The Rick Smith Show for 6-23-2017

June 23, 2017

Live from the American Federation of Teachers Pennsylvnia convention in Harrisburg, PA.  Rick is joined by AFTPA President Ted Kirsch, AFT Leaders,  AFT Staff members and teachers to talk education and what the political environment is doing to education. 

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The Rick Smith Show for 6-22-2017

June 22, 2017

Paul Secunda, Professor of Law and Director, Labor and Employment Law Program at Marquette University joins Rick to discuss the massive stealth policy shift happening in the Trump White House and with the Department of Labor as the policy pendulum swings further to the side of employers and the wealthy and away from workers.  What does this mean for hard working America’s trying to make ends meet?

Helaine Olen, author and journalist, One of Business Insider’s “50 Women Who Are Changing the World” joins Rick to discuss the Republican’s Obamacare replacement plan and explain what kind of a financial nightmare this will cause as it shreds the American social safety net and leaves millions vulnerable and desperate.

Sam Berger, Senior Policy Advisor at the Center for American Progress joins Rick to discuss what is in the Republican Repeal and Replace plan and explain how this massive change could affect working families across the nation and what’s left of the American social safety net. 

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Paul Secunda talks Reality Beyond the Trump Distraction for Workers

June 22, 2017

Paul Secunda, Professor of Law and Director, Labor and Employment Law Program at Marquette University joins Rick to discuss the massive stealth policy shift happening in the Trump White House and with the Department of Labor as the policy pendulum swings further to the side of employers and the wealthy and away from workers.  What does this mean for hard working America’s trying to make ends meet?

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Helaine Olen explains Horrible GOP Health Care Scheme

June 22, 2017

Helaine Olen, author and journalist, One of Business Insider’s “50 Women Who Are Changing the World” joins Rick to discuss the Republican’s Obamacare replacement plan and explain what kind of a financial nightmare this will cause as it shreds the American social safety net and leaves millions vulnerable and desperate.

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Sam Berger on AHCA’s Massive Redistribution of Wealth Upwards

June 22, 2017

Sam Berger, Senior Policy Advisor at the Center for American Progress joins Rick to discuss what is in the Republican Repeal and Replace plan and explain how this massive change could affect working families across the nation and what’s left of the American social safety net. 

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The Rick Smith Show for 6-21-2017

June 21, 2017

Irwin Aronson, labor attorney joins Rick to share his thought on the big rally in Harrisburg, PA that saw more than 1,000 Teamsters and union member converge on the state’s capital to send their message that “Right to Work laws are wrong for PA” and to explain what the recent decision by the US Supreme to take up the Wisconsin Gerrymandering case could mean for 2018.

Jeff Farmer, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Director of Organizing joins Rick to give an update from the picket lines as port truck drivers continue their strike for dignity and respect on the job as well as being properly classified as employees and what this campaign means for workers in the rest of the industry and workers across the spectrum.

 

Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, Former US Senate Candidate joins Rick to discuss the results of the special elections in Georgia and South Carolina as Democratic candidates closed the voter gap but failed to win an election.  Is this a sign of times ahead or will these moral victories prove useful in 2018?

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Irwin Aronson talks Gerrymandering Democracy

June 21, 2017

Irwin Aronson, labor attorney joins Rick to share his thought on the big rally in Harrisburg, PA that saw more than 1,000 Teamsters and union member converge on the state’s capital to send their message that “Right to Work laws are wrong for PA” and to explain what the recent decision by the US Supreme to take up the Wisconsin Gerrymandering case could mean for 2018.

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Jeff Farmer Exposes XPO Scheme

June 21, 2017

Jeff Farmer, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Director of Organizing joins Rick to give an update from the picket lines as port truck drivers continue their strike for dignity and respect on the job as well as being properly classified as employees and what this campaign means for workers in the rest of the industry and workers across the spectrum.

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John Fetterman talks Tuesday Election Result Realities

June 21, 2017

Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, Former US Senate Candidate joins Rick to discuss the results of the special elections in Georgia and South Carolina as Democratic candidates closed the voter gap but failed to win an election.  Is this a sign of times ahead or will these moral victories prove useful in 2018?

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The Rick Smith Show for 6-20-2017

June 20, 2017

Ian Millhiser, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress joins Rick to discuss the US Supreme Court taking the Wisconsin Gerrymandering case and what it could mean for democracy and to share his thoughts on how President Trump’s pick to fill the stolen SCOTUS seat might decide.  Will there be a Republican majority forever?

Andrea Chalupa, author and co-organizer of the March for Truth joins Rick to share her experience while attending the play Julius Caesar that two right-wing pranksters interrupted only to be mocked by the right and left and discuss why investigating Russian meddling is so important to democracy.

Rick talks with Jeff Farmer, Teamster’s Organizing Director, Greg Chalkley, Teamster’s port driver’s campaign coordinator, and Jack Curran, Teamster’s Eastern Region organizing coordinator about the recent strike by West Coast port truck drivers fed up of misclassification, exploitation, and intimidation who are fighting for dignity and respect and the right to a reasonable wage.  Read the USA Today investigative article on the Port Drivers plight

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Ian Millhiser explains Why SCOTUS taking Gerrymandering Case is So Important

June 20, 2017

Ian Millhiser, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress joins Rick to discuss the US Supreme Court taking the Wisconsin Gerrymandering case and what it could mean for democracy and to share his thoughts on how President Trump’s pick to fill the stolen SCOTUS seat might decide.  Will there be a Republican majority forever?

 

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Andrea Chalupa on Julius Caesar and the Right

June 20, 2017

Andrea Chalupa, author and co-organizer of the March for Truth joins Rick to share her experience while attending the play Julius Caesar that two right-wing pranksters interrupted only to be mocked by the right and left and discuss why investigating Russian meddling is so important to democracy.

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Teamsters Standing with Port Drivers On Strike Demanding Dignity and Respect

June 20, 2017

Rick talks with Jeff Farmer, Teamster’s Organizing Director, Greg Chalkley, Teamster’s port driver’s campaign coordinator, and Jack Curran, Teamster’s Eastern Region organizing coordinator about the recent strike by West Coast port truck drivers fed up of misclassification, exploitation, and intimidation who are fighting for dignity and respect and the right to a reasonable wage.  Read the USA Today investigative article on the Port Drivers plight

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The Rick Smith Show for 6-19-2017

June 19, 2017

Propane Jane joins Rick to discuss the right-wing reaction to the horribly tragic shooting during a baseball practice of congressional Republicans and staffers and discuss how extremist rhetoric has created a powder keg in society.

David Swanson, director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator of RootsAction.org joins Rick to share his thoughts on the Russia investigation and discuss why he believes Americans should visit Russia.

Michael Filler, Director of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Public Services Division joins Rick to preview the upcoming rally and worker lobbying day in Pennsylvania as members from across the Commonwealth descend on the state capital to fight back against the #NoRightsAtWork agenda.

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Propane Jane on Realities of Extremist Rhetoric & Right-Wing Victimhood

June 19, 2017

Propane Jane joins Rick to discuss the right-wing reaction to the horribly tragic shooting during a baseball practice of congressional Republicans and staffers and discuss how extremist rhetoric has created a powder keg in society.

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David Swanson on Why Americans should visit Russia.

June 19, 2017

David Swanson, director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator of RootsAction.org joins Rick to share his thoughts on the Russia investigation and discuss why he believes Americans should visit Russia.

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Michael Filler talks Teamsters Fighting #NoRightsAtWork Agenda

June 19, 2017

Michael Filler, Director of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Public Services Division joins Rick to preview the upcoming rally and worker lobbying day in Pennsylvania as members from across the Commonwealth descend on the state capital to fight back against the #NoRightsAtWork agenda.

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The Rick Smith Show for 6-14-2017

June 14, 2017

Ed Wytkind, President of the Transpiration Trades Department of the AFL-CIO joins Rick to discuss what’s right, and what’s really wrong with President Trump’s infrastructure plan and explain how can, and must do better for the future of the nation and its workers.

Frank Clemente, Executive Director of Americans for Tax Fairness joins Rick to explain how under the cover of the Russia/Comey/Sessions/Trump cloud the Senate Republicans are moving forward on an ObamaCare repeal that will leave millions uninsured and vulnerable while shifting billions in tax breaks to the wealthiest American’s in a move that even Donald Trump has called “mean.”  Help stop the “mean” Republicans by signing the petition.

Stephen Herzenberg, Executive Director of the Keystone Research Center joins Rick to explain the details of the latest Pension “Reform” bill to be signed into law and what the most recent changes will mean for the state’s retirees, and current and future state employees going forward and to answer the simple question of, “Is this the end of the attacks on Pennsylvania state employees or will there be more coming.”

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Ed Wytkind talks Infrastructure

June 14, 2017

Ed Wytkind, President of the Transpiration Trades Department of the AFL-CIO joins Rick to discuss what’s right, and what’s really wrong with President Trump’s infrastructure plan and explain how can, and must do better for the future of the nation and its workers.

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Frank Clemente talks TrumpCare

June 14, 2017

Frank Clemente, Executive Director of Americans for Tax Fairness joins Rick to explain how under the cover of the Russia/Comey/Sessions/Trump cloud the Senate Republicans are moving forward on an ObamaCare repeal that will leave millions uninsured and vulnerable while shifting billions in tax breaks to the wealthiest American’s in a move that even Donald Trump has called “mean.”  Help stop the “mean” Republicans by signing the petition.

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