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Instead of working just one job for a single employer, more and more of us are becoming gig workers: people who consult, freelance, contract, temp, and do jobs on-call. The number of Americans with these alternative work arrangements has been growing steadily over the last ten years. 

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Freelancing is an old concept, but disputes are cropping up left and right between gig workers and the companies that hire them.

The Bridge: Life after NUMMI

Aug 5, 2016
Kyle Trefny

We wrap up the first season of The Bridge with one of our favorite stories - about the aftermath of the closure of the NUMMI car factory in Fremont, California.

Weekend Go-Tos for July 22, 2016

Jul 22, 2016
Clody Cates

Let us help you make the most of the upcoming sunny weekend with our recommendations of unique and cheap things to do around the Bay Area.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, May 24, 2016

May 24, 2016
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Acting SF police chief meets with Bayview community leaders // SF Gate

“Acting San Francisco police Chief Toney Chaplin faced tough questioning by Bayview community leaders Monday evening where residents asked for answers in last week’s officer-involved shooting that led to former Chief Greg Suhr’s resignation.

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Cesar Chavez is remembered for leading the struggle to reform labor laws for exploited workers. The United Farm Workers Movement grabbed the attention of the world as Chavez organized nonviolent protests, grape boycotts, hunger strikes and marches throughout California — ultimately leading to many improvements for farm workers.

Laura Flynn

 

On the April 27th of Your Call, we’ll discuss the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) faculty strike. 

Daily news roundup for Thursday, April 21, 2016

Apr 21, 2016
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Sharp concerns over crowded ballot // Capitol Weekly

"California’s clogged, high-stakes November ballot is riveting voters’ attention – and raising fears among those who have to count the votes.

Taskrabbit.com


For about a third of Americans, regular hours and benefits are giving way to a patchwork of contracting, temping, and moonlighting. The way we make a living is changing.

THE INTERSECTION: The Tenderloin's union hall

Feb 16, 2016
David Boyer

THE INTERSECTION looks at change in the Bay Area through physical intersections and street corners — where different cultures, desires and histories meet every day.

Season one focuses on Golden Gate Avenue and Leavenworth Street in the Tenderloin, a neighborhood that some feel is changing, while others feel it’s getting worse. What you’ll hear this is season is what producer David Boyer found while spending the better part a year getting to know the people who live and work nearby. This is episode three — listen to more.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Jan 20, 2016
Photo credit: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle

 Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Lee vetoes S.F.’s proposed rolling-stop law for bicyclists // SF Gate

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Dec 16, 2015
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Interview: Steven Hill

Dec 1, 2015
Courtesy of Steven Hill

The Sharing Economy is a term we’ve heard a lot in the past couple of years, with companies like Uber, AirBnb, and Taskrabbit on the rise.

Svetlana Cvetko

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

The Spot: Work on the Waterfront

Nov 5, 2015
Lu Olkowski

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers... 


Dogtown Redemption

On the October 15th edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with Amir Soltani about his new documentary Dogtown Redemption, which gives a voice to three recyclers in West Oakland. He’ll be joined by one of the recyclers, Landon Goodwin. 

9/28 - Coming to America

Sep 29, 2015


Employment Law: New Paid Sick Leave Law Issues.
Guests: Employment Law attorneys -- Chaya Mandelbaum and Jonathan Judge.
Listeners with questions for Chuck's guests, please call 1-866-798-8255.
 

  

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.

Peiyu Liu / flickr

 Have longer hours and more responsibilities become the new norm in the American workplace? 

The Spot: Every heart has a limited amount of heartbeats

Aug 20, 2015

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...


Mediation of Labor & Employment Law cases and disputes.
Guests:  Labor & Employment Law attorneys Mark Rudy and Lisa Klerman who now specialize as Mediators. Listeners with questions for Chuck's guests, please call 1-866-798-8255.
Also, this Wednesday, July 29, is our monthly Call-A-Lawyer Night. So, while Your Legal Rights broadcasts on 91.7 FM (online kalw.org), attorneys are available 7 'til 8pm for off-the-air for private/no-fee consultation on a wide variety of legal issues: 1-800-525-9917.

  

On the July 1st edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about labor laws and how they affect the explosion of independent contractors. 

City of Oakland

More than three months after Oakland implemented a higher minimum wage, the city is working to enforce the new law. Yet, job postings have been placed on Craigslist advertising positions that pay below the legal minimum wage of $12.25 per hour, some receiving dozens of applications. How is the city responding to this kind of confusion?

Prospects for a regional minimum wage

Jun 24, 2015
Cecille Isidro

KALW's Jack Detsch spoke with opponents and proponents of a regional minimum wage in the Bay Area. He and Hana Baba sat down to talk about at what's next.

On June 16th edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about why the House recently rejected President Obama’s secret trade agenda. More than 2000 civil society organizations including labor, and environmental groups, have campaigned against the TPP. They argue that it will harm workers in the US and abroad and will over rides domestic laws. What do you want to know about the TPP? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

Dean Baker, macro economist, and co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research

Angela Johnston

On April 1st, the lunch line at the Golden Corral Buffet in Tracy snaked out the door. It was full of people who hadn’t seen each other in over five years.

City Visions: Fighting for Fifteen in the Bay Area

May 26, 2015
www.oaklandlocal.com

Host David Onek and guests discuss the Bay Area's Fight for Fifteen labor movement. Is a $15/hour minimum wage on the horizon for fast food and other low wage workers? Will fast food workers unionize?  And what do rising regional minimum wages mean for the movement?

Guests:

-Jenny Lin, Deputy Director of East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, an Oakland non-profit dedicated to advancing economic, racial, and social justice in the East Bay.

Library of Congress

March 31 is César Chávez Day. Chávez is remembered as a champion of migrant workers who harvest the nation’s food. He helped create the United Farmworkers Union; He led boycotts, marches, and protests - fought for fair wages for farmworkers. Today, we aired an episode of BackStory with The American History Guys that’s all about the fair wage. And a note to our listeners, this program was made in 2014, so references go back to the original air date.

To listen to the original episode of BackStory, visit their website

Living Wage: Profile of a low-wage earner

Mar 16, 2015
D'Wana Stewart

D’Wana Stewart is a native San Franciscan. She graduated from June Jordan School for Equity, a small high school on the southeast side of the city. Now 24, she's working three jobs and shares a home with her mother – it’s the only way she’s been able to stay in San Francisco. We spent a week with D’wana, to get a sense of her life, living on the minimum wage.

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