This is the full 3-3-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.
On tonight’s episode of Labor Express, I rebroadcast an interview with economist Dr. Jack Rasmus I originally broadcast on the Oct. 7th, 2018 episode of Labor Express. The interview discusses the concept of Universal Basic Income or UBI. The idea of providing every citizen a subsistence income not tied to work. The reason I have chosen to rebroadcast the interview tonight is that in early February, The Chicago Resilient Families Task Force announced its plan to move forward with a UBI pilot program in Chicago. At the time I interviewed Dr. Rasmus last June the Chicago UBI experiment had not even been conceived. When I broadcast the interview last October, outgoing Alderman Ameya Pawar who is now possibly incoming City Treasurer (depending on the outcome of the April 2nd run-off) had proposed the idea and outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel had set up a taskforce to examine the idea. Now that the taskforce has suggested moving forward with a UBI pilot program, Pawar is quite likely to be the next City Treasurer and the Chicago City Council and next Chicago mayor, regardless of the outcome of the run-offs will inevitable shift to the left, it seems all but certain Chicago will be the biggest city in the United States to experiment with UBI. So I thought it made sense to here what once again Dr. Rasmus thoughts on the concept.
But first, another historic teachers strike results in yet another historic teachers strike victory. This time the frontlines shifted back to California. On February 21st the teachers in Oakland went out on strike after 2 years of frustrating negotiations with the school district. The strike lasted 7 days and ended Friday with wins that sound very similar to what was won in LA last month and at the CICS charter school network here in Chicago just a couple weeks ago.
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