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Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. “News for working people, by working people.” Our program covers issues in the labor movement locally, nationally, and internationally. The program also addresses issues of concern to working people such as housing, education, health care, immigrants rights, the environment and U.S. foreign policy, from a working class viewpoint. Labor Express Radio airs Sunday nights at 8:00 PM  (CST) and Mond...



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Labor Express Radio
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This is the full 8-14-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  Rank-and-File Revolt in the UAW!  Scott Houldieson, Chairperson of Unite All Workers for Democracy (UAWD) discuss the historic UAW 2022 Convention. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express Radio airs every Sunday at 8:00 PM on WLPN in Chicago, 105.5 FM. For more information, see our Facebook page...  ...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, UAW, reform, Unite All Workers for Democracy, UAWD, reform...
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Los Angeles 5th grade teacher Charles Stam talks about the successful 6 day strike by LA teachers, members of UTLA (United Teachers of Los Angeles).  The interview took place on the 6th and final day of the strike at a massive rally in Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. Charles discusses a number of things including the widespread public support for the strike and the importance of the strike to the nationwide effort to defend public education against funding cuts, disinvestment and...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Los Angeles, LA, teachers, California, schools, public...
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This is the full 1-19-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  John Ocampo, union organizer with UE (United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America) and member of the board of directors of the Alliance for Global Justice (AfGJ) and US Labor Against the War (USLAW) reports back from a recent labor delegation to Colombia.  Colombia is currently experiencing the most significant wave of street protests the nation has seen in decades with Colombians fed up with the right wing...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Colombia, Latin America, Human Rights, Neoliberalism, John...
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This is the full 5-2-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  This episode features a wide ranging interview with Jorge Mujica of Arise Chicago Workers Center.  We discuss the end of the dreaded “No Match letters”, the Illinois Senate’s considering of the Secure Jobs Act (SB2332), Biden’s first 100 days and May Day 2021.  Later in the program we hear from Alianza Americas about the root causes of migration from Central America. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, working class, organized labor, Jorge Mujica, Arise...
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This is the full 6-21-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s program we’ll hear from three members of the Chicago Teachers Union new leadership team. CORE, the Caucus of Rank and File Educators, a reform caucus within the teachers union, won the election for union leadership over the incumbent United Progressive Caucus receiving nearly 60% of the vote. This is a historic victory for a leading group progressives and reformers in the union who have promised to engage the...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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This is the full 2-18-13 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. A few weeks ago, both the US Senate and President Obama put forward proposals for so called, comprehensive immigration reform.  Here in Illinois, a new law was enacted allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain a drivers license.  Latinos were disappointed with Obama’s first term, given his broken promise to enact immigration reform.  However, the outcome of the November elections, in which the Latino vote played a major...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, immigrants
Labor Express Radio Audio Extra: Nurses at Stroger Hospital in Chicago hold rally protesting lack of PPE are joined by transit workers with the same complaint against the CTA. Nurses, members of National Nurses United (NNU), held a rally outside Stroger hospital in Chicago on April 27, 2020.  They were protesting practices and policies of hospital management they say is preventing the nurses from accessing needed PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and do not observe CDC guidelines for how...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, coronavirus, corona virus, ATU, Amalgamated Transit Union,...
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This is the full 9-2-2013 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio we will air audio from several great new Labor Beat TV videos.  Labor Beat, our sister TV program on cable access TV here in Chicago continues to produce great pieces covering the labor scene in our City. First up we will hear from members of the newly formed Chicago Students Union.  Later we will hear from attendees at the 2013 Convention of the IVAW (Iraq Veterans Against the...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, UE, IVAW, Detroit, Chicago Students Union
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This is the full 5-22-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  Warehouse Workers for Justice releases a new Good Jobs & Clean Air study which examines the impact of warehouses in Will County and alternatives for the future.  Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh murdered by the IDF in the Occupied Territories.  And new book by Robin Alexander of the UE entitled International Solidarity in Action on the UE, FAT relationship. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Shireen Abu Akleh, Palestine, Israel, occupied...
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This is the full 1-30-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, Arise Chicago Workers Center discusses Chicago’s new domestic worker rights ordinance.  The Chicago Teachers Union and Mayor Lightfoot reach an agreement on a safe return plan, but short of what the Union wanted.  And working people’s loss of faith in public institutions in the United States.   #laborradionetwork  #LaborRadioPod  #1u  #UnionStrong Labor Express Radio...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Chicago Teachers Union, CTU, Chicago Public Schools, CPS,...
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This is the full 4-17-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, a historic union election victory at Staten Island Amazon warehouse and union election victory at Soho REI store in NYC!  Are we in a period of possible labor movement resurgence?   #laborradionetwork  #LaborRadioPod  #1u  #UnionStrong Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. News for working people, by working...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Amazon, REI, Starbucks, WTTW, IBEW Local 1220
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This is the full 9-4-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, we celebrate Labor Day with a little history, reflections on highlights of the labor movement in Chicago for the past year and a little music. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express Radio airs every Sunday at 8:00 PM on WLPN in Chicago, 105.5 FM. For more...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Chicago Federation of Labor, CFL, Labor Day 2022, history...
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Carl Rosen, President of the Western Region of the United Electrical Workers Union (UE) talks at Chicago City Hall press conference on the ongoing occupation of Republic Windows and Doors by it's workers. He announces that the union is seeking a means to keep the factory in operation under new management.
Topics: Republic Windows And Doors, occupy, occupation, factory, Chicago, labor, workers, rights, union,...
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Greg Shotwell is a GM worker, a member of Local 1753 of the UAW, and a leader in the Soldiers of Solidarity (SOS) organization within the UAW. SOS seeks to end the concessionary cooperation with management that typifies the UAW leadership in recent years and to stem the decline of wages, working conditions and benefits for auto workers by pushing for a militant fight back strategy against the boss. In this interview, Jerry Mead-Lucero of Labor Express Radio talks with Shotwell about the 2007...
Topics: labor, union, worker, UAW, United Auto Workers, GM, Ford, Chrysler, auto, labor express, justice,...
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This is the full 11-3-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  The Tale of Two Strikes: Labor Express examines the outcome of both the UAW strike at GM and the CTU strike at CPS, two potentially historic strikes with radically different results. Plus, strike victory at yet another Chicago charter school, Passages in the Edgewater Neighborhood.  These strikes may well set the stage for union struggles in the public and private sectors for years to come. In the case of the CTU, the...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, schools, CTU, Chicago Teachers Union, UAW, United Auto...
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This is the full 11-23-09 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Labor Express Radio took a brief break over the Thanksgiving Holiday, so today’s episode of Labor Express is an archive edition originally aired on Jan. 18th of 2009. The bulk of the program is an interview with labor and black liberation movement activist Bill Fletcher Jr. whose book Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path toward Social Justice is a brilliant critique of the current state of the...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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This is the full 3-4-13 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio we bring you audio on a variety of topics from a variety of sources... From our friends at Building Bridges in NYC we have a speech by Dave Coles, National President of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada recorded at CUNY University in New York, on January 17.  Coles talks about his union’s opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. Than regular listeners to...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, environment, keystone xl pipeline
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This is the full 10-4-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Today's episode of Labor Express Radio focuses on a the One Nation Working Togther Rally held in Washington D.C. on October 2nd. Hundreds of thousands attended the rally organized by a coalition of labor, civil rights groups and progressive forces with the goal of rallying the troops before the November elections and pushing forward a progressive agenda on labor rights, education, job creation and a host of other issues. The...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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This is the full 10-24-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, Shailly Gupta Barnes of the Poor People’s Campaign discusses their new study, Waking the Sleeping Giant: Poor and Low-Income Voters in the 2020 Elections.   We also discuss STRIKETOBER!  The strike wave sweeping the nation. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. News for working people, by working people. Labor...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, voting rights, low income voters, Poor People’s...
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This is the full 9-28-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode we discuss the current financial crisis and the collapse of neo-liberal economics with Jonathan Tasini, Executive Director of the Labor Research Association (LRA). Established in 1927, Labor Research Association is a New York City-based labor advocacy organization. Jonathan Tasini, is a labor movement journalist, author, researcher and activist. He served as the president of the National Writers Union for over...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, Labor Research Association, Jonathan Tasini,...
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This is the full 8-31-09 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s program will hear from a group of striking workers on Chicago Southside. In May workers at SK Hand Tools, members of Teamsters Local 743, found out that for a month, their company had cut off their health care benefits, without informing them. Now many of the workers find themselves saddled with massive health care bills for services they thought were covered. The company’s refusal to bargain with workers over...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago
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This is the full 11-23-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Labor Express reflects on the meaning of President Elect Barack Obamaâs election victory for the labor movement with Chicago Jobs With Justice Executive Director James Thindwa. A long time labor activist and community organizer in Chicago - especially in poor, African-American working class communities on Chicagoâs Southside - who is also an African immigrant, Thindwa offers a unique perspective on what Obamaâs election...
Topics: Barack Obama, James Thindwa, labor, workers, Chicago, justice, Jobs With Justice, unions, labor...
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This is the full 5-27-13 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio, we will bring you audio from the historic three day march organized by the Chicago Teachers Union, May 18th, 19th and 20th, to fight school closings in Chicago.  We will also air audio from the teacher’s union about the unfortunately also historic announcement by Chicago Public Schools that they are moving ahead with the closing of 50 public schools in Chicago, the largest...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Chicago Teachers Union, students, schools, Bangladesh
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This is the full 12-14-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Republic Windows & Doors workers WIN! Only 6 days after under taking the first factory occupation in the United States since the late 1930’s, the workers at Republic Windows & Doors in Chicago defeat both Republic management and Bank of America, winning the severance package they were due under federal law. The action of the workers at Republic was international news within days of the worker’s decision to occupy...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, Republic, Bank of America, bailout, occupation,...
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This is the full 9-19-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, Bill Samuel, director of government affairs at the AFL-CIO talks about the status of the PRO-Act and Luis Feliz Leon, staff writer and organizer with Labor Notes, discusses the impact of Hurricane Ida on the NYC working class. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, AFL-CIO, PRO-Act, Bill Samuel, Hurricane Ida, Luis Feliz...
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This is the full 5-6-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. I hope all of our listeners had a celebratory and energizing May Day this year.  We are going to need that renewed energy as the working class is facing some very difficult battles on the horizon.  Today’s program being the first since this years May Day which was of course last Tuesday, we will feature audio captured from around the country on May 1st.  Like the weather and unlike the time clock we will start once again...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Los Angeles, Puerto Rico, May Day, May 1st, International...
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This is the full 8-14-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio, as the world turns it attention to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero Brazil, we take a look at recent political developments in that nation and the working class efforts to fight back against a right turn in Brazil and across the continent. When the Workers Party or PT won the parliamentary elections in Brazil in 2002, Brazil was at the lead of what would become a...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Brazil, Worker's Party, PT, impeachment, Luiz Inácio Lula...
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Community members speak out as part of IBEW Local 21's campaign on Comcast.
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago
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This is the full 1-13-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, WGA, writers, guild, strike, writer's strike, entertainment...
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This is the full 11-25-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Part 1 of our focus on the Chicago Committee Against No Match Letters and the ICE Raid Rapid Response Network. In this episode, Mark Meinster of the United Electrical Workers Union (UE) talks about the 1-888-Dignidad hotline and their strategy to fight the use of no-match letters by employers to intimidate immigrant workers.
Topics: UE, United Electrical Workers, Mark Meinster, labor, union, worker, rights, justice, organizing,...
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Chicago Alderman Joe Moore announces that 15 members of the Chicago City Council are seeking to pass a resolution calling for the City to divest from Bank of America if the bank refuses to extend credit to the owners of Republic Windows & Doors. Republic management claims that it can not pay their workers the severance they are due under law, because the bank has refused them further credit. The workers are currently occupying the factory in protest.
Topics: Republic Windows And Doors, occupy, occupation, factory, Chicago, labor, workers, rights, union,...
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This is the full 8-3-2014 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight's program, we take a look at several on-going strikes in the Chicago area.  First from our friends at Labor Beat TV we will hear about the workers of Sloan Valve in Franklin Park, members of United Steelworkers Local 7999 who have been on strike now since May.  Labor Beat attended a rally by the workers last week and we have audio for you from that rally. After that, more from our friends at Labor Beat.  They...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Teamsters, Steelworkers, immigrants, strike, Martin...
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Final Press Conference Republic Factory Occupation
Topics: Republic Windows And Doors, occupy, occupation, factory, Chicago, labor, workers, rights, union,...
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This is the full 4-5-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this week’s episode of Labor Express we’ll hear from the Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, about revitalized efforts by the U.S. Department of Labor to crack down on the epidemic of wage theft which afflicts millions of workers around the country every year. From Ieri of the Immigrant Youth Justice League (IYJL) will receive a report back from the massive immigrants rights march held in Washington D.C. on March 21st. Some...
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This is the full 9-5-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, we examine the Trumka years of the AFL-CIO and reflect on the legacy of the late Richard Trumka - from miner to trade union leader and eventually President of the nation’s largest labor federation.  Our guests are Steven Ashby, professor in the Chicago Labor Education Program in the School of Labor and Employment Relations, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Kim...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO, Pittston strike, UMWA, United...
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Chicago Alderman Joe Moore announces that 15 members of the Chicago City Council are seeking to pass a resolution calling for the City to divest from Bank of America if the bank refuses to extend credit to the owners of Republic Windows & Doors. Republic management claims that it can not pay their workers the severance they are due under law, because the bank has refused them further credit. The workers are currently occupying the factory in protest.
Topics: Joe Moore, Republic Windows, factory, occupation, labor, chicago, worker, rights
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This is the full June 15th, 2008 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Part I of my interview with Mark Brenner of Labor Notes on the 2008 SEIU convention in Puerto Rico. The convention gave a growing reform caucus within the union an opportunity to challenge the direction the union has taken in recent years under the leadership of Andy Stern. Reformers argue that business unionism has increasingly replaced the social movement orientation of the union. They point to a decrease in union...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, SEIU, Puerto Rico, FMPR, SAPAC, guest worker,...
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This is the full 1-25-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Audio from a rally and march held in downtown Chicago by Public Workers United, a new coalition of public sector workers and their community allies. They held a march on MLK day looking specifically at the state of public transit in Chicago. Later in the program will here about a call for a boycott of Bissel products issued by a coalition of churches in the Joliet area. They announced the boycott at an MLK Day event in Joliet....
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This is the full 10-25-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Today’s episode of Labor Express could be called class struggles in France. Around the globe, the ruling class is utilizing the current economic crisis to erode gains made by the working class over a century of struggle. But in at least one place, the workers are fighting back on a grand scale. French workers are legendary for their militancy and the French are living up to their reputation with nearly two months of rolling...
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This is the full 2-8-09 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Includes an Interview with economist Dr. Jack Rasmus about President Obama’s economic stimulus package. Rasmus is a Professor of economics at St. Mary’s College in California. He is also an advisory to the San Francisco Labor Council Economic Crisis Committee and has written a 20 point economic recovery program proposal, 18 points of which have been adopted by the San Francisco Labor Council and which is now being...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, Jack Rasmus, stimulus, economy, recession, Obama,...
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This is the full 4-11-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. While the great labor uprising of 2011, may be receiving less mainstream news coverage as of late, the labor protests across the country are far from fading away. Last week some tens of thousands of people took part in one of the hundreds of pro-labor rallies, marches and other actions held from coast to coast. The events kicked of on Monday, April 4th, the 43rd anniversary of MLK assassination in Memphis in 1968. Dr. King was...
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Cambria hotel workers still on strike after nearly 11 weeks: On Labor Express Radio we have been reporting on both the Chicago hotel strike and the nationwide Marriott Hotels strikes since they were launched last September.  The good news so far is that all but one of the Chicago hotel strikes has ended with new contracts that meet the union’s key demands. Likewise, the Marriott Hotel strikes in Boston, San Jose and Oakland have ended with contact gains as well.  However, strikes are still...
Topics: Chicago, workers, labor, justice, union, strike, UNITE-HERE, hotel, Cambria, Marnie Goodfriend
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This is the full 2-28-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, we remember Karen Lewis, former President of the Chicago Teachers Union, with audio from the Labor Beat TV and the Labor Express Radio archives.  Karen passed away Feb. 7th.  She leaves a tremendous legacy of a union transformed from one that had made concessions in contract after contract to union that won two historic strikes, and became a model for other unions around the...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Teachers, CTU, Chicago Teachers Union, schools, Chicago...
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Gerald Lenoir of the The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), talks about immigrant rights as part of the larger struggle for racial justice at the Immigrant Rights Press Conference at the USSF (United States Social Forum).
Topics: immigrant, labor, justice, rights, African-American, Black, BAJI, ussf, United States Social Forum
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This is the full 11-7-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, STRIKETOBER becomes STRIKEVEMBER or STRIKESGIVING!  The 2021 wave of strikes continues, but is it a “strike wave”.  We hear from multiple labor commentators, organizers and Kellogg’s strikers. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express Radio airs every Sunday at...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, strikevember, strikesgiving, striketober, strike wave,...
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This is the full 12-13-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, Democratic Socialist of America (DSA) host their own Medicare4All campaign relaunch, shortly after NNU’s kickoff.  The relaunch event includes Chicago nurse Dennis Kosuth, NNU and CTU member.  Then the CTU hosts a discussion of rising teacher union militancy nationwide.  And UE releases a booklet entitled “Them and Us Unionism”. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, nurses, COVID-19, National Nurses United, Medicare4All,...
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This is the full 8-18-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  This second episode in our series looking at the political transformation that swept Chicago this year features audio captured at the Chicago People’s Inaugural held at the Chicago Teachers' Union Hall on June 29th.  It includes speeches made by five of the six aldermen that make up the new socialist caucus on the Chicago City Council. It also includes a presentation of many of the major issues facing the city and the...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, schools, CTU, Chicago Teachers Union, socialists,...
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This is the full 2-16-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On tonight's Labor Express, we continue to remember the life and legacy of James Thindwa. First, James colleague from struggles at both Jobs with Justice (JWJ) and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and friend of 16 years, Carlos Fernandez offers his reflections on his years of working with James. In the second half of the program, another archive interview with James. This one from November of 2008 focusing on James'...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, James Thindwa, Carlos Fernandez, Barack Obama, elections,...
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Interview with Tom Shepherd of the Pullman Civic Organization about the historical importance of the Pullman neighborhood in Chicago and plans to celebrate Labor Day 2008 in Pullman. The celebration is sponsored by Pullman Civic Organization, Illinois Labor History Society, Bronzeville/Chicago Black History Society, Illinois AFL/CIO, Calumet Heritage Partnership, Historic Pullman Foundation, Chicago Metro History Project, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, The State of Illinois...
Topics: labor, pullman, worker, union, chicago, history, debs, randolph
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This is the full 5-8-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  May Day 2022 in Chicago and around the world. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express Radio airs every Sunday at 8:00 PM on WLPN in Chicago, 105.5 FM. For more information, see our Facebook page...   laborexpress.org and our homepage on Archive.org at: http://www.archive.org/details/LaborExpressRadio Labor...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, May Day, International Workers Day, LabourStart, Fred...
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On 3-12-11 the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World)organized a meeting at the Madison Labor Temple in Madison Wisconsin to discuss the possibility of a general strike in Wisconsin in response to Governor Scott Walker's stripping public sector workers of most of their bargaining rights. Some of the speakers have been edited out as they asked that their comments not be aired in public. The audience dialog session that followed the speeches was also not recorded.
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This is the full 4-17-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio I bring you audio from the 2016 Labor Notes conference.  Labor Notes is a number of things.  It is a monthly magazine that highlights the most progressive, the most militant efforts underway today to rebuild and revitalize the labor movement in this country.  It is also an organization that builds networks of like minded labor activists and militants around the country and...
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This is the full 4-19-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, we continue to look at how the labor and other social movements are responding to the coronavirus crisis.  The COVID-19 crisis is sparking worker's self-activity in a way not seen in generations. How are unions responding to this exciting development? Along with the theme of social solidarity in the time of physical distancing, this theme of the rise of grassroots working-class...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, coronavirus, corona virus, ATU, Amalgamated Transit Union,...
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This is the full 12-5-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, Jonah Furman of Labor Notes discusses the victory of striking workers at John Deere and what they won in their new contract.  Jonah also talks about the new contracts or TAs for IATSE members and workers for Kaiser, as well as the overall state of labor struggle in this unique period.  Later in the program, voices from the picket lines of striking workers for Kaiser...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, strikevember, strikesgiving, striketober, strike wave,...
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This is the full 1-18-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Part 2 of a 2 part look at the labor news of 2009 and Labor Express Radio's coverage of it. In this part we cover... The fight to protect public education in Chicago and the rise of CORE (Caucus of Rank and File Educators). The struggle against the coup in Honduras. The new democracy movement in Iran. The AFL-CIO convention and the change in leadership of the federation. Part 1 aired on 1-11-10. This episode also includes a...
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This is the full 1-7-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Our first program of 2007, the episode takes a look at the top labor news stories of 2006. This is part 2 of a end of the year news review. Part 1 aired 12-31-06. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only labor news and current affairs program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express Radio airs every Sunday night at 7:00 PM on Chicago's independent community radio station, WLUW.
Topics: labor, chicago, justice, workers, unions, immigrant, elections, CIW, rights, miners
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This is the full 10-14-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode Gregg Shotwell - GM worker, member of Local 1753 of the UAW, and a leader in the Soldiers of Solidarity (SOS)- and Jerry Tucker - former director of Region 5 of the United Auto Workers union (UAW) and co-founder of the Center for Labor Renewal, critique the new contracts between the UAW, and the big three U.S. auto companies. Both see the new contracts as a disaster for the industrial working class in the...
Topics: labor, union, worker, UAW, United Auto Workers, GM, Ford, Chrysler, auto, labor express, justice,...
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This is the full 2-25-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express as promised, we continue our look at the likely challenges, obstacles and opportunities for the U.S, Labor Movement in the coming year.  2018 will likely be another very difficult year for the U.S. working class so I have reached out to a few long time friends of Labor Express to discuss what we are facing in the next 11 months and beyond.   In the second half of the program, we will...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, economy, unemployment, NAFTA, Honduras, schools, teachers,...
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This is the full 2-8-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s program we bring you part 2 of our look at the crisis in Haiti following the destruction wrought by the Jan. 12th earthquake that struck the Island. On last week’s program were aired the first part of an interview with local Haitian expatriate and activist Lionel Jean Baptiste. In that interview we discussed the 200 year history of relations between the U.S. and Haiti and how for the most part, that relationship...
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This is the full 7-1-2013 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio we will hear about a group of labor activists, from a variety of organizations including SEIU, Arise Chicago workers center, Chicago Jobs with Justice, Workers United, UE and United Students Against Sweatshops, who gathered at three area Wal-Mart and Gap stores on Saturday to demand these companies sign on to the legally-binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh,...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Bangladesh, Rana Plaza, Wal-Mart, GAP
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This is the full 10-11-2015 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode we turn to an issue that we have neglected for far too long.  On Oct. 5th, it was announced that the 12 negotiating nations had reached agreement on the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement or TPP.  In the same week, WikiLeaks released a portion of the secretive trade pact to the public and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reversed herself and declared her opposition to the TPP.  All of...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, TPP, Trans Pacific Partnership, free trade, Jack Rasmus,...
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This is the full 7-31-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the next episode of Labor Express Radio, the U.S. Supreme Court last month stripped away bodily autonomy for women and endorsed forced pregnancy - involuntary, unpaid reproductive labor.  What is the labor movement's response? Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express Radio airs every Sunday at 8:00 PM...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, abortion, abortion rights, women, women’s rights,...
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In this interview with Scott Houldieson, Vice President of UAW Local 551*, 30 year production worker at the Ford assembly plant on the far Southside of Chicago and long-time union reform activist, Scott talks about the importance of the UAW strike at GM and its outcome to the fate of the industrial working class in the United States.  In particular, we discuss issues like multi-tier wage and benefit structures that were implemented in the auto plants during the Great Recession and which have...
Topics: GM, UAW, United Auto Workers, Union, worker, justice, labor, strike
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This is the full 4-29-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode we cover a controversial ICE (immigration) raid in the Mexican neighborhood of La Villita on Chicago South-West Side, in which agents invaded a busy strip mall with automatic rifles and detained over a hundred Latino shoppers. The episode also includes a speech given in Chicago by labor journalist and activist David Bacon about the relationship between free trade and immigration. Labor Express Radio is...
Topics: labor, chicago, justice, workers, unions, rights, work, movement, immigration, immigrants, Mexican,...
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This is the full 5-25-2014 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio, the Fight for 15, coming off their recent historic international one day strike a week and a half ago, take the fight to McDonalds door-step with another historic massive rally outside McDonalds HQ in Oak Brook Illinois last Thursday.  We will hear from several of the over one hundred McDonald’s workers who were arrested that day for blocking the road outside McDonalds...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Fight for 15, SEIU, McDonalds, health care
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This is the full 10-26-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode we discuss the deepening economic crisis and the $700 billon dollar bailout package passed by the congress earlier this month with Dean Baker, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). CEPR is one of the country’s leading progressive economic think tanks and Dean Baker has been one of the harshest critics of the bank bailout. The episode also includes the comments of David Moberg, a...
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This is the full 11-22-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio we will hear from NALACC Executive Director Oscar Chacon about the state of the struggle for the rights of immigrants in the United States in light of recent political developments. Will also hear a critique of the new film Waiting for Superman from education reform activist Bob Peterson of Rethinking Schools. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and...
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This is the full 2-10-2014 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio we take a look the current status of the debate around immigration reform and the movement for immigrant rights.  There has been much discussion in the mainstream press as of late that after several setbacks in the past couple years, 2014 could be the year that we see comprehensive immigration reform.  But what does this really mean?  For one, much of the seeming optimism that...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, immigrants, rights, Obama, immigration reform
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This is the full 2-21-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. The past week has been one of those weeks in which I wished Labor Express aired 2 or 3 times every week. There is no way we can do justice on today’s program to all the important developments of the past week. Of course tomorrow is election day in Chicago and, as promised I will bring you my interview with Mike Klonsky on Rahm Emmanuel’s policy positions on public education. We’ll hear that in the second half of the...
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This is the full 12-10-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight's program I bring audio from the Binational Conference on Culture, Language, and Work in the Era of the North American Free Trade Agreement also referred to as the Bi-National Conference against NAFTA, though that was far from the only topic discussed at the conference.  In particular we will hear from two icons of the U.S. labor movement. From the two most important farm worker organizations in the country....
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, farm workers, farm labor, UFW, FLOC, Mexico, Mexican,...
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This is the full 8-27-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express we air and interview with Will Griffin of the organization Veterans For Peace who recently spoke at the Veterans For Peace National Convention in Chicago a couple weeks ago about the growing tensions and possibility of war with North Korea.  Griffin offers a perspective on the conflict we rarely hear in the U.S. mainstream press. And in the second half of tonight’s program, as movie...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Korea, war, peace, race, Detroit
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This is the full 8-8-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, Dennis Kosuth - NNU nurse at Cook County hospital and member of the CTU as a school nurse discusses the new nurse's contact at Cook County and concerns regarding the coming school year.  Also, a 3-week long strike at Frito-Lay in Kansas ended on July 25th.  We hear about why the workers struke and what they gained in their new contract.  What do their conditions say about work in...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, CTU, Chicago Teachers Union, nurses, NNU, National Nurses...
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This is the full 4-12-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this week’s episode of Labor Express we take a look at number of labor actions held around the city last week. First we’ll hear from Gina Gemmel of GEO – the Graduate Employees Organization at UIC. The graduate employees had been threatening to strike last week after a year of fruitless negotiations over their contract with the university. Fortunately, the university finally saw the light in the 13th hour and agreed...
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