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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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Dec 6, 2022 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 12-4-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, the federal government uses the arcane Railway Labor Act to cram an unjust contract agreement down the throats of union rail workers, World Cup 2022 comes at the cost of the deaths of hundreds of migrant workers, and the largest strike of graduate student workers in the nation’s history nears the third week mark. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only labor news and current...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, World Cup 2022, futbol, football, soccer, Qatar, UAW,...
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Dec 4, 2022 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 11-13-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, the Chicago Teachers Union holds a Dia de los Muertos press conference to highlight CPS’s broken promises on bilingual ed in Chicago’s public schools and, is a railroad strike still likely?  Members of Railroad Workers United discuss the ongoing vote on the rail worker's tentative agreement and its rejection by several of the 12 rail worker's unions. Labor Express Radio...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, minimum wage, Chicago Teachers Union, bilinlingua...
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Nov 14, 2022 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 10-30-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, minimum wage laws at the city, county and state level are discussed.  CTU launches a citywide campaign for new charter school contracts. Brazil’s election could impact not only Latin America but the entire world. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only labor news and current affairs radio program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express Radio airs every...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, minimum wage, Chicago Teachers Union, charter schools,...
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Oct 30, 2022 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 10-16-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, Alianza Americas and Lawyers for Civil Rights initiate a lawsuit targeting the Republican politicians responsible for the fraudulent transportation of migrants under false pretenses. Also, audio from the historic UAW Presidential Candidates Forum, the first direct election of UAW leadership in at least 70 years. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Alianza Americas, NALACC, Lawyers for Civil Rights,...
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Oct 4, 2022 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 10-2-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, I discuss the proposed Workers' Rights Amendment that is on the 2022 general election ballot in Illinois with Robert Bruno, a Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Labor and Employment Relations and as well as the Director of the Project for Middle-Class Renewal and Frank Manzo the Executive Director of the Illinois Economic Policy Institute....
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Illinois, Workers’ Rights Amendment, 2022 general...
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Sep 29, 2022 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 9-18-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, the Ukrainian working class faces a fight on two fronts.  While they organize a truly heroic resistance to Russian imperialism, they must also contend with an attack on their labor rights from within - from their own neo-liberal Parliament. 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, Ukraine, Ukrainian, Russia, war, labor rights,...
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Sep 6, 2022 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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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Sep 6, 2022 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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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Sep 6, 2022 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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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Jul 19, 2022 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 7-17-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, part 2 of our excerpts of presentations from Labor Notes 2022, including the voices of powerful leaders in the labor movement like Sara Nelson of the Flight Attendants Union, Marcia Howard of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, Nolan Tabb of Unite All Workers for Democracy and Chicago’s very own Stacy Davis Gates, who now takes over as president of the CTU. Labor Express...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Labor Notes 2022, Labor Notes, strikes, Sara Nelson, Nolan...
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Jul 19, 2022 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 6-26-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, excerpts of presentations from Labor Notes 2022, including voices from the organizing victories at Amazon and Starbucks and a speech on the state of the class struggle in the U.S. by Sen. Bernie Sanders. 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...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Labor Notes 2022, Labor Notes, Bernie Sanders, Amazon,...
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Jun 15, 2022 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 6-12-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, Joe Burn’s has a new book out entitled Class Struggle Unionism .  From the Labor Express Radio archive, we rebroadcast a presentation on his previous book, Reviving The Strike .  Plus Labor Notes 2022 and Poor People’s & Low-Wage Workers' Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Joe Burns, Labor Notes, Poor People's Campaign, Class...
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May 30, 2022 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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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May 15, 2022 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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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Apr 24, 2022 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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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Apr 6, 2022 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 4-3-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, IBEW Local 1220 launches a strike at WTTW-Channel 11, Chicago’s public television channel.  It's the first strike in the broadcaster's over 65-year history.  Hear why the workers at WTTW see this as an existential fight.   #laborradionetwork  #LaborRadioPod  #1u  #UnionStrong Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, media, IBEW, Channel 11, WTTW
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Mar 24, 2022 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 3-20-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, voices from the Ukrainian Left as they fight Russia’s imperialist aggression. #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 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, Ukraine, Russia, Putin, war, peace, Social Movement,...
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Mar 10, 2022 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 3-6-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, one of the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign’s leading spokespersons - academic, socialist activist and expert on Ukrainian history, Marko Bojcun, discusses the origins of the current crisis in Ukraine.  We will also hear from a long-time Russian socialist dissident and academic, Boris Kargalitsky.  He will discuss in particular what this crisis means for the Russian working class...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Ukraine, Russia, Putin
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Feb 16, 2022 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 2-13-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, we talk Starbucks workers organizing!  Workers at 70 Starbucks locations across the country are organizing unions, including 2 in Chicago.  Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez discusses introducing a resolution in Chicago City Council to support the workers. He also discusses exciting affordable housing possibilities in Pilsen.  Hosts of the Work Stoppage Podcast, former employees...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Starbucks, Byron Sigcho-Lopez, Chicago City Council,...
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Feb 6, 2022 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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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Jan 15, 2022 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 1-9-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, The Chicago Teachers Union calls for a safe return to schools including increased testing in response to the Omicron Covid variant.  Also, Steve Zeltzer of Work Week Radio marks the anniversary of the Jan. 6th attempted coup in a discussion with Vermont AFL-CIO Labor Council president David Van Deusen.  The Vermont Labor Council was one of several central labor bodies that...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Chicago Teachers Union, CTU, Chicago Public Schools, CPS,...
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Dec 26, 2021 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 12-19-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, rank-and-file members of IATSE and the UAW at John Deere discuss health and safety on the job as well as their new contracts.  Chicago JWJ announces a new organizing project called CAWS. 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...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, strikevember, strikesgiving, striketober, strike wave,...
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Dec 8, 2021 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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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Nov 25, 2021 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 11-21-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, IATSE members vote yes by a raise thin margin on their new contract, avoiding a strike.  But is this really a win for workers?  And how does the tragic death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust highlight the working conditions in the film industry? Plus, Jorge Mujica of Arise Chicago workers center discusses success in the El Milagro tortilla factory...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, strikevember, strikesgiving, striketober, strike wave,...
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Nov 10, 2021 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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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Oct 27, 2021 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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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Oct 6, 2021 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 10-3-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, the Raise the Floor Alliance, Warehouse Workers for Justice and TWUAP (Temp Worker Union Alliance Project), educate workers about their rights on the job and Jonah Furman, staff writer for Labor Notes, discusses contract negotiations at John Deere where a strike is still possible.  We also briefly discuss the current state of the UAW. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, warehouse workers, temp workers, know your rights, Raise...
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Sep 21, 2021 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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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Sep 8, 2021 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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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Aug 28, 2021 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 8-22-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, a brief eulogy for AFL-CIO president Rich Trumka, CTU bargains with CPS over safe return to schools and Avery Barnard, former Amazon employee and producer of the podcast called The Amazon talks about why he launched a podcast on Amazon’s impact on workers and society. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. News for...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Amazon, Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO, CTU, public schools, CPS,...
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Aug 9, 2021 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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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Jul 30, 2021 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 7-25-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, The AFL-CIO ramps up the fight for the PRO-Act with a week of action including every state in the union.  Meanwhile space cowboy Jeff Bezos takes a 4 minute ride to outer space, financed on the backs of hundreds of thousands of Amazon workers. 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, PRO-Act, AFL-CIO, Jeff Bezos, Amazon, Rick Smith Show,...
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Jul 30, 2021 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 6-27-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. SORRY FOR THE UNEXPECTED AND UNPLANNED MONTH HIATUS OF THE PODCAST!... Chicago Teachers Union opposes more than 440 layoffs of CPS employees at the end of the school year.  Cook County hospital nurses on the picket lines during their one day strike.  Chicago transit workers who are fed up with working for a year and a half without a contract and a union leadership that seems unwilling to take the militant steps necessary...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, CTU, Chicago Teachers Union, nurses, NNU, National Nurses...
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Jun 21, 2021 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 6-13-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio teachers at Urban Prep Charter school win their two-day strike while teachers at EPIC Charter school are fired and students are harassed by management for supporting them.  Also, Illinois has no clean energy law this legislative session because of the influence of the Prairie State Coal plant, one of the nation’s worst polluters and Warehouse Workers for Justice goes after...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, working class, organized labor, teachers, charter schools,...
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May 26, 2021 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 5-23-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  This episode of Labor Express Radio includes audio from the 2021 May Day events in Chicago and addresses the question of what next for organizing at Amazon after the lost union election at the Bessemer Alabama Amazon warehouse, featuring audio from Labor Notes. 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...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, working class, organized labor, May Day, Mayday, Amazon,...
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May 3, 2021 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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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Apr 20, 2021 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 4-18-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode, we address the very unfortunate loss in the union election at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer Alabama.  What are the lessons of this turn of events and what does it mean for the labor movement more broadly?  The program includes the voices of the union, The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), workers at Amazon in Bessemer and analysis from several experts on union organizing and labor...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Amazon, RWDSU
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Mar 31, 2021 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 3-28-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, as we await the results of the union election at the Amazon.com warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, we’ll hear about global union efforts to confront this international logistics giant.  Then we will hear from parents of students in the Chicago public schools who are fed up with what they see is a lack of parent voice in the school system in this city, especially during this...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Amazon, Raise Your Hand, schools, Chicago Public School...
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Mar 17, 2021 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 3-14-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, the PRO Act (the “Protecting the Right to Organize Act”) passes in the house and is headed to the Senate.  We hear about what's in the PRO Act from Labor Radio/Podcast Network partner Labor Live at 5 .  In the second half Sara Nelson, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants and author, activist, and filmmaker Naomi Klein talk about the grassroots...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, PRO Act, Protecting the Right to Organize Act, labor law,...
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Mar 5, 2021 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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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Feb 16, 2021 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 2-14-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, we celebrate an agreement between the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and Chicago Public Schools on a plan for an at least safer return to schools than what CPS was originally demanding.  It is a victory for the union who had fought hard to ensure the safety of school personnel and students alike during this pandemic.  We also mourn the passing of Karen Lewis, President Emerita of the...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Teachers, CTU, Chicago Teachers Union, schools, Chicago...
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Feb 2, 2021 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 1-31-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, the Chicago Teachers Union makes their demand crystal clear - no return to in-school classes without vaccinations.  And they receive what they see as a statement of support from none other than President Biden himself, while CPS continues to lock out teachers who have resisted a return to school buildings.  NOTE THIS IS A QUICKLY EVOLVING SITUATION.  SEE LABOREXPRESS.ORG FOR...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Teachers, CTU, Chicago Teachers Union, schools, Chicago...
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Jan 21, 2021 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 1-17-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, nurse Dennis Kosuth, who works in both hospitals and public schools, a member of both National Nurses United (NNU) and the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), discusses Chicago’s teachers and nurses fighting back against unsafe conditions in their workplaces during the pandemic, especially the resistance of teachers to a return to in-classroom teaching as the infection rate in the city...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Nurses, Teachers, NNU, CTU, National Nurses United,...
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Dec 30, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 12-27-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, it's our holiday episode.  Did you buy the game Monopoly as a gift this year?  Maybe you played it with friends or family?  What does this game teach children and what was it really meant to teach?  We explore those last two questions on this episode.  And, we mark the 65th anniversary of the AFL-CIO merger.  Both segments courtesy of our friends at Labor History Today …...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Monopoly, AFL-CIO, AFL, CIO, Walter Reuther, George Meany
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Dec 19, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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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Dec 1, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 11-29-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio, cuts in the Cook County hospital system and nurses on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis fightback.  An interview with Stroger Hospital nurse Elizabeth Lalasz, member of National Nurses United who works with COVID patients on the likely effects of the cuts to Black and Brown working-class communities on the Southside of Chicago and how nurses are organizing regardless to...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, nurses, COVID-19, Cook County Hospital System, National...
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Nov 17, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 11-15-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, responses to Trump’s election defeat from people celebrating the 2020 Presidential election’s outcome in the streets of Chicago and from highly respected racial justice and labor organizer Bill Fletcher Jr.  Also on the program, updates on the fight of workers in the warehouses for Mars candies, members of Warehouse Workers for Justice (WWJ) for safe workplaces and against...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Warehouse Workers for Justice, WWJ, Sandy Moreno, Jobs...
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Oct 27, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 10-25-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, unions fight for fair, progressive taxation on two coasts.  Here in Chicago, the labor movement, especially the teachers, are working for a yes vote on the Fair Tax which would switch Illinois from a flat tax to a progressive graduated income tax.  Meanwhile, the labor movement in California is putting its resources behind passage of Prop 15, Schools and Communities First, which...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, SEIU, IFT, Illinois Federation of Teachers, CFL, Chicago...
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Sep 30, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 9-27-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, victory in the strike of SEIU Local 73 members at UIC Hospital!  The Peoples Academy defeats the ICE Academy- an insidious attempt to recruit regular citizens to become part of the deportation machine.  And LVEJO and Warehouse Workers for Justice form a groundbreaking partnership uniting the interests of low wage workers and environmental justice activists. Labor Express Radio is...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, SEIU Local 73, immigrants, ICE, migrants, Warehouse...
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Sep 14, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 9-13-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, nurses at UIC hospital go on strike!  Members of INA (Illinois Nurses Association) launched a week-long strike on Saturday at UIC Hospital over staffing ratios and safe working conditions, especially in the context of the COVID-19 crisis (they were joined by SEIU Local 73 on Monday).  Teamsters Local 743 organized a car caravan and rally last Tuesday from Provident Hospital in the...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, INA, Illinois Nurses Association, Teamsters, Teamsters...
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Sep 1, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 8-30-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, postal workers speak out against attacks on the postal system by the Trump administration.  This is not just an election issue, this is a privatization issue and an attack on unions.  And in the second half of the program, Erek Slater fights a political firing by the Chicago Transit Authority for the second time in his 14 years as a Chicago bus driver.  The CTA fired Erek once...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, CTA, Chicago Transit Authority, ATU, Amalgamated Transit...
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Aug 11, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 8-9-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, we bring you audio excerpts from one of the Chicago Teachers Union’s recent Car Caravan protests demanding that Chicago Public Schools start the 2020 school year fully remote. The CTU has claimed another victory at Mayor Lightfoot has backed down and agreed to a fully remote start to the school year.  Also in the program, audio excerpts from Haymarket Books recent webinar “Racism...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Chicago Teachers Union, CTU, COVID-19, Coronavirus,...
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Jul 28, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 7-26-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, Jorge Mujica of Arise Chicago workers center talks about the new coalition called Illinois Unidos, formed to address the health care problems of the Latinx community associated with COVID-19, especially in the workplace. Also in the episode, Black Youth Project 100 and Black Lives Matter activists demand a CBA for displaced Southeast siders because of the Obama Presidential Library....
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Jorge Mujica, Arise Chicago, Illinois Unidos, Latinos,...
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Jul 14, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 7-12-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio we look at the impact of COVID-19 on workers in the meatpacking industry and the relationship between unions, Black Lives Matter and the police. But we are doing it in a unique way because this episode of Labor Express Radio is also a coast to coast tour of labor radio programs in celebration of our new membership in the Labor Radio/Podcast Network. The Network offers us wonderful...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, meatpacking, COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, police, law...
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Jun 30, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 6-28-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, Universal Basic Income (UBI), great solution to help alleviate some of the worst problems of our economy whose time has come or distraction from real solutions to the crisis we face? And what is up with the proposed Chicago UBI pilot project? A conversation with Ameya Pawar, former Chicago alderman and Fellow at the Open Society Foundations & Economic Security Project.  Pawar...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, CTU, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Teachers Union, Stacy...
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Jun 15, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 6-14-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, REBELLION 2020!: Uprisings against racism and police brutality erupt across the nation in response to the murder of yet another Black man, George Floyd at the hands of yet another White cop, Derek Chauvin.  But this time the African-American community and its allies have come out into the streets day after day, week after week, across the nation to say enough is enough.  And this...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, ATU, Erek Slater, Amalgamated Transit Union, George Floyd,...
Labor Express Radio Audio Extra: Chicago bus driver and elected ATU Local 241 board member denounces CTA management’s suspension for discussing solidarity with anti-police brutality protesters. CTA Bus Driver and elected executive board member of ATU Local 241 Erek Slater is fighting an unlawful suspension by CTA management who have repeatedly harassed him and his fellow bus drivers, denying them their 1st amendment rights as well as violating labor law and union contract protections.  It...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, ATU, transit, public transit, Black Lives Matter,...
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Jun 1, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 5-31-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, we continue our ongoing examination of how unions and social movements are responding to the COVID-19 crisis and how the working class has responded to this crisis with an historic level of self-activity, militancy and creativity.  Labor Journalist Mike Elk discusses his Payday Report website which hosts the COVID-19 Strike Wave Tracker and Interactive Map, which has so far...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, coronavirus, corona virus, Mike Elk, Payday Report,...
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May 18, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 5-17-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, we highlight the work of Immigrant Solidarity DuPage and their Workers Center, especially their mutual aid efforts during the COVID-19 crisis.  Cristobal Cavazos explains the history of the organization, the unique role of workers centers in the labor movement, and how they can organize to support workers during this crisis.  He describes several recent victories including the two...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, coronavirus, corona virus, Cristobal Cavazos, Immigrant...
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May 6, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 5-5-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, nurses at Stroger hospital, members of NNU, protest hospital administrators refusal to follow CDC guidelines, putting employees and patients at risk.* Moises Zavala and Eric Basir are back. This time Moises is talking about organizing in the cannabis industry and Eric is discussing his own battle with COVID-19 and with his employer, the CTA, over testing and sick leave. And Marianela...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, coronavirus, corona virus, ATU, Amalgamated Transit Union,...
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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May 2, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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Labor Express Radio Interview:   Marianela D'Aprile, member of the National Political Committee of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), discusses the “Bernie bump”.  Both in 2016 and now again, in 2020, the DSA has seen massive increases in membership.  As a result, the DSA has become the closest thing to a mass socialist party we have seen in the United States in at least 70 years.  At the same time, the organization has worked to avoid the limitations that come with...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, coronavirus, corona virus, Marianela D'Aprile, DSA,...
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Apr 29, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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Interview:  This is the full, unedited interview with transit worker Eric Basir.  Excerpts were aired on the 4/19/2020 and the 5/3/2020 episodes of Labor Express Radio. Eric Basir, train motorman and member of ATU Local 308 discusses Transit Workers Unite's petition calling for workers action in the face of COVID-19 and the job action of the CTA train cleaners who were forced to work in unsafe conditions.  Eric himself, like far too many transit workers has contracted COVID-19 .  He has not...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, coronavirus, corona virus, ATU, Amalgamated Transit Union,...
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Apr 22, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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,...
Labor Express Radio Interview: Erek Slater of Transit Workers Unite and COVID-19 survivor on the “Safety First for Transit Workers Now” Petition and the impact of COVID-19 on transit workers. Jerry Mead-Lucero of Labor Express Radio interviews Erek Slater, bus driver, elected board member of ATU Local 241 and founding member of Transit Workers Unite, recovering himself from his own bout of COVID-19, about the devastating impact of the crisis on transit workers and the petition his...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, coronavirus, corona virus, transit, ATU, CTA, Chicago...
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Apr 16, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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Labor Express Radio Interview: Carl Rosen - General President of UE discusses how unions can and must organize a militant, bottom up worker fightback in response to the COVID-19 crisis.  Jerry Mead-Lucero of Labor Express Radio interviews Carl Rosen, General President of United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE) about his recent article in In These Times magazine entitled “We Need the Labor Movement To Organize Worker Fightback in the Face of the COVID-19 Crisis”. ...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, coronavirus, corona virus, UE, Carl Rosen
Jerry Mead-Lucero of Labor Express Radio interviews Moises Zavala, Director of Organizing for Local 881 United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) about the workers at Raymundo's Food Group in Bedford Park, Illinois, who walked out of their factory on Friday April 3rd and have remained out since.  They took action after their bosses refused to address their safety concerns when two of their co-workers were diagnosed with COVID-19 but still were required to work for several days. The workers are...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, UFCW, United Food and Commercial Workers, grocery store...
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Apr 7, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 4-5-2019 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. First we will hear a report from the frontlines from nurse Dennis Kosuth, member of both NNU and CTU. In the second half of the program, Shannon Lederer, Director of Immigration Policy for the AFL-CIO and Riahl O'Malley, National Education Director for United for a Fair Economy...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, coronavirus, corona virus, NNU, National Nurses United,...
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Mar 24, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 3-22-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  Solidarity in the time of COVID-19 and "social distancing". This will be the theme explored on tonight's and future episodes of Labor Express Radio for the foreseeable future. It starts with tonight's program which features interviews with Chicago labor and immigrants rights activist Isaac Silver about the launching of the Facebook group, People's Coronavirus Response, which grew from a network of 2 to 10,000,...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, coronavirus, corona virus, Mexico, COVID19, COVID-19,...
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Mar 10, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 3-8-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  Erek Slater, Chicago public transit bus driver, elected shop steward and executive board member, of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), Local 241, discusses both the recent elections for leadership of both ATU Local 241 and 308 and more importantly the contract negotiations for both locals with CTA management. Their contracts expired on Dec. 31st, 2019 and there has been little progress on a new contracts for either local so...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, ATU, Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 241, Local 308, Erek...
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Mar 1, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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Interview conducted by Labor Express reporter Michelle Burke at the “Transit Workers United 2020 Contract Speak Out” on February 25th, 2020.  Michelle speaks with Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) El train motorman Eric Basir, member of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 308 and CTA bus driver Erek Slater elected shop steward and executive board member of ATU Local 241 about the issues facing CTA employees as they enter their third month working under an expired contract.  The previous...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, CTA, public transit
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Feb 24, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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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Feb 9, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 2-2-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On January 19th the Chicago labor and social justice movements lost a dedicated organizer, spokesperson and fighter. James Thindwa touched many lives in a host of vital social movements in Chicago and beyond. Whether as an African solidarity activist, the staff director of Citizen Action Coalition of Indiana and Ohio, the lead organizer in Chicago for Metro Seniors in Action, the ED of Chicago Jobs with Justice or his last...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, James Thindwa, Zimbabwe, Fight for 15, Black Lives Matter,...
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Jan 22, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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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Jan 6, 2020 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 1-5-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  Oscar Chacón, Executive Director of Alianza Americas, discusses the current state of struggles for a just society across Latin America. It is a wide-ranging conversation about the current situation in Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and the rest of the hemisphere and the history of how we have come to this point.  Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Chile, Latin America, Human Rights, Neoliberalism, Oscar...