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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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Nov 10, 2012 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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Amjad Al-Jawhary has paid a high price for his efforts to organize workers in Iraq. In 1995, Amjad had to flee Iraq and the regime of Saddam Hussein, because of his union organizing work. He took up residence in Toronto Canada, but Amjad stays in close contact with his comrades in Iraq. He travels there frequently, and acts as one of the few voices in the west for the for the Iraqi labor movement. I aired an interview with Amjad on the Labor Express radio program in June 2005, as the...
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Jun 9, 2011 Jerry Mead-Lucero
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This is the full 6-6-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Last Wednesday, the stock market took a dive, the deepest plunge in almost a year, after much volatility the last few months. This came as something of a shock to some, as the pundits who have been declaring that the recession is over and that we are well on our way to recovery have focused on the stock market and corporate earnings as their barometer of the economy while the employment numbers have remained largely dismal....
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Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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Jun 6, 2007 Jerry Mead
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Audio recording of speech by Gene Bruskin of US Labor Against War at UNITE Hall in Chicago, Summer of 2004.
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Topics: Iraq, war, labor, unions, USLAW, Bruskin, anti-war
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Section 3 of Part 2 of Stewart Acuff Interview.
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This is the full 6-24-2013 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio we will hear about a new network of labor activist, local unions and local labor councils that has formed in the past year to try to reverse the historic decline in organized labor’s power.  Called the Labor Fightback Network, the new network unites many if not most of the nation’s leading labor militants and union progressives.  The Labor Fightback Network has been issuing a...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Labor Fightback Network, AFL-CIO, Alan Benjamin
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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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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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This is the full 2-26-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this week's episode of Labor Express Radio we take a look a two potentially exciting developments on the local labor scene here in Chicago. First, the teachers at the ASPIRA Charter School network on Chicago’s northside have voted overwhelming to strike.  Of course strikes are always tough on workers and in the case of schools difficult for the students and families affected as well.  But the overwhelming support for...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers
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This is the full 9-27-2015 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode we return to an issue we covered originally on our Labor Day episode.  The Dyett hunger strikers ended their hunger strike on Sept. 21st after a major victory in the fight to halt the privatization of Dyett High School on Chicago’s Southside.  They did not win all of their demands but it is a stunning victory nonetheless and the struggle at Dyett continues.  We will hear from three of the strikers...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, railroads, safety, environment, education, Dyett, schools
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This is the full 10-7-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode we talk with Stewart Acuff, National Organizing Director of the AFL-CIO, about the state of the AFL-CIO and of the labor movement in general, 2 years since the historic 50th Anniversary convention of the federation which resulted in the split that formed the competing Change To Win coalition of unions. This is part one of our two part interview with Acuff. Part two airs on Oct. 21st. Labor Express Radio is...
Topics: labor, union, worker, rights, justice, AFL-CIO, Change to Win, Stewart Acuff, organizing, Labor...
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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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Topics: Casa de Pueblo, labor, ufcw
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This is the full 10-3-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today's program we will get un-update on Occupy Chicago, the 24-7 ongoing occupation in Chicago's financial district to protest corporate greed and corporate power. We will also get an update on the efforts of Chicago's Anti-Eviction Campaign including some details of recent victories and recent setbacks. And before all that we will hear a bit about efforts in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood to fight for an area trauma...
Topics: labor, justice, worker, rights, Chicago, unions
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This is the full 2-15-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s program we take a look at the work of ROC – the Restaurant Opportunity Centers, a network of workers center’s that has developed over the past several years focused on workers in the restaurant industry – some of the lowest wage and most exploited workers in our economy. Will also hear what the union that represents transit workers has to say about the public transit cuts that made life miserable for...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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This is the full 10-4-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Today's episode of Labor Express Radio focuses on a the One Nation Working Togther Rally held in Washington D.C. on October 2nd. Hundreds of thousands attended the rally organized by a coalition of labor, civil rights groups and progressive forces with the goal of rallying the troops before the November elections and pushing forward a progressive agenda on labor rights, education, job creation and a host of other issues. The...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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This is the full 3-1-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. This Wednesday, March 3rd, Chicago Jobs With Justice will be holding a public event their calling Durbin’s Diner at noon in Federal Plaza. The action, modeled on a Great Depression era soup line, will be used to highlight the continuing economic crisis and high unemployment and its impact on working people. Will hear from Susan Hurley, Executive Director of Chicago Jobs with Justice in a little bit about this action which is...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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This is the full 4-1-13 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. In Pilsen, a working class, Mexican immigrant on Chicago’s Southside, Metro Bank has been foreclosing on several apartment buildings and has been attempting to evict the building’s tenants.  But little did Metro Bank know that at least two of their tenants were seasoned activists and members of the IWW (The Industrial Workers of the World).  And like good Wobblies, these tenants didn’t simple mourn the banks attempts to...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, immigrants, NALACC, Oscar Chacon, IWW, evictions
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This is the full 3-4-13 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio we bring you audio on a variety of topics from a variety of sources... From our friends at Building Bridges in NYC we have a speech by Dave Coles, National President of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada recorded at CUNY University in New York, on January 17.  Coles talks about his union’s opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. Than regular listeners to...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, environment, keystone xl pipeline
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This is the full 7-8-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio includes updates on a couple issues we have been covering on the program over the past couple months. First, on June 27th the U.S. Supreme Court finally announced their decision in the Janus Case and as we all expected the decision eliminated the ability of public sector unions to collect fair share fees from the workers they represent.  It is a devastating blow to the labor...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, immigrants, separation of families, Trump, migrants,...
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This is the full 5-13-13 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. It is a new era not only for workers in Chicago but across the country. At least that is the message the members of the New Era Windows worker owned cooperative communicated to the press last Thursday at the grand opening of what is one of a very few, if not the only, manufacturing cooperative in the United States. This same intrepid group of workers are the same folks who brought you the week long Republic Window and Doors...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Republic Windows and Doors, New Era Windows, cooperative,...
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This is the full 11-23-09 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Labor Express Radio took a brief break over the Thanksgiving Holiday, so today’s episode of Labor Express is an archive edition originally aired on Jan. 18th of 2009. The bulk of the program is an interview with labor and black liberation movement activist Bill Fletcher Jr. whose book Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path toward Social Justice is a brilliant critique of the current state of the...
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This is the full 9-21-09 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this week’s episode, Labor Express covers the 2009 AFL-CIO convention in Pittsburg including excerpts from Sweeney & Trumka’s speeches at the convention and analysis of the main themes of the convention from Labor Notes editor Mischa Gaus. Well also hear about UNITE-HERE Local 1’s plans to take their fight for a new contract for 6,000 hotel workers to a whole new level this Thursday, and will hear audio from last...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago
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This is the full 1-14-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. This is our MLK Day Eve program. It includes excerpts from Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech at the Riverside Church in New York City in 1967 and a commentary on King's connection to the labor movement by journalist Dick Meister. The bulk of the program features a speech by North Central College Speech Communications professor, Steve Macek called “Demonizing the Inner City: Ideology and the Urban Poor”. The speech is based...
Topics: labor, chicago, justice, worker, union, rights, poor, mlk, martin luther king, inner city, poverty
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This is the full 6-10-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Interview with Michael Eisenscher, National Coordinator of U.S.Labor Against the War (USLAW), about the recent strike by Iraqi Oil Workers, their struggle against the Iraqi Hydrocarbons Law - an attempt to privatize Iraqâs oil, and the Iraqi workers tour, currently taking place in the United States.
Topics: labor, labor express, union, worker, justice, Iraq, oil, hydrocarbons law, USLAW, against war, iraq...
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Our Labor Day 2005 episode features a half hour special produced by our friends at WIN looking back on events in the labor movement over the past year. (PLEASE EXCUSE MY REFERENCE TO AN INTERVIEW WITH HOWARD ZINN IN THIS PROGRAM--THE INTERVIEW IS ACTUALLY WITH ZINN'S CO-EDITOR ANTHONY ARNOVE). We also have a report on the struggle of Boilermakers Local 484 against Celanese Corp. in Meredosia Illinois where local police in the pay of the company terrorize union members. Despite this the...
Topics: labor, Meredosia, Boilermakers, Katrina, solidarity, Chicago, work, union
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This is the full 6-5-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio will be devoted entirely to a conversation I had earlier today with long time labor activist, author and fellow Pilsen resident Joe Allen.  Joe’s most recent book, The Package King: A Rank and File History of United Parcel Service, is a look at the history of one of America’s most well known companies from the pointview of it workers.  The book is curently available as an ebook...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Joe Allen, UPS, Teamsters
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This is the full 8-24-2014 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight's program we cover several issues.  First we will hear from Joe Burns, author of “Reviving the Strike”, about how only the strike can halt the attack on Public Sector unions. Later, we will hear about the historic, successful effort to block an Israeli ship from docking at the Port of Oakland, in protests of Israel’s attack on Gaza and in support of the Boycott and Divestment campaign. We will also hear...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Joe Burns, Oakland, Detroit, Palestine, AFL-CIO
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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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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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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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This is the full 10-28-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Interviews with Chrysler workers at the Belvidere, IL. assembly plant as the voted on a new contract. Live in studio appearance of Richard Berg, President elect of Teamsters Local 743. After years of fighting the corrupt old guard, the reformers swept the recent 743 elections.
Topics: labor, union, worker, rights, justice, organizing, Labor Express, Jerry Mead-Lucero, Teamsters,...
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This is the full 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Alexis De Simone with Casa of Maryland, one of the organizations involved in organizing domestic workers, talks about their work and the decision at the USSF to form a national coalition of domestic worker organizations. The national gathering of domestic workers organizations at the USSF was one of the highlights of the forum, and perhaps the most important labor movement development at the forum.
Topics: labor, ussf, united states social forum, domestic workers united, worker, rights, labor express,...
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Jorge Mujica at rally at the Bank of America branch in the Chicago neighborhood of La Villta. Supporters of the workers occupying Republic Windows & Doors held the protest, threatening that members of the Latino community will pull their money out of Bank of America if the company refuses to ensure the Republic workers are paid what they are due under law.
Topics: Republic Windows And Doors, occupy, occupation, factory, Chicago, labor, workers, rights, union,...
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This is the full 7-18-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s program I bring you the third and final installment of my update on the lockout of 228 Steelworkers in Metropolis Illinois. In this segment I talk with Local 7-669’s allies, in both the Steelworkers International and immigrants rights activists in Los Angles who worked with union members to block a Honeywell contract in that city. Honeywell has not only locked-out its workers in Metropolis, but it was an Arizona...
Topics: labor, justice, worker, rights, Chicago, unions
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This is the full 2-12-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode of Labor Express Radio, we remember the life and work of a local labor movement legend.  Frank Rosen, was President of District 11 of the UE, headquartered here in Chicago, from 1976 until his retirement in 1990.  Frank continued to be a leader in local social movements well after his retirement.  Frank’s approach to social unionism which combined militant, progressive organizing with community...
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This is the full 2-28-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. What a great time to be alive. At least that is how I have felt the last couple weeks as we witness working people taking to the streets and demanding democracy across the globe. After 3 years of misery, with the worst economic crisis in the last half century, it appears too many that perhaps, just perhaps, we are on the precipice of serious social change. It is far too premature to say with any certainty that this is the...
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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...
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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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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 6-24-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Here on Labor Express we understand that immigrant rights are workers rights and vice versa.  It's impossible to defend workers rights, organize, and advance a working class agenda while a major component of the working class, immigrants, fear for their most basic security, for their very lives and that of their families.  Just as the advance of organized labor in our country in the 19th century absolutely required the...
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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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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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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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On the 4th anniversary of 9-11 (and the 32nd anniversary of the coup in Chile) Labor Express includes an interview conducted by our friends at WIN with U.S. Labor Against The War national organizer Michael Eisencher about the anti-war protests that will be held in D.C. the weekend of Sept. 24th-25th. We also feature Bob Kingsley's organizing report at the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) convention held in Chicago in late August.
Topics: Labor, UE, war, iraq, USLAW, Chicago, work, union
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Topics: labor, chicago, justice, worker, union, rights, community, immigrant, class, immigration, NALACC
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This is the full 4-15-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. The CIW (Coalition of Immokalee Workers) win their campaign against the McDonald’s corporation, when McDonald’s concedes to all the farm workers demands. I interview CIW member Gerardo Reyes about this victory. The program also includes live in-studio interviews with Jason Wallach who works with unions in El Salvador, and Benjamin Dangl, author of The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia. Labor...
Topics: labor, chicago, justice, workers, unions, rights, work, movement, CIW, farm workers, McDonald’s,...
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Labor Express for 11-2-09
Topics: labor, justice, worker, rights, Chicago, unions
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This is the full 10-18-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio we’ll hear about Chicago’s Anti-Eviction Campaign. They held a small action outside Cook County Sheriff and mayoral candidate Tom Dart’s office in downtown Chicago Thursday and presented him with their own 5 day eviction notice I will also offer some commentary on the lessons the 33 Chilean miners who were freed from 69 days captivity far underground on Wednesday and what they...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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This is the full 10-19-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode we take a look at the real ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). The mainstream media has portrayed the organization as if it was created to carry out vote fraud on behalf of Democratic candidates. In reality, ACORN is the most successful community organizing network in U.S. history and has worked to empower poor and working class communities around the country. Millions of low income...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago
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This is the full 7-22-2013 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. First will hear about Shakita Moore an employee of Jason’s Deli in downtown Chicago who was fired after attempting to file complaints with her management for sexual and racial harassment. Later in the program - Thousands of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) employees are being laid off this summer in the wake of the biggest round of school closings in U.S. history.  We will hear from Chicago Teachers Union President Karen...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Chicago Teachers Union, Karen Lewis, Schools, Shakita...
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This is the full 7-26-09 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode we hear about a new book by Chicago journalist Kari Lyderson on the Republic Windows & Doors factory occupation which took place in Chicago last December. Also the workers at Quad Cities Die Casting in Moline, IL., members of UE Local 1174 are currently engaged in a fight to keep their plant from closing. Will hear from UE organizer Leah Fried about the state of that struggle. Plus a short update on...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, Quad City diecasting, UE, United Electrical...
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This is the full 4-18-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. The 125th anniversary of the Haymarket incident is a couple weeks away, and there is a whole series of events planned here in Chicago to mark this important date in world labor history. We’ll hear about some of those plans on today’s program. We’ll also hear from Bangladeshi workers who work in Wal-Mart sweatshops in Bangladesh and the truly horrific working conditions and repression they face. Lastly, we’ll hear about...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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This is the full 11-23-09 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On todayâs program we take a deeper look at the struggle of the workers at the Bissell products warehouse in Chicagoâs Southwest suburbs to get their jobs back. On last weekâs program we heard from Carl Rosen, Western Region President of UE (The United Electrical Workers Union) about how when the Bissell workers presented their employer with a petition to form a union, they were fired en masse. The workers and the union...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago
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This is the full 8-23-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this week’s episode of Labor Express Radio we’ll hear about a strike currently underway in Franklin Park, a Suburb near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. Many of the workers at Ex-Cell Metal Products have worked their more than 20 years and yet the still make barely above minimum wage. Now management wants the workers to pay much higher rate for their health insurance. We’ll also hear about a Lock-Out in the Southern...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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This is the full 7-19-09 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode we take a look at the democracy movement in Iran, the role of the working class in that movement, hopes for change after the fraudulent elections of June 09, and how people in the U.S. can support the Iranian democracy movement with Kaveh Ehsani, assistant professor of international studies at DePaul University. Ehsani is one of the editors of the Middle East Report, a monthly print and online journal produced...
Topics: labor, union, worker, justice, rights, democracy, Iran, Jerry Mead-Lucero, Kaveh Ehsani, elections
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This is the full 4-29-13 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio, we will hear from participants in an historic action by retail and food service workers in downtown Chicago.  The recently formed  Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago held a one day strike and march through downtown in which hundreds of low wage workers participated.  It is part of their campaign called “Fight for 15.”  The goal - to establish a $15 an hour minimum wage...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, minimum wage, Fight for 15, schools, Chicago Teachers...
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This is the full 12-14-09 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Well the Holiday season is upon us, and whatever your belief system may be, chances are you are celebrating the holidays in some fashion and are buying gifts for family and friends. Here at Labor Express Radio we have some suggestions for gifts that will inject some class consciousness into your holiday. On today’s and next week’s program will be focusing on recently published books about labor struggles and working class...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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This is the full 6-21-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s program we’ll hear from three members of the Chicago Teachers Union new leadership team. CORE, the Caucus of Rank and File Educators, a reform caucus within the teachers union, won the election for union leadership over the incumbent United Progressive Caucus receiving nearly 60% of the vote. This is a historic victory for a leading group progressives and reformers in the union who have promised to engage the...
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This is the full 5-6-13 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio, I will bring you a selection of voices from this year's May Day festivities in Chicago. We will have audio from both the Chicago Federation of Labor’s annual commemoration at the Haymarket Monument and the annual march for immigrant’s rights which at close of 5,000 participants this year was one of Chicago’s largest May Day marches. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, May Day
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This is the full 2-4-13 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Last week, both the US Senate and President Obama put forward proposals for long awaited, so called, comprehensive immigration reform. And here in Illinois, a new law was enacted allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain a drivers license.  One of the greatest disappointments of many with Obama’s first term, was his broken promise to tackle the immigration issue.  The outcome of the November elections, in which the Latino...
Topics: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago, immigrant, migrant, Obama, Illinois
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This is the full 6-17-2013 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio we will hear about a proposed City ordinance here in Chicago that will provide more transparency and citizen input over potential future privatization deals, from Hailey Golds of IL PIRG (Public Interest Research Group).  Unfortunately this extremely mild measure to try to prevent rushed privatization deals is opposed by the Mayor and is been held up in committee for months by...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, PIRG, City Council, Car Wash
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Joycelyn Campbell, a Nanny from Manhattan, an immigrant from Barbados, and a leader in the Domestic Workers United organization discuss the lack of legal protections for domestic workers in the United States and the roots of this reality in racism as well as U.S. economic and foreign policy.
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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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Labor Express For 10-19-09
Topics: labor, justice, workers, rights, Chicago, union
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This is the full June 22nd, 2008 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Part II 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, immigrant, ICIRR, detention center, SEIU, FMPR,...
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This is the full 8-13-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express we look at the reasons the members of the Automobile Mechanics' Union Local 701 are currently on strike across the Chicago area.   We will also look at a new phase emerging in the fight against gentrification in the Pilsen neighborhood on Chicago’s southwest side.  Gentrification pressures have dramatically increased in the last few years as property values are once again on the...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, auto, mechanics, immigrant, pilsen, UAW
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This is the full 8-22-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. It is a rare thing when activists launch a campaign and win their first substantial success within the same week. But that is precisely what happened for immigrant rights activists last week. As President Obama shifts into campaign mode in preparation for the 2012 presidential election, one element of his base, Latino voters, are increasingly voicing their disappointment with the President. On Tuesday in six cities around the...
Topics: labor, justice, worker, rights, Chicago, unions
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This is the full 2-25-13 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Since the Honduran coup in 2009, the first successful attempt of the right wing to overturn a decade and a half of democratic transformation in Latin America by force, we have been updating you on developments in that country, especially the deteriorating human rights situation.  On today’s program I will air an interview with Honduran LGBT activist Jose Palacios.  The LGBT community has been one of the communities, along...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, schools, public, Pilsen, Little Village, Chicago Public...