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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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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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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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This is the full 9-18-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio, two major events are fast approaching.  This first is the likelihood of a Chicago Teachers Strike sometime in the next couple months.  We will hear from CTU organizing director Norine Gutekanst about why a strike might be necessary and how the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is preparing its members for a strike, including participating in a national day of action in defense of...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Chicago Teachers Union, CTU, strike, public education,...
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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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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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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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This is the full 12-5-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, Jonah Furman of Labor Notes discusses the victory of striking workers at John Deere and what they won in their new contract.  Jonah also talks about the new contracts or TAs for IATSE members and workers for Kaiser, as well as the overall state of labor struggle in this unique period.  Later in the program, voices from the picket lines of striking workers for Kaiser...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, strikevember, strikesgiving, striketober, strike wave,...
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This is the full 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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This is the full 8-8-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, Dennis Kosuth - NNU nurse at Cook County hospital and member of the CTU as a school nurse discusses the new nurse's contact at Cook County and concerns regarding the coming school year.  Also, a 3-week long strike at Frito-Lay in Kansas ended on July 25th.  We hear about why the workers struke and what they gained in their new contract.  What do their conditions say about work in...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, CTU, Chicago Teachers Union, nurses, NNU, National Nurses...
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This is the full 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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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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This is the full 1-30-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, Arise Chicago Workers Center discusses Chicago’s new domestic worker rights ordinance.  The Chicago Teachers Union and Mayor Lightfoot reach an agreement on a safe return plan, but short of what the Union wanted.  And working people’s loss of faith in public institutions in the United States.   #laborradionetwork  #LaborRadioPod  #1u  #UnionStrong Labor Express Radio...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Chicago Teachers Union, CTU, Chicago Public Schools, CPS,...
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This is the full 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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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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This is the full 11-1-2015 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. There have been several recent cases of police brutality in Chicago that have lead to protests. From the case of Ronald "Ronnie Man" Johnson, who was shot to death by a Chicago Police officer Oct. 12, 2014. The police department has so far refused to release to the public dash cam video of the shooting. To the case of 17 year old LaQuan McDonald, who was shot 16 times, mostly in the back, by a Chicago police...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers
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This is the full 5-24-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s program we’ll hear about the Chicago Teachers Union election which was held last Friday. With five candidates in the race, no candidate was able to reach the 50% mark meaning that the two top vote getters, Marilyn Stewart, the incumbent and Karen Lewis of CORE, a reform caucus in the union, will square off once again on June 11th in a second round of elections. You will hear interviews with both Stewart &...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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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,...
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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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This is the full 8-5-2013 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio first we will hear about plans to “welcome”, ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, to Chicago later this week.  I will explain more later why it is so important we all turn out to let ALEC know they are not welcome in the world capital of the labor movement. Then, we will hear about workers for Mobile Rail Solutions.  This group of roughly 30 workers who work at the...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Fight for 15, minimum wage, IWW, ALEC, rail
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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,...
Topics: labor, union, worker, rights, justice, organizing, Labor Express, Jerry Mead-Lucero, Chicago...
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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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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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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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This is the full 7-19-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this weeks episode of Labor Express Radio we start a two part focus on the state of the U.S. economy. As the Obama administration is celebrating it’s victory in passing “so-called” financial regulatory reform, we find little improvement in the economic condition of the vast majority of Americans, especially the tens of millions who remain unemployed or underemployed. And many economists are now forecasting that a...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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This is the full 5-15-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On our last episode of Labor Express Radio I brought you a special May Day edition complete with some May Day music.  What I was not able to bring you that day however was audio from the actually May Day march in Chicago as it was wrapping up shortly before our program aired.  So I will make up for that tonight.  On tonight’s program I will bring you the voices of those that participated in the 2016 May Day celebration...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, May Day
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Negotiations between the UE, the management of Republic Windows & Doors and Bank of America ended without a resolution on Day 4 of the workers occupation. Mark Meinster, International Representative for UE talks about the state of the struggle to win the Republic their just due.
Topics: Republic Windows And Doors, occupy, occupation, factory, Chicago, labor, workers, rights, union,...
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Melvin Maclin, Vice-President of UE Local 1110 and Lalo Munoz, a 34 year employee of Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago discuss what lead them to occupy their factory as they seek justice from a company that is closing it's doors without giving the notice mandated by law.
Topics: Republic Windows And Doors, occupy, occupation, factory, Chicago, labor, workers, rights, union,...
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This is the full 9-10-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. This is our post Labor Day special and we will bring the voices of workers who rallied this past Monday - Labor Day.  Regular Labor Express Radio listeners undoubtedly know the real labor day is May 1st, International Workers Day.  But since the 1890’s here in the U.S. Labor Day has been celebrated in September.  It was a move meant to de-radicalize the holiday and it has largely worked.  Most associate Labor Day more...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Labor Day, Illinois, Bruce Rauner
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This is the full 2-11-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. This episode focuses on the role of organized labor in Chicago's 2007 Aldermanic elections. Features interviews with Jerry Morrison, Executive Director of SEIU's Illinois State Council and Leroy Jones Jr., SEIU Local 73 City Division Director and candidate for alderman in the 21st Ward on Chicago's South Side. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only labor news and current affairs program. News for working people, by working...
Topics: labor, chicago, justice, workers, unions, elections, Alderman, SEIU
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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 is the full 3-14-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. The great labor uprising in Wisconsin continues even after Governor Walker took what many are calling illegal measures to push through his anti-union law. And the labor rebellion continues to spread to other states. We will bring you audio from Indianapolis and Madison were major labor protests were held last week. We’ll also hear from those who argue it is time for a general strike in Wisconsin. And in our ongoing effort to...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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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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This is the full 4-17-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio I bring you audio from the 2016 Labor Notes conference.  Labor Notes is a number of things.  It is a monthly magazine that highlights the most progressive, the most militant efforts underway today to rebuild and revitalize the labor movement in this country.  It is also an organization that builds networks of like minded labor activists and militants around the country and...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Labor Notes, teachers, UTLA, United Teachers of Los...
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Community members speak out as part of IBEW Local 21's campaign on Comcast.
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago
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This is the full 2-8-09 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Includes an Interview with economist Dr. Jack Rasmus about President Obama’s economic stimulus package. Rasmus is a Professor of economics at St. Mary’s College in California. He is also an advisory to the San Francisco Labor Council Economic Crisis Committee and has written a 20 point economic recovery program proposal, 18 points of which have been adopted by the San Francisco Labor Council and which is now being...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, Jack Rasmus, stimulus, economy, recession, Obama,...
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This is the full 4-11-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. While the great labor uprising of 2011, may be receiving less mainstream news coverage as of late, the labor protests across the country are far from fading away. Last week some tens of thousands of people took part in one of the hundreds of pro-labor rallies, marches and other actions held from coast to coast. The events kicked of on Monday, April 4th, the 43rd anniversary of MLK assassination in Memphis in 1968. Dr. King was...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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This is the full 1-25-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Audio from a rally and march held in downtown Chicago by Public Workers United, a new coalition of public sector workers and their community allies. They held a march on MLK day looking specifically at the state of public transit in Chicago. Later in the program will here about a call for a boycott of Bissel products issued by a coalition of churches in the Joliet area. They announced the boycott at an MLK Day event in Joliet....
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This is the full 1-7-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Our first program of 2007, the episode takes a look at the top labor news stories of 2006. This is part 2 of a end of the year news review. Part 1 aired 12-31-06. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only labor news and current affairs program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express Radio airs every Sunday night at 7:00 PM on Chicago's independent community radio station, WLUW.
Topics: labor, chicago, justice, workers, unions, immigrant, elections, CIW, rights, miners
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This is the full 8-18-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  This second episode in our series looking at the political transformation that swept Chicago this year features audio captured at the Chicago People’s Inaugural held at the Chicago Teachers' Union Hall on June 29th.  It includes speeches made by five of the six aldermen that make up the new socialist caucus on the Chicago City Council. It also includes a presentation of many of the major issues facing the city and the...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, schools, CTU, Chicago Teachers Union, socialists,...
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This is the full 11-23-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Labor Express reflects on the meaning of President Elect Barack Obamaâs election victory for the labor movement with Chicago Jobs With Justice Executive Director James Thindwa. A long time labor activist and community organizer in Chicago - especially in poor, African-American working class communities on Chicagoâs Southside - who is also an African immigrant, Thindwa offers a unique perspective on what Obamaâs election...
Topics: Barack Obama, James Thindwa, labor, workers, Chicago, justice, Jobs With Justice, unions, labor...
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This is the full 8-14-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio, as the world turns it attention to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero Brazil, we take a look at recent political developments in that nation and the working class efforts to fight back against a right turn in Brazil and across the continent. When the Workers Party or PT won the parliamentary elections in Brazil in 2002, Brazil was at the lead of what would become a...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Brazil, Worker's Party, PT, impeachment, Luiz Inácio Lula...
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This is the full 5-6-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. I hope all of our listeners had a celebratory and energizing May Day this year.  We are going to need that renewed energy as the working class is facing some very difficult battles on the horizon.  Today’s program being the first since this years May Day which was of course last Tuesday, we will feature audio captured from around the country on May 1st.  Like the weather and unlike the time clock we will start once again...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Los Angeles, Puerto Rico, May Day, May 1st, International...
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This is the full 10-11-2015 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode we turn to an issue that we have neglected for far too long.  On Oct. 5th, it was announced that the 12 negotiating nations had reached agreement on the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement or TPP.  In the same week, WikiLeaks released a portion of the secretive trade pact to the public and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reversed herself and declared her opposition to the TPP.  All of...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, TPP, Trans Pacific Partnership, free trade, Jack Rasmus,...
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This is the full 2-25-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express as promised, we continue our look at the likely challenges, obstacles and opportunities for the U.S, Labor Movement in the coming year.  2018 will likely be another very difficult year for the U.S. working class so I have reached out to a few long time friends of Labor Express to discuss what we are facing in the next 11 months and beyond.   In the second half of the program, we will...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, economy, unemployment, NAFTA, Honduras, schools, teachers,...
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This is the full 2-28-2021 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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This is the full 9-19-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, Bill Samuel, director of government affairs at the AFL-CIO talks about the status of the PRO-Act and Luis Feliz Leon, staff writer and organizer with Labor Notes, discusses the impact of Hurricane Ida on the NYC working class. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, AFL-CIO, PRO-Act, Bill Samuel, Hurricane Ida, Luis Feliz...
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This is the full 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 4-5-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this week’s episode of Labor Express we’ll hear from the Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, about revitalized efforts by the U.S. Department of Labor to crack down on the epidemic of wage theft which afflicts millions of workers around the country every year. From Ieri of the Immigrant Youth Justice League (IYJL) will receive a report back from the massive immigrants rights march held in Washington D.C. on March 21st. Some...
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This is the full 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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Labor Express For 11-16-09
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This is the full 2-8-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s program we bring you part 2 of our look at the crisis in Haiti following the destruction wrought by the Jan. 12th earthquake that struck the Island. On last week’s program were aired the first part of an interview with local Haitian expatriate and activist Lionel Jean Baptiste. In that interview we discussed the 200 year history of relations between the U.S. and Haiti and how for the most part, that relationship...
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This is the full 10-25-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Today’s episode of Labor Express could be called class struggles in France. Around the globe, the ruling class is utilizing the current economic crisis to erode gains made by the working class over a century of struggle. But in at least one place, the workers are fighting back on a grand scale. French workers are legendary for their militancy and the French are living up to their reputation with nearly two months of rolling...
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Interview with Tom Shepherd of the Pullman Civic Organization about the historical importance of the Pullman neighborhood in Chicago and plans to celebrate Labor Day 2008 in Pullman. The celebration is sponsored by Pullman Civic Organization, Illinois Labor History Society, Bronzeville/Chicago Black History Society, Illinois AFL/CIO, Calumet Heritage Partnership, Historic Pullman Foundation, Chicago Metro History Project, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, The State of Illinois...
Topics: labor, pullman, worker, union, chicago, history, debs, randolph
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Chicago Alderman Joe Moore announces that 15 members of the Chicago City Council are seeking to pass a resolution calling for the City to divest from Bank of America if the bank refuses to extend credit to the owners of Republic Windows & Doors. Republic management claims that it can not pay their workers the severance they are due under law, because the bank has refused them further credit. The workers are currently occupying the factory in protest.
Topics: Joe Moore, Republic Windows, factory, occupation, labor, chicago, worker, rights
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This is the full 2-18-13 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. A few weeks ago, both the US Senate and President Obama put forward proposals for so called, comprehensive immigration reform.  Here in Illinois, a new law was enacted allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain a drivers license.  Latinos were disappointed with Obama’s first term, given his broken promise to enact immigration reform.  However, the outcome of the November elections, in which the Latino vote played a major...
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This is the full 12-13-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, Democratic Socialist of America (DSA) host their own Medicare4All campaign relaunch, shortly after NNU’s kickoff.  The relaunch event includes Chicago nurse Dennis Kosuth, NNU and CTU member.  Then the CTU hosts a discussion of rising teacher union militancy nationwide.  And UE releases a booklet entitled “Them and Us Unionism”. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, nurses, COVID-19, National Nurses United, Medicare4All,...
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This is the full 11-7-2021 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, STRIKETOBER becomes STRIKEVEMBER or STRIKESGIVING!  The 2021 wave of strikes continues, but is it a “strike wave”.  We hear from multiple labor commentators, organizers and Kellogg’s strikers. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express Radio airs every Sunday at...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, strikevember, strikesgiving, striketober, strike wave,...
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This is the full 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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This is the full 1-18-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Part 2 of a 2 part look at the labor news of 2009 and Labor Express Radio's coverage of it. In this part we cover... The fight to protect public education in Chicago and the rise of CORE (Caucus of Rank and File Educators). The struggle against the coup in Honduras. The new democracy movement in Iran. The AFL-CIO convention and the change in leadership of the federation. Part 1 aired on 1-11-10. This episode also includes a...
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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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On 3-12-11 the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World)organized a meeting at the Madison Labor Temple in Madison Wisconsin to discuss the possibility of a general strike in Wisconsin in response to Governor Scott Walker's stripping public sector workers of most of their bargaining rights. Some of the speakers have been edited out as they asked that their comments not be aired in public. The audience dialog session that followed the speeches was also not recorded.
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Final Press Conference Republic Factory Occupation
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This is the full 12-14-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Republic Windows & Doors workers WIN! Only 6 days after under taking the first factory occupation in the United States since the late 1930’s, the workers at Republic Windows & Doors in Chicago defeat both Republic management and Bank of America, winning the severance package they were due under federal law. The action of the workers at Republic was international news within days of the worker’s decision to occupy...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, Republic, Bank of America, bailout, occupation,...
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This is the full 1-13-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.
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This is the full 5-27-13 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio, we will bring you audio from the historic three day march organized by the Chicago Teachers Union, May 18th, 19th and 20th, to fight school closings in Chicago.  We will also air audio from the teacher’s union about the unfortunately also historic announcement by Chicago Public Schools that they are moving ahead with the closing of 50 public schools in Chicago, the largest...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Chicago Teachers Union, students, schools, Bangladesh
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This is the full 8-3-2014 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight's program, we take a look at several on-going strikes in the Chicago area.  First from our friends at Labor Beat TV we will hear about the workers of Sloan Valve in Franklin Park, members of United Steelworkers Local 7999 who have been on strike now since May.  Labor Beat attended a rally by the workers last week and we have audio for you from that rally. After that, more from our friends at Labor Beat.  They...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Teamsters, Steelworkers, immigrants, strike, Martin...
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Cambria hotel workers still on strike after nearly 11 weeks: On Labor Express Radio we have been reporting on both the Chicago hotel strike and the nationwide Marriott Hotels strikes since they were launched last September.  The good news so far is that all but one of the Chicago hotel strikes has ended with new contracts that meet the union’s key demands. Likewise, the Marriott Hotel strikes in Boston, San Jose and Oakland have ended with contact gains as well.  However, strikes are still...
Topics: Chicago, workers, labor, justice, union, strike, UNITE-HERE, hotel, Cambria, Marnie Goodfriend
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This is the full 4-19-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On this episode of Labor Express Radio, we continue to look at how the labor and other social movements are responding to the coronavirus crisis.  The COVID-19 crisis is sparking worker's self-activity in a way not seen in generations. How are unions responding to this exciting development? Along with the theme of social solidarity in the time of physical distancing, this theme of the rise of grassroots working-class...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, coronavirus, corona virus, ATU, Amalgamated Transit Union,...
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This is the full 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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In this interview with Scott Houldieson, Vice President of UAW Local 551*, 30 year production worker at the Ford assembly plant on the far Southside of Chicago and long-time union reform activist, Scott talks about the importance of the UAW strike at GM and its outcome to the fate of the industrial working class in the United States.  In particular, we discuss issues like multi-tier wage and benefit structures that were implemented in the auto plants during the Great Recession and which have...
Topics: GM, UAW, United Auto Workers, Union, worker, justice, labor, strike
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This is the full 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 9-28-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode we discuss the current financial crisis and the collapse of neo-liberal economics with Jonathan Tasini, Executive Director of the Labor Research Association (LRA). Established in 1927, Labor Research Association is a New York City-based labor advocacy organization. Jonathan Tasini, is a labor movement journalist, author, researcher and activist. He served as the president of the National Writers Union for over...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, Labor Research Association, Jonathan Tasini,...
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This is the full 7-1-2013 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio we will hear about a group of labor activists, from a variety of organizations including SEIU, Arise Chicago workers center, Chicago Jobs with Justice, Workers United, UE and United Students Against Sweatshops, who gathered at three area Wal-Mart and Gap stores on Saturday to demand these companies sign on to the legally-binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh,...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Bangladesh, Rana Plaza, Wal-Mart, GAP