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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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West Virginia elementary school math teacher Olivia Morris, talks to the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) about the historic West Virginia state-wide, rank-and-file organized, teachers strike of March 2018 which defied the state’s regressive labor laws and won all state employees a 5% wage increase.  CTU Political and Legislative Director Stacy Davis Gates interviewed Morris at a CTU event on March 9th.
Topics: workers, labor, justice, union, teachers, Chicago, West Virginia, strike, wages, public sector,...
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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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This is the March 27th 2005 edition of Labor Express. In this episode: Interview with Gabe Gonzalez of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and Martin Manteca of SEIU on the current state of immigrant's rights. Part 1 of an interview with Katie Jordan of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) on the history of CLUW and the concerns of working women. And a special WIN feature on organizing by women in the global sex trade.
Topics: labor, work, Chicago, union, movement, worker, rights, justice
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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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Victory in SEIU Local 880's campaign to organize Illinois' child care workers. The dangers of CAFTA (the Central American Free Trade Agreement).
Topics: labor, work, Chicago, union, movement, worker, rights, justice
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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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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...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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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 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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Section 1 of Part 2 of Stewart Acuff Interview
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Sk Hand Tools Striker Victor Morano
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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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 7-25-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On today's episode of Labor Express Radio we will hear once again from economist Dr. Jack Rasmus. Dr. Rasmus is a professor of economics at both St. Mary and Santa Clara University in California as well as an economic advisory to the San Francisco Labor Council. He is also the author of the book Epic Recession: Prelude to Global Depression and a forth coming book entitled Obama's Economy: Recovery for the Few. We spoke to Jack...
Topics: labor, justice, worker, rights, Chicago, unions
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This is the full 1-31-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. What an exciting few weeks for people who believe in democracy everywhere. First on January 14th comes the news that the people of Tunisia, through massive, peaceful, street protests have forced their dictator Ben Ali to flee the country. And than, starting last Tuesday, the people of Egypt toke to the streets - first in the hundreds of thousands, and than in the millions - to demand an end to 30 years of authoritarian rule by...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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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 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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Labor Express For 4-26-09
Topics: labor, justice, rights, worker, union, chicago
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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 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 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 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 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 11-30-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Curly Cohen of Affordable Power to the People talks about the 100,000 households in Illinois whose home heating has been cut off because they canât afford their utility bills. Alan Benjamin, Executive Committee member of the San Francisco Labor Council, who supported Cynthia McKinney in the recently past Presidential election, discuss the meaning of Barack Obamaâs victory for working people in the United States. And Frank...
Topics: UAW, autoworkers, GM, Ford, Chrysler, auto industry, utilities, home heating, Curly Cohen,...
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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 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...
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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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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 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...
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This is the full 6-12-2022 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.  On the latest episode of Labor Express Radio, Joe Burn’s has a new book out entitled Class Struggle Unionism .  From the Labor Express Radio archive, we rebroadcast a presentation on his previous book, Reviving The Strike .  Plus Labor Notes 2022 and Poor People’s & Low-Wage Workers' Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and...
Topics: labor, Chicago, union, justice, workers, Joe Burns, Labor Notes, Poor People's Campaign, Class...
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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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Carl Rosen, President of the Western Region of the United Electrical Workers Union (UE) talks at Chicago City Hall press conference on the ongoing occupation of Republic Windows and Doors by it's workers. He announces that the union is seeking a means to keep the factory in operation under new management.
Topics: Republic Windows And Doors, occupy, occupation, factory, Chicago, labor, workers, rights, union,...
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This is the full 2-24-08 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. The newest phase in the Chicago Board of Education's (CBE) Renaissance 2010 plan (an effort to privatize 10% of Chicago's Public Schools) involves the closing of 19 more schools. Interview with education reform activist George Schmidt about this CBE decision and the voices of students and parents of schools that will be closed. Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs program. News...
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This is the full 3-30-08 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 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 1-6-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Tonight’s episode of Labor Express, the first of 2019, is a sort of look back at a few of the highlights of the year just passed.  As well as a possible preview of coming attractions for the new year. First we have have audio from a newly released Labor Beat TV video of a informational picket by airport workers in Chicago who work for Envoy, formerly known as American Eagle.  These members of the Communication Workers of...
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This is the full 1-11-10 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. Part 1 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 impact of the Republic Windows and Doors Workers December 2008 factory occupation on the labor movement. UE's efforts to win workers justice at Quad City Die Casting and to organize warehouse workers in Chicago's Southwest suburbs. The contract campaign of UNITE-HERE on behalf of 6,000 hotel workers in...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
Topic: labor, rights, worker, union, justice, Chicago
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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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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 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...
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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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Labor Express Radio reporter Michelle Burke interviews Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center biology teacher David Kaplan about why he has joined 30,000 of his fellow coworkers on strike.  David starts by discussing the state of contract negotiations as of Thursday Oct. 17th the start of the strike.
Topics: workers, union, justice, labor, Chicago, schools, education, CPS, public schools, public education,...
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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 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 12-27-2015 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. As this is our final program of 2015, our next episode will be in the new year, I thought we would devote tonight’s program to a retrospective.  Tonight we will be highlighting the most significant labor news we covered here on Labor Express Radio in the past year.  Since we only have the hour we can’t possible cover all the most important developments in labor news in 2015, so we will be narrowing things down a bit....
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, racism, police, brutality, workers center, Warehouse...
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Greg Shotwell is a GM worker, a member of Local 1753 of the UAW, and a leader in the Soldiers of Solidarity (SOS) organization within the UAW. SOS seeks to end the concessionary cooperation with management that typifies the UAW leadership in recent years and to stem the decline of wages, working conditions and benefits for auto workers by pushing for a militant fight back strategy against the boss. In this interview, Jerry Mead-Lucero of Labor Express Radio talks with Shotwell about the 2007...
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Gregg Shotwell is an auto worker, a member of UAW Local 1753, and one of the founders of Soldiers of Solidarity, an activist group in the UAW which opposes the union leaderships lack of militancy and concessionary bargaining. We started our interview with Greg providing a little background on SOSâ¦
Topics: Gregg Shotwell, UAW, GM, strike, Labor Express
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This is the full 3-20-2016 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. April is looking to be an exciting month for the labor movement in Chicago.  The month will kick off with a series of public actions and perhaps a one day strike on April 1st, lead by the Chicago Teachers Union and over a dozen other local unions against both the Chicago Board of Education and Governor Bruce Rauner’s attacks on public education and the public sector more broadly.  The actions planned for that day are...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Chicago Teachers Union, Labor Notes
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This is the full 2-3-2019 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. LA teachers win a historic victory after 6 days on strike! As we reported on our last episode, on January 14th UTLA (United Teachers of Los Angeles) launched the first strike by LA teachers in 30 years. It was a bold move forced upon the union by 21 months of fruitless negotiations with LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District).  Once again, public school teachers proved to the nation that strikes can win and that the...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Los Angeles, LA, teachers, California, schools, public...
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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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Jerry Tucker is a former director of Region 5 of the United Auto Workers union (UAW), former International Executive Board member, and was one of the leaders of the New Directions reform movement in the UAW. He is the co-founder of the Center for Labor Renewal. In this interview, Jerry Mead-Lucero of Labor Express Radio talks with Tucker about the 2007 contract negotiations between the UAW, GM, Chrysler & Ford. Tucker is very critical of the concessionary contracts negotiated by the current...
Topics: labor, union, worker, UAW, United Auto Workers, GM, Ford, Chrysler, auto, labor express, justice,...
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This is the full 6-24-07 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode, a talk with Chicago Teacherâs Union (CTU) delegate Jackson Potter about the recent CTU elections and the upcoming contract negotiations. Michael Moore speaking at a National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) rally for national health care. Also, some audio from SEIUâs âDreams Across America Tourâ, for immigrant rights.
Topics: labor, labor express, union, worker, justice, rights, immigrant, migrant, latino, Chicago, Michael...
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This is the full 1-29-2017 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On this episode of Labor Express Radio, we will hear about one of Chicago’s unionized charter school’s, Instituto Justice Leadership Academy, where teachers and students are engaged in a struggle to prevent layoffs and preserve the school’s mission as a student centered, social justice orientated school. We will also hear about the struggle of transit workers in Chicago to win a fair contract, whose fight seems to be...
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This is the full 7-22-2018 episode of the Labor Express Radio program. On tonight’s program I discuss the recent historic elections in Mexico with Alan Benjamin of the San Francisco Labor Council who is also very active with unions and workers organizations in Mexico.  The election of the leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador by the widest margin of any presidential candidate in Mexico’s recent political history could have tremendous implications for the working people of Mexico...
Topics: labor, chicago, union, justice, workers, Mexico, AMLO, Gary, airport, deportations, immigrants