January 20, 2010
Jason Fornicola
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New Labor Activism Book "A New New Deal" to Be Discussed on "Inside Government"

WASHINGTON—Labor’s new activism book “A New New Deal: How Regional Activism Will Reshape the American Labor Movement” will be discussed this week on the American Federation of Government Employees’ (AFGE) “Inside Government” radio program. The show will air on Friday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. EST nationwide on Federal News Radio at and 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C., area.

Amy Dean, who co-wrote the book with David Reynolds, will go inside the labor movement to address the biggest issues facing U.S. labor unions. Dean will argue that labor’s power comes from regional activism and engages people throughout the community, not just at the workplace. Dean also will detail labor’s three legs of regional power building: research and policy development, deep coalitions, and aggressive political action.

But first, listeners will hear from AFGE U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Local 1534 First Vice President Willy Hardin, who will describe the contracting out issues at USAID. Hardin also will detail the climate of retaliation in the workplace, and what his local is doing to combat it.

Rick Smith, host of “The Rick Smith Show,” then will discuss the current health care debate, labor history, and radio’s impact on the labor movement.

“Inside Government” is hosted by AFGE Assistant General Counsel J. Ward Morrow. Programs are archived on the Federal News Radio Web site and can be heard on demand at or Please note there will be a short advertisement prior to the start of the program. The program also is available via iTunes podcast by clicking here. Users must install iTunes on their computers before accessing “Inside Government” via podcast.

Listeners also can follow the program on Facebook (AFGE Inside Government) and Twitter (@afgeradioshow).

For instructions on how to listen to “Inside Government,” click here.

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