Downwinder Day of Remembrance, Demon Mineral filmmakers, and AFSCME Local 1004 sounds the alarm on HB285

  • January 24, 2024
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Filmmakers point their cameras at exploitation and not just at Sundance. We'll also talk with local labor leaders about a bill they say would effectively end one of the largest unions in our right-to-work state. BONUS: ALU President Chris Smalls on national, global union efforts.

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Brad Asay and Katy Hogge of AFSCME Local 1004, the only public employee union in Utah. The Union has issued an alert about H.B. 285 -- Labor Union Amendments (Rep. Teuscher, J.), which they say would be fatal to the organization.

  • HB285: As currently drafted, the language reads: "This bill amends provisions governing public employers and labor organizations. Highlighted Provisions: This bill: requires public employee labor organizations to conduct a recertification election every three years; prohibits a public employer from deducting union dues from a public employee's wages, except in certain circumstances; prohibits using public money or public property to assist, promote, or deter union organizing or administration; prohibits a public employer from compensating a public employee for union activity, with certain exceptions; requires certain labor organizations to provide the number of members in the labor organization to a public employer upon request." To read the bill and follow it through the current legislative session, click here

Chris Smalls, president of Amazon Labor Union, was in town this week for the premier of Union, a film documenting the effort he led to unionize workers of Amazon warehouse JFK8 in Staten Island, NY. RadioACTive's Lara Jones interviewed him after a screening and got the following words of encouragement for Utah union supporters and a warning for detractors:

Filmmaker Hadley Austin talks about Demon Mineral, her documentary showing this week at Slamdance Film Festival. 

Downwinders Day of Remembrance is this weekend. RadioACTive explores the legacy of nuclear testing with HEAL Utah's Carmen Valdez, downwinder Mary Dickson, and Mark Shapiro, director of Downwind

  • Jan. 25: Downwind: A Movie Night of Awareness and Action for Downwinders with HEAL Utah, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Brewvies Cinema Pub, 677 S. 200 W., SLC. "An evening featuring a complimentary screening of 'DOWNWIND,' a powerful documentary previously showcased at Slamdance in 2023 and across the nation. Following the screening, you'll have the opportunity to engage in a panel discussion with some of the film's interviewees, film producers, and experts. This free event is open to the public, 21 years old and older." To RSVP and reserve your free seat, click here

Guests' views, thoughts, or opinions are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the board, staff, or members of Listeners' Community Radio of Utah, KRCL 90.9fm. Questions, comments, or suggestions for the show? Email Tonight's RadioACTive team included: