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Chicago teachers hold class in Philly
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November 19, 2012 05:39 AM PST
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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. Philadelphia teachers, activists, community members and unionist made up the 150 people in attendance for this informative and inspiring session. CTU panelists: Michael Brunson, CTU recording secretary, Debby Pope, CTU delegate and CORE activist-leader, and Rolando Vasquez, CTU delegate and strike captain at his school

Produced by Charles B Clarke

Coalition of Black Trade Unionist Forum Part 1
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October 30, 2012 04:48 PM PDT
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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.

The Meaning and Mission of PhilaPOSH
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October 15, 2012 07:26 PM PDT
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Barbara Rhake discusses early legislative successes and the on going effort to protect workers health and safety on the job and how community involvement is an important factor.

The Labor Contract at Community College of Philadelphia
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October 15, 2012 11:35 AM PDT
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John Braxton discusses contract issues, teaching and, in general, labor issues.

The Pennsylvania Budget: How Does It Impact Your Life?
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October 02, 2012 06:01 PM PDT
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Kate Atkins of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center talks about the impact of the state budget's impact of everyday Pennsylvanians.

Who's Got the Money?
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September 29, 2012 09:47 AM PDT
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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).

A conversation with the Seceratry-Treasurer of the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO
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September 28, 2012 06:16 PM PDT
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In this conversation a wide range of areas are covered. Union involvement in voter registration, impact on the general community and unity of effort being a few. We Thank Liz McElroy for her time and dedication to unionism.

TWU Local 234 takes a stand against attacks on it's members
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March 28, 2012 11:47 AM PDT
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Attacks against bus and trolley operators is a far to common occurrence say the members of TWU Local 274. President of the local union, John Johnson,Jr, joined his members in a rally to highlight the issue and bring public attention to the problem.

Nursing Home Workers Get Support From Occupy Philly
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December 14, 2011 05:30 PM PST

Workers at Presbyterian Inspired Care Nursing Home Have trying to settle their first labor contract for a year and a half. In this report we hear from one of the workers talk about the struggle. We also hear Occupy Philly had to say to management.

The relevance of the IWW today
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October 20, 2011 10:28 AM PDT
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Peter Cole is a Professor at Western Illinois University. As a participate on the "Philly Workers Rising Up" panel during the National Lawyers Convention in Philadelphia, he related the organizing history of the Industrial Workers of the World. He discussed the impact it had then and the possible impact today.
Submitted by Charles B Clarke

Examples and Suggestions from an Innovative Organizer
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October 20, 2011 10:33 AM PDT
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Frabricio Rodriguez has been organizing since 1998. During the National Lawyers Guild Convention he was part of a panel titled "Philly Workers Rising Up". He shared some of his organizing feats and offered some suggestions on organizing at a time when labor is being attacked on all quarters.
Submitted by Charles B Clarke

Ron Blount innovative organizer
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October 20, 2011 09:48 AM PDT

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. He was part of the panel "Philly Workers Rising Up" during the National Lawyers Guild Convention in Philadelphia.
Submitted by Charles B Clarke

Philly Workers Rising Up
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October 20, 2011 09:33 AM PDT

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. The panel was part of the Nation al Lawyers Guild Convention held in Philadelphia.
Posted by Charles B Clarke

Final Vote Pending for Philly's Paid Sick Days Bill
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June 01, 2011 12:48 PM PDT

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.

In this segment, we hear from families how paid sick time is critical

To register to attend the June 9th event or to learn more about the issue, visit http://www.earnedsickdaysphilly.com/

Produced by Kistine Carolan

"I had no sick days, no health care benefits, and no respect or dignity"
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March 29, 2011 04:58 AM PDT

Private security officers in Philadelphia are joining together in a civil rights campaign for fair wages, benefits and dignity on the job.

Guards are signing up with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ and anticipate upcoming employer contract negotiations.

Produced by Kistine Carolan.

Food Pantries Struggle to Serve the New Poor
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December 21, 2010 09:18 AM PST

Food pantries across the Philadelphia region have seen rising demand and falling donations since the start of the recession. Philabundance, the region's largest food assistance organization, has had to expand its services to several suburban communities for the first time. Now, the organization expects another surge in demand as more unemployed people run out their 99 weeks of insurance. A report by Milena Velis.

Kids Programming Lose Out in Light of Budget Cuts
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December 21, 2010 07:44 AM PST

A toddler storytime program at the Norristown library is scaled back, just another consequence of government budgets cutting funding for educational and emergency services. The program uses song and books to introduce toddlers to numbers, animals and language, in a setting that promotes socialization with other children. As noted by the father interviewed in this segment, the program is also an opportunity for families to meet and create community.

Produced by Kistine Carolan.

"The Right to Heal"
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December 05, 2010 03:21 PM PST

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.

Produced by Kistine Carolan.

Labor Justice Radio for October 2011
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November 06, 2010 03:46 PM PDT

On this month's show:

  • Longshoremen launch Del Monte boycott in response to union busting
  • PA residents speak out about contaminated water caused by gas drilling
  • Monument to workers unveiled in Elmwood Park
  • Cambodian community in Philly fights detention of refugees
  • Working mothers receive new rights at work
  • National & local news; music.
Longshoremen fight to restore safe, union jobs
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October 28, 2010 04:51 PM PDT

Del Monte Fresh Produce Company recently left 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. In the words of one union member who has worked for Del Monte in Camden for more than a decade, "In the end it will create more working poor." In response, the International Longshoremen's Association has called for a boycott of Del Monte.

In this piece, William Kevin Jones, a member of International Longshoremen's Association (ILA), speaks about his union's battle with Del Monte. Amendu Evans produced this story.

New Rights for Working Moms
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October 24, 2010 04:05 PM PDT

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. As of March 23, the Affordable Care Act, known as health reform, began requiring employers to support breastfeeding employees. Three local businesses are models of how employers can give the time and space necessary to support working mothers in providing the best nutrition to their babies. For more information, visit www.momobile.org

Produced by Kistine Carolan.

Labor Monument Dedicated in Philadelphia
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October 21, 2010 04:39 PM PDT

A Monument to worker's was recently dedicated in Elmwood Park in Southwest Philadelphia. It commemorates the contributions of organized labor nationwide and Philadelphia's working class. The artwork transforms Elmwood Park into a community gathering space and an outdoor history lesson.

Temple University adjuncts campaign to unionize
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October 17, 2010 03:07 PM PDT

Almost half of 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 join Temple's branch of the American Federation of Teachers. A report by Milena Velis

Family & Friends of Detained Refugees Speak Out
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October 17, 2010 06:52 PM PDT

The Cambodian community of Philadelphia gathered across from City Hall and Love Park on October 8th to speak out against a recent wave of detentions and deportations. They called on immigration officials and politicians to take a look at these cases and allow valuable members of their community to stay united with their families. Joe Hanzsum of AZI fellas explains the origins of Cambodian immigration to Philadelphia. He explains that these community members came here as child refugees, fleeing the Khmer Rouge genocide.  Ria Cruz, the pregnant wife of a detained refugee, speaks about her family's struggle to stay together.

The October 8th rally was organized by the One Love Movement. For more information and updates visit  Anti-Deportation Organization and the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia.

The audio in this report was recorded by members of Media Mobilizing Project TV.

"No one wants a house without water"
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October 11, 2010 07:12 AM PDT

Recently members of Labor Justice Radio and On Blast travelled to Dimock, a small town in Northeastern PA known locally as "ground zero" of Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling. We spoke to local residents about the effects of the hydraulic fracturing drilling process on their health, their groundwater, and their right to housing. This report was produced by Milena Velis.

Labor Justice Radio for September 2010
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October 05, 2010 08:00 PM PDT

On this month's show:

  • Exposé of who is funding the Tea Party movement
  • Mayor Nutter defends his record on labor
  • Homeless Tent City resurrected in Camden
  • Voices from the Labor Day Parade
  • Highlights from Philly rally demanding living wage jobs
  • Music & other news
One Man's Story of Homelessness in Camden's Tent City
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September 23, 2010 06:21 PM PDT

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. Now, less than 6 months later, many of them are once again homeless and some have created a new Tent city encampment near the original site. 

Back in April, when Camden's Tent City was still intact, members of Media Mobilizing Project & Poor Voices United visited the encampment. They recorded an interview with James Luddy about how he became homeless and life in Tent City.

August 2010 Show
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September 03, 2010 02:21 PM PDT

On this month's show:

  • A community mourns the cost of cutting firefighters
  • Taxi drivers and Cambodian immigrants rally against unjust immigration enforcement
  • Point Breeze residents fight for control of their neighborhood
  • The Philadelphia Unemployment Project connects people to jobs
The Unjust Detention of Ly Hov Khol
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August 28, 2010 12:04 PM PDT

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 and valuable member of Philadelphia's Cambodian-American community. Ly was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and is now being held at a detention center out of state, awaiting his impending deportation to Cambodia.

Many more Cambodian-Americans across the country will be detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the coming months and will be denied due process in the same way. You can support due process rights for all those being detained, by signing this petition urging the President to stop the deportation of Cambodian American Refugees.

This story features highlights from the South Philadelphia rally to protest Ly's deportation, and an interview with Mia-lia Kiernan of the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia. Charles Clarke produced this piece.

Fighting for Jobs in Pennsylvania
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August 28, 2010 12:57 PM PDT

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. This program is slated to be cut off on September 30th. Many people across the state are pushing to extend this program, in hopes of lessening the unemployment crisis instead of adding to it.

In this piece, Philadelphians who have benefited from this program share their stories about getting back to work. Sandi Vito, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, also speaks about the fight to extend this inititiave.

Amendu Evans produced this latest installment of Labor Justice Radio's continuing coverage of unemployment and the Way to Work program.

Nutter's Firestation Brown-Out Policy Claims a Life
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August 22, 2010 02:43 PM PDT

After a tragic fire near 55th & Sansom (West Philadelphia) took the life of a 12 year old named Frank Marasco, neighbors and firefighters gathered for a vigil in front of the home. Those who spoke at the vigil blamed Mayor Nutter's 'brown-out' policy for the firefighters' unnecessarily long response time. The policy, which involves temporarily closing fire stations around the city, was part of Nutter's plan to cut the city budget. Though Engine 57 is located only blocks from Frank Marasco's home, it had been shut down the evening of the fire, as part of the 'brown-out' policy.

The audio in this piece was taken from a video produced by Rebecka Scotland and narrated by Eric Yates, for MMPTV.

Way to Work Program
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August 02, 2010 01:41 PM PDT

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 coming of age and have yet to find work.

The Way to Work program is offering jobs to unemployed people who have dependent children.  If you want more information about how you can get a job through this program, contact the Philadelphia Unemployment Project.

Philadelphia Unemployment Project

112 North Broad Street, 11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Phone: 215-557-0822

Pennsylvania may lose thousands more jobs if Congress allows the stimulus-funded Way to Work Program to expire. Learn how you can help protect this important program.

Prayer Vigil for Detained Taxi Drivers
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July 24, 2010 03:16 PM PDT

The Unified Taxi Workers Alliance organized a prayer vigil on Wednesday, July 7th to support the drivers and families who were victimized in a recent raid by the Philadelphia Parking Authority and Immigration Customs Enforcement Authorities.

This segment was adapted using video produced by Rebekah Scotland for MMPTV.
Edited by Kistine Carolan.

Labor Justice Radio for July 2010
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July 11, 2010 04:04 PM PDT

On this show:

+ SEIU members fight for fair treatment
+ Philly responds to city budget cuts
+ Queer immigrants talk about repression and resistance
+ Day laborers speak about their right to work

With music and local news.

Communidades Seguras/Secure Communities
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June 26, 2010 11:31 PM PDT

This piece explores the impacts of 'Secure Communities' legislation, which grants police officers many of the same powers as Immigrations & Customs Enforcement officials. The effects of this policy are examined using interviews with a lawyer who focuses on immigrant rights and community members.

This Spanish-language radio piece was produced by Radio Tlacuache.

LGBT Immigrants' Rights in Philadelphia
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June 21, 2010 08:58 AM PDT

In this segment we hear the stories of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Asian Americans and Latino immigrants. Experience of repression is often a driving force for immigration. The Asian Arts Initiative sponsored this event and coordinated a presentation by these panelists to help inform the national fight for immigration reform.
This segment was produced by Kistine Carolan.

"I Have No Reason to Hide": Interviews with Immigrant Day Laborers
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June 11, 2010 09:49 AM PDT

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 the day laborers. This Home Depot is a place where day laborers gather to look for work. On that day, there were almost 50 people hoping to be hired for work. These workers spoke about what a typical day is like for them, and shared their thoughts about the draconian immigration law that was recently passed in Arizona.

This piece was originally produced by Abel, of Radio Tlacuache. This English version was narrated by Milena Velis & produced by Charles Jones.

Residents battle service cuts at City Hall
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June 09, 2010 12:39 PM PDT

Next year's budget for Philadelphia includes cuts to library services and firefighters, and a ten percent property tax increase. At a rally at City Hall, the Coalition for Essential Services called for a stop to cuts, and more taxes for big business. A report by Milena Velis

“Mourn for the dead and fight like hell for the living”: Workers Memorial Day
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May 22, 2010 04:28 PM PDT

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.

Charles Clarke was there for this year's ceremony and spoke to Barbara Rahke about PhilaPOSH's work.

SEIU vs. Team Clean: Fighting for Better Wages for School Janitors
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May 22, 2010 03:49 PM PDT

The School District has a contract with Team Clean to clean 22 high schools. The SEIU members who work for Team Clean have been underpaid and denied complete benefits for a long time. A few weeks ago, SEIU and supporting organizations staged a rally in front of the Philadelphia School District Headquarters to demand better wages and benefits for workers at 22 Philadelphia schools. Amendu Evans brings us highlights from the rally and the victory that resulted.

Demanding Fair Treatment of Domestic Workers
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May 19, 2010 10:14 PM PDT

Domestic Workers United (DWU) is an organization that fights for the rights of nannies, elderly caregivers, housekeepers and other workers who work inside people's homes. In this interview, Yvonne, a live-in nanny and member of DWU 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. The Domestic Workers Bill of Rights would change that.

This interview was conducted by Dan Jones of On Blast, and produced by LJR's Kistine Carolan.

The Meaning of May Day
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May 19, 2010 03:55 PM PDT

On May 1st, Labor Justice Radio participated in Philadelphia's May Day celebration in Elmwood Park. Union workers, community members, and other members of Philly's labor movement came out to celebrate International Workers Day, and witness the groundbreaking of a new workers memorial being built in the park. Charles Jones (of SEIU 1199C) interviewed two of the organizers of the May Day celebration, Cathy Brady and Fabrizio Rodriguez, who speak about the significance of May Day and the current reality faced by Philly workers.

SB 1070 en Arizona Va a Causar Mas Problemas
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May 19, 2010 12:17 PM PDT

Radio Tlacuache habló con Carlos Garcia, un organizador con Punete y ALTOARIZONA.COM sobre la ley SB 1070 que criminaliza la comunidad latino e inmigrante en el estado de Arizona. Esta ley ha producido muchas propuestas similares en various estados incluyendo Pennsylvania. Garcia nos explica que los problemas que esta enfrentando el estado no viene de inmigracion y que este ley es un reacción que "va a causar mas problemas" para el estado.

Para ayudar mas y apoyar la lucha en contra de SB 1070 visita www.altoarizona.com

"No Tengo Porque Andarme Escondiendo"
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May 16, 2010 07:08 PM PDT

Radio Tlacuache habló con jornaleros afuera de un Home Depot en Philaldephia sobre los cambios de las leyes migratorias y como va a afectar trabajadores y la comunidad inmigrante.

May Day 2010: Philly labor leaders reflect on US wars
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May 14, 2010 12:56 PM PDT

Labor Justice Radio joined hundreds of local union members and labor leaders for a May Day celebration in Southwest Philadelphia this month. Several local labor leaders spoke about the impact of war on the local economy and the labor movement. A piece by Milena Velis.

AraMark Accused Of Wage Theft
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April 14, 2010 03:14 PM PDT

The Philadelphia Joint Board has filed a complaint in court that accusses AraMark of not paying earned overtime to workers at Citizens Bank Park, home the Phillies baseball team, Lincoln Financial Feild, home of the Eagles NFL football team, and the Spectrum, home of the Flyers NHL hockey team. The complaint further alledges that AraMark deducts a half hour from any worker who puts in six hours or more whether they took a break or not. The Philadelphia Joint Board says this is "wage theft" plain and simple. This report was produced by Charles B Clarke

Temple Risks Patients' Lives for Profit
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April 09, 2010 04:41 AM PDT

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. PASNAP (Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals) are striking over a contract that would institute a 'gag clause,' effectively barring these health professionals from advocating for patient safety.

For more information on PASNAP's strike, visit TempleWatch.org

Produced by Kistine Carolan

Temple nurses on strike for their patients and themselves
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March 31, 2010 04:21 PM PDT

The 1,500 nurses and technical professionals that work at Temple University Hospital went on strike on Wednesday March 31st, 6 months after their contract with Temple University Health Systems expired. Milena Velis brings us a report from the first day of the strike.

The Bills are Too High!
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March 22, 2010 04:06 PM PDT

The internet is quickly becoming an essential utility, but poor communities in Philadelphia can't afford access, and are also facing rising energy costs. Milena Velis brings us a report from a recent educational event, The Bills Are Too High, hosted by the Media Mobilizing Project.

Cathy Scott on City Workers' Contract
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March 20, 2010 05:03 PM PDT

Amendu Evans interviews Cathy Scott, president of District Council 47, about upcoming negotiations for city workers' contract. Philadelphia city workers, including members of District Council 47 and District Council 33, have been working with out a contract since June.

Interview with ACORN Organizer
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March 15, 2010 12:37 PM PDT

Charles Clarke interviews Ian Phillips, a staff organizer with PA-ACORN. Phillips talks about how ACORN has weathered the public attacks against them and some of the campaigns they are currently working on.

PASNAP Winning Tuition Benefit Battle
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March 07, 2010 10:43 AM PST

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.
Produced by Kistine Carolan.

Talking about Disinvestment & Gentrification
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March 06, 2010 06:33 PM PST

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. He also interviewed forum participants about affordable housing, disinvestment in their neighborhoods, and gentrification. (Photo by Lauren Hansen-Flaschen)

Labor Justice Radio for February 2010
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March 06, 2010 04:28 PM PST

On this month's show:

  • Delaware workers win a fair, first-time contract after long SEIU campaign
  • Temple University students stand in solidarity with Temple nurses' union
  • Leaders share history of homeless organizing in the Philly during the 1990's
  • Hundreds gather at the Museum of Art to declare 'Healthcare is a right!"
  • North Philly residents talk about disinvestment & gentrification
  • Plus music and other local and national news
Labor Justice Radio: Show for January 2010
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February 13, 2010 05:15 PM PST

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 to take on Aramark
+Immigrant worker's face the loss of driver licenses

Plus music and other news.

Temple Students Meet with PA Association of Nurses and Allied Professionals
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February 13, 2010 03:21 PM PST

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 (PASNAP) and calls on other students to stand in solidarity with the union during their contract negotiations.

Produced by Kistine Carolan

Veteran Taxi Driver Gives Insight To An Ongoing Struggle
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January 23, 2010 06:51 PM PST

With 25 years of experience, Terrence exposes some of the flaws in the taxi system run by the Philadelphia Parking Authority; from training to dispatching to managing. He also exposes what some might call 'extortion by color of authority.' This story was produced by Charles Clarke.

Sen. Casey and SEIU Join Forces on Health Care
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January 23, 2010 04:13 PM PST

Amendu Evans reports on the effort of SEIU to gather support for Health Care. Recently they rallied at the District Office of Sen. Robert Casey. This is the latest action in their yearlong campaign.

"If I don't have a license, I can't work"
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January 17, 2010 11:44 AM PST

Thousands of immigrants in Pennsylvania can't get driver's licenses, and in December the state made some people who already had licenses give them up. Community members speak about how this policy affects their ability to earn a living and support their families. A report by Milena Velis.

"It's time to do business in a different way"
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December 22, 2009 11:29 AM PST

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. The event was part of the Fair Food Solidarity Tour, a national campaign with the United Workers of Baltimore, Maryland, who work in the service sector. Amendu Evans brings us an interview with Gerardo Reyes of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

Labor Justice Radio: Show for December 2009
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December 03, 2009 03:54 PM PST

On this show:

  • Healthcare workers unite for a fair contract in Pottstown
  • Rural poverty rates spike across U.S.
  • Radical labor history of the IWW
  • SEIU workers put pressure on senators to support healthcare
  • 7 Philadelphia employers sued for denying workers lunchtime pay
  • Nurses at Temple Health System resist gag order

Plus music and other news.

"They don't want to us to speak out for our patients"
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December 03, 2009 01:33 PM PST

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. A report by Milena Velis.

Healthcare Workers Unite for Respect in Pottstown
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December 01, 2009 12:28 PM PST

Healthcare workers at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center (PMMC) have been trying to bargain a new contract for months. But Community Health Systems, the national for-profit company that owns their community hospital, has not been bargaining in good faith. Now, the workers at PMMC are preparing for a three day strike over unfair labor practices. They have also filed charges with the labor board to get Community Health Systems to stop violating federal labor law.

The Pottstown community is standing with workers. There was a community vigil in a Pottstown church recently, in support of the healthcare workers. In this piece, we hear the voices of PMMC workers and participants at the vigil. All of the workers in this piece are members of SEIU.

This story was first produced as a short video, by Miguel Andrade, Hannah Jane Sassaman & Rebeckah Scotland. Megan Williamson turned it into a radio piece for Labor Justice Radio.

Labor Justice Radio: Show for November 2009
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November 28, 2009 05:24 PM PST

On this show:

  •  Immigration reform advocates rally at City Hall
  •  SEIU fights for better wages and benefits for Delaware janitors
  •  Cleaners share a day in their working life
  •  Coalition of Immokalee Workers celebrates a victory
  •  Philadelphians organize to prevent Easy Credit for Slots legislation

Plus, music and other news.

"Domestic Workers Make All Other Work Possible": An Interview with Christine Lewis
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November 16, 2009 11:04 AM PST

Christine Lewis, an organizer with Domestic Workers United, speaks about the working conditions that domestic workers face on a daily basis and shares a political analysis of the role that domestic work plays in our economy.

This interview was conducted by Kistine Carolan, and produced by Milena Velis.

Labor Justice Radio: Show for October 2009
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November 04, 2009 05:00 PM PST

On this month's show:

  • Delaware Workers Fight Back Against Workplace Intimidation and Illegal Firings
  • Willie Baptist on Building a Multiracial Movement to End Povert
  • Temple Nurses Call Out Temple University Health System
  • Taxi Drivers Organize for Workers Compensation Benefits
  • History of Coal Miners' Unionizing in Appalachia
  • Security Officers at Philadelphia Art Museum Form a Union

Plus music and other news.

Temple Nurses Prepare for Strike
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October 08, 2009 04:51 AM PDT

On September 28th, nurses from the Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses And Practicioners (PASNAP) held a rally outside Temple Hospital at Broad and Tioga. The nurses are planning to strike over a contract dispute with Temple University Health System (TUHS).

The core concerns for nurses include Temple University Hospital System's refusal to negotiate over salary (including negotiations over cost of living increases); Temple's recent decision to phase out tuition reimbursement for dependents of hospital employees, and what PASNAP believes is an excessive increase in employee contribution to healthcare (TUHS is asking employee contributions to jump from $180 a month to $360 a month).

The strike, originally planned for the weekend of October 3rd, has been postponed. In the following clip, Bob Cruice of PASNAP talks about Temple's tactics to resist the worker's demands. This piece was produced by Rachel Goffe.

"Down with Poverty, Down!" Conversations About Building a Movement
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October 03, 2009 11:31 PM PDT

In August, Labor Justice Radio members and other members of Media Mobilizing Project traveled to West Virginia for a gathering of more than 160 leaders from across the country and around the world. During our time at the Leadership School, we studied together, taught one another, and worked towards Reigniting the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Poor People's Campaign today.

At the end of the week-long school, Amendu Evans spoke to Reverend Mavuso Mbhekiseni, who is a member of the Rural Network in South Africa and a part of the Shackdwellers Movement (Abahlali baseMjondolo). Amendu also talked to Chris Caruso, who is part of the Poverty Initiative at Union Theological Seminary. This audio piece captures some of their reflections on the school.

Edgar Romny discusses Workers United
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September 15, 2009 04:29 PM PDT

Edgar Romney, Secretary-Treasurer of Workers United discusses the why and how of the formation of this new union and the challenges that lay ahead. Produced by Charles B Clarke

Labor Justice Radio: Show for September 2009
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September 13, 2009 12:44 PM PDT

On this show:

+ Organizers from around the world gather to strategize building a movement to end poverty.
+ Domestic workers fight to be protected under labor law.
+ Workers United speaks about their creation as a new union.
+ Poor & working people see loss of services under PA budget stalemate.

Plus music & other news.

Pass the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights!
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September 08, 2009 08:07 PM PDT

The Domestic Worker's Bill of Rights is before the New York State Senate RIGHT NOW. Help make New York the first state in this country to respect and protect the lives and work of domestic workers. Domestic Workers United (DWU) has worked hard for the last 5 years to get this far, the House has passed the bill and the Governor has promised to sign it. Call your New York State Senator (or share this with New Yorkers who can make the call) and ask them to support S2311- otherwise known as The Domestic Worker's Bill of Rights.

Produced by Kistine Carolan.

Services Threatened As State Budget Negotiations Drag On
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September 02, 2009 05:56 PM PDT

Families face a shrinking social safety as political disagreements hold up the passage of a final state budget. This segment covers a rally by The Coalition for Essential Services in Media, PA. Speakers discussed potential cuts to Head Start, Pre-K, child care, housing assistance, adult education classes along with other social services.

Produced by Kistine Carolan.

Labor Justice Radio: Show for August 2009
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August 22, 2009 04:13 PM PDT

On this show:

+ Unified Taxi Workers Alliance rally against drive-by ticketing
+ SEIU fights for better wages for Delaware workers
+ ACME workers contract battle

Plus music and other news.

Acme Workers unite to win contract
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August 22, 2009 05:03 PM PDT

In the last few months the local 1776 has been trying to work out a new contract with managment and they were able to get a new deal for all its membership to ratify.An emergency meeting was called so they could work it out.
This piece was done by Amendu evans

Labor Justice Radio: Show for July 2009
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July 14, 2009 03:24 AM PDT

On this show:

+ Hahnemann Hospital Nurses Fight to Unionize
+ Anti-Casino Circus Spotlights Absurdity of Casino Plans
+ City Workers Struggle for a Fair Contract
+ Philadelphians Demand 'Healthcare for All'

Plus music & other news.

Nurses at Hahnemann Hospital Fight to Unionize
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July 14, 2009 02:54 AM PDT

Since January, nurses inside Hahnemann Hospital in Center City Philadelphia have been working towards unionizing. Despite the union-busting tactics employed by Tenet management, nurses have organized in support of joining Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP).

Currently, Hahnemann workers are awaiting a decision from the National Labor Relations Board to find out if the results of their recent union vote will be counted.

In the midst of this uncertainty, one nurse agreed to an anonymous interview with Labor Justice Radio. He explains the events that led up to the union election, and what is at stake for nurses like himself.

This piece was produced by Megan Williamson.

"We Did Not Create this Crisis": City Workers Defend Rights, Livelihoods
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July 10, 2009 08:52 AM PDT

Thousands of workers congregated at Love Park to let Mayor Nutter know that they are prepared to fight and potentially strike for a fair contract. The city worker's struggle is part of a larger fight to make sure the burden of Philadelphia's budget shortfall is not placed on the back of poor and working class communities.

Kistine Carolan produced this story.

Casinos in Philly: It's Not a Democracy, It's a Circus!
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July 10, 2009 08:48 AM PDT

Despite City Councils' recent unanimous approval of Foxwoods Casino, the fight to keep predatory gambling out of Philly is heating up. On June 25, the No Casino in the Heart of the City Coalition opened its new office-- right across from the proposed slots parlor at 8th & Market-- by hosting an Anti-Casino Circus!

Patrick Anamah was at the Anti-Casino Circus and interviewed three members of Asian Americans United: Olivia, Helen Gym & Ellen Somakawa.

Labor Justice Radio for June 2009
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June 29, 2009 11:04 AM PDT

On this show:

+ Northeastern Hospital Closing Causes Health Crisis in Philadelphia Neighborhoods
+ Inhumane Working Conditions for Cleaners in Center City
+ City's Ten Year Tax Abatement Places Burden on Working People
+ Taxi Union Looks Out for Drivers' Health
+ Stories of Gentrification & Displacement in Baltimore and Philly

Plus music and other news.

The Ten Year Tax Abatement: Who Really Pays?
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June 29, 2009 11:35 AM PDT

In this piece, Robin Tasco and Amendu Evans explore the ten year tax abatement that the city hands out to new developments, and how this policy affects the city as a whole. To hear some different perspectives on this issue, Amendu and Robin spoke to three people: Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., an ACORN organizer who works on affordable housing issues, and a Philly resident who has seen the effects first hand.

"They're Not Considering Us As Human": A Worker Speaks Out
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June 09, 2009 02:56 PM PDT

No talking. No humming. No pausing to drink water. Don't stop moving. Don't complain about lack of ventilation. Just keep cleaning.

These are the rules that workers like Darnell Dixon are expected to follow. Darnell is a cleaner in a prominent center city office building (which he chose not to name publicly.)

In this piece, he details the list of new rules for workers in his building and the ways that workers' human rights are being violated. John Mason conducted the interview for this piece.

Putting Cab Drivers' Health First: UTWA's Health Fair
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June 09, 2009 01:04 PM PDT

Unified Taxi Workers Alliance (UTWA) recently held a health fair for cab drivers at the Philadelphia International Airport. The screenings, tests & medical advice that was provided to drivers was necessary because so few drivers have health insurance or proper access to medical care. Patrick Anamah reports on the event and UTWA's mission to support cab drivers' health.

From Local to Federal: The Struggle for Health Care
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May 21, 2009 01:56 PM PDT

This segment follows local organizing against the closure of Northeastern Hospital in Philadelphia; new fees for previously free health care services; and national organizing for federal health care reform. Each paint the same picture: access to health care is getting harder, particularly for poor and working class communities.

Produced by Kistine Carolan.

Labor Jusice Radio: Show for May, 2009
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May 16, 2009 03:37 PM PDT

On this show:

+ United Workers Association Demands Dignity for Baltimore Workers
+ Vermont Workers Organize for Healthcare as a Human Right
+ Baltimore Residents Struggle to Re-Regulate Utilities
+ Predatory Gambling Targets Philadelphia Communities

Plus music & other news.

"84,000 Households Slated to Be Shut Off": Baltimore Residents Fight Utility Company
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May 16, 2009 04:07 PM PDT

While in Baltimore, Amendu Evans spoke to Maria Alwine of the Maryland Coalition for BGE Reregulation. She explained the problems that Baltimore is facing with deregulation of utilities, causing utility fees more than double. And 84,000 Baltimore households to be slated for shut-offs. Alwine talks about the work that people in her city are doing to get Baltimore Gas & Electric re-regulated.

Predatory Gambling: How Casinos Target Communities
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May 15, 2009 09:59 AM PDT

As the casino industry tries to push it's way into the heart of Philadelphia, communities are pushing back. In this piece, John Mason brings us highlights from a community forum hosted by Asian Americans United & Casino Free Philadelphia. The forum shed light on the predatory tactics used by the casino industry to encourage gambling addiction and target those who can least afford to lose.

Ending Poverty in Baltimore & Beyond: Report from United Workers' Human Rights March
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May 15, 2009 09:25 AM PDT

On April 19th, about 40 members of Media Mobilizing Project traveled down to Baltimore to stand with our allies, the United Workers Association (UWA), as they declared Baltimore's inner harbor a Human Rights Zone. This declaration launched UWA's campaign to reclaim dignity and fair treatment for the low-wage workers employed at the Inner Harbor's restaurants and stores.

Milena Velis was one of the MMP members who was at the historic Human Rights Zone March. She brings us this report.

Vermont Workers Demand Health Care as a Human Right
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May 13, 2009 10:10 PM PDT

On Friday, May 1, an estimated over 1000 people from across Vermont, including nurses and other healthcare workers, descended on the State Capital building in Montpelier for a "Healthcare is a Human Right" rally. The historic rally, organized by the Vermont Workers' Center, was aimed at changing not only what is "politically possible" with respect to healthcare reform, but at making the establishment of the human right to healthcare as a basic right "politically inescapable."

Anja Rudiger, of the Human Right to Health Program at the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI), was there to document the historic event. This piece was produced by Phil Wider, of NESRI and Media Mobilizing Project.

Guards at City Homeless Shelters Fight Wage & Benefit Cuts
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April 25, 2009 04:39 PM PDT

When Mayor Nutter first announced his budget cuts, he slated many of the city's homeless shelters to have reduced staff, and cut back security guards' wages. Within one week of announcing his plan, he cut the wages and benefits of security guards who work in shelters and deal with dangerous conditions everyday. These workers had the choice of either taking pay cuts -- from $13/hr to $7/hr -- and losing benefits, or losing their jobs.

On March 5th, SEIU 32BJ held a rally outside city hall to demand respect and living wages from the Mayor. Amendu Evans brings us this report from the rally.

Labor Justice Radio: Show for April, 2009
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April 16, 2009 09:07 PM PDT

On this show:

+ Housing Organizers Frame the Economic Crisis
+ Community Responds to Northeastern Hospital Closure
+ Security Guards Speak Out about City Cuts to Wages
+ Cab Drivers Discuss Economic Survival under Rising Fees
+ Low Wage Workers continue to Organize in Baltimore

Plus music and other news.

Northeastern Hospital Closes Despite Community Concerns
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March 24, 2009 01:46 PM PDT

When community members first learned of the potential closure, they planned a public meeting and invited the Temple University Health System (TUHS) administrators. TUHS did not attend the meeting and on March 23rd announced the closure of Northeastern Hospital. In this segment, we hear the concerns of doctors at the hospital as well as community members about the closure. Produced by Kistine Carolan.

Labor Justice Radio: Show for March, 2009
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March 21, 2009 04:21 PM PDT

On this show:

+ Community Responses to the Mayor's Budget Forums
+ Unified Taxi Workers Alliance Celebrates a Legal Victory
+ Thomas Robinson Speaks about Organizing Security Guards
+ Jobs with Justice Demonstrates outside Philly Art Museum
+ Taxi Drivers Discuss Poor Working Conditions Caused by Faulty GPS System

Plus music & other news!

"Cab Drivers are being Pushed to the Wall Again": Airport Raises Taxi Fees
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March 22, 2009 01:41 AM PDT

The Philadelphia International Airport Authority is raising the egress fee for all taxis working at the airport. The increase, which would raise the fee from $1.50 to $2.25, is slated to go into effect at the end of March.

Unified Taxi Workers Alliance is concerned that this additional charge to the customer will make cabs too expensive for average people in this difficult economy, and ultimately decrease business.

Patrick Anamah gives a brief update about the situation and the UTWA's organized response.

Demanding fair Wages for Philadelphia Museum of Art Security Guards
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March 22, 2009 12:19 AM PDT

On February 26th, students, workers, clergy and community members converged on the Philadelphia Museum of Art to rally around security guards working at the museum.

This diverse community of protestors came to demand, as Fabricio Rodriguez Executive Director of Philadelphia Jobs with Justice explained, "that the museum recognize the Philadelphia Security Officers Union as the legitimate bargaining agent for these workers."

Megan Williamson brings us highlights from the action.

Taxi Drivers Discuss Poor Working Conditions Caused by Faulty GPS System
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March 22, 2009 12:45 AM PDT

In 2006, the Philadelphia Parking Authority mandated that GPS systems be installed in all of Philly's taxicabs. Aside from questions about the PPA's contract with Taxitronics for the GPS units -- Taxitronics had their GPS contract with the City of New York revoked after a government investigation uncovered corruption in how Taxitronics won the lucrative contract -- there are persistent problems with the GPS units.

Patrick Anamah & Femi Animashaun discuss the problems that cab drivers face due to these faulty GPS units, and appeal to the Philadelphia Parking Authority to correct its mistake.

Reflections on the Mayor's Budget Forums
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March 22, 2009 01:27 AM PDT

Amendu Evans brings us a report from the Essential Services Coalition’s Press Conference that took place before the Mayor’s Budget forum in West Philadelphia.

Speakers at the press conference included a security guard from one of the city’s homeless shelters, facing deep wage and benefit cuts due to the Mayor's budget.

Amendu also shares his perspective on the Budget Forum, asking the question, "Were these forums really meant to empower us, or were they designed to divide the community and keep us quiet?"

Taxi Drivers Declare Victory in Court, Establish Oversight for Philadelphia Parking Authority
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March 22, 2009 12:51 AM PDT

On Friday February 20th, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in the case of the Taxi Workers Alliance vs. The Philadelphia Parking Authority. The court ruled in favor of the Unified Taxi Workers Alliance (UTWA) giving the Commonwealth Court jurisdiction over PPA and offering taxi drivers a place to have their voice heard in regards to PPA regulations.

Members of the Unified Taxi Workers Alliance celebrated the victory as an important step in winning back simple workers rights in the industry.

Megan Williamson talked to Ron Blount, President of the Unified Taxi Workers Alliance, about this important victory.

Thomas Robinson on Philadelphia Officers & Workers Rising (POWR) Campaign
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March 17, 2009 11:22 PM PDT

Charles Clarke speaks to Thomas Robinson, chair of the Philadelphia Officers & Workers Rising (POWR) Campaign. Thomas talks about organizing the security guards at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the struggle for healthcare, living wages, and dignity on the job.

Labor Justice Radio: Show for February, 2009
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February 05, 2009 04:26 PM PST

On this show we hear:

+ interview with legendary labor organizer Dolores Huerta
+ international perspective on union organizing
+ story about the Coalition of Labor Union Women
+ report from Baltimore about the United Workers' campaign
+ update on the Employee Free Choice Act
+ analysis of President Obama's pick for Labor Secretary
+ review of Media Mobilizing Project's video training

Plus music and other news!

The Employee Free Choice Act: An International Perspective
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February 05, 2009 01:37 PM PST

Jim Grogan is an organizer with Unite Here International Union who just returned to the United States after a year working in Ireland. In this interview he gives a perspective on the role of unions in general society and the importance of the Employee Free Choice Act.
Produced by Charles B. Clarke

The Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW)
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February 05, 2009 07:58 AM PST

Learn about the Philadelphia Chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union (CLUW) Women. Kathy Black, Health and Safety Director for AFSCME District Council 47 and President of the Philadelphia Chapter of CLUW describes some of their efforts, including national campaigns for pay equity through the recently-passed Lily Ledbetter Act; the ongoing push for the Employee Free Choice Act; and local organizing to guarentee that contraceptives are covered in workplace health plans.

Visit www.cluw.org for more information.

This segment was produced by Kistine Carolan.

Firefighters Respond to Fire Company Closures
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January 28, 2009 11:22 AM PST

On January 5th, the Nutter Administration closed seven fire companies in Philadelphia neighborhoods. These closures, along with cuts to neighborhood library branches and recreation centers, are part of city budget cuts that are primarily affecting Philadelphia's poor and working class residents.

Erika Almiron, of Media Mobilizing Project, interviewed Dave Kearney of the Philadelphia Firefighters’ Union. He explains how the mayor’s cuts to firestations will affect firefighters and Philadelphians. For more information on their ongoing fight, go to the Philadelphia Firefighters' Union webpage:

Labor Justice Radio: Show for January, 2009
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January 19, 2009 09:57 PM PST

Today we’ll be talking about how the nurses’ union is organizing to keep Northeastern Hospital open. We’ll also hear an interview with a member of the firefighters’ union about the mayor’s cuts to firestations, a report about dangerous working conditions faced by cab drivers and an update about recent progress in the struggle to save Philadelphia’s neighborhood libraries. Plus we’ll hear music and other news.

Help Organize to Keep Northeastern Hospital Open
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January 04, 2009 11:15 AM PST

With the potential closure of Northeastern Hospital, we hear from Jerry Silberman, a representative of the hospital's nurses union.

He explains the situation and announces a community meeting to save Northeastern on January 6th, 7:00 p.m. at the Samuel Recreation Center (2501 East Tioga).

For information on closing maternity units in Southeastern Pennsylvania, visit Maternity Care Coalition's website at www.momobile.org.

A report by Kistine Carolan

Labor Justice Radio - Watch the Promo Video
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January 03, 2009 04:28 PM PST

UNITE HERE! Boycotts Baltimore Sheraton Hotel
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December 12, 2008 02:05 PM PST

Charles Clarke reports from Baltimore on UNITE HERE's boycott of the Baltimore Sheraton hotel. This boyoctt is part of a larger campaign against Columbia Sussex, a management company that is mistreating workers at hotels and casinos across the US.

Labor Justice Radio: Show for December 2, 2008
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December 12, 2008 12:51 PM PST

On this month's show: Philadelphia's budget cuts and how they are affecting neighborhood rec centers and libraries. We’ll also hear about a push for more paid sick days for Philly workers, and about Baltimore hotel workers’ fight for justice. Plus we’ll have music and other news.

The Downsizing of a city
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December 06, 2008 04:30 PM PST

Mayor nutter made statement that in his budget cuts he will haft to close some libarys and some pools causeing people rally in the steets In South philadelphia at seventh and snyder ave thier is the ford center and thier pool is going to be closed and i had a chance to talk to some of the residents listen to what they had to say. produced by Amendu evans

Workers Need Paid Sick Days
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December 06, 2008 03:12 PM PST

Area unions and women's groups are pushing City Council to pass a bill that would guarantee paid sick days for all workers in Philadelphia.

The choice to work while sick or stay home and lose wages is no choice at all.

To support this effort, call your City Council person and ask them to pass this bill!

A report by Kistine Carolan

The Struggle to Save Philly's Libraries
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December 01, 2008 03:44 PM PST

Philly residents around the city are mobilizing to say no to mayor Nutter's plan to close eleven public library branches.

About a month ago, the mayor announced drastic budget cuts to make up for a shortfall in revenue of 180 million dollars in this fiscal year, and a projected 1 billion dollar budget shortfall over the next five years.

The mayor is cutting back on other basic services, including firefighters, police and youth services, as well as closing down pools and homeless shelters.

A report by Milena Velis

Labor Justice Radio: Show for November 4, 2008
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November 06, 2008 05:14 AM PST

On this edition of Labor Justice Radio:
+ Residents struggle to keep casinos out of Philadelphia
+ Jobs With Justice works to close sweatshops
+ A breakdown of the Employee Free Choice Act
+ United Workers make Baltimore’s harbor a Human Rights Zone + Updates about the stories you heard in last month’s show
+ Plus music and other news

Protecting the Right to Unionize: The Employee Free Choice Act
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November 06, 2008 04:53 AM PST

Every day, corporations deny workers the freedom to form unions. They routinely intimidate, harass, coerce and even fire workers who try to form unions and bargain for economic well-being.
The Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 800, S. 1041) would allow employees to form unions by signing union cards. It would also set stronger penalties for companies that violate the rights of workers who are organizing.
Charles Clarke produced this piece.

Community Declares "No Casino in the Heart of Philadelphia!"
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November 06, 2008 04:34 AM PST

After years of pushing to build a casino on South Philadelphia’s waterfront and being met with massive local opposition, Foxwoods Casino is trying to build a slots parlor in Philadelphia's Chinatown.
On November 1st, over 1000 people marched down market street, declaring that Chinatown should not be transformed into a gambling district.
At the public meeting that followed the march, Philadelphia City Council unanimously voted to to recommend approval of the zoning bills that would pave the way for Foxwoods Casino. Produced by Megan Williamson.
To learn more or to get involved, visit www.aaunited.org and www.casinofreephila.org

Coalition of Immokalee Workers Demands Justice for Farmworkers
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November 06, 2008 04:17 AM PST

Today these is a human rights crisis in Florida's fields. There, tomato pickers earn subpoverty wages, and lack basic labor protections and benefits.
But in recent years, a new hope for reform in Florida's fields has emerged: the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). The CIW's current campaign is aimed at Subway and Chipotle, two fast food companies that refuse to recognize the human rights abuses in Florida's fields, even as they make billions off of the tomato pickers' labor.
To learn more, visit: www.ciw-online.org
This campaign update was produced by Desi Burnette.

Labor Justice Radio: Show for October 7, 2008
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October 14, 2008 01:37 PM PDT

We have a packed show this month. Listen for a piece about home healthcare workers' struggle to get health coverage; an interview with a lead organizer for Jobs with Justice; a conversation between two taxi drivers about the problem of 'drive-by ticketing by the Philadelphia Parking Authority; a story about supervisor harassment faced by cleaners with ABM Industries; a report on immigrant parents organizing to get more translators in South Philly public schools; and a feature about UNITE HERE's campaign against Aramark. Plus we'll have music and news from working peoples' perspectives.

"Drive-by Ticketing": Philadelphia Parking Authority Exploits Taxi Drivers
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October 14, 2008 09:46 AM PDT

The Philadelphia Parking Authority is using abusive ticketing practices to wring more money out of taxi workers' pockets. Dubbed "drive-by ticketing" by cab divers, this practice includes ticketing cabs while they drop off or pick up passengers --even at designated cab stands-- and mailing tickets up to weeks later, making it very difficult to for drivers to contest these violations and forcing drivers to pay large fines. In this piece, Femi Animashaun and Patrick Anamah, members of the Taxi Workers' Alliance of PA, discuss the issue.

Cleaners with ABM Industries Speak about Worksite Harrassment
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October 14, 2008 09:25 AM PDT

ABM Industries has recently become infamous with workers after collaborating with Immigrations & Customs Enforcement (ICE) to entrap and arrest 42 of their undocumented employees in a July 31st raid. But what is work like for people that are still working for ABM Industries? Darnell Dixon interviewed ABM employees who clean the Bell Atlantic building in Center City Philadelphia to find out what they experience while they're on the job.

Healthcare Workers Need Healthcare Too
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October 10, 2008 08:59 PM PDT

Home healthcare workers and other SEIU members gathered in Hershy, PA recently to rally for the creation of a Consumers Healthcare Council. This Council would ensure that healthcare workers (including people who provide care at patients' homes, as well as in nursing homes and rehab centers) get proper health benefits themsleves. Amendu Evans interviewed homecare workers and produced this piece.

"Every Parent has the Right to Communicate with their Children's School": Fighting for Translators
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October 10, 2008 08:35 PM PDT

Juntos, an immigrant workers organization, is organizing parents around the serious lack of translators in Philadelphia public schools, especially in South Philly, where many parents speak little or no English. Milena Velis spoke to parents about their campaign.

Since this piece was aired, members of JUNTOS succeeded in getting 4 deputies of the Philadelphia School District to meet with them and listen to their demands. But parents are still waiting to hear whether the school district will create an office of translation to address the need for more interpreters. Juntos plans to hold a public action soon to bring more attention to this issue.

Building Solidarity in the City: A Profile of Jobs with Justice
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October 10, 2008 08:25 PM PDT

Fabricio Rodriguez, director of Jobs with Justice, talks about the mission of the coalition and its current campaigns, including organizing security guards at Penn, Temple and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Charles Clarke produced this piece.

Update on Detained SEIU Members
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October 10, 2008 08:03 PM PDT

During our September show, we brought you coverage of an immigration raid that took place on July 31st (see story below). Of the 42 workers arrested, seven women have been released from detention to care for their children while they await trial in immigration court. Milena Velis produced this brief update from Margaret Sawyer, a leader of the New Sanctuary Movement.

Labor Justice Radio: Show for September 2, 2008
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October 10, 2008 04:43 PM PDT

On the first episode of Labor Justice Radio we'll be talking about the creation of the Unified Taxi Workers Alliance of Pennsylvania, the daily job of a cleaner in center city, Media Mobilizing Project's leadership school, and workers comp for cab drivers. Plus we'll have music and news from working peoples' perspectives.