On November 17th, members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), were the panelist in a forum presented by the Labor Working Group (LWG O.P.) and the Teachers Action Group (TAG) at the Science Leadership Academy.
On October 13th the CBTU held a Forum at The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. While the Forum centered on Afro-American workers, it acknowledged and illustrated the problems faced by all workers, employed, underemployed and unemployed.
Barbara Rhake discusses early legislative successes and the on going effort to protect workers health and safety on the job. She also discusses how community involvement has been an important factor in the effort thus far.
John Braxton discusses contract issues, teaching, and in general labor issues.
Kate Atkins of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center talks about the impact of the state budget's impact of everyday Pennsylvanians.
Pa State Rep. James Roebuck gave insights and suggestions during a workshop on Sept 22, 2012 hosted by Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS).
In this conversation we cover a wide range of issues. Union involvement in voter registration, impact on the general community and unity of organizing efforts being a few. We Thank Liz McElroy for her time and dedication to the labor movement.
Workers at Presbyterian Inspired Care Nursing Home have been trying to settle their first labor contract for a year and a half. In this report we hear from one of the workers talking about the struggle. We also hear what Occupy Philly had to say to management.
As workers uprisings grow around the world and here at home, this panel explored the innovative organizing models used by excluded workers of color to win justice at work and build a movement to challenge neoliberalism.
Ron Blount, President of Unified Taxi Workers Alliance, discussed how innovative organizing can have an impact for workers seeking their rights and dignity on the job.
Frabricio Rodriguez has been organizing since 1998. During the National Lawyers Guild Convention he was part of a panel titled "Philly Workers Rising Up".
On Thursday, June 16th, the Philadelphia Chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) held their annual Working Women's Awareness Week Awards Reception.
A recent action wrapped thousands of postcards around city hall in favor of the 'Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces Act.' The bill now moves forward for consideration and, advocates hope, a final vote on June 9th.
Private security officers in Philadelphia are joining together in a civil rights campaign for fair wages, benefits and dignity on the job.
The Campaign for Working Families boost the number of people who receive free tax filing assistance and do not have to pay sky-high fees to commercial tax preparers.
Food pantries across the Philadelphia region have seen rising demand and falling donations since the start of the recession. Philabundace, the region's largest food assistance organization, has had to expand its services to several suburban communities for the first time.
A toddler storytime program at the Norristown library is scaled back, just another consequence of government budgets cutting funding for educational and emergency services.
Interviews with workers without sick time benefits on proposed legislation in city council that would extend a minimum number of paid sick days to the 40% of Philadelphians who currently lack them.
Del Monte Fresh Produce Company recently traded in their union-run Camden operation for a non-union competitor. The move is expected to cost the International Longshoremen's Union 200-300 local jobs and result in lower safety standards for workers.
Hourly workers wishing to feed their infants breastmilk are now protected by law to take unpaid breaks and have a private space that is not a bathroom to pump milk while at work.
Despite years of strong public opposition, SugarHouse Casino opened it's doors on September 23, 2010. To many Philadelphians who understand the nature of predatory gambling, SugarHouse's arrival foretells a rise in unemployment, addiction, broken families and unstable communities.
A Monument to worker's was recently dedicated in Elmwood Park in Southwest Philadelphia recently. It commemorates the contributions of organized labor nationwide and Philadelphia's working class.
Almost half the classes at Temple University are taught by adjuncts - part time faculty who work with no job security and little access to benefits. Now, a group of adjuncts is campaigning to form a union and join Temple's branch of the American Federation of Teachers.
When officials closed down Camden's Tent City this past May, they promised the 54 homeless residents that it was not an eviction, but the first step to a better life.
The Way to Work program is a statewide initiative that has put 12,000 adults back to work in full time employment and 14,000 youth into summer employment.
On August 12th, Philadelphians gathered to protest the detention and deportation of Ly Hov Khol, a refugee of the Khmer Rouge Regime and an active member of Philadelphia's Cambodian-American community.
Labor Justice Radio reporter Amendu Evans recently interviewed representatives of Philadelphia Unemployment Project (PUP) about their role in fighting joblessness.
Nearly 15 million people are unemployed across the US—and those numbers don't take into account the 1.2 million discouraged workers (workers whose unemployment benefits have run out), 8.6 million involuntary part-time workers, countless others who are underemployed, or those who are co
Repression based on sexual oreintation is a common reason, along with economic conditions, why Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people decide to immigrate to the U.S. In this segment we hear the stories of LGBTQ Asian and Latino immigrants.
Labor Justice Radio brings you a translated version of a piece by Radio Tlacuache. On April 27, Radio Tlacuache members visited the Home Depot in Northeast Philadelphia to interview day laborers. This Home Depot is a place where day laborers gather to look for work.
Last Thursday, the Coalition to Save the Libraries demonstrated in City Hall alongside AFSCME Local DC47, Firefighters Local 22, and over 50 friends and allies to demand that this budget crisis be paid for by the businesses that caused it, and not the poor and working people of Philadel
Yvonne, a live-in nanny and member of Domestic Workers United shares stories that illustrate the need for domestic workers to have equal labor protections and benefits-- two things that they are currently not getting under the law.
Up to six million workers are injured each year in the United States. 6,000 are killed outright. At least 50,000 die each year from work related disease. Every year, Philadelphia Area Project on Occupational Safety and Health (PhilaPOSH) recognizes Workers Memorial Day and honors people who have been killed on the job. This memorial ceremony is part of a larger campaign to raise awareness about the rights of workers' and the importance of safe working conditions across all industries.
Radio Tlaucuache and Labor Justice Radio (LJR) joined two celebrations for May Day weekend to share these worker-produced radio shows with larger communities impacted by the issues we cover on air. You can catch the shows on 88.1 FM WPEB: Radio Tlacuache airs on Tuesdays, 2-5 pm. Labor Justice Radio airs Mondays 7-8 pm and Tuesdays 1-2 pm. You can also listen to LJR online at www.laborjusticeradio.podomatic.com
The Philadelphia Joint Board has filed a complaint in court that accuses AraMark of not paying earned overtime to workers at Citizens Bank Park, home the Phillies baseball team, Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Eagles NFL football team, and the Spectrum, home of the Flyers NHL hocke
Nurses and other healthcare professionals share stories that expose the impact on patients when Temple Hospital maximizes profits by cutting medical supplies, understaffing and decreasing patients' length of stay at the hospital.
The nurses and technical professionals that work at Temple Hospital started their strike Wednesday with a rally that brought out 1,200 people to show their support. Listen to a report from Labor Justice Radio on the first day of the strike.
Concerned citizens gathered for a town hall meeting in North Philadelphia to talk about the housing issues facing local neighborhoods. Charles Clarke spoke to Patrice Greene of Bread & Roses, who organized the event.
The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP) is winning an ongoing battle against Temple University Hospital. PASNAP wants reimbursement for tuition benefits that Temple abruptly stopped providing last March despite the fact that the benefits are part of their current contract. Jerry Silberman, staff representative, spoke with me about this legal fight and also discussed PASNAP's negotiations for a new contract.
On this show: +Interviews with leaders of the Save the Libraries Coalition +A cab driver speaks about how the Philadelphia Parking Authority is mismanaging the taxi industry +The Coalition of Immokolee Workers comes to Philadelphia +Immigrant worker's face the loss of driver licenses
In this audio piece, Kate Harkins, of Temple University's Student Labor Action Project (SLAP) discusses what she learned from listening to the stories of Temple Nurses and Allied Professionals (members of
In January of 2010, the Poverty Initiatve, a group based in New York that aims to reignite Dr. Martin Luther King's Poor People's Campaign, visited Philadelphia for an immersion tour.
Terrence, a member of Unified Taxi Workers Alliance, has 25 years of experience driving a cab in Philadelphia. In this interview, he exposes some of the flaws in way that the Philadelphia Parking Authority is running the taxi system; from training to dispatching to managing.
Thousands of people who come to Pennsylvania from other countries to work can't get driver's licenses. In December the state made hundreds of people who already had licenses give them up.
Florida Farmworkers visited Aramark's headquarters in Philadelphia earlier this month to call for justice and dignity for the people who pick the tomatoes Aramark buys.
In the beginning of Decemeber the Coalition to Save the Libraries celebrated its one year anniversary.
Nurses and technicians at Temple University Hospital are facing a "Gag Order" in their proposed contract with Temple University Health Systems. This order could mean fines for any member of PASNAP, the nurse's union, who says anything negative about Temple in public.
Broadcasting from Germantown Philadelphia to the world, tune in for MMP Radio Network News Breaks on G-Town Radio.
This week, Labor Justice Radio and On Blast! started contributing news breaks to the Germantown based internet radio station. The breaks will play on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon & 5pm, and are available online.
Christine Lewis, an organizer with Domestic Workers United, speaks about the conditions that domestic workers face on a daily basis and shares a political analysis of the role that domestic work plays in our economy.