(Update: Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network also will carry the broadcast)
To many union members, collective bargaining rights and the right to organize are hard-won, sacred treasures. But some in the business community see those as impediments to making our states competitive.
Now, public and private sector unions are under fire. Lawmakers in states like Wisconsin and Ohio want to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights. Meanwhile, the conversation has begun about Right to Work laws, a mainstay of the South but long considered impossible in Great Lakes states.
Changing Gears invites you to join our conversation about those issues. Tune in next TUESDAY March 8 at 2 pm ET/1 pm CT for “Hard Labor,” a call-in program that will look at the situation from all angles.
You can hear the show on Changing Gears stations WBEZ in Chicago, Michigan Radio and ideastream Cleveland. It also will be carried by Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network — the first time WPR has teamed up with Changing Gears.
Steve Edwards of WBEZ will host, and Changing Gears senior editor Micki Maynard will be in the studio.
Our guests will include nationally known labor experts Gary Chaison, professor of industrial relations at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., and Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of Labor Education Research at Cornell University. We’ll also talk to business leaders and union members in our states. And we want to talk to you.
While the show is on the air, we’ll hold a LIVE CHAT here at ChangingGears.info. Drop in and give your thoughts on these emotional, historical and economic issues that are so vital to the future of our region.
Meanwhile, keep listening for reports from Changing Gears on this fast developing situation.