The BCTGM Voices Project
029: LIVE Panel Discussion from #BCTGM2022 on the Impact of Social Media

029: LIVE Panel Discussion from #BCTGM2022 on the Impact of Social Media

September 14, 2022

Recorded LIVE on August 1st during the 41st Constitutional Convention: BCTGM Digital Media Director Michelle Ellis moderates a panel discussion from the stage with input from International Staff Members Andrew Gutierrez and Jared Cummings, and BCTGM Local 218 Business Manager Chantel Mendenhall.

The group offers lessons learned from using social media to engage members, leverage awareness in the historic 2021 strikes, and the challenges that arise when using it in organizing.

028: #CornNutsStrike Local 85 Fin. Secy. Jerry Gil and Shop Steward Larry Cuevas Discuss the Issues

028: #CornNutsStrike Local 85 Fin. Secy. Jerry Gil and Shop Steward Larry Cuevas Discuss the Issues

August 26, 2022

BCTGM Local 85 (Sacramento, Calif.) Fin. Secy. Jerry Gil and Corn Nuts Facility Shop Steward Larry Cuevas discuss the health insurance issues surrounding the ULP #CornNutsStrike.

Check out the Public Facebook Page, Corn Nuts Workers On Strike to keep up with their stories, and go to bit.ly/CornNutsStrike to learn how you can support.

027: #IngredionStrike Local 100G Fin. Secy. Ryan Hocke and Committee Member Chris Eby Discuss the Issues

027: #IngredionStrike Local 100G Fin. Secy. Ryan Hocke and Committee Member Chris Eby Discuss the Issues

August 10, 2022

BCTGM Local 100G (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) Fin. Secy. Ryan Hocke and Negotiating Committee Member Chris Eby discuss the over-scheduling, job elimination and wage issues surrounding the #IngredionStrike.

Check out the Public Facebook Group, BCTGM 100G - Ingredion Cedar Rapids - On Strike! to keep up with their stories, and go to bit.ly/IngredionStrike to learn how you can support.

026: Reflecting on the Hershey Campaign  |  A Discussion with Workers and Organizers

026: Reflecting on the Hershey Campaign | A Discussion with Workers and Organizers

April 20, 2022

On March 24th, workers at the Hershey facility in Stuarts Draft, Virginia ultimately voted NOT to unionize with BCTGM by a count of 843 to 225. In this episode, worker committee members Jim Gibson and Janice Taylor join BCTGM staff organizers to reflect on the campaign.

025: Digital Insights: ”Who Am I Even Talking To?” | A Discussion About AUDIENCES

025: Digital Insights: ”Who Am I Even Talking To?” | A Discussion About AUDIENCES

February 26, 2022

Digital Media Dir. Michelle Ellis runs through a list of ten AUDIENCES to consider when posting on social media: The advantages of engaging each group and content we can post in order to connect with each one.

024: ”Hands off Workers’ Benefits!” Local 22 Takes on UNFI/Cub Foods in the Midwest

024: ”Hands off Workers’ Benefits!” Local 22 Takes on UNFI/Cub Foods in the Midwest

February 23, 2022

Throughout the last several months of contract negotiations, Local 22 in Minneapolis, Minn. has been fighting back demands by UNFI/Cub Foods to take the quality UNION retirement and health care benefits from BCTGM members who work in their bakeries.

 

In this episode, we get the full scoop from the Local President Wally Borgan and UNFI/Cub Foods Bakery Manager/Local 22 Bargaining Committee member Amy Nelson: What exactly is being proposed and the direct effect those proposed changes would have on Amy’s family.

 

In addition to sharing this recording with your networks, you can support their struggle by sending an email to UNFI/Cub Foods execs via their action network. campaign.

023: Digital Insights: Social Media Progress We Made in 2021, Lessons Learned and a Vision for Year Ahead

023: Digital Insights: Social Media Progress We Made in 2021, Lessons Learned and a Vision for Year Ahead

January 31, 2022

Digital Media Dir. Michelle Ellis applies tips from Digital Insights Episode 8: “We Are What We Consistently Do”, determining whether the Podcast is producing desired outcomes from the proposal submitted to leadership in 2020. We discuss lessons learned through worker action, social media progress we made and renew our intentions for the coming year.

 

Highlights: 

  • Three Podcast guests who took on more responsibility 2021
  • Members who are becoming the teachers
  • Facebook Groups as a tool for solidarity in mobilization
022: BCTGM Organizing Dir. John Price and Hearthside Foods Worker Jason Maynard on Hanging in There and Organizing in 2021

022: BCTGM Organizing Dir. John Price and Hearthside Foods Worker Jason Maynard on Hanging in There and Organizing in 2021

January 6, 2022

One year after recording our very first episode of the BCTGM Voices Project, Organizing Director John Price returns for a full Organizing update on the year 2021.

Joining the discussion is Jason Maynard, a worker at the non-union Hearthside Foods facility in McComb, Ohio which BCTGM has been trying to Organize since the 1990's. Jason recalls egregious union-busting tactics and harrowing safety concerns on the account of his employer. All-too-common stories which paint the perfect picture of why Labor Law must be reformed to better protect workers in the United States.

021: #RichProductsPoorWorkers: Shop Steward Julissa Marquez on the Jon Donaire Strike

021: #RichProductsPoorWorkers: Shop Steward Julissa Marquez on the Jon Donaire Strike

November 18, 2021

Local 37 (Los Angeles, Calif.) Shop Steward Julissa Marquez discusses the unfair wage, overtime and pension issues surrounding the Jon Donaire strike.

“LIKE” the Rich’s Union Members Appreciation Facebook Page to keep up with their stories!

020: Kellogg‘s on STRRR-IKE! Workers Share Their Stories, Solidarity Across Picket Lines & Deep Gratitude for their Supportive Communities

020: Kellogg‘s on STRRR-IKE! Workers Share Their Stories, Solidarity Across Picket Lines & Deep Gratitude for their Supportive Communities

October 18, 2021

A follow-up to the previous episode with East-Central Region Vice Pres. Roger Miller – in this recording the workers give their inside take on the #KelloggStrike from every location.

We hear from:

  • Local 252G, Memphis, Tenn.: Local Vice Pres./Kellogg’s Unitizer Operator Kevin Bradshaw
  • Local 50G, Omaha, Neb.: BCTGM Member/Kellogg’s Coater Operator Victor Francia
  • Local 3G, Battle Creek, Mich.: Kellogg’s Crew Leader Heather Greene & Head Proccessing Operator Donivan Williams
  • Local 374G, Lancaster, Pa.: BCTGM Member/Kellogg’s Extruder Operator Andy Johnson

 

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Featured Music: Never Cross a Picket Line, Billy Bragg

 

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