Svetlana Cvetko

 On the November 12th edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss modern day capitalism.


On the September 16th edition of  Your Call, author Caroline Fredrickson joins us to talk about her new book Under the Bus, How working women are being run over.

Labor and Employment Law: Trends with Labor Relations, Unions, and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Guests: Labor and Employment Law Attorneys -- Thomas Lenz (who  represents employers) and Caren Sencer (who represents labor unions and employees).
Listeners with questions for Chuck and his guests, please call 415-841-4134.

Isabel Angell

Over half of Bay Area residents support a ban on transit strikes, bucking the region’s pro-union reputation, reveals a new Field Poll. The rest of the state is split, but more Californians still believe public transit workers should have the right to strike.

Labor Notes


If you're still trying to understand what exactly BART and its unions are fighting over, you're not alone. Obviously, the fight is over compensation, but many of us are unclear as to what each party is really asking of the other. Even bargaining representatives on both sides are having a hard time agreeing on the factual differences between their own proposals. Last Wednesday, union and management teams sat down just to clarify some of their financial assumptions — assumptions that have led to multimillion-dollar disagreements over what each side is truly proposing.

East Bay Express: Unionizing Nonprofits

Aug 8, 2013

When employees of Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco began talking about unionizing earlier this spring, their concerns centered on issues familiar to workers of all stripes: understaffed departments, increased workloads, benefit cuts, high turnover. Although an attempt to unionize in October 2010 was unsuccessful, most employees at the homeless services nonprofit believed that the effort would end differently this time around.

BART has asked a state mediator to step in and help the stalled labor talks between the Bay Area transit agency and its five unions. The mediator, which unions have welcomed as well, is scheduled to start next week. The current labor contract expires on June 30.

Labor unions have a big stake in immigration reform

May 1, 2013
Adrian Florido

As head of the 800,000-member Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, Maria Elena Durazo is one of the nation’s most powerful union leaders, and a key player in the ongoing immigration reform negotiations. But before her current post, she led a hotel workers’ union. She said one of the hardest parts of the job was convincing workers who were in the country illegally to organize. They feared they could be easily fired, and she said that fear had rippling implications.

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.

Will unions in California lose their political influence?

Oct 11, 2012

Proposition 32 is one the most controversial and polarizing measures on California's ballot. Conservatives support it. Unions are fiercely against it.

The proposition is designed to prohibit contributions made by unions and corporations directly to political candidates. It will also stop unions and corporations from automatically deducting money from employees’ paychecks to pay for political activities.

On today's Your Call, we’ll continue our election coverage with a debate on Proposition 32. If it passes, it would ban unions and corporations from extracting money from employee paychecks for political campaigns.  Supporters say it gets “special interests” out of politics.  Opponents say it unfairly targets unions and leaves exemptions for corporations.  What do you want to know about Prop 32?  Join us at 10am PST or post a comment here.  What would true campaign finance reform look like?  It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.


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On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the role of unions in the presidential elections. Unions are spending more than $400M to help reelect President Obama. How are unions using their political dollars?  And what is it getting them? Join us at 10am PST or leave a comment here. What role should unions play  in electoral politics? It’s Your, with Rose Aguilar and you.


On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about city workers’ issues.  Last week, over 1,000 San Francisco workers took to the streets to raise awareness about negotiations that include wage cuts and higher health care premiums. How are workers negotiating fair benefits? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. If you are a city employee, how are budget cuts affecting you? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Larry Bradshaw, San Francisco Vice-President of SEIU 1021 and a paramedic for the San Francisco Fire Department