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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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Labor Express Radio
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This is the full 1-14-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Happy New Year to all our listeners.  As this is the first Labor Express episode of 2018, I thought I would devote the program too a look back at our coverage of the labor movement during the past year.  2017 was a year of transition for Labor Express.  It was our first year full year broadcasting from our new home at WLPN, Lumpen Radio, based in Chicago’s southside neighborhood of Bridgeport.  Which has turned out to...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers
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This is the full 11-1-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. First, we’ll hear from Jorge Ortiz of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign. A couple weeks ago we aired audio from a rally the campaign held outside the office of Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. The campaign was demanding he declare a moratorium on all economically motivated evictions. Within days of that broadcast, Dart announced to the media that he was calling a halt to some evictions. But is the moratorium Dart has embraced...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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This is the full 10-12-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode we discuss the economic and financial crisis and the $700 billon dollar bailout package passed by the congress with Dr. Jack Rasmus, professor of Economics at St. Mary’s College in California. Dr. Rasmus has been forecasting a serious financial crisis for sometime in the pages of Z Magazine, In These Times, Against the Current and several other publications. Rasmus argues that the bailout package past by the...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, Jack Rasmus, Financial Crisis, bailout, Wall...
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This is the full 2-7-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On the second half of today’s program, as promised, we will bring you more about the mayoral candidates standing for election here in Chicago; this time with audio from the Chicago Teachers Union’s mayoral forum. But given the on-going and rapidly evolving events in Egypt, and the reaction to those events here in Chicago, we will devote the first half of today’s program to that topic again this week. Will have audio from...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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This is the full 10-5-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode we discuss the growing financial crisis and the $700 billon dollar bailout package passed by the congress on Friday with Ross Eisenbrey, Vice-President of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). EPI is one of the country’s leading progressive economic think tanks and I asked Eisenbrey to talk about what the bailout means for the nation’s working people. The episode also includes an interview with the Midwest...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago, EPI, Economic Policy Institute, Ross Eisenbrey,...
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This is the full 11-26-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. I must make an apology.  On our last program I said I would include in tonight’s episode coverage of the Los Angeles and Long Beach Port Clean Air Action Plan and the important and exciting organizing going on in the Port of Los Angeles by both labor and environmental justice activists.  Unfortunately we will need to wait until the next program in two weeks for that.  But I will have some discussion of the importance...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, UAW Local 551, UAW, National Workers Conference,...
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This is the full 3-18-13 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. “The basic system of worker representation is failing to meet the needs of America’s working men and women by every critical measure”, these are the words, not of some outside critic of the U.S. labor movement. That was a quote from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Trumka is speaking about a stark reality. Organized labor is under attack in this country and despite winning a battle here and there over the past few...
Topic: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, immigrants, AFL-CIO, UE, Warehouse Workers for Justice,...
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This is the full 2-21-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio, we turn again to fights in the public sector in Chicago.  We will discuss once again the on going battle over public education in Chicago, which continues to be the leading battle over privatization and living standards for the working class in Chicago.  We will hear more about Bank of America’s role in the CPS budget shortfall which is now being used as a rationale for a...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, public schools, Chicago Teachers Union, Chicago Board of...
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This is the full 3-8-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. In honor of International Women's Day we air an interview with one of the foremost academics in Illinois to address issues facing working women. Dr. Helena Worthen is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Labor Education Program at the University of Illinois’ School of Labor & Employment Relations. Dr. Worthen puts together workshops and conferences every year focusing on the concerns of women workers, including the...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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This is the full 4-8-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On the last episode of Labor Express you heard from West Virginia elementary school math teacher Olivia Morris about the recent historic, successful and inspirational West Virginia teachers strike. A rank-and-file lead, technically illegal state wide strike that resulted in the seemingly impossible - a 5% wage increase for all state employees, was a clear demonstration of working class power and the ability to fight back and...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, West Virginia, schools, teachers, CTU, Chicago Teachers...
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This is the full 8-9-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this weeks episode of Labor Express Radio we make good on a promise we made weeks ago. In June, I announced that Labor Express would devote time to looking at the issue of pensions and retirement security in the coming months, and today we finally make good on that claim. Will hear from Karen Friedman, Executive Vice President and Policy Director for the Pension Rights Center, about the attack on defined pension benefit...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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This is the full 6-7-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s program we’ll hear more from this years Labor Notes conference. Well hear from Lucas Benitez of the Coalition of Immokalee workers about their recent victory with Aramark and their new campaign targeting some of the biggest grocery store chains. Will also hear from Karen Lewis, candidate for president of the Chicago Teachers Union on the CORE slate. Karen spoke at labor notes about CORE’s efforts to reform the...
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This is the full 8-30-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this week's Labor Express Radio Program, with the announcement two weeks ago that Hilton Hotel workers voted to authorize a strike and the announcement last week of a boycott of Hyatt Hotels in Chicago, the possibility of an industry wide hotel strike in Chicago has become more likely. Warehouse Workers for Justice, a independent workers center founded by UE has released a report on the working conditions of warehouse...
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Cynthia McKinney delivers her acceptance speech after being nominated as the Green Party Presidential candidate at the Green Party of the United States National Convention, July 12th 2008.
Topics: Cynthia McKinney, Green Party, election 2008
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This is the full 2-24-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. The newest phase in the Chicago Board of Education's (CBE) Renaissance 2010 plan (an effort to privatize 10% of Chicago's Public Schools) involves the closing of 19 more schools. Interview with education reform activist George Schmidt about this CBE decision and the voices of students and parents of schools that will be closed. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs program. News...
Topics: labor, union, worker, rights, justice, teachers, students, chicago teachers union, ctu, Labor...
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This is the full 3-30-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode we focus on the ongoing strike at American Axel. Program features an interview with John Sassman, member of UAW Local 2093, which represents workers at the American Axle plant in Three Rivers Michigan, and an interview with Erv Heidbrink, President of Local 2093. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only labor news and current affairs program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express Radio airs...
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, American Axle, UAW, Local 2093, Michigan
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This is the full 4-22-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. This episode features an interview with Ken Barger, Director of Communications for FLOC (Farm Labor Organizing Committee) about the murder of FLOC organizer Santiago Rafael Cruz in Monterrey Mexico. It also includes an episode of Tom Herriman’s Shift Break on American Federation of Musicians Local 1000. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs program. News for working people, by...
Topics: labor, Chicago, justice, workers, unions, rights, work, movement, FLOC, farm workers, Tom Herriman,...
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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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Labor Express Radio Interview: Carl Rosen - General President of UE discusses how unions can and must organize a militant, bottom up worker fightback in response to the COVID-19 crisis.  Jerry Mead-Lucero of Labor Express Radio interviews Carl Rosen, General President of United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE) about his recent article in In These Times magazine entitled “We Need the Labor Movement To Organize Worker Fightback in the Face of the COVID-19 Crisis”. ...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, coronavirus, corona virus, UE, Carl Rosen
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Members of immigrant rights organizations from around the country speaking out against the âimmigration reformâ proposals that were being discussed in the U.S. Congress earlier today at a press conference held at the Immigrant Rights tent at the USSF. We received word later in the day, that the reform proposals in Congress were defeated â to the relief of everyone here.
Topics: immigrant, labor, justice, rights, ussf, United States Social Forum
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Baldemar Velasquez, president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), delivers a powerful speech at the 2008 Labor Notes conference.
Topics: FLOC, farm workers, labor, union, immigrants
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This is the full 5-17-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s program we hear voices from a memorial vigil held at the Haymarket monument in Downtown Chicago last Saturday to honor the memory of Farzad Kamangar who was executed by the Iranian government on May 9th. Farzad Kamangar was an Iranian Kurd, a teacher, a human rights activist and a member of the Teachers' Union of Kurdistan. He was sentence to death in 2008 for his opposition to the theocratic regime in Iran. The...
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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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This is the full 2-1-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Today we bring you part 1 of a 2 episode look at the history of Haiti, its relationship with the United States, and how this history has set the stage for the current crisis in Haiti following the earthquake of Jan. 12th. On this episode will air an interview with Haitian solidarity activist and Evanston alderman Lionel Jean Baptiste. Mr. Baptiste will discuss how since its successful war for liberation in the early 19th...
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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 10-30-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Since our last program aired two weeks ago, two strikes have been averted, and another launched.  On our last program we discussed that the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) was reviewing the final contract offer made by the Chicago Board of Education in precisely the 11th hour, the night before a strike was set to start.  The Union’s House of Delegates, which includes hundreds of representatives from the over 600 schools in...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Chicago Teachers Union, CTU, strike, public education,...
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This is the full 8-12-2013 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today’s episode of Labor Express Radio first we will hear about the protests held outside the ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council conference held here in Chicago last week.  We’ll hear about why thousands were out in the streets of Chicago letting ALEC know they were not welcome in Chicago. Later in the program will hear about the effort to prevent Casa Aztlan, a community center in the Pilsen...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Casa Aztlan, ALEC
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This is the full 12-13-2015 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. The last few weeks have been full of important developments for the working people in Chicago.  On December 1st, Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired police chief Garry McCarthy, as the scale of the police cover-up of the murder of Black teen Laquan McDonald became public knowledge.  Now the movement for justice for McDonald, and for racial justice in general, is developing into a movement to demand Mayor Rahm Emanuel and state's...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, racism, police, brutality, Rahm Emanuel, Mayor, Anita...
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This is the full 12-11-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On our last episode of Labor Express Radio, we took a look at the 2016 Presidential election and what the result means for the U.S. working class.  But we have been following two elections over the last few months.  The other is the 2016 Teamsters Union national leadership elections and on tonight’s program we have author, journalist and labor activist Joe Allen back to discuss the outcome of that election.  The ballot...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Teamsters
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This is the full 4-13-2014 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode of Labor Express Radio, Jorge Mujica, organizer with Arise Chicago Workers Center discusses the current state of the immigrant’s rights movement, plans for May Day 2014 in Chicago, campaigns that Arise Chicago is involved in and announces his plans to run as a Socialist candidate for 25th Ward Alderman in Chicago. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, immigrants, may day
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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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Post-Katrina Struggles in New Orleans: Katrina survivor, long time Lower 9th Ward resident, and Common Ground Collective activist Albert Bass, talks about living through the levee breach and the ongoing struggle for a right of return for Lower 9th Ward residents. Recorded in July of 2007.
Topics: New Orleans, Katrina, lower 9th ward, common ground, labor express, justice, sustainable,...
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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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This is the full 5-27-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Features an interview with Jorge Ramirez of the CFL about the historic victory of numerous labor supported Aldermanic candidates in the 2007 Chicago City Council Elections. Also features an Interview with Luis Gutierrez, Executive Director of Latinos Progressando, about the first ever Latin American Migrant Community Summit (Cumbre) held in April in Michoacán Mexico.
Topics: labor, labor express, union, worker, justice, election, immigrant, migrant, latino, Latin America,...
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This is the full 4-8-13 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On Last week’s episode of Labor Express Radio, we had Oscar Chacon, Executive Director of the National Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities (NALACC), live in studio with us. One of the things he talked about on that program was an event held last Saturday at Chicago State University, called Latino Nation, Beyond the Numbers. The event was organized by NPR and PBS journalist and Media celebrity, Tavis Smiley....
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, immigrants, Latino
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Alianza Americas Executive Director Oscar Chacon discusses the contributions immigrants make to the economy through their tax contributions.
Topics: immigrants, Latinos, migrants, taxes
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This is the full 9-6-2015 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. You could call this the back to school episode of Labor Express.  Most public school students start the new school year on Tuesday, but the crisis in Chicago’s public schools continues.  For now, there will be no teachers strike for the next couple months, but the union is considering a strike later in the school year if the Board of Ed continues to push layoffs and concession the union argues are unacceptable.  We will...
Topics: Labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Teachers, Public Schools, Dyett, CAN-TV
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This is the full 7-12-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this weeks episode of Labor Express Radio we report on a rare victory for hotel workers in Chicago in the form of a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling. Last week an administrative law judge with the NLRB, found that the Blackstone Hotel in downtown Chicago, had illegal fired 14 workers while in the midst of prolonged negotiations over a first contract. The judge also found that the Blackstone violated the law when...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) organizers, Alex van Schaick & Daniel Gross talk about the efforts of the IWW to organize warehouse workers in New York City. The IWW has assisted immigrant latino and asian workers in 8 New York warehouses to fight for better wages, improved working conditions and worker's power on the shop floor. Topics discussed include the unique organizing strategies of the IWW and it's relationship to new forms of worker organizing like worker centers.
Topics: IWW, Industrial Workers of the World, labor, labor express, justice, new york, immigrant, latino,...
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Labor Express For 4-26-09
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This is the full 10-16-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Teachers with the UNO Charter School Network, also known as UCSN, a network of 15 elementary and high schools in Chicago, with a combined student body of 8,000, could go on strike as early as next Wednesday, if a breakthrough in negotiations can’t be achieved.  The teachers at UNO are represented by ACTS Chicago, the union for charter school teachers in Chicago, which has made great strides organizing charter schools...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Chicago Teachers Union, CTU, strike, public education,...
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This is the full 3-28-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Most of today’s episode of Labor Express Radio will be devoted to a discussion with Mark Brenner of Labor Notes about the nationwide, coordinated attack by Republicans on workers rights at the state level and the resulting Great Labor Uprising of 2011. We will discuss the breadth of the attack across the country as well as the prospects that the fight back will be a real turning point for the Labor Movement in the United...
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This is the full 11-15-2015 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s episode of Labor Express Radio we will hear the voices of some of the low wage workers who took part in the national day of action last Tuesday, organized by the Fight for 15.  Organizers are saying it was the largest mass mobilization yet of low income workers with tens of thousands workers and their supporters participating in at least 270 cities around the country. Later in the program we will hear from...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Fight for 15, single payer, health care
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This is the full 1-8-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Happy New Year to all of our listeners.  This is the first new episode of Labor Express for 2017.  As the majority of working people in this country are trying to come to grips with the potentially dark future of a new year in which the incoming Trump administration is in power.  Some are organizing to fight back.  The end of 2016 saw a host of actions by unions and other working class organizations to challenge the...
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This is the full 11-9-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Labor Express remembers the life and Times of Studs Terkel with historian Al Stein. Studs Terkel, author, actor, historian, activist, radio personality and a Chicago institution, passed away on October 31st. Al Stein is an oral historian, labor archivist and the creator of the video documentary⦠ROCKING THE BOAT: STUDS TERKEL'S 20TH CENTURY. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current...
Topics: Studs Terkel, Al Stein, labor, chicago, workers
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This is the full 2-22-09 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. This episode is part of a series looking at the top 6 demands the labor movement is making of the new Obama administration. Passage of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) is clearly the number one priority for organized labor. Some of the country’s highest ranking labor leaders attended a Feb. 17th rally for passage of EFCA in Chicago. This episode includes interviews with John Sweeney, President of the AFL-CIO, Chair of...
Topics: labor, union, worker, rights, justice, AFL-CIO, Change to Win, Labor Express, Jerry Mead-Lucero,...
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UE organizer Leah Fried discusses the decision of the workers at Republic Windows and Doors, members of UE Local 1110, to occupy their factory. The workers are demanding that the owners of the plant, which was official closed Friday morning pay them a severance mandated by law.
Topics: Republic Windows And Doors, occupy, occupation, factory, Chicago, labor, workers, rights, union,...
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This is the full 6-14-2020 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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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