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Today on Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

Nov 30, 2012
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Ali Budner

San Francisco’s Measure A passed yesterday, which means City College will get much needed funds. Prop 30 also passed, meaning Californians taxed themselves more than 6 billion dollars to help pay for public education.

House Committee on Education

It’s been almost two decades since Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. signed the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. When then-president Bill Clinton signed it, he told Congress that the agreement was the only correct response to the world’s rapidly changing economy. As a border state and a major agricultural producer, California has a big stake in NAFTA. 

U.C. Berkeley geography professor Harley Shaiken has written extensively on the agreement, and he spoke with KALW's Holly Kernan about what NAFTA has meant for this state.

On today's Your Call, on Labor Day, we’ll have a conversation with Simon Cordery, author of “Mother Jones: Raising Cain and Consciousness.” In 1902, she was called the most dangerous woman in America for her effective and creative labor organizing. How did she organize workers in early 20th century? And want can what can we learn from her activism? It’s Your Call, with me Rose Aguilar.

Guests:

Simon Cordery, chair of the History Department at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois.

Independent workers seek communal workspaces

Jun 18, 2012
Irene Florez

Instead of working alone, independent workers—freelancers, contractors, independent consultants and temps—are increasingly joining co-working spaces. These are collaborative work environments where independents can rent desk and meeting space down to the hour. Roughly like a gym membership, at co-working spaces, you pack your laptop instead of your sweats.

In Oakland, 2012 is the boom year for formally expanding the prevailing cubicle-centered notions of work and worker archetypes. By the end of the year, Oakland will have at least four formal co-working spaces. 

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