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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 on Chicago's Lumpenradio, WLPN, 105.5 FM. The program is streamed live at http://lumpenradio.com/. Archived programs

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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 on Chicago's Lumpenradio, WLPN, 105.5 FM. The program is streamed live at http://lumpenradio.com/. Archived programs

    Show: Labor Express for 5-31-2020, Mike Elk on COVID-19 Strike Wave Tracker and Interactive Map. Plus teachers respond to COVID-19.

    Show: Labor Express for 5-31-2020, Mike Elk on COVID-19 Strike Wave Tracker and Interactive Map. Plus teachers respond to COVID-19.

    This is the full 5-31-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.

    On this episode of Labor Express Radio, we continue our ongoing examination of how unions and social movements are responding to the COVID-19 crisis and how the working class has responded to this crisis with an historic level of self-activity, militancy and creativity.  Labor Journalist Mike Elk discusses his Payday Report website which hosts the COVID-19 Strike Wave Tracker and Interactive Map, which has so far documented over 230 strikes related to the COVID-19 crisis since early March.  We also take a look at how teachers are responding to the crisis.  Randi Weingarten discusses the situation in the U.S. and Fatima da Silva, the General Secretary of CNTE discusses the situation in Brazil.  The CTU sues Betsy DeVos over Special Education policy and Elijah Edwards, President AFSCME Local 2858, talks about what's in the ''HEROES Act'' passed by the House and now being considered in the U.S. Senate.

    Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express Radio airs every Sunday at 8:00 PM on WLPN in Chicago, 105.5 FM. For more information, see our Facebook page...   laborexpress.org

    and our homepage on Archive.org at:

    http://www.archive.org/details/LaborExpressRadio

    • 1 hr
    Show: Labor Express for 5-17-2020, Cristobal Cavazos of Immigrant Solidarity DuPage Workers Center and Amazonians United.

    Show: Labor Express for 5-17-2020, Cristobal Cavazos of Immigrant Solidarity DuPage Workers Center and Amazonians United.

    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 week shutdown of the Smithfield meatpacking plant in St. Charles, IL.  Also in the program, does Amazonians United demonstrate the complex interaction between organizing and spontaneity in this recent explosion of worker self-activity?

    Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express Radio airs every Sunday at 8:00 PM on WLPN in Chicago, 105.5 FM. For more information, see our Facebook page...   laborexpress.org

    and our homepage on Archive.org at:

    http://www.archive.org/details/LaborExpressRadio

    • 56 min
    Show: Labor Express for 5-5-2020, Nurses protest COVID-19 safety at Stroger, transit worker Eric Basir battle with COVID-19, Moises Zavala UFCW organizing cannabis, Marianela D'Aprile growth of DSA

    Show: Labor Express for 5-5-2020, Nurses protest COVID-19 safety at Stroger, transit worker Eric Basir battle with COVID-19, Moises Zavala UFCW organizing cannabis, Marianela D'Aprile growth of DSA

    This is the full 5-5-2020 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.

    On this episode of Labor Express Radio, nurses at Stroger hospital, members of NNU, protest hospital administrators refusal to follow CDC guidelines, putting employees and patients at risk.* Moises Zavala and Eric Basir are back. This time Moises is talking about organizing in the cannabis industry and Eric is discussing his own battle with COVID-19 and with his employer, the CTA, over testing and sick leave. And Marianela D'Aprile, member of the National Political Committee of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), discusses the “Bernie bump”. The Bernie Sanders for president campaign may be over but just like in 2016, that campaign has swelled the ranks of the DSA which is full steam ahead on its work for Medicare4All, a Green New Deal and now has launched new partnerships with several unions.

    Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express Radio airs every Sunday at 8:00 PM on WLPN in Chicago, 105.5 FM. For more information, see our Facebook page...   laborexpress.org

    and our homepage on Archive.org at:

    http://www.archive.org/details/LaborExpressRadio

    *Thank you to Dale Lehman for providing the audio of the nurses at Stroger Hospital.

    • 57 min
    Labor Express Radio Audio Extra: Nurses at Stroger Hospital in Chicago hold rally protesting lack of PPE are joined by transit workers with the same complaint against the CTA.

    Labor Express Radio Audio Extra: Nurses at Stroger Hospital in Chicago hold rally protesting lack of PPE are joined by transit workers with the same complaint against the CTA.

    Labor Express Radio Audio Extra: Nurses at Stroger Hospital in Chicago hold rally protesting lack of PPE are joined by transit workers with the same complaint against the CTA.

    Nurses, members of National Nurses United (NNU), held a rally outside Stroger hospital in Chicago on April 27, 2020.  They were protesting practices and policies of hospital management they say is preventing the nurses from accessing needed PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and do not observe CDC guidelines for how hospitals should operate in order to protect both staff and patients.  They were joined by transit workers who have similar complaints against the CTA.  Credit for this audio goes to Labor Express Radio reporter Dale Lehman who is also heard asking questions in the later half of this piece.

    Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express Radio airs every Sunday at 8:00 PM on WLPN in Chicago, 105.5 FM. For more information, see our Facebook page...   laborexpress.org

    and our homepage on Archive.org at:

    http://www.archive.org/details/LaborExpressRadio

    • 19 min
    Interview: Marianela D'Aprile, member of the National Political Committee of the Democratic Socialists of America, discusses rapid growth of the DSA post Bernie campaign.

    Interview: Marianela D'Aprile, member of the National Political Committee of the Democratic Socialists of America, discusses rapid growth of the DSA post Bernie campaign.

    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 electoralism.  Embracing a “class struggle election work” strategy that privileges movement building as much as winning elections.  The DSA has also launched new partnerships at the national and local level with several unions.  All these topics are discussed in the interview.



    Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express Radio airs every Sunday at 8:00 PM on WLPN in Chicago, 105.5 FM. For more information, see our Facebook page...   laborexpress.org

    and our homepage on Archive.org at:

    http://www.archive.org/details/LaborExpressRadio



    Labor Express Radio is non-partisan and does not endorse any candidates or political parties.  We make editorial decisions about political developments to cover as they relate to the labor movement and the concerns of working people locally, nationally and internationally.  This coverage should not be construed as an endorsement.

    • 27 min
    Interview: CTA train motorman Eric Basir discusses Transit Workers Unite’s petition on the COVID-19 crisis and his own battle with the disease.

    Interview: CTA train motorman Eric Basir discusses Transit Workers Unite’s petition on the COVID-19 crisis and his own battle with the disease.

    Interview:  This is the full, unedited interview with transit worker Eric Basir.  Excerpts were aired on the 4/19/2020 and the 5/3/2020 episodes of Labor Express Radio. Eric Basir, train motorman and member of ATU Local 308 discusses Transit Workers Unite's petition calling for workers action in the face of COVID-19 and the job action of the CTA train cleaners who were forced to work in unsafe conditions.  Eric himself, like far too many transit workers has contracted COVID-19.  He has not ended up in the hospital but the symptoms have been dragging out and preventing his ability to return to work.  Unfortunately Eric, like many other CTA employees has struggled to get tested and then struggled to get sick days even though CTA policy is that he should not return to work until his symptoms have subsided.  Eric is speaking here on behalf of himself and Transit Workers Unite, he is not representing ATU or CTA in this interview.  The petition he refers to can be found here…  http://chng.it/L7sDtcPH8f

    Labor Express Radio is Chicago's only English language labor news and current affairs radio program. News for working people, by working people. Labor Express Radio airs every Sunday at 8:00 PM on WLPN in Chicago, 105.5 FM. For more information, see our Facebook page...   laborexpress.org

    and our homepage on Archive.org at:

    http://www.archive.org/details/LaborExpressRadio

    • 23 min

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