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Improving Safety at Refineries - April 17, 2019

No one in Skagit forgets the explosion at the Tesoro refinery in 2010 that killed 7 people. Investigators decided that that disaster was preventable. The United Steel Workers' Union representing refinery workers has been working for years to increase safety practices at refineries, without much success - until now. A coalition of several unions, and environmental organizations under the banner of the Blue Green Alliance has influenced the Dept. of Labor and Industry to rewrite the rules governing refinery safety practices. California has already made similar changes in what is called "Process Safety Management," greasing the skids for Washington.

In this interview, Ginny Wolff talks with Dr. Michael Wilson, National Director for Occupational and Environmental Health at the BlueGreen Alliance; Steve Garey, retired refinery worker, former president of USW Local 12-591 and BlueGreen Alliance member; and Mary Ruth Holder, retired lawyer with experience in environmental law in Texas, and community member representing Evergreen Islands, to tell us the story. They will hold an informational event on Thursday, May 2, 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Burlington Community/Senior Center at 1011 Greenleaf Ave. Burlington, where the public can learn about this complicated issue in ways that can be understood, and how they can participate in making public comments supporting new safety regulations at all Washington State refineries.

You Tube Video by Faultlines on Tesoro Tragedy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPQonTkUw6o

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Sakuma Farm Issue - July 30,2014

After the first anniversary of a strike by Sakuma farmworkers, host jim justice speaks with Steve Sakuma about the farm he co-owns and his goals for the future. Rosalinda Guillen of Community to Community in Bellingham and Ramon Torres, President of Families United for Justice chose to not comment. Hear that others are reticent to speak and why. Hear about other farmers in the area being collateral damage from a blog post by farmer Martin Burwash. A farmworker and her daughter give their point of view. Be reminded of the parable of the blind men and the elephant. Please listen with an open heart.

http://sakumabros.com

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Skagit Human Rights Festival Looks at Defending Water and Labor - March 14, 2012

SUSO co-hosts Ginny Wolff speaks with Sandra Spargo and Kay McDonnell about Defending Water during the first half of the show: the upcoming event on March 22nd, 7pm at the Lincoln Theatre will feature a screening of Tapped and some conversation about Skagit water rights and the proposed bottling plant in Anacortes. During the second half of the show, co-host Jodie Buller talks with labor activists Rich Austin and Steve Garey about how unions support all workers, organized or not. The March 29 evening on Labor (also at 7pm at the Lincoln) will feature two short films, Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor council AFL-CIO, and a panel of labor leaders.

http://www.skagithrf.wordpress.com

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Working Stories - September 14, 2011

Workers, current and retired from all over the United States, talk about their work - both assigned tasks, and other things - that become a part of the job.

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Labor Talk Today part 2 - August 17,2011

Today we host Part II of "Labor Talk Today" produced by a group of local leaders. Craig Jones, of the international Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 191, speaks with Rich Ewing and Rachel McKibben of the Teamsters Local No. 231, and Ken Winkes, a retired educator. They discuss how the recent debt limit crisis affects working people, and give us some perspective on the history of unions locally.

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Labor Talk Today - June 29, 2011

This special broadcast on Speak Up! Speak Out! features a group of local Labor leaders holding a discussion which could also be called "Labor Unions 101." This show, which we hope will be pilot of a longer series on labor, was coordinated and edited by Janet McKinney. Our guest interviewer is Rich Ewing. Rich is speaking with Leonard Kelley of the Teamsters, Local 231, and Craig Jones of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 191.

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