Wednesday, April 09, 2008


KKCR program Thursday on Superferry shipbuilder labor disputes... and more

by Larry Geller

From a program note emailed today by Katy Rose. I'm curious to hear more on why the Superferry spent so much time last month in drydock:

As you may be aware, Hawai’i Superferry shipbuilder Austal is embroiled in two ugly labor disputes at their Mobile, Alabama shipyard.

The workers at Austal are engaged in a bitter fight to gain union recognition and collective bargaining rights.  At the same time, 22 former and current Austal employees have filed a racial discrimination suit against Austal for deplorable treatment of African American workers. 

Tomorrow, April 10, 2008,  at 4 PM HST on KKCR, Jimmy Trujillo and I will be joined by phone from Mobile, Alabama by Swan Cleveland, union organizer for the Sheetmetal workers’ union engaged in the union drive at Austal, and Wayne Jenkins, a welder employed by Austal who knows EXACTLY what when wrong with the Superferry and WHY it was in drydock!

Please tune in to get the scoop on Hawai’i Superferry and Austal, and to get ideas about how we can forge a strong solidarity campaign to support workers in Alabama who are facing discrimination and put pressure on Hawai’i Superferry to stand up for workers’ rights!

KKCR can be heard at 90.9, 91.9, 92.7, or on the web at  (If you have a question you would like to submit for our interview, please email me at, or in the studio at

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