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.
Hosts Abe Proctor and Joe Uris and the listening audience share views on Politically Correct Holiday Greetings, the LNG pipeline that's about to decimate the Mt. Hood National Forest, and other topics of interest.
Ruth was joined Thai. He’s been out of prison for a few years and they talked about the problems of trying to get a life again. Fortunately he has a few friends that help him, but finding employment has been a struggle. Thai shared his insights about what it is like to be an ex-con.