On Saturday, October 28th, Managing Partner Sam Pond co-hosted The Labor Leaders Roundtable on Saturday Night Live with Philly Labor Radio. The show featured special guests Jim Gardler, President of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 13000; Fred Wright, President of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 47; Kevin Boyle, Business Manager of Ironworkers Local 401; Rich Lazer, Deputy Mayor of Labor for the City of Philadelphia; and Pennsylvania State Representative Morgan B. Cephas, 192nd Legislative District.
Roundtable participants discussed anti-labor legislation efforts and the ongoing need to protect workers’ rights.
“I’m honored and privileged to be here with public servants and officials that are dedicating their time to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia, and with the union labor leaders that are making great sacrifices in order to continue this fight,” Sam stated in the show’s opening session. “The City of Philadelphia is on the cusp of doing great things, and we all have to get behind it and work at it.”
The group talked in-depth about the need for more civic education and greater involvement from all citizens, young and old – starting with increased voter registration. “Participate in that sacred right to have your voice heard via a vote,” Sam urged listeners.
Other topics covered included the need for diversity across the board in politics, trade and industry. “We have a city that’s very diverse,” Sam said. “We have to engage diversity and really make it a top priority.” He discussed Pond Lehocky’s position as one of the most diverse firms in the region, and ongoing efforts to makes sure that women and minorities are represented.
To listen to the full show, click here.
Saturday Night Live with Philly Labor Radio is a weekly talk radio show that airs every Saturday evening at 7:00pm EST on TALK RADIO 1210 WPHT, hosted by Joe Doc Jr. (PhillyLabor.com) and Joe Krause (Jakib Media). The show presents an insider’s look at the Philadelphia area labor movement and tackles labor related issues that affect working people every day, including workers’ rights, legislative issues and more.