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On this edition of Your Call, Christopher Leonard will discuss his new book, Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America

Steven Greenhouse On The Past, Present & Future of American Labor

Sep 11, 2019

On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with labor reporter Steven Greenhouse about his new book, Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present and Future of American Labor.

On A Corner In San Rafael, Day Laborers Wait — And Worry

Aug 21, 2019
Ninna Gaensler-Debs

You’ve probably seen them: groups of men looking for work, standing in front of Home Depot or waiting on corners of busy thoroughfares. These men are day laborers, looking for short-term work ranging from gardening to painting. 

Jim Mone / AP Images

On this edition of Your Call, we discuss Amazon's labor practices. Amazon workers are planning to strike in a Minnesota fulfillment center next Monday, the first day of Prime Day, and one of Amazon’s busiest shopping days. 

Liza Veale / KALW

Farmworkers employed by one of the biggest fruit growers in the country have officially ousted the United Farm Workers, the union founded by Cesar Chavez. Why would so many workers vote against unionizing, especially in a place where the farmworker movement has such a strong legacy? Was the election fair?

George Birch / Associated Press

The story of the United Farm Workers’ dwindling ranks is a lot bigger than the latest election at Gerawan Farming, where it was decertified. The union has been shrinking for decades. They’re not alone. Most unions have been shrinking since the ‘80s. But the details of the UFW’s rise and fall are not well known.

Teresa Cotsirilos / KALW

Latino workers are more likely to die at work than anyone else, and immigrant workers can be particularly at risk.

Harassment, Bullying & Sexual Harassment

May 8, 2019

  This week, on May 8, 2019, in conjunction with the Labor & Employment Law Section of the California Lawyers Association, we will discuss Employment Law -- in particular, HARASSMENT, BULLYING AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE. YLR On-air Host, criminal law specialist Jeff Hayden, welcomes Matthew Wayne, of the Armstrong Law Firm, SanFrancisco CA; Philip I Person, Greenberg Traurig Law, San Francisco CA. Both guests appear courtesy of the Labor and Employment section of the California Lawyers Association. Questions/comments for Jeff's guest specialists?

Saying goodbye to the Mission's Lucca Ravioli

Apr 18, 2019
Bo Walsh / KALW

In this Audiograph, we head to Lucca Ravioli, a San Francisco landmark since 1925. After being in business on the corner of 22nd and Valencia Streets for almost a century, the building went up for sale and the longtime Italian market & delicatessen is closing its doors. At the end of this month, the familiar hand painted signs on the storefront will be coming down.

Roe Rivano Barros

The rideshare company Lyft recently launched its public offering and Uber is expected to do the same this month. Some drivers on those platforms are taking this opportunity to tell the companies and investors that they’re getting organized and want to see improvements in their working conditions. 

Photo courtest of M. Klein Stahl and K. Schatz/modified from original

Times like these call for radical ideas. But is being a radical a positive thing? And if so, why are so many radicals seen as dangerous?

Employment Law 101

Mar 13, 2019

In conjunction with The Labor & Employment Section of the California Lawyers Association, Your Legal Rights presents "Employment Law 101 -- Choosing a lawyer in a highly specialized marketplace." Your Legal Rights host Jeff Hayden, a Certified Criminal Law Specialist, welcomes Jessica Riggin, Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP, San Francisco, CA; Lisa Lawson, Pennington Lawson, San Francisco; Ellen Mendelson, Esq., with Law Office of Ellen A Mendelson, San Francisco. We take a look at one of the most diverse and highly specialized areas of legal practice. Questions for Jeff's guests?

Liza Veale / KALW

Oakland public school teachers ended their strike, last week, after winning some but not all of their demands. It was the latest in a year full of labor activism. To find out what it takes to strike and win, we break down one of the most successful fights of last year: the Marriott strike.

Courtesy of the All City Council Student Union

Oakland teachers won a big pay increase. But over 40% of union members voted not to take the deal, saying it didn’t meet enough of their demands. What’s next for Oakland’s school district, and for the labor movement?

Labor Law 101

Jan 9, 2019

  We continue our consumer legal education with a look at Labor Law.  Courtesy of the Labor and Employment Section of the California Lawyers Association, Jeff Hayden introduces Labor Law 101 and welcomes Tom Lenz and Jill Coffman. Questions for Tom and Jill? Please call toll-free 866-798-8255. 

New Employment Laws for 2019

Dec 19, 2018

  Employment Law 102 -- New employment laws for 2019. Your Legal Rights host, Jeff Hayden, welcomes Scott Stillman, San Francisco CA, and Samson Elsbernd, Sacromento CA; both are members of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the California Lawyers Association. Questions for Jeff's guests? Please call toll-free 866-798-8255. 

Charles Edward Miller

On this edition of Your Call, we discuss this year's labor strikes.

Left: Photo by Liem Pham | Right: © <a href="">Tomas Castelazo</a> / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

  On this edition of Your Call, we discuss hotel workers’ strikes and the arrival of a caravan of asylum seekers at the US border.

On this edition of Your Call, we explore the fight to end child slavery. You probably use something every day – your coffee, your shoes, your phone – that was produced, in part, by child labor.

JoAnn DeLuna / KALW News

Hotel workers face high rates of sexual assault and harassment on the job, with over half of hotel staff in Oakland saying a guest has flashed them or opened the door naked.

On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, Mother Jones’ award winning investigative reporter Shane Bauer joins us to discuss his new book American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment.  

  Host: Jeff Hayden, certified criminal law specialist, California Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California. Jeff welcomes employment law specialists: -- Margaret Grover, Esq., Partner, Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP, Oakland, CA.  Maggie is a 30-year attorney practicing employment law and member of the Labor and Employment Section of the California Lawyers Association (CLA). -- Ellen Mendelson, Esq., San Francisco, CA. The law office of Ellen A Mendelson focuses on representing public and other employees.

Photo by Annette Bernhardt

On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with labor organizer Jane McAlevey and historian Nancy MacLean about how democracy has been undermined by big money, and how to win it back.

Liza Veale / KALW News

Many advocates say the Bay Area needs to build a lot more housing to solve its affordability crisis. Of course, that’s easier said than done, and the high cost of labor is often cited as one of the obstacles. But construction trades workers also need to live in this expensive area and they say wages, though higher than elsewhere, still barely cut it.

Amber Miles / KALW News

SF’s housing crisis is complicated. Yes, there’s a shortage of housing, but also a shortage of skilled workers. CityBuild has a mission; train local San Franciscans to fill those lucrative and much needed positions.

Last Labor Day at the Lusty Lady

Sep 5, 2018

When the Lusty Lady peep show in North Beach closed on Labor Day weekend in 2013, it was the only unionized, worker-owned sex club in the United States. To mark the five-year anniversary of the Lusty Lady’s closing, we revisit its closing days with Princess Pandora Noir, the Lusty’s former CEO, and some of the Lusty’s last customers.

Philosophy Talk: A World Without Work

Aug 31, 2018

Can we still lead productive, meaningful lives if the demand for human labor disappears?


Denver Post

  On this edition of Your Call's media roundtable, we'll discuss what happens when hedge funds and private equity firms buy newspapers. In many cases, they lay off dozens or hundreds of journalists, leaving the public with a shadow of the local news coverage they once had.

Some journalists are organizing and fighting back. They are calling for local buyers to step up, and want the public service mission of newspapers to be fulfilled.


Jason Blevins, former Denver Post writer

Photo by Joseph Thornton via Flickr, used under CC BY-SA 2.0


On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss recent reporting on the working conditions at Tesla, the manufacturer of futuristic electric cars. How has the company addressed safety?