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Labor Express Radio
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...
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Dec 24, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 12-22-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  Chilean human rights activist Mario Venegas, victim of the Pinochet regime who has made Chicago his home for the last 30 years, talks about his recent visit to Chile and the ongoing uprising there challenging the very foundations of the neoliberal state. Plus, Angela Davis speaks at the refounding convention of the National Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression.  Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Chile, Latin America, Human Rights, Neoliberalism, Mario...
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Dec 22, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 12-8-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  This episode includes a speech given by presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders to the Chicago Teachers Union as they voted to launch their historic 2019 strike.  It also includes a interview with Shaun Richman, an In These Times contributing writer and the Program Director of the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies at SUNY Empire State College analyzing Sanders labor platform conducted by Ken Nash of...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, schools, CTU, SEIU, strike, public education, Bernie...
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Dec 2, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 11-24-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  This episode features an interview with veteran Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teacher, Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) bargaining team member and one of CORE’s (Caucus of Rank and File Educators) founders, Kenzo Shibata about the recently concluded CTU/SEIU strike at CPS with an analysis of the strike, the resulting new 5 year contract and its implications for the future. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, schools, CTU, SEIU, strike, public education, teachers
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Nov 4, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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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Oct 23, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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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Oct 22, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 10-20-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and SEIU Local 73 on strike!  We have been talking about it for months and now its finally here.  The two unions and the Chicago board of ed could not reach agreement and so as of Thursday, October 17th, teachers, PSRPs and other support staff including everybody from custodians to security personnel, to lunch room attendants, to bus aides, etc. went out on strike - some over 30,000 workers...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, schools, CTU, Chicago Teachers Union, SEIU Local 73, SEIU,...
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Oct 20, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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Labor Express Radio reporter Michelle Burke interviews Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center biology teacher David Kaplan about why he has joined 30,000 of his fellow coworkers on strike.  David starts by discussing the state of contract negotiations as of Thursday Oct. 17th the start of the strike.
Topics: workers, union, justice, labor, Chicago, schools, education, CPS, public schools, public education,...
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Oct 19, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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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Oct 13, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 10-6-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  Interview with Scott Houldieson, Vice President of UAW Local 551 and long-time UAW reform activist about the ongoing UAW strike at GM. And in the second half of the program, the Chicago Teachers Union and SEIU Local 73 vote to strike by huge margins of their membership. 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, schools, CTU, Chicago Teachers Union, UAW, United Auto...
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Oct 6, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 9-22-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  STRIKE! Nurses strike in Chicago, auto workers strike across the country and students strike for climate justice around the globe, as Chicago teachers get closer to a possible strike of their own. 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...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, schools, CTU, Chicago Teachers Union, nurses, NNU,...
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Oct 4, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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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Sep 3, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 9-1-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  The last in our three-part series looking at the historic political changes in Chicago this past year. Also on the episode, Chicago teachers move closer to a possible strike. And transit workers, members of Transit Workers Unite, gear up for their own contract fight at the end of the year.   Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. News for working people, by...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, schools, CTU, Chicago Teachers Union, socialists,...
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Aug 18, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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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Aug 15, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 8-4-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  Interview with Joe Allen on the rise of left-wing politics in Chicago: Chicago is leading the nation right now in a budding and growing working class fight back.  It dates back to 2012 and the Chicago teachers strike that year whose impact continues to ripple across the nation. That strike launched a rise of teacher union militancy that has brought back the strike weapon to the class struggle battlefield in this country. ...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, schools, CTU, Chicago Teachers Union, socialists,...
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Jul 17, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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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May 13, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 5-12-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On the last episode of Labor Express Radio, I predicted that May Day 2019 might turn out to be the most exciting May Day in Chicago since the mega-marches of 2006.  And that prediction turned out to be accurate. As forecast, 5 charter schools went out on strike that day across the city. They were joined by the clerical workers at the Chicago City Colleges, members of the Federation of College Clerical and Technical...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, schools, CTU, charter schools, Chicago Teachers Union
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Apr 30, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 4-28-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Mayday is just a few days away and this looking to be a particularly exciting May Day in Chicago.  Not because there are any mega-marches planned on the scale of those we saw back in 2006 and 2007. No, march and rally planning this year seems to be pretty small scale, even compared to recent years.  But this May Day we celebrate a 6 member socialist caucus in the Chicago City Council which begins its term in office later...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, schools, UIC GEO, University of Illinois Chicago, Graduate...
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Apr 10, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 4-7-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) strike enters its second month with negotiations over a new contract at an impasse.  The musicians union is doing what it can, however, to make the best of a bad situation by providing free concerts to Chicagoans across the city. It is a way for the union to thank Chicago residents for their continued solidarity while also reaching working-class...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, schools, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, CSO, musicians, UIC...
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Apr 3, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) strike drags on, entering its 4th week last Sunday (March 31st).  All regularly scheduled concerts have been canceled through April 9th as negotiations seem to be at an impasse.  It is a difficult situation for the CSO musicians whose livelihoods are on the line, but they have been making the best of a bad situation, bringing free music to hundreds of Chicagoans across the city.  For the past couple weeks, the musicians have been organizing and performing...
Topics: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, CSO, strike, worker, justice, union, Chicago
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Mar 27, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 3-24-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) goes on strike!  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 the third most in the world. The CSO Board of Trustees spends nearly two-thirds of their revenues on the building and non-Orchestra employees and allocates little more than 1/3 of...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, teachers, schools, ChiArts, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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Mar 27, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 3-3-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express, I rebroadcast an interview with economist Dr. Jack Rasmus I originally broadcast on the Oct. 7th, 2018 episode of Labor Express.  The interview discusses the concept of Universal Basic Income or UBI. The idea of providing every citizen a subsistence income not tied to work. The reason I have chosen to rebroadcast the interview tonight is that in early February, The Chicago Resilient...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, teachers, schools, Oakland, California, Universal Basic...
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Mar 18, 2019 Marnie Goodfriend
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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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Feb 18, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 2-17-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express, Chicago teachers keep making history!   Last December we reported on the first ever strike by charter school teachers anywhere at the Acero charter school network.  That strike, lasting less than a week achieved major gains for teachers and students alike including reduced class sizes, better, more equitable pay, better resources for special education students and sanctuary...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, teachers, schools, public education, privatization,...
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Feb 10, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 2-3-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. LA teachers win a historic victory after 6 days on strike! As we reported on our last episode, on January 14th UTLA (United Teachers of Los Angeles) launched the first strike by LA teachers in 30 years. It was a bold move forced upon the union by 21 months of fruitless negotiations with LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District).  Once again, public school teachers proved to the nation that strikes can win and that the...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Los Angeles, LA, teachers, California, schools, public...
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Jan 23, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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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Jan 23, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Los Angeles, LA, teachers, California, schools, public...
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Jan 23, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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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Jan 23, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 1-20-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express, LA teachers go on strike!  On Monday, Jan. 14th, after 21 months of fruitless negotiations, teachers in the 2nd largest school district in the nation have had enough.  They have taken to the streets in what is by anyone's estimation one of the most lively, boisterous, and determined labor actions by a union in recent U.S. labor history.  At recent rallies in LA crowd numbers have...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Los Angeles, LA, teachers, California, schools, public...
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Jan 14, 2019 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 1-6-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Tonight’s episode of Labor Express, the first of 2019, is a sort of look back at a few of the highlights of the year just passed.  As well as a possible preview of coming attractions for the new year. First we have have audio from a newly released Labor Beat TV video of a informational picket by airport workers in Chicago who work for Envoy, formerly known as American Eagle.  These members of the Communication Workers of...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers
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Dec 24, 2018 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 12-16-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express charter school teachers in Chicago win a historic victory.  When charter school’s, a form of public school privatization, became a thing roughly two decades ago, it was rather blatantly used as a tool to try to bust teacher unions.  Chicago under Daley and then Rahm, embraced charter schools, opening dozens in a short time and leading the nation in this particular privatization...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, charter schools, Acero, Chicago Teachers Union, CTU,...
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Dec 11, 2018 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 12-2-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express we hear from workers at the only hotel in Chicago still out on strike.  UNITE-HERE Local 1 has signed contracts with over 26 hotels in the past couple months, but the Cambria Hotel in Downtown Chicago is still refusing to agree to a fair contract.  Instead, unlike all the other Chicago area hotels, the Cambria is looking to increase the workload for housekeepers. Also, as 2018 nears...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, MeToo, women, sexual harassment, McDonalds, Cambria Hotel,...
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Nov 24, 2018 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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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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Nov 21, 2018 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 11-11-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. At the end of every episode of Labor Express Radio I refer to Chicago as the world capital of the labor movement.  The statement is of course hyperbole, generated out of a deep sense of Chicago pride. In reality of course the labor movement has no real capital, no real center, it is international and the frontlines of its battles are always shifting.  But there is a kernel of truth to my exaggeration in that Chicago has,...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, IG Metall, Germany, 8 hour day, working day, hours of...
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Oct 23, 2018 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 10-21-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Tonight's program is a rare live in-studio episode, featuring an interview with Joe Allen, author of The Package King: A Rank and File History of United Parcel Service .  I discuss with Joe the recent betrayal of the Teamsters members who work for UPS by the Hoffa leadership.  The Teamsters have been in negotiations with UPS over a new 5 year contract for the past several months. UPS is demanding major concessions,...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Teamsters, UPS, logistics, Joe Allen
Labor Express Radio
Oct 9, 2018 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 10-7-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight's program I will air an interview I conducted by phone last June with economist Dr. Jack Rasmus about the concept of Universal Basic Income (UBI).  Dr. Rasmus and I discuss why there has been a great deal of discussion of this idea as of late and particularly why it seems popular with billionaire CEOs in the tech world and other new emerging industries in our economy.  Is UBI an answer to the rise of automation...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, universal basic income, UBI, automation, Jack Rasmus
Labor Express Radio
Sep 19, 2018 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 9-16-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode of Labor Express we hear from hotel workers, members of UNITE-HERE Local 1, who are on strike across Chicago at the moment.  On September 7th, a week after the expiration of the union’s contracts at dozens of Chicago area hotels, UNITE-HERE launched a strike that affects some 26 hotels in the city and involves some 6,000 workers.  It is I believe the largest strike in Chicago, since the teachers strike in...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, UNITE-HERE, hotel workers