In Chicago, a group of two hundred fifty workers have taken over a factory, after the bosses announced that they were shutting the plant down.
The management of Republic Windows & Doors factory gave workers only three days' notice that they would all be fired, and the plant would be closed.
The workers decided to employ a tactic made popular during the Great Depression, by occupying the factory for the last three days.
KBOO's Jenka Soderberg spoke with Nelson Lichtenstein, a professor of History at the University of California who has written extensively on the history of organized labor in the US.
As the economy continues to sink into a possible depression, more people are turning to alternative methods to squeeze by. One such method is shared housing. KBOO’s Rebecca Nay spoke with Barbara Stone from The Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Shared Housing program.
Today marks the 6-month anniversary of Portland’s day labor center on Martin Luther King Boulevard.
While workers have been enthusiastic about using the center, employers have been slow to catch on to the idea.
The group has spent some of their contract money to build a new structure next to their portable trailer at the site, to shelter some of the workers from the weather, as they wait.
The center was originally conceived to get workers off street corners and into a central, clean and safe space.
It has become a target of anti-immigration protesters, who have picketed outside and even attacked workers.
This week marks the 75th anniversary of the end of Alcohol Prohibition in the U.S.
Some members of the law enforcement and legal communities are calling for the repeal of the current Prohibition on drugs.
KBOO's Jenka Soderberg has more.
The next round of state budget cuts may be setting Oregon up for even more trouble, according to the social service groups whose clients will be seeing less money to pay for services.
From the AARP to Area Agencies on Aging, to the Service Employees International Union, they say the governor’s recommendation to cut human services by 15 percent will cost federal matching money and trim jobs, at a time when the state needs both.
KBOO’s Leah Yanoff reports, in collaboration with Oregon News Service.
The United Auto Workers agreed this week to adjust their contracts with the Big Three Auto Companies.
The Union made the move to try to convince Congress that the Auto industry deserves financial aid.
But many members of Congress remained skeptical about a bailout package for the auto industry.
Senator Chris Dodd grilled executives in a hearing on Capitol Hill this afternoon, saying that the Federal Reserve could help the industry without a direct bailout package.
KBOO's Jenka Soderberg spoke with Al Benchich, an auto worker and union member from Detroit who is heading to Washington as part of a worker's caravan this weekend.
The Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters is engaged in an ongoing labor dispute with the Delta Drywall Company.
Most recently, the union held a forum with students at several universities which have contracts with Delta Drywall.
Jason Sheckler is a representative of the Council of Carpenters.
December 8 was the 28th anniversary of John Lennon's murder in New York. Dina Dickerson pays tribute to his music and politics in these segments from the Old Mole Variety Hour. Because of copyright restrictions only small parts of the songs are available here, but you can hear the last song discussed, Imagine, here.
The U.S. National Park system has a backlog of maintenance and repairs that will cost at least $8 billion, and Oregon’s 10 park units are a part of it. There is a push to get it all done by 2016 for the parks 100-year birthday. The National Parks conservation Association says stepping up the pace could be a way to create jobs and boost local economies.
KBOO's Kendall Archer reports, in collaboration with the Oregon News Service.
A temp employee working at a suburban New York Wal-Mart was trampled to death by customers early this morning.
KBOO's Alicia Mcdaid spoke to Patrick Purcell, a representative for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, about the incident.
Many liberals are angry at the voters who passed the anti-gay marriage ammendment in California in November. In this commentary, Clayton Morgareidge tries to probe the hearts and minds of those voters.
Movie Moles Jan Haaken and Frann Michel discuss the new Gus VanSant movie Milk and the documentary The Times of Harvey Milk. You can find much more to read about Milk and the films about him here. Here's' Milk speaking Gay Freedom Day in 1978:
Mark Brenner, editor of Labor Notes, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what will happen, and what should happen, in the process of saving the big 3 from the consequences of their own short-sightedness.
Then local activist Laurie King joins Bill to talk about the workers' takeover of a door manufacturing plant in Chicago and about an upcoming anti-bailout action here in Portland.