Flashpoint: Is organized labor sexy again? New Philly GOP chair; stopping child sex abuse

December 08, 2019 - 9:21 am
This week's panel includes Penn professor Ioana Marinescu, Evan Kasoff, president of Temple University Graduate Student Association and conservative talk show host Dean Malik.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about a recent wave of union organizing. In the past few weeks, employees at the NPR affiliate in Philadelphia voted to unionize. Soon thereafter, the city's public defenders voted to form a collective bargaining unit. These groups are not alone. Uber and Lyft drivers, hospitality workers at hotels and Philadelphia International airport, fast food workers and others have been organizing to push for better wages, working conditions and healthcare. 

Rev. Dr. Mark Tyler of POWER, also on this week's panel.
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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, union membership has been on the decline for decades. But Pennsylvania has seen a slight uptick in union membership in the last couple of years, bucking national trends. Why? What are the factors that push workers toward unions? Who is attracted to unions? Is this becoming a trend? Ioana Marinescu, a University of Pennsylvania professor of Public Policy joins Evan Kasoff, President of Temple University Graduate Student Association, Rev. Dr. Mark Tyler, VP of the Board of POWER and Dean Malik, lawyer and outspoken conservative talk show host in this debate.

Pennsylvania Rep. Martina White, recently named chair of the Philadelphia GOP, the first woman in the role.
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The newsmaker of the week is Pennsylvania Rep. Martina White. The two-term state house member made headlines in recent weeks when the Philadelphia GOP named her Chair. At 31, White is the first woman to fill the role. She has taken on progressive leadership, standing as the voice of opposition in a city that is 7 to 1 Democrat. White discusses her plans for raising the profile of Republicans in Philadelphia city politics. 

The Changemaker of the week is Shariea Shoatz, a teacher, public speaker and author. Shoatz has become an outspoken advocate working to empower parents and young children on how to stop child sexual abuse. An abuse survivor, she learned through her own traumatic experience some of the problems with reporting abuse and created a training manual to teach young children on how to speak up. Her self-published book, "My Voice is My Superpower," is designed to prevent the type of miscommunication that many times is common with young victims. 

Shariea Shoatz, author of "My Voice is My Superpower."
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