’ Political Activism & The Nation’s J. Walsh on American Health Care Senate Vote Delay

    CUNY Lecturer of Labor Studies Ed Ott talks about the need for unions to engage politically. The Nation’s Joan Walsh discusses the Senate’s delayed vote on the American Health Care Act. Show also aired on Wed., July 5, 9 and 12, 2017.

  • June 25, 2017: Exec. Dir. H. Garrido on FY’18 NYC Budget & Council of School Supervisors & Administrators Pres. E. Logan on Mayoral Control of Public Schools Extension

    Exec. Dir. Henry Garrido discusses how the union’s accomplishments in the FY 2018 NYC Budget will benefit our communities. Council of School Supervisors & Administrators Pres. Ernest Logan talks about the need to extend mayoral control of the city’s public schools. Show also aired on Wed., June 28, 2017.

  • June 18, 2017: NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer on NYC pension system divestiture of private prisons & Newsday columnist Dan Janison on nation’s political climate

    NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer discusses why the city’s five public employee pension systems recently divested from companies who run private prisons. Newsday columnist Dan Janison weighs in on the nation’s political climate after this week’s shooting in Alexandria, Virginia. Show also aired on Wed., June 21, 2017.

  • June 11, 2017: L. 983 Pres. Joe Puleo on “Crime Free Parks Law” & Jonathan Rosenblum on “Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists and the Revival of the Labor Movement

    Local 983 Pres. Joe Puleo talks about state legislation, “Crime Free Parks Law,” which would raise the penalties for certain serious crimes committed in city parks. Author Jonathan Rosenblum discusses his book “Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists and the Revival of the Labor Movement.” Show also aired on Wed., June 14, 2017.

  • June 4, 2017: AFSCME’s Dir. of Research & Bargaining Steve Kreisberg on the fiscal crisis in Puerto Rico & Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program’s Dr. Elaine Bernard on why unions matter

    AFSCME’s Dir. of Research & Bargaining Steve Kreisberg weighs in on the fiscal crisis in Puerto Rico and its impact on the island’s public employees. Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program’s Dr. Elaine Bernard explains why unions matter. Show also aired on Wed., June 7, 2017.

  • May 28, 2017: L. 372 Pres. S. D. Francois I on State Pension Bill for DOE employees & NYS AFL-CIO Pres. Mario Cilento on Voting “NO” on NYS Constitutional Convention Ballot question

    Local 372 Pres. Shaun D. Francois I discusses state bill to allow for auto enrollment in BERS pension system for eligible DOE employees upon being hired. NYS AFL-CIO Pres. Mario Cilento says vote “NO” on NYS Constitutional Convention ballot question in November. Show also aired on Wed., May 31, 2017.

  • May 21, 2017: SSEU L. 371 Pres. Anthony Wells on new ACS worker safety initiative & Community Food Advocates Exec. Dir. Liz Accles on universal free school lunch funding in FY2018 Budget

    SSEU Local 371 Pres. Anthony Wells discusses new ACS initiative to equip his members with electronic devices to alert police when in danger. Community Food Advocates Exec. Dir. Liz Accles talks about the latest in the fight for universal free school lunch funding in NYC’s FY2018. Show also aired on May 24, 2017.

  • May 7, 2017: NYC Public Advocate L. James on Gender Pay Equity Bill & J. Swensen on Immigration Case of L.983 member J. Molina

    NYC Public Advocate Letitia James discusses ground breaking gender pay equity law and Pres. Trump’s first hundred days. The Bronx Defenders’ immigration attorney, Jessica Swensen, talks about the deportation case of NYC Parks worker/Local 983 member Jose Molina. Show also aired on May 10, 2017

  • Apr. 30, 2017: AFSCME’s S. Kreisberg on Public Sector Unions’ Challenges in Trump era & City Council Public Housing Comm. Chair R. Torres on Trump’s Cuts to HUD

    AFSCME’s Dir. of Research & Bargaining Steve Kreisberg talks about public sector unions’ challenges with Republicans in control of the federal government. City Council Public Housing Comm. Chair Ritchie Torres slams proposed $6.2 billion federal cut to HUD budget. Show also aired on May 3, 2017

  • Apr. 23, 2017: AFSCME’s Iowa Council 61 Pres. D. Homan on Public Sector Union Challenges in the Heartland

    AFSCME Iowa Council 61 Pres. Danny Homan discusses the challenges facing public sector unions in the heartland under Republican controlled state governments. Show also aired on April 26, 2017.

  • Apr. 9, 2017: City Council Parks Comm. Chair Mark Levine on Council funding of City Parks, Beaches and Pools & Daily News’ Ginger Adams Otis on covering Labor During Trump Era

    City Council Parks & Rec. Comm. Chair Mark Levine discusses funding city parks, beaches and pools in Council’s budget response. NY Daily News’ Ginger Adams Otis talks about covering labor issues during the Trump era. Show also aired on April 12, 16 and 19, 2017.

  • April 2, 2017: NYC First Lady C. McCray on HealingNYC & The Nation’s J. Nichols on J. Gorsuch’s Supreme Court Nomination

    First Lady Chirlane McCray talks about the Mayor’s “HealingNYC” initiative to reduce opioid overdose deaths and addiction. The Nation’s John Nichols weighs in on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination. Show also aired on Wed., April 5, 2017.

  • Mar. 26, 2017: L. 2507’s I. Miranda on EMT Y. Arroyo’s death and EMS workers’ on the job dangers & Fiscal Policy Institute’s R. Deutsch on the Millionaire’s Tax expansion & extension

    In the wake of the tragic killing of FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo, Local 2507 Pres. Israel Miranda discusses the on the job dangers EMS workers face. Fiscal Policy Institute Exec. Dir. Ronald Deutsch makes the case for expanding and extending the millionaires tax, and closing the carried interest loophole. Show also aired on Wed., Mar. 29, 2017.

  • Mar. 19, 2017: L. 375’s author Anita Samuels on “Rants and Retorts: How bigots got a monopoly on commenting about news online” & L. 768 member/playwright Yolanda Brooks-Ruiz on “The Motown Story”

    Local 375 member/author Anita Samuels discusses her new book, “Rants and Retorts: How bigots got a monopoly on commenting about news online.” Local 768 member/playwright Yolanda Brooks-Ruiz talks about her new musical play, “The Motown Story,” performed at DC 37’s Black History Finale on Feb. 27. Show also aired on Wed., Mar. 22, 2017.

  • Mar. 12, 2017: Exec. Dir. Henry Garrido on the Dangers of Trump’s Agenda & the Union’s State Leg. Agenda & AFSCME’s Scott Frey on the Affordable Care Act Repeal/Replace Efforts

    DC 37 Exec. Dir. Henry Garrido speaks out against the Trump agenda and discusses the union’s state legislative agenda including more funding of the public hospitals, and extending and expanding the millionaire’s tax. AFSCME’s Dir. of Fed. Gov’t. Affairs Scott Frey makes the case to oppose House Republicans’ attempt to repeal/replace the Affordable Care Act and their anti-worker agenda. Show also aired on Wed., Mar. 15, 2017.

  • Mar. 5, 2017: Award winning Journalist David Cay Johnston on DCReport

    Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston discusses his website, DCReport, to keep Americans abreast on the policies pushed by Pres. Trump and the Republican led Congress. Show also aired on Wed., Mar. 8, 2017.

  • Feb. 26, 2017: NY Immigration Coalition’s T. Yakupitiyagen & L. 374’s C. Dickenson on DHS’s New Immigration Guidelines & The Nation/MSNBC’s Joan Walsh on RFK & MLK’s 1968 Tonight Show interviews

    NY Immigration Coalition’s Thanu Yakupitiyagen and DC 37 Citizenship Committee Chair Cuthbert Dickenson express deep concerns over Department of Homeland Security’s new guidelines on the deportation of undocumented immigrants. The Nation’s National Affairs Correspondent/MSNBC political analyst Joan Walsh discusses historic 1968 Tonight Show interviews by guest host Harry Belafonte of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Show also aired on Wed., Mar. 1, 2017.

  • Feb. 19, 2017: DC 37’s R. Rodriguez on federal student debt relief & Activist author L. Tolf on her graphic novel “When the Rules Aren’t Right”

    DC 37’s Office of Community Partnership Director Raul Rodriguez discusses federal student debt relief initiatives for union members. Activist author Leslie Tolf talks about her graphic novel, “When the Rules Aren’t Right”, and promoting social change and union activism through the arts. Show also aired on Wed., Feb. 22, 2017.

  • Feb. 12, 2017: L. 2507 Pres. Israel Miranda on the Community Heroes Protection Act & Rep. John Lewis at DC 37

    Uniformed EMT’s & Paramedics L. 2507 Pres. Israel Miranda discusses recently introduced legislation which seeks to better protect uniformed first responders from assault when on the job. Civil rights icon, Rep. John Lewis, talks about keeping up the fight during a Black History celebration at union headquarters. Show also aired on Wed., Feb. 15, 2017.

  • Jan. 29, 2017: Investigative Journalist Tom Robbins on the Life & Times of Wayne Barrett

    Noted investigative journalist Tom Robbins discusses the life and career of trail-blazing former Village Voice investigative reporter/columnist Wayne Barrett. Show also aired on Wed., Feb. 1, 2017.

  • Jan. 22, 2017: CUNY’s J. Freeman on the Trump Presidency and Unions

    CUNY History professor & noted labor historian, Joshua Freeman, discusses unions’ daunting challenges under a Trump presidency and a hostile Congress. Show also aired on Wed., Jan. 25, 2017.

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