FROM Kristopher Hanson
Dock Workers Shut Down Ports in Protest against the War As thousands of protesters flooded onto Broadway in downtown Los Angeles today in Mayday protests in support of immigration reform, tens of thousands of longshoremen from Seattle to San Diego walked off the job today as another mayday protest to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. On the waterfront, all was quiet from 8am to 5pm as the dayshift longshoremen stayed home. This is reportedly to protest the war in Iraq, but there were no signs of protest, just empty cranes and trucks.
Labor Negotiators Continue Port Clerical Contract Talks The strike deadline of midnight this morning has long passed for office workers at the biggest port complex in the country. As we record this program, the clerical unit of the Longshore and Warehouse Union is still talking to fourteen shipping firms who operate at the Ports of LA and Long Beach.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.