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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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Nancy Lenk â Deputy Director AFSCME Local 1644, explains the attempt by Atlanta to turn Grady, a public hospital, into a privatized entity.
Topics: privatization, public, labor, union, AFSCME, Atlanta, USSF
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Stewart Acuff, Organizing Director for the AFL-CIO, speaks at the Workers’ Rights in the Global Economy Plenary at the USSF. Always a powerful speaker, Acuff talks about a re-invigorated labor movement in terms rarely heard by officials of such high rank in the AFL-CIO. Acuff continues to be one of the best leaders in the organization. In particular, Acuff calls for the AFL to develop closer relationships with “non-traditional” forms of organizing workers. A really exciting speech.
Topics: labor, ussf, united states social forum, afl-cio, worker, rights, labor express
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Ai-Jen Poo of Domestic Workers United (DWU) announces the creation of a national coalition of domestic worker’s organizations at the USSF. This is one of the most powerful labor speeches I have ever heard. Ai-Jen talks about the domestic workers movement as providing new spirit and direction to the entire working class movement. DWU and the other domestic worker organizations represent some of the best labor organizing going on today.
Topics: labor, ussf, united states social forum, domestic workers united, worker, rights, labor express,...
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Alexis De Simone with Casa of Maryland, one of the organizations involved in organizing domestic workers, talks about their work and the decision at the USSF to form a national coalition of domestic worker organizations. The national gathering of domestic workers organizations at the USSF was one of the highlights of the forum, and perhaps the most important labor movement development at the forum.
Topics: labor, ussf, united states social forum, domestic workers united, worker, rights, labor express,...
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Amjad Al-Jawhary has paid a high price for his efforts to organize workers in Iraq. In 1995, Amjad had to flee Iraq and the regime of Saddam Hussein, because of his union organizing work. He took up residence in Toronto Canada, but Amjad stays in close contact with his comrades in Iraq. He travels there frequently, and acts as one of the few voices in the west for the for the Iraqi labor movement. I aired an interview with Amjad on the Labor Express radio program in June 2005, as the...
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Leading scholar on workers in contemporary China, Anita Chan, discusses recent developments in the Chinese labor movement at 2008 Labor Notes conference.
Topics: China, Labor, rights, unions
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This week, 22 workers at the Ex-Cell metal products plant in Franklin Park, IL. went out on Strike. Despite major contract concessions by the workers in recent years, the company is now demanding that the workers cover 20% of their health care coverage costs. This amounts to over $300 a month from most workers, and the average wage at the plant is $9 an hour. Most workers at the plant have worked there for many years, some more than 20 years. Striker Anna Maria Rico has worked for EX-Cell 23...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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Jerry Mead, host of Labor Express radio in Chicago interviews Ashim Roy & Chandra, Indian Trade Unionists about the NTUI, The New Trade Union Initiative in India.
Topics: unions, India, globalization
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Baldemar Velasquez, president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), delivers a powerful speech at the 2008 Labor Notes conference.
Topics: FLOC, farm workers, labor, union, immigrants
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Labor Express Radio reporter Marnie Goodfriend reports on the CSO Musicians Strike... Today, March 18th, 2019, the strike by the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) members of the Chicago Federation of Musicians (CFM), American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 10-208, enters its second week.   The CSO is the most well-attended classical music venue in Chicago and performs more concerts than any symphony orchestra in the United States, and third most in the world. The CSO Board...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Federation of...
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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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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
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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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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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Belding Elementary School special ed teacher Chris Hartwig, member of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and special education teacher assistant Marnita Hayes, member of SEIU Local 73,  explain why they are on strike with over 30,000 of their fellow workers at Chicago public schools.  The interviewer is Labor Express Radio reporter Marnie Goodfriend.  
Topics: workers, union, justice, labor, Chicago, schools, education, CPS, public schools, public education,...
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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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Congressman Jesús "Chuy" García speaks at the July 13, 2019 rally to "End Criminalization, Detention and Deportation" in Chicago.  
Topics: immigration, immigrants rights, deportations, ICE
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Cynthia McKinney delivers her acceptance speech after being nominated as the Green Party Presidential candidate at the Green Party of the United States National Convention, July 12th 2008.
Topics: Cynthia McKinney, Green Party, election 2008
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American Federation of Teachers President Edward McElroy, gives a "State of the Union" speech at the opening of the AFT Convention in Chicago, July 11th, 2008.
Topics: AFT, teachers, unions, chicago
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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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Final Press Conference Republic Factory Occupation
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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Gregg Shotwell is an auto worker, a member of UAW Local 1753, and one of the founders of Soldiers of Solidarity, an activist group in the UAW which opposes the union leaderships lack of militancy and concessionary bargaining. We started our interview with Greg providing a little background on SOSâ¦
Topics: Gregg Shotwell, UAW, GM, strike, Labor Express
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Henry Tamarin, President of UNITE-HERE Local 1, talks about the massive turn out of workers and their supporters at the 5th anniversary rally of the Congress hotel strike in Chicago. The strike in now officially the longest running active strike in the country.
Topics: union, labor, strike, chicago, UNITE-HERE, Congress Hotel, worker, Labor Express
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The Hot 8 Jazz Band from New Orleans at the Opening Rally for the United States Social Forum (USSF).
Topics: Jazz, Hot 8 Jazz, USSF, United States Social Forum, labor
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IAM (The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers)Spokesperson Connie Kelliher talkes about the issues behind the strike by 27,000 workers at Boeing.
Topics: Boeing, IAM, Machinists, strike, labor express
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Aaron Hughes, President of the Chicago Chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War, talks about his opposition to the war in Iraq while taking part in an anti-war march on the war's 5th anniversary (March 19th, 2008).
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, Iraq, war, veterans, Labor Express, Aaron Hughes,...
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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.
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Madison, Wisconsin, general strike
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IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) organizers, Alex van Schaick & Daniel Gross talk about the efforts of the IWW to organize warehouse workers in New York City. The IWW has assisted immigrant latino and asian workers in 8 New York warehouses to fight for better wages, improved working conditions and worker's power on the shop floor. Topics discussed include the unique organizing strategies of the IWW and it's relationship to new forms of worker organizing like worker centers.
Topics: IWW, Industrial Workers of the World, labor, labor express, justice, new york, immigrant, latino,...
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Imelda Martinez, employee of the Congress Hotel in Chicago talks about attending the picket line 5 days a week for the past 5 years, at the 5th strike anniversary rally outside the hotel.
Topics: union, labor, strike, chicago, UNITE-HERE, Congress Hotel, worker, Labor Express
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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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James Thindwa, Executive Director of Chicago Jobs With Justice, discuss the Human Rights crisis in his Homeland of Zimbabwe on CAN TV, August 21st, 2007.
Topics: Zimbabwe, human rights, Mugabe, MDC, Africa, James Thindwa
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Jerry Tucker is a former director of Region 5 of the United Auto Workers union (UAW), former International Executive Board member, and was one of the leaders of the New Directions reform movement in the UAW. He is the co-founder of the Center for Labor Renewal. In this interview, Jerry Mead-Lucero of Labor Express Radio talks with Tucker about the 2007 contract negotiations between the UAW, GM, Chrysler & Ford. Tucker is very critical of the concessionary contracts negotiated by the current...
Topics: labor, union, worker, UAW, United Auto Workers, GM, Ford, Chrysler, auto, labor express, justice,...
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CTU President Jesse Sharkey and SEIU Local 73 Vice-President Jeffrey Howard speak to the press on day 6 of the CTU-SEIU 73 Chicago Public Schools strike.  They discuss the letter from Mayor Lori Lightfoot that indicated that the City and the Board are not serious about making progress in contract negotiations.  Jesse and Jeffrey discuss outstanding issues in negotiations like class sizes and prep time for teachers and PSRPs.  The impromptu press conference followed the rally headlined by...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, schools, CTU, Chicago Teachers Union, SEIU Local 73, SEIU,...
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Documentary filmaker and community radio activist, Jill Friedberg, discuss the history of recent struggles of the teacher's union in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, and the current state of popular struggle against the corrupt state government.
Topics: Oaxaca, Mexico, teacher, section 22, labor, labor express, justice, social movements, APPO, union
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Interview with labor activist, writer and former Teamster Joe Allen, author of The Package King: A Rank and File History of United Parcel Service , about the current elections for national leadership of the Teamsters union.  The 2016 Teamster elections could significantly impact not only the direction of the Teamsters themselves, but the entire U.S. labor movement.  As Joe explains at a time in which the organization of labor in the logistics sector is vital to advances for the U.S. working...
Topics: Teamsters, union, elections, labor
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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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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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Topics: SEIU, NNOC, CNA
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Jorge Mujica at rally at the Bank of America branch in the Chicago neighborhood of La Villta. Supporters of the workers occupying Republic Windows & Doors held the protest, threatening that members of the Latino community will pull their money out of Bank of America if the company refuses to ensure the Republic workers are paid what they are due under law.
Topics: Republic Windows And Doors, occupy, occupation, factory, Chicago, labor, workers, rights, union,...
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Jorge Mujica of the March 10th Committee for Immigrant Rights discusses the reason immigrant rights activists held a rally outside Cook County Jail on July 29th, 2010. The rally against deportations and against Arizona's SB 1070, was held in conjunction with rallies around the country, on the first day that aspects of SB 1070 went into effect.
Topic: immigrant rights, justice, worker, sb 1070, Arizona, Chicago, labor, deportations
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Joycelyn Campbell, a Nanny from Manhattan, an immigrant from Barbados, and a leader in the Domestic Workers United organization discuss the lack of legal protections for domestic workers in the United States and the roots of this reality in racism as well as U.S. economic and foreign policy.
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On Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019, UTLA (United Teachers of Los Angeles) leadership announced that UTLA and LAUSD had reached a tentative agreement on a new contract for UTLA’s 33,000 members.  The announcement came on the 6th day of a strike that had caught the attention of the nation. Though the majority of Los Angeles teachers voted in favor of the new tentative agreement between UTLA and LAUSD, there was a vocal minority who were disappointed with the limited gains in the TA.  Their voice...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Los Angeles, LA, teachers, California, schools, public...
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On Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019, UTLA (United Teachers of Los Angeles) leadership announced that UTLA and LAUSD had reached a tentative agreement on a new contract for UTLA’s 33,000 members.  The announcement came on the 6th day of a strike that had caught the attention of the nation. There is widespread agreement among UTLA members and their supporters that the strike was a tremendous success in regards to the overall fight to defend public education not only in Los Angeles and not only in...
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This is a segment of the 6-19-2016 Labor Express Radio program that covered the situation at CAN-TV. The full program can be found here... https://archive.org/details/LaborExpressFor6-19-2016 "...And lastly, we will return to a story we did cover briefly almost a year ago.  The workers for CAN-TV in Chicago, are still negotiating their first contract, after their union was recognized by management last August.  Negotiations have largely stalled for months and now at least one of the...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, CAN-TV
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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 1-6-2008 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago
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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 10-28-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Interviews with Chrysler workers at the Belvidere, IL. assembly plant as the voted on a new contract. Live in studio appearance of Richard Berg, President elect of Teamsters Local 743. After years of fighting the corrupt old guard, the reformers swept the recent 743 elections.
Topics: labor, union, worker, rights, justice, organizing, Labor Express, Jerry Mead-Lucero, Teamsters,...
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This is the full 10-7-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode we talk with Stewart Acuff, National Organizing Director of the AFL-CIO, about the state of the AFL-CIO and of the labor movement in general, 2 years since the historic 50th Anniversary convention of the federation which resulted in the split that formed the competing Change To Win coalition of unions. This is part one of our two part interview with Acuff. Part two airs on Oct. 21st. Labor Express Radio is...
Topics: labor, union, worker, rights, justice, AFL-CIO, Change to Win, Stewart Acuff, organizing, Labor...
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This is the full 11-18-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Interview with Nathan Wilmers & Sarah Jankowski of Students Organizing United with Labor (SOUL) about there efforts to support campus workers, members of Teamsters Local 743, in their struggle for a fair contract. Also, an Interview with National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) executive director Oscar Chacon at the NALACC National Leadership Assembly in Cincinnati Ohio.
Topics: labor, union, worker, rights, justice, organizing, Labor Express, Jerry Mead-Lucero, NALACC, SOUL,...
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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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This is the full 11-4-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Coverage of this years Teamsterâs for a Democratic Union (TDU) convention, including interviews with TDU National Steering Committee memberâs Frank Halsted and Nichelle Fulmore, Labor Notes editor Chris Kutalik, and newly elected International Longshoremanâs Association (ILA) Local 1588 Sectetary Treasurer, Tony Perlstein.
Topics: TDU, Teamsters, ILA, Labor Notes, labor, union, worker, rights, justice, Labor Express, Jerry...
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This is the full 12-16-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Interview with Peter Cole, author of Wobblies on the Waterfront: Interracial Unionism in Progressive-Era Philadelphia. Also includes coverage of the Chicago Trade with Justice Working Group action at Obama campaign HQ in regards to his support for the Peru trade agreement and excerpts from a speech by former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney who is running for the Green Party Presidential Candidate nomination. Labor Express...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, IWW, waterfront, dock, peter cole, wobblies,...
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This is the full 12-23-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Interview with Kim Moody, author of U.S. Labor in Trouble and Transition: The Failure of Reform from Above, The Promise of Revival from Below. This new book from Verso Press discuss the decline in union members and power over the past few decades and what can be done to turn the situation around. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only labor news and current affairs program. News for working people, by working people. Labor...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, AFL-CIO, Change to Win, Kim Moody, reform
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This is the full 12-9-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Part 2 of our focus on the Chicago Committee Against No Match Letters and the ICE Raid Rapid Response Network. In this episode, Tim Bell of the Chicago Workers Collaborative talks about the no-match crisis and efforts to make Chicago a no-match letter, ICE raid free zone. Also, Emmanuel Castro talks about his struggle against no-match firings at Utility Concrete Products in Morris IL., and the initial reluctance of his union,...
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This is the full 2-10-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. When UAW Local 3520 members at Freightliner, a truck manufacturer in Cleveland North Carolina, resisted company demands that they accept a concessionary contract, UAW International officials attacked their own members rather than support their efforts to combat concessions. The Freightliner 5 are Local 3520 leaders who have had to fight both the company and UAW officialdom in their effort to represent the membership of their...
Topics: freightliner 5, cleveland 5, labor, unions, uaw, united auto workers, workers, concessions, north...
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This is the full 2-24-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. The newest phase in the Chicago Board of Education's (CBE) Renaissance 2010 plan (an effort to privatize 10% of Chicago's Public Schools) involves the closing of 19 more schools. Interview with education reform activist George Schmidt about this CBE decision and the voices of students and parents of schools that will be closed. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs program. News...
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This is the full 3-16-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language 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, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago
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This is the full 3-2-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Part 1 of our interview with Amjad Al-Jawhary, North American Representative of the Iraq Freedom Congress (IFC). Al-Jawhary talks about the goals and purpose of the IFC and recent attacks on IFC HQ by U.S. Occupation Forces. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language 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...
Topics: Iraq, labor, unions, rights, justice, war, occupation, Iraq Freedom Congress, Al-Jawhary, mead,...
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This is the full 3-30-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode we focus on the ongoing strike at American Axel. Program features an interview with John Sassman, member of UAW Local 2093, which represents workers at the American Axle plant in Three Rivers Michigan, and an interview with Erv Heidbrink, President of Local 2093. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only labor news and current affairs program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express Radio airs...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, American Axle, UAW, Local 2093, Michigan
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This is the full 5-18-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. This episode focuses on the presentation at the 2008 Labor Notes Conference, by the New Orleans Worker’s Center for Racial Justice, featuring a number of the Indian migrant workers, employees of Signal International in Mississippi, who endured a form a form debt peonage to this major U.S. marine construction company. The situation of the Signal workers is one of the most powerful indictments of the H2B guest worker program...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, guest worker, immigrant, india, indian, Signal, Gulf Coast, New...
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This is the full 5-20-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode, an interview with Dwight Kirk on the 36th Annual Meeting of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) and an interview with Peter Miller on his new documentary on Sacco and Vanzetti.
Topics: labor, labor express, union, worker, justice, african-american, black, coalition of black trade...
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This is the full 5-27-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Features an interview with Jorge Ramirez of the CFL about the historic victory of numerous labor supported Aldermanic candidates in the 2007 Chicago City Council Elections. Also features an Interview with Luis Gutierrez, Executive Director of Latinos Progressando, about the first ever Latin American Migrant Community Summit (Cumbre) held in April in Michoacán Mexico.
Topics: labor, labor express, union, worker, justice, election, immigrant, migrant, latino, Latin America,...
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This is the full 5-4-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode of Labor Express we bring you audio from Chicago's third annual Mayday march for immigrant rights, which at around 20,000 strong, was an impressive showing. Also includes an interview with Jack Heyman, one of the organizers of the ILWU (International Longshore and Warehouse Union) West Coast Mayday strike against the war in Iraq. The ILWU closed down all the West Coast ports on Mayday - the first anti-war strike...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, immigrant, mayday, ilwu, Jack Heyman, jorge mujica
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This is the full 6-10-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Interview with Michael Eisenscher, National Coordinator of U.S.Labor Against the War (USLAW), about the recent strike by Iraqi Oil Workers, their struggle against the Iraqi Hydrocarbons Law - an attempt to privatize Iraqâs oil, and the Iraqi workers tour, currently taking place in the United States.
Topics: labor, labor express, union, worker, justice, Iraq, oil, hydrocarbons law, USLAW, against war, iraq...
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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 6-24-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode, a talk with Chicago Teacherâs Union (CTU) delegate Jackson Potter about the recent CTU elections and the upcoming contract negotiations. Michael Moore speaking at a National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) rally for national health care. Also, some audio from SEIUâs âDreams Across America Tourâ, for immigrant rights.
Topics: labor, labor express, union, worker, justice, rights, immigrant, migrant, latino, Chicago, Michael...
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This is the full 8-19-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.
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Interview with documentary film maker Jill Friedberg (Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad, Granito de Arena & This is What Democracy Looks Like) about the history of the Teacherâs movement in Oaxaca, and the ongoing popular rebellion against the governor of the Southern Mexican state. Also, special presentation from Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash of Building Bridges on the Crandall Canyon mine disaster.
Topics: labor, labor express, union, worker, justice, rights, teacher, oaxaca, APPO, Jill Friedberg,...
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This is the full 9-9-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Interview with Tim Bell of The Chicago Worker’s Collaborative, about the proposed policies changes by the Dept. Homeland Security in-regards to the Social Security “no match letters”, which could result in massive firings of undocumented and documented immigrant workers. Socorro Leos of the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (MIRA!), talks about the struggles of migrant workers on the Gulf Coast, post-Katrina.
Topics: labor, labor express, union, worker, justice, rights, Mississippi, MIRA!, immigrant, Socorro Leos,...