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WorkWeek On Trumka, Racist Attacks & Hanging Nooses & Privatization Of Education
by WorkWeek
Monday Aug 16th, 2021 10:16 AM
WorkWeek covers the death of former AFL-CIO president Trumka, the racist terror campaign against Black LA Belt line rail workers including hanging nooses. WorkWeek also covers the privatization of public education and the racist xenophobic attacks on Asians and Asian Americans.
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WorkWeek 8-12-21 The Real AFL-CIO Richard Trumka, Black LA Rail Workers Fight Racism & Nooses

WorkWeek interviews union trade union organizer Mike Griffin about the death of AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka.

Richard Trumka from the United Mineworkers Union came to power with John Sweeney who was the former
president of the SEIU. They ran together as the the reform slate. In the mid 90’s three unions were either locked out or went on strike in Decatur, Illinois. They were the UAW Caterpillar workers, USW Bridgestone Firestone workers and UPIU Tate & Lyle workers all joined together to build support nationally and internationally. They also fought for the AFL-CIO to support their struggle. Mike Griffin who worked for Tate & Lyle and was an organizer of this fight in what was named the “War Zone” and they had a team of organizers that spread out throughout the country. They were called the "Road Warriors" and Griffin helped build that work nationally and internationally. He talks about his experience with Richard Trumka in this struggle.

WorkWeek also hears from a Black Engineer Lonnie Pate on the Harbor Pacifica Line owned by Anacostia in the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach. He and other Black workers as well as opponents of racism were targeted and terrorized for year by the company. There has been an epidemic of hanging nooses at work locations throughout the country. These racist attacks have had a traumatic effect on Black workers. He and his lawyer Dan Stormer talked with WorkWeek about decades of racist abuse at the line including hanging
nooses and physical assaults. These racist assaults were allowed by the company and complaints to other agencies as well.

Additional media:

The Decatur "War Zone" Class War, Sweeney & Business Unionism With Mike Griffin
https://youtu.be/wSTpVV5Zj38
Deadly Corn Staley Strike “The War Zone"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMhBSeKEOu0
Labor Beat: Labor Party Convention '96-Mike Griffin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX9RMx4z2iE
Labor Beat: Unions and the Police
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j0e5Lv2xKE
LA, Long Beach port engineers file lawsuit alleging racial discrimination
https://heysocal.com/2021/08/03/la-long-beach-port-engineers-file-lawsuit-alleging-racial-discrimination/

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WorkWeek 8-12-21 CCSF Privatization Protest, Public Education Under Attack, Anti-Asian Racist Attacks
https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio/ww-8-12-21-ccsf-privatization-protest

WorkWeek hears from a protest held against the San Francisco City College Board of Trustees president Shanell Williams. The continuing cutbacks and shutdown of campuses at San Francisco City College led to a protest this week at an event to cancel the debt of SF City College Boad president Shanell Williams. WorkWeek looks at the attack on public education through charters and the PAR program in public schools. This is from a panel that was held during LaborFest.net in July 2021.

We will also hear about the history of Japanese Peruvians who during the 2nd World War were kidnapped by the FBI and brought to the US to use as exchange prisoners with the Japanese. We will also hear about the rise of racism against Asians and Asian Americans. With the rise of xenophobia and racism in the US and around the world we look at the role of the FBI in kidnapping Japanese Peruvians during the 2nd World War to bring to the US to be used as exchange prisoners with Japan. Grace Shimizu whose parents were part of this kidnapping talks about this action and the struggle for justice today. We also talk about the rise of racism and xenophobia.

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§Tumka Looked To Obama and Democrats For Direction
by WorkWeek
Monday Aug 16th, 2021 10:16 AM
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Richard Trumka former AFL-CIO refused mobilize the AFL-CIO to support the "War Zone" striking and locked out workers.
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WorkWeek covers the protest at a fund raiser of CCSF Board President Shanell Williams who has voted to layoff hundreds of faculty, shutdown programs and close campuses.
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