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IFPTE20 March For Science -Denialists/Charters, Workers Memorial Day & OSHA MayDay ILWU
WorkWeek reports on the March For Science and the IFPTE Local 20 participation of hundreds in SF. It also looks at the climate denialists running publicly funded charter schools. WorkWeek then discusses Workers Memorial Day with former OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program investigator and lawyer Darrell Whitaman. WorkWeek also looks at the history of May Day and the ILWU 10 action on May Day 2017
WW4-25-17 IFPTE20 Marches For Science In SF -Denialists & Charters, Workers Memorial Day and OSHA and May Day Action By ILWU Local 10
WorkWeek Radio hears about the April 22, 2017 March For Science rally of 20,000 with IFPTE Local 20 member Kathy Setian and delegate to the SF Labor Council who was one of the speakers in San Francisco. She discusses why hundreds of their members joined the march to protect their jobs, the science and the protection of the environment. Next WorkWeek hears from Nina Deerfield who is a member of the Palomar Community College School Board and Defend Public Education Now who discusses the climate denialists at publicly funded charter schools and how religion is now being brought into the schools with public funding.
WorkWeek also looks at the commemoration of Workers Memorial Day with former OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program investigator and lawyer Darrell Whitman. Whitman who also a member of AFGE talks about his thwarted efforts to protect workers who were retaliated against for making health and safety complaints and also the systemic corruption of the Department of Labor including former DOL secretary Tom Perez and others. He also also written a letter to his union president David Cox about the need of the national union to protect whistleblowers in government agencies.
WorkWeek then looks at the history of May Day with labor historian Gifford Hartman who works with LaborFest.net and the connection of the ILWU Local 10. He talks about the first May Day in 1886 in Chicago and the slogan An Injury to One Is An Injury To All today.
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US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos wants to destroy public education with vouchers and charters and bring in religion to all public schools
Former OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program investigator and lawyer Darrell Whitman was thwarted by DOL officials from protecting workers who make health and safety complaints. He and other AFGE members in San Francisco were bullied, retaliated against and fired. He talks about the difficulty of health and safety whistleblowers.
A graphic in 1934 during the San Francisco longshore and west coast maritime strike called for a general strike. ILWU Local 10 and Local 34 members will be holding a stop work meeting on May Day 2017