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Labor Radio is news by, for, and about working people in Madison, Wisconsin and around the world. It originates out of the studios of WORT 89.9 FM Madison.
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In this show, we remember Labor Radio co-founder Frank Emspak, who died June 14 at the age of 80. In a 2023 interview at WORT, Frank tells the story of Workers Independent News, which for a brief time brought union news into mainstream commercial radio. In labor news: It's the annual birthday celebration of the embattled Wisconsin civil service sys…
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If you want Family Velues @ Work, shouldn't you welcome your own union? Also: Wisconsin organized labor fights for Juneteenth recognition, the new Fair Maps ruling and the August ballot in Wisconsin, an Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee project of the UE and the DSA comes to the Madison area, the Supreme Court rules for Starbucks and against…
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Utility workers fix things up after a big Madison-area storm, more on state contitutional amendments that will be on the August ballot, voices from the eighth trades-sponosred Take Kids Fishing Day, the Amazon Labor Union votes to affilitate with the Teamsters, and the final numbers are in on the letter carriers' Mothers Day food drive. THIS IS A P…
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Madison is telling workers 'No money for you,' progressive organizatiosn team up to wipe out student food debt, labor argues against Act 10 in court, Teamster locals 695 abd 120 join forces, it's Take Kids Fishing weekend, and the South Central Federation of Labor speals out against repression of protest at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.…
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The South Central Federation of Labor holds its annual COPE Bean Feed, a worker in SEIU Wisconsin gives details on the UnityPoint-Meriter Hospital support staff contract that was approved this week, Voces de la Frontera calls for increased immigrant work permits, get the union side of the Madison schools teacher pay and staffing crisis, a worker fr…
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Negotiators have a tentative agreement for support staff at UnityPoint Health Meriter in Madison, the UAW comes up short in a union recognition vote at Mercedes-Benz in Alabama, voices from Madison's Faith-Labor Breakfast, the results of the letter carriers' Mothers Day weekend food drive is in, some third graders learn what a union is, 48,000-stro…
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SEIU Wisconsin pickets for a support staff contract at UnityPoint Meriter Hospital in Madison, the letter carriers union has its annual food drive, the student encampment at UW-Madison goes down but not before getting union support, it's State Employee Appreciation Week and Nurses Week across the country and in Wisconsin, Madison's annual Faith-Lab…
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May Day marches in Milwaukee and Madison, labor support for protests for Palestine at the University of Wisconsin, an informational picket by SEIU Wisconsin at UnityPoint Health-Meriter, AFSCME and AFT state workers meet to talk pay and hiring, the UAW gets another win in the South, a blood drive is coming up in Madison for Nurses Week, and Teacher…
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The US labor movement gets a big win at Volkswagen, we hear reports from the Labor Notes conference in Chicago and listen in on the Workers Memorial Day ceremony in Madison, 'No Tech for Apartheid' Google workers are fired after Israel arms AI protests and South Africa's largest labor federation calls for Palestine solidarity, the president of UAW …
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Madison school workers rally and march for inflation pay, staffing levels, unions fight threats to Social Security, a recenlty fired worker at an Apple Store in Chicago talks about the unionization drive and worker solidarity with Palestine there, a look at the right-wing love of constitutional amendments, Sauk County steps in for UW-Baraboo campus…
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Madison's public shool union will rally for staffing and funding on Monday, Wisconsin Governor Evers vetoes an expansion of child labor in the state, President Bidenis was in Madison to announce student loan forgivemes but faced a protest over Gaza, the UAW will represent non-tenured faculty at Harvard, rats are on the run from the Operating Engine…
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Wisconsin utility companies make an agreement with unions, UW Health nurses begin a new recognition push, labor endorsements come through in the April 2 elections, some union members buck Biden, the University of Wisconsin has a family leave plan, the UAW files at Mercedes in Alabama, the latest from the Worker Justice Center, and Labor Spring and …
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We look at how labor sees the Tuesday elections with a focus on schools, state worker unions are still fighting despite Act 10, UE 1186 workers at Willy Street Co-op have a new contract, the Wisconsin Supreme Court hits Amazon and its "contractor" policy and a Tennessee company is hit for child labor violations, a key member of Joe Biden's campaign…
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Madison area Starbucks workers who won elections or filed for one this week speak out, the International Labor Organization reports how forced labor and trafficking grows worldwide, two Republican-led Wisconsin constitutional amendments are on the April 2 ballot, UnityPoint-Meriter support staff contract talks drag on, unions advance in Tennessee a…
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A worker-organizer talks about the drive that got two Madiison-area union elections coming up Monday, a negotiator gives a update on talks at UnityPoint Meriter, Dollar General employees walk out in Mineral Point, UWM to walk out of Waukesha, more unions join a call for a Gaza ceasefire, the South Central Federation of Labor Community Services Conf…
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Madison Sourdough workers get first contract, city unions talk Madison budget troubles, it's Women in Construction Week, VP Kamala Harris visits Madison to talk union jobs and meets a protest over Palestine, and poor people march. THIS IS A PLEDGE WEEK EDITION.By WORT-FM Labor Radio
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Meriter workers begin bargaining, Starbucks agrees to talk to the union, Madison schools and its teachers union sees a new superintendent, Poor People’s Campaign marches Saturday 3/2, the Teamsters and Anheuser-Busch reach a tentative agreement, and more. THIS IS A PLEDGE WEEK EDITION.By WORT-FM Labor Radio
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Students and workers in Madison and across the US announce new Starbucks union fights, Operating Engineers picket in downtown Madison, upcoming Moral March on state legislators with the Wisconsin Poor People’s Campaign, tenants’ rights struggle in Madison, Webcrafters leaving town, new legislative maps signed into law, the legacy of Frederick Dougl…
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What's happening in the Minnesota labor movement, labor wins in Michigan, child labor losses in Wisconsin, a President' Day rally coming to Milwaukee, Purple 4 Palestine, Deferred Action for Labor Enforcement for the undocumented, jury gives time to Cambria explosion mill managers, the Velma Hopkins story, and more.…
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We talk to workers about the union victory at a Starbucks store in Milwaukee, share news of organizing at Planned Parenthood and contract talks at UnityPoint Meriter, get the latest on the UW Oshkosh budget cuts, learn about a Las Vegas union leader and activist and more.By WORT-FM Labor Radio
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We learn what’s been going on at the Schoeps ice cream factory in Madison, hear from the organizing drive at Ocean Spray in Wisconsin Rapids, get an update on a major teachers strike in Massachusetts, learn about organizing in the Wisconsin Farmers Union, dig deeper into how workers are affected by the UW budget cuts, explore the history of Right t…
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We take a look at how Wisconsin unions are doing now after years of Act 10, discuss demands for a ceasefire from all over the world and from our unions here at home, discuss the impacts of budget cuts in the UW system, catch up on labor struggles near and far, look at teh National Farmers Union, and more.…
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Today, we commemorate the Flint sitdown strike of 1937 and look at UAW organiizing today, talk to a South African trade unionist about that country's legal and social actions in support of Palestine, look at the US Supreme Court and its taking up of a Starbucks labor case, hear from a longtime union activist on the state of unions today, see how ch…
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We look at the labor legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., learn about budget cuts affecting the UW system, get an update on bargaining at UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital, hear what is happening in Alabama as the UAW organizes, look at the battery plant closure in Portage, get a look at a tech union legal win, and more.…
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On this show ww'll look at Madison labor's preparation for the Martin Luther King Community dinner, hear about organzing at a Marquette University Starbucks, learn about the efforts of letter carriers to protect themselves in Milwaukee, check out the status of fair district maps after last month's favorable state Supreme Court ruling, hear about lc…
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In this show, we have an get an exclusive report from the North Pole. Also we take a look at the year for workers in Wisconsin and across the nation, report on calls from labor for a ceasefire in Gaza, look at Wisconsin retirees, report on some government rulings affecting workers and consumers, and more.…
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In this show, we get late-breaking details of the newly-ratified OPEIU Local 39 contracts with MG&E andTruStage, hear union leadership’s reaction to the state legislature’s underhanded move to force culture war changes at UW, check in with postal workers during this stressful holiday season, tell more about the UAW’s organizing strategy, look at la…
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We get an update on not one but two labor tenative agreements by OPEIU Local 39, check out tmorrow's march for Palestine in Madison and delve into the labor reaction, look at a new union at Lambeau Field, learn about UAW’s ongoing organizing efforts in non-union auto plants, hear from a union leader about what Act 10 has done--and the lawsuit that …
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We learn about a lawsuit by unions against Act 10, talk to a union worker at Amazon in New York, look at the postal worker contract and the holiday season, announce the start of bargaining at Meriter, explore the new organizaing campaign by UAW, and more.THIS IS A BIRTHDAY BASH PLEDGE EDITION.By WORT-FM Labor Radio
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This week, we have extended interviews with UAW Local 12 auto worker Dawnya Ferdinandsen and labor journalist and activist Jane Slaughter. They discuss the 'stand-up' strike against the Big 3 autmakers and the contract agreement that resulted from it.By WORT-FM Labor Radio
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We report on the Madison response to the nationwide Starbucks strike, a lawsuit over school vouchers, jobs getting slashed at a University of Wisconsin system school, the Madison city budget and what it means for city workers, a local labor response to the attack on Gaza and a company that arms it, a Department of Labor finding in a worker death in…
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We bring you on-the-ground-reporting from the rally for union solidarity, learn what SEIU nurses have to say about patient care concerns, hear what teaching staff and parents have to say about low wages in Monona schools, look at the SAG-AFTRA agreement, hear about an international and a local resolution on the destruction in Gaza, learn about a st…
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Today, we bring you news of Saturday's union solidarity march and rally in Madison, celebrate UAW’s victory for all workers, look at the organized labor response to the crisis in Palestine, talk to a worker about the new contract at Oakwood Village, get an immigrants rights look at Wisconsin's districting battles, look at the University of Wisconsi…
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Get this week's update on the ongoing UAW-Big 3 strike, hear about the brand new union contract at Oakwood Village and preparation for negotiations at Meriter Hospital, hear voices at a rally at the capitol for fair electoral maps, get an update on union organizing at a Milwaukee game company, learn about preparations for the upcoming solidarity ra…
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We bring you this week's update on the ongoing UAW strike, learn about an upcoming unity rally to support OPEIU Local 39 in their struggle with Madison Gas and Electric, learn more about how cuts at UW Oshkosh will affect workers, hear about a proposed union resolution on Palestine, check a report on Madison failure on equity over the last ten year…
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Today, we bring you the latest update on the UAW strike, details of the win by healthcare workers at Kaiser Permanente, news of a rally by Wisconsin state workers, the good word on bosses with fines and bosses in handcuffs, the bad word on teacher pay, the latest on Wisconsin districting battles, and more.…
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We bring you the latest on the UAW strike still holding strong against the Big 3 automakers and talk to picketers, give details on the largest healthcare workers strike ever in the US, hear about a worker-led petition at a Madison Starbucks, get news of actions by state workers and more. THIS IS A PLEDGE WEEK EDITION.…
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We bring more news on the historic UAW strike against the Big 3 automakers, including coverage of a solidarity rally in Milwaukee and an analysis of the strike's impact by Frank Emspak, along with news of struggles at TruStage, UW-Oshkosh and more. THIS IS A PLEDGE WEEK EDITION.By WORT-FM Labor Radio
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Today, we hear about Week Two of the United Auto Workers in the words of UAW President Shawn Fain, get an update on negotiations at Noble Knight Games and at Madison Sourdough, hear how a proposed national grocery merger affects workers, get the latest info on state worker compensation, hear about some good proposed labor standards changes, find ou…
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We bring you the full message from UAW President Shawn Fain and more on the history-making strike against the Big 3 automakers, along with news of struggles at Crushin’ It, MG&E, and UW Oshkosh, get a reminder that social spending actually works, hear how Republicans are going after Justice Protasiewicz, learn about actions for Medicaid this Sudnay…
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Today, we get news on a walkout at a local Starbucks, hear about teachers and supporters switched a school board vote in Monona, catch up on the potential UAW strike, get news from the union at Noble Knight Games and catch up on other area labor actions, hear what happened at this year's LaborFest and at NAACP Labor Week, and more.…
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Today, we report on new contact settlements ;OPEIU local 39 negotiations with Madison Gas and Electric; the challenges faced by the teaching Assistants Association; hospital workers speak out in Appleton, Laborfest ’23, the NLRB moves on overtime rules, the March on Washington 60 years on, and more.By WORT-FM Labor Radio
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We take look at opportunities for young workers including a new SCFL committee and an IBEW apprenticeship. We take a look at a protest during the recent Republican debates in Milwaukee, get ready for Laborfest ’23, hear a UAW update and some labor legal rulings, and more.By WORT-FM Labor Radio
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Today, we take a look at the latest for OPEIU 39 and IBEW 2304 with negotiations at MG&E, discuss the crisis caused by a lack of affordable housing in Dane County, hear from a worker at Madison Sourdough, hear the president of the UAW take on Big 3 execs, hear excerpts from a report on farm labor, and more.…
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Today, we have an update on negotiations involving OPEIU Local 39, who are dealing with both TruStage and MG&E, and also the IBEW's negotiations with MG&E. We hear about what newly-unionized workers at Starbucks and Madison Sourdough are fighting, take a closer look at gerrymandering in Wisconsin, hear about the Yellow Corporation bankruptcy and ho…
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Today, we have an update workers’ fight for a fair contract at TruStage, learn what to expect from changes in the Wisconsin State Supreme Court, get an update on the writers and actors strike, look at a report showing the tie between unions and improved civil rights, hear about the action at Leinkugel's brewery, learn what the feds have said about …
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Today, we review the recent UPS contract agreement, get an update on OPEIU at TruStage, hear about a new contact at Kohler, discuss workplace heat standards or lack thereof, discuss the civil rights issues around the teacher firing in Waukesha, hear about a big restaurant wage theft finding, and more.…
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Frank Emspak comments on “Strike Summer.” Today, we share the latest news on the Teamster-UPS negotiations, the OPIEU-TruStage battle, the actors and writers strikes in Hollywood, and a successful organizing drive at Stanford University. We also take a look at a teacher firing in Waukesha, a local call to end the horrors of US border policy, right-…
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This week we have a message direct from a worker at Madison Sourdough. We also take a look at the latest in OPEIU-TruStage and Teamsters-UPS negotiations, learn about an NLRB finding on Madison's Crushin' It Apparrel, see where the labor-endorsed Juneteenth resoluton is at in Madison, and--actors join writers on the picket line in Hollywood.…
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