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4/9/2012


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1% Is Not Enough {LB}



Within: Labor Beat: 1% Is Not Enough / Congress Hotel Strike 5th Year Anniversary / Labor Beat Remembers Utah Phillips LB}

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120lbletimeroll. PSA. 120 sec. {LB} –n–

Early draft begun. A 120-second PSA with Labor Beat and Labor Express broadcasts times on 2006-10-23. NOTE: Times must be updated since 2009 change to MONDAYS broadcasts! Text as a full width roll.

Mins 2.0

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30lbwww. PSA. 30 sec. {LB} –n–

A 30-second PSA promoting the Labor Beat web site. Please use this often within your video productions and link to it on your websites.

Mins 0.5

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60lboncantv. PSA. 60 sec. { –n–

A 60-second PSA. Labor Beat broadcast times roll up while slides from shows change quickly. Thumbnail video. 5 minutes to download via broadband internet. 25 MB. Avi file playable by Windows Media Player, QuickTime, RealPlayer and other software.

Mins 1.0

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ABA You're the Worst {LB}



Within: Labor Beat: ABA You're the Worst / Showdown in Chicago / Chicago Street Sitdown for Boston Hyatt Workers LB}

(See the description for the later Labor Beat series show.)



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Action for New Prioroties testimony. { –n–

Action for New Prioroties testimony.

Mins 39:27

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Air and War Show {LB}



Within: Labor Beat: Billikin / Air and War Show LB}

This segment is described in the Labor Beat show’s description.



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Airline Cutbacks {LB387} –n–



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Albany Park Day Laborers {LB432}



Within: Labor Beat: Michigan Avenue Sitdown / Albany Park Day Laborers LB432}

Chicago Albany Park Day Laborers battle for a meeting place. This segment was produced by CIMC and Labor Beat producer Thomas Yun.



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All For One {LB}



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All For One {LB}



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All For One {LB}



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All For One {LB}



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The American Connection { –n–

Mins 028:50

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Anita Chan--Should we establish contacts with the Chinese trade unions? {LB}



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Anti-IMF A16 {LB} –n–



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Anti-IMF A16 {LB345}



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Anti-NATO Demo {LB323}



Within: Labor Beat: Tool and Engineering Strike / Anti-NATO Demo / Public Housing Hearing LB323}

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Anti-War {LB} –n–



Within: Labor Beat: International Labor Issues / Anti-War LB} –n–

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Anti-war {LB447}



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Anti-War Demo {LB320}



Within: Labor Beat: La Causa Vive / Dont Shop Delray / Anti-War Demo LB320}

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Aqui Se Puede {LB}



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Baldemar Velasquez {LB}



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Between the Lines: The Haymarket Tragedy {GV007} –n–

A discussion of the events of the Haymarket Riot of 1886, the political climate that led up to it, and the grave injustices that were carried out against the eight men known as the Haymarket martyrs.

Guests are: Professor William Adelman, author of the book, "Haymarket Revisited"; Bill Parsons, great grandnephew of Haymarket Martyr, Albert Parsons; and Bill Neebe, grandson of Haymarket Martyr, Oscar Neebe.

Not for sale. Denise Rose, producer, 1986. 50 minutes.

Mins 50:00

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Billiken {LB}



Within: Labor Beat: Billikin / Air and War Show LB}

This segment is described in the show’s description.



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Bread With Dignity {LB} –n–



Within: Labor Beat: Shut Down / Bread with Dignity LB} –n–

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Briefcases and Bomb Shelters {LB}



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"Briefcases and Bomb Shelters." At times whimsical, at times chilling, this program views a modern phenomenon--the bomb shelter. It is also a tongue-in-cheek critique of the lifestyles of the "bomb shelter" believers, and contains a hilarious interview with a briefcase salesman. The video was prompted, in part, by a widely reported plan to make the briefcase part of the "protective cover" during a nuclear attack. This tape has won awards at the Great Lakes, Illinois, and Athens, Ohio film and video festivals. Bob Hercules, 13:30, 1986

"Stoney Does Dallas." Berkeley, California humorist/street performer Stoney Burke conducts a ’tour’ of the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas. The results are both hilarious and politically biting. Media Process Group, 7:20, 1984.

"Tribune Strikers Rally." On January 4, 1986 the three unions on strike against the Chicago Tribune held a huge rally in which the rank and file from many other trade unions in the city participated. The tape documents the rally and presents a perspective on a growing phenomena in the U.S.: the systematic union busting by corporations around the country. Media Process Group, 6:00, 1986.



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Briefcases and Bomb Shelters / Stoney Does Dallas / Tribune Strikers Rally {GV002} –n–

"Briefcases and Bomb Shelters."

At times whimsical, at times chilling, this program views a modern phenomenon--the bomb shelter. It is also a tongue-in-cheek critique of the lifestyles of the "bomb shelter" believers, and contains a hilarious interview with a briefcase salesman.

The video was prompted, in part, by a widely reported plan to make the briefcase part of the "protective cover" during a nuclear attack.

This tape has won awards at the Great Lakes, Illinois, and Athens, Ohio film and video festivals. Bob Hercules, 13:30, 1986

"Stoney Does Dallas."

Berkeley, California humorist/street performer Stoney Burke conducts a ’tour’ of the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas. The results are both hilarious and politically biting. Media Process Group, 7:20, 1984.

"Tribune Strikers Rally."

On January 4, 1986 the three unions on strike against the Chicago Tribune held a huge rally in which the rank and file from many other trade unions in the city participated. The tape documents the rally and presents a perspective on a growing phenomena in the U.S.: the systematic union busting by corporations around the country. Media Process Group, 6:00, 1986.

Mins 27:00

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Bughouse {LB} –n–



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CACOSH Convention {LB} –n–



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Car Caravan {LB444}



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Charlesgate {

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Chicago City Colleges {LB}



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Chicago College Counselors Fight {LB394}



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Chicago Gary Homeless Union {LB}



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Chicago MayDay 2000 {LB}



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Chicago MayDay 2000 {LB346}



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Chicago Protests 5 Years of War {LB}



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Chicago Stands with Oaxaca {LB}



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Protest at Mexican Consulate to show solidarity with the Oaxaca uprising and to protest the murder of IMC videographer Brad Will.



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Chicago Street Sitdown for Boston Hyatt Workers {LB}



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Chicago Women in the Trades {LB}



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CLWU, The Power of Sisterhood {LB} –n–



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CLWU, The Power of Sisterhood {LB} –n–



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Coalition of Immokalee Workers Seeks Support in Chicago {LB}



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Scenes and interviews from fall 2006 CIW campaign in the Chicago area.



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College Counselors {LB392}



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Colleges {LB368}



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Congress Hotel Strike {LB446}



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Congress Hotel Strike 5th Year Anniversary {LB}



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Court Reporters {LB} –n–



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Chicago mural detail

Crossborder Mural Project -- The Video {LB}

Witness the creation of two labor murals, one in Mexico City, the other in Chicago, linked by the collaborative efforts of unions from both sides of the border.

In April, 1997 Mike Alewitz paints a mural in the headquarters of the Frente Autentico del Trabajo (FAT) in Mexico City. Later in the year, Mexican muralist Daniel Manrique Arias and three young muralists from co-sponsoring Chicago Public Arts Group paint a mural on an outside wall of the United Electrical Workers (UE) District 11 Hall in Chicago, Illinois.

This ambitious cultural project of the pioneering crossborder Strategic Organizing Alliance between UE and Mexico’s independent labor federation gives visual expression to the idea of international solidarity.

Labor muralist Alewitz features Mexican hero Emiliano Zapata and Albert and Lucy Parsons. Albert Parsons was executed on trumped up charges following the Haymarket Square incident in Chicago. Lucy Parsons fought to prove her husband’s innocence and improve conditions for workers and women. The mural is entitled "Sindicalismo Sin Fronteras / Unions Without Borders"

Manrique is a major voice in Mexican art and the foremost exponent of the neighborhood-based movement Tepito Arte Aca. His mural is entitled "Hands in Solidarity -- Hands of Freedom / Manos Solidarias--Manos Libres."

UE Director of International Labor Affairs Robin Alexander and both muralists talk about the project and the painting of the murals. Video is a spellbinding collection of visions from inside the world of two muralist at the moment of creation. Produced and edited by Steve Dalber, a member of Labor Beat.

Special ordering information for "Crossborder Mural Project -- The Video" (34:23 in length): Send $30 (which includes shipping and handling) to Steve Dalber, 5012 N. California, Chicago, IL 60625. For more information: sdalber@ccc.edu.

Mins 34:23!

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Daughters of Mother Jones { –n–



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Daughters of Mother Jones {LB}



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Day Laborers {LB}



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Decatur Labor Vs. City Hall {LB}



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Disinformation Tape #1: The MacNeal/Lehrer News Hour {GV003}

An analysis of a MacNeil/Lehrer show focusing on the issue of ’humanitarian aid’ for the contras in Nicaragua.

While foregoing the history of Nicaragua and its relationship with the U.S. since the turn of the century, the participants provide the illusion of debate as to what degree the U.S. will intervene in the affairs of Nicaragua. Warren Leming and Bob Hercules, 1:10:00, 1985.

Mins 70est

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Don't Bug Me {

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Dont Shop Delray {LB320}



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An Evening With Carlos Cortez {LB}



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The Face Behind the Label {LB}



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Faces of Injustice {LB}



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Fighting Wal-Mart in Chicago {LB}



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Follow That Dream {LB}



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The Fred Thompson Interviews {GV006} –n–

Shot as part of the Committee for Labor Access Oral History Project, the Fred Thompson interviews help document the life and times of this extraordinary IWW member.

Thompson traces his life from his boyhood in Canada, where he first encountered socialism, to his last years in Chicago, where he single-handedly revived the Kerr Publishing Company. Indispensible to students of IWW history, the interview includes Thompson`s memories of San Quentin, following his trial and conviction for "sedition and agitation" while hoboing in California.

A fascinating look at a dedicated organizer and at a past which has been carefully forgotten by conservative historians. Also contains an excellent account of the "working peoples’ college" in Duluth, Minnesota, where Thompson taught and played a leading role. Media Process Group, 120 min.

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Freedom At Work {LB444}



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From Bad to Worse {LB}



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FTAA {LB448}

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FTAA Miami {LB}



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Gerald Zero on the Teamsters {LB}



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Globalization and Greed {LB}



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Globalization and Greed {LB346}



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God and Country: The Rise of the Religious Right { –n–

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Grove Parc Apartments {LB}



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Health Care Vigil {LB}



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Home Health Care Workers {LB360}



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Honduras Election {LB}



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Produced by SEIU 503 in Oregon.



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Hungry for Help {GV008} –n–

What people are doing in their communities to fight hunger. The video profiles several volunteers who work in a soup kitchen in a Chicago neighborhood. Denise Rose, producer, 1986. 17 min.

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IBEW Protest {LB447}



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I'll Never Do That Again {GV001} –n–

Denis Mueller’s award-winning documentary about the Vietnam war begins at the June 13, 1986, Vietnam War Veterans’ national parade in Chicago, Illinois.

The event attracted the largest gathering of veterans since the war. Among them was a large contingent of "Veterans Against War". Denis Mueller gives the vets a chance to be heard, including one veteran’s powerful talk to a group of Chicago high school students.

This tape is both a hard-hitting indictment of the war and a fascinating look at the men who came away from Vietnam with a new understanding of themselves and their country. Dennis Mueller, producer, 1986. 30 minutes.

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Image Maker {LB} –n–



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Immigrant Amnesty March {LB360}



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In the Land of the Lesser Evil {LB}



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Insult to Injury {LB438}



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Interview with MST activist Vanderly Scarabeli { –n–

This is the full version of my interview with MST activist Vanderly Scarabeli. It originally aired on the Labor Express radio program in two parts. The first on 2-13-05 the second on 2-27-05. The MST (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra) is the Landless Workers Movement of Brazil. An organization dedicated to winning landless rural Brazilians access to land through land seizures and the establishment of agricultural cooperatives. In this interview, conducted in November of 2004, Mr. Scarabeli talks about the history of the MST, the philosophy of their movement, their relationship to the Worker’s Party government of Lula Da Silva and their role in the World Social Forum process.



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It's A Done Deal: CPS vs Community {LB}



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The Jewish Wife / Weimar / Labor Relations: The New Fall Season {LB} –n–



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"The Jewish Wife." Video presentation of Bertold Brecht’s brief one act play. Originally part of a larger Brecht production, titled "Fear and Loathing in the Third Reich." Warren Leming, 20:00, 1985.

"Weimar." Excerpted segments from a political cabaret staged at Crosscurrents Theatre in Chicago. Topics range from U.S. intervention in Nicaragua to a commentary on the bourgeois art world to a skit on the macho sensibility that promotes war. Warren Leming, 11:00, 1984.

"Labor Relations: The New Fall Season." It’s labor contract negotiation time and our ’heroes,’ two veteran labor management types, debate the most economical way to squeeze further concessions from the union. The central tactic they settle on is drug testing and they concoct an elaborate corporate television strategy to present and promote the drug testing issue. Warren Leming and Media Process Group, 12:30, 1986.



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Canadian labor educator D’Arcy Martin (author of "Thinking Union") presents a creative dramatization of economic class divisions, using audience participation, at an event sponsored by Chicago Center for Working Class Studies.



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Just Stand in the Squares {LB}



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Just Stand In the Squares {LB}



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Canadian labor educator D’Arcy Martin (author of "Thinking Union") presents a creative dramatization of economic class divisions, using audience participation, at an event sponsored by Chicago Center for Working Class Studies.



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Killer Coke {LB447}



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Labor Beat: $4 A Day? No Way! {LB142.} –n–

The opression of Mexican unions is related to the growth of the Maquilladora plants. Autoworkers’ dismal conditions as they face attacks by companies and the Mexican government. Produced by American Labor Education Center. Segment time: 20 min.

Also, how the fast-track trade agreement with Mexico will cause Chicago workers’ jobs to become runaways.

Also, reasons for opposing free trade. A short produced by LIPA.

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Labor Beat: 1% Is Not Enough / Congress Hotel Strike 5th Year Anniversary / Labor Beat Remembers Utah Phillips {LB553}

3 Segments

- 1. "1% Is Not Enough."

Chicago’s Teamsters Local 743 held on 7-1-08 a spirited protest demo at Friends Family Health Center calling for a fair contract, after going 3 years without one.

They were calling for protection from harassment, a grievance procedure to solve problems at work, and wage increases that keep up with inflation.

Action was called by Friends Family Teamsters, University of Chicago Teamsters, University of Chicago Hospital Teamsters, Barnes and Noble Teamsters, SEIU 73 members, student, neighborhood and clergy allies, sisters and brothers (and others).

- 2. "Congress Hotel Strike 5th Year Anniversary."

The fifth anniversary of the longest active strike in the nation. UNITEHERE Local 1 is joined by faith based, social justice and labor organizations to rally at the front doors on June 13, 2008. On-demand playback is available at laborbeat.org.

- 3. "Labor Beat Remembers Utah Phillips."

Legendary labor singer and IWW activist Utah Phillips died peacefully in his sleep on May 23, 2008. Labor Beat celebrates his memory with clips from our video archives over 20 years.

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Labor Beat: 2006 Teamsters Convention {LB508}

Labor Beat presents the national cable-tv premiere of the new documentary about the 2006 International Brotherhood of Teamsters Convention, the Tom Leedham campaign for International President, and the successful fight to nominate the Leedham reform slate ("Strong Contracts, Good Pensions") running against the James Hoffa machine.

Presented in October 2006 as ballots for the national election are being mailed out. Produced by Gary Brooks for Labor Beat. DVD available, mailto:steward705@comcast.net.

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Labor Beat: The 7000 -- Chicago's Hotel Contract Fight {LB407}

The dramatic contract negotiations for 7,000 members of H.E.R.E. Local 1 in Aug.-Sept. of 2002. Includes scenes of voting to authorize strike, the huge 5,000-strong march down Michigan Avenue, the countdown to the strike deadline, interviews with negotiating committee members on what happened behind the scenes, the vote to ratify the contract, and more. Narrated. 23 minutes.

Cinematographer and director Haskell Wexler says (Feb 2003): "I support the hotel workers and this video is very good. I lived in Santa Monica where the efforts of the hotel workers to unionize was opposed by a particularly vicioius management." Wexler has earned five Academy Award nominations and two Oscars for Best Cinematography. His work on films includes The Bus Riders Union, Coming Home, Matewan, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, and Bound For Glory.

David Moberg wrote: "It took the wholesale transformation of a local union that had seemed terminally ill for Chicago’s hotel workers to pull off their dramatic 2002 contract victory. Labor Beat’s video--The 7,000--captures the rank-and-file spirit and enthusiasm that was sparked by their new participation in the life of the union. It also shows how detailed preparation for the possibility of a strike--by building community ties and mobilizing thousands of members for a march and contract vote--helped to win significant contract gains without an actual strike. Both union officials and hotel workers tell the story vividly and passionately.

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Labor Beat: 9/11 A Crisis for Workers {LB391} –n–

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Labor Beat: Aaron at Erbil {LB571}

On March 13-14 an important International Labor Conference was held in Erbil, Iraq, which is in the Kurdistan region. Along with the 200 delegates from Iraqi trade unions and international unions, attending was a delegation from the U.S., comprised of representatives of U.S. Labor Against the War, and 2 representatives from Iraq Veterans Against the War.

Among those IVAW attending was Aaron Hughes, the subject of this 25 minute video.

Aaron explains why he attended the Conference, and places his return to Iraq as an anti-war veteran in the context of a similar visit by Vietnam Veterans Against the War to North Vietnam.

At the center of Aaron’s experience in Erbil is his short speech to the delegation apologizing for his role in the US military in oppressing the people of Iraq. This video is a documenting of that speech and the reactions of the audience, as well as Aaron’s anxiety about what the reactions would be.

The work of the Conference is also summarized by Aaron, enhanced with footage from Iraq Peacetv in Japan and Aaron’s own footage of the event. The experience of the Conference provides the basis of the IVAW delegate’s re-dedication of their goal of war reparations for the people and workers of Iraq.

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Labor Beat: ABA You're the Worst / Showdown in Chicago / Chicago Street Sitdown for Boston Hyatt Workers {LB584}

-1- ABA, You’re the Worst

The Oct. 26, 2009 protest against the national meeting of the American Bankers Association in Chicago.

Actions, interviews, speeches. Begins at Chicago offices of Goldman Sachs (Goldman "Sucks") and then goes to the office building of Wells Fargo. There, hundreds of protesters occupy the lobby. Length 9:57.

-2- Showdown in Chicago

October 27, 2009, on the third day of protest during the national meeting in Chicago of the American Bankers Association, some 4-5 thousand labor and community activist marched down Michigan Avenue and then to the Sheraton Hotel, where the ABA was meeting, and held a protest rally.

This day of protest was called by its organizers "Showdown in Chicago: The American People vs. Wall Street Banks."

Speakers included Dennis Gannon (President, Chicago Federation of Labor), Tom Balanoff (President, SEIU Illinois Council), Richard Trumka (President, AFL-CIO), Armando Robles (President, UE 1110, of the Republic Windows plant occupation), Denise Dixon (Executive Director, Action Now).

Dixon noted, "Every 13 seconds, another home goes into foreclosure in urban areas all over the country that are already beaten down. ... Enough is enough!"

Tom Balanoff asked the rally, "why are we here today? We’re here to send a strong message to the bankers and the financiers, it’s time that they be held accountable."

-3- Chicago Street Sitdown for Boston Hyatt Workers

On Sept. 24, 2009, in front of the Chicago Ave. entrance to the Chicago Park Hyatt, hundreds of Chicago hotel workers (UNITE-HERE members) and supporters sat down in the street, in solidarity with Park Hyatt workers in Boston who were fired.

Interviews and scenes from the dramatic sitdown in the street.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfFWXVNJo6U www.blip.tv/file/2679301.

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Labor Beat: Achieve, Believe / South African Nurses {LB150}

"Achieve, Believe." The successful struggle of IBEW Local 134 to elect a reform slate to its governing board.

"South African Nurses." Interviews with South African nurses.

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Labor Beat: ACTWU Convention 1987 {LB042} –n–

ACTWU Convention 1987

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Labor Beat: ACTWU Midwest Regional Conference 1986 {LB010} –n–

The Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union invited a Labor Beat crew to make a tape about their conference. The tape documents the conference sessions on the corporate media attack on organized labor, and union strategies in response to the federally sponsored drug abuse testing program. The tape breaks new ground in showing how ACTWU members wrote and produced six video programs for their locals back home. A good look at a progressive labor union and what it is doing to stem the anti-labor tide.

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Labor Beat: AFGE, SEIU 46 Fight Privatization {LB322}

Three different unions’ campaigns against privatization.

* AFGE 1395, Labor Party, Metro Seniors in Action, representative of the AFL-CIO, and other organizations rally in Chicago’s Loop in April 1999 to oppose the privatization of Social Security. The slogan of the rally was "Support Mainstreet, Not Wall Street".

* SEIU Local 46 in May 1999 march and rally against privatization and contracting out of custodial jobs by Chicago Police Dept. "The City is again on the attack" against city workers.

* APWU demonstrates in Oregon against privatization of postal service. Don’t Privatize Our U.S. Postal Service". (Produced by OPEU District 4 production, Ashland, Oregon.)

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Labor Beat: AFL-CIO 1995 Convention Debate {LB229} –n–

Highlights of the historic AFL-CIO convention. With coverage of the debate between Thomas R. Donahue and John Sweeney, candidates for the presidency of the AFL-CIO. Footage exclusively from the Labor Institute for Public Affairs.

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Labor Beat: The AFL-CIO's Foreign Policy and N.E.D. Money {LB479}

Prior to the AFL-CIO Convention in Chicago, rank-and-file workers held a protest and discussion about the need to reform the AFL-CIO’s foreign policy and the influence upon it from funding from the National Endowment for Democracy. Hear Kim Scipes, Labor Educator on the AFL-CIO and international politics, discuss the history of the AFL’s involvement with the foreign policy interest of American Imperialism.

Also, an interview with Fred Hirsch, long-time critic of AFL-CIO foreign policy, as he and other opponents of N.E.D. funding attended the 2005 AFL-CIO Convention

Includes scenes of floor discussion on foreign policy resolution and reactions of supporters of "Build Unity and Trust Among Workers Worldwide" resolution, including Jeff Crosby, President of North Shore (Massachusetts) Central Labor Council and member of AFL-CIO Convention Resolutions Committee.

CORRECTION: Previous information about Labor Beat’s coverage of the AFL-CIO Convention posted here contained some inaccuracies. Please disregard that earlier announcement. Watch this space for forthcoming information about new shows on the AFL-CIO Convention and related events and issues. Thank you. -Labor Beat

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Labor Beat: AFL-CIO Social Security Demo / Senn HS Coalition {LB473}

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Labor Beat: The AFL-CIO: The Workers Must Fix It! {LB475}

A rank-and-file perspective on the debate over leadership and strategy within the AFL-CIO on the eve of its July 2005 National Convention.

Using unique historical footage, the video revisits the birth of the Sweeney regime, its promises to the rank-and-file in the 1995 labor upsurge of the War Zone in Central Illinois, and the betrayal of those promises.

Neither Sweeney nor Stern differ in any fundamental way regarding their commitment to jointism with management, history of political jointism through support for the Democratic Party, disinterest in rank-and-file democracy and input, lack of strategy for developing labor media, or lack of commitment to changing the AFL-CIO’s ties to US foreign policy.

Video by Labor Beat.

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Labor Beat: AFSCME, SEIU, ILWU {LB402} –n–

Labor Beat: AFSCME, SEIU, ILWU...

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Labor Beat: Alexander Cockburn Interview / New Fall Season {LB006} –n–

The first part of this tape is an interview with Alexander Cockburn, columnist for The Nation and the Wall Street Journal, following his speech criticizing the major media’s coverage of Nicaragua, at DePaul University. In the interview Cockburn focuses on the media’s negative impact on the labor movement, and suggests some interesting answers to the questions that corporate media poses for labor.

The second part of the tape is a dramatization of the role of labor relations "experts" in labor/management disputes. The New Fall Season draws on an authentic chronicle of corporate anti-union strategies, and focuses on the recent federally sponsored, drug abuse testing program. Important for a rank and file understanding of just how labor relations strategists "think" and how they use the media to influence public opinion.

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Labor Beat: All for One / Motown Hits the Road {LB267}

"All for One." Global solidarity against deregulation in docking. International resistance to privatization.

On January 20, 1997, workers in ports around the world - from Tokyo to San Francisco to Stockholm - staged actions in support of Liverpool dockworkers locked out by the Mersey Docks Co. Protests and work stoppages in unity with the dockworkers locked-out a year and a half earlier for opposing deregulation and unpaid overtime.

Scenes include: Liverpool cranes occupied to bring operations to a halt; the port of Stockholm at a standstill; an interview with a representative of the Svenska Hamnarbetarforbundet; a protest at the Ooi port, Tokyo; an interview with the president of Tokyo Docker’s Union Council; an ILWU protest at the British Consulate in San Francisco as part of actions shutting down West Coast US ports. Also released as Labor Beat video GV9 GV009.

"Motown Hits the Road." Labor Beat’s coverage of a Chicago demonstration (at the Winston and Strawn law firm) to oppose corporate attacks on the locked-out Detroit newspaper workers. 200 Chicago-area and Detroit unionists launched a boycott USA Today campaign and announced Action! Motown ’97 plans for June, 1997.

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Labor Beat: All Power to the People {LB069+} –n–

Commemorates the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Fred Hampton, Black Panther leader, in Chicago. Interviews with friends and associates of Hampton.

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Labor Beat: Amadila Intifada {LB423} –n–

A documentary on the Palestinian struggle, with scenes from June 02, 2003 Israeli military occupation of Jenin.

Amandla Intifada, by its title, compares the fight against apartheid in South Africa with the fight against Zionist apartheid in Palestine.

Included with the documentary is a Labor Beat interview with Ahmed Bensouda of Chicago Al-Awda (http://al-awda.org/chicago) discussing later developments.

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Labor Beat: America Resisting {LB130} –n–

Documents the effects of the Gulf War on working people and minorities. New York are unions march against the war.

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Labor Beat: America's Other Dirty War {LB455}

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Labor Beat and Labor Express Recent Shows are on Facebook {LB}

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Labor Beat: Angela Davis on the Prison/Industrial Complex {LB363}

Internationally-known activist Angela Davis spoke in Chicago in December, 2000, on the subject of the growing ’prison/industrial complex.’

First broadcast Jan. 25, CAN-TV Channel 19, Chicago.

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Labor Beat: Anne Feeney in Champaign / Who Is Harry Kelber? {LB500}

1. Anne Feeney Champaign Illinois appearance.

2. Labor activist veteran Harry Kelber.

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Labor Beat: Anne Feeney - Songs of Struggle at the Heartland Café {LB551}

Internationally acclaimed labor folk musician Anne Feeney entertains her fans at Chicago’s Heartland Cafe on May 18, 2008. Find out more about Anne Feney’s music at www.annefeeney.com.

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Labor Beat: Anti-Barak Protest at UIC Pavilion {LB361}

When Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak showed up at the gala opening of the United Jewish Communities General Assembly at the UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago) Pavilion in November, 2000, thousands of Arab-Americans from community groups in the Midwest were there demanding an end to U.S. support for the Israeli government’s continuing repression of the Palestinians.

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Labor Beat: Anti-Nike Rally / Nike Ad Parody / Michael Moore on Nike {LB297}

Responses to the growing public anger against sweat-shop exploitation at Nike. Three segments:

- The April 18, 1998, demonstration against Nike (and to protest NAFTA) at the Nike store on Chicago’s Michigan Ave. This demo was organized by Chicago Jobs with Justice and Nicaragua Solidarity Committee among others. Includes statements from Jobs with Justice, CLUW, etc.

- Our spoof on the Nike "I can" ads. You were probably sickened by this ad, as was labor cartoonist Mike Konopacki, who sent us an idea on how to spoof it. By Labor Beat videographer Jinny Keller.

- Michael Moore spoke at a benefit for the locked-out/striking Detroit newspaper workers, after a showning of his new film The Big One. Moore takes a few minutes to share his low opinion of Nike, which is also one of the targets of the film.

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Labor Beat: Anti-war / Killer Coke / IBEW Protest {LB447}

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Labor Beat: Anti-war / Killer Coke / IBEW Protest {LB447}

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Labor Beat: Are You A Teamster? The Tom Leedham 2006 Campaign {LB494}

This half-hour tv show, produced by Labor Beat, follows Tom Leedham (the 2006 rank-and-file challenger to Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. for IBT General President) during his March 2006 campaigning in the Chicago area. It includes his stump speech in which he outlines campaign issues.

Also, in an interview, Leedham discusses the AFL-CIO split, Andy Stern’s labor-management model for the Change To Win coalition, and the UPS strike.

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Labor Beat: Arizona and Immigrant Rights {LB603}

"Society as a whole has been subjected to a system of oppression where corporate profits are the number one rule and that is something that we have to keep in mind as we struggle for the rights of immigrants. In the end, it’s not just about the rights of immigrants, it’s about the right to a decent way of life for every person...." -- Oscar Chacón.

"We were not responsible for so many factories closing down here..... If anybody has stolen jobs from people in the United States, it has been the corporations, with of course the help of the U.S. Government that even helped them [companies] close down here and establish factories overseas." -- Jorge Mujica

"[The new Arizona Law says] if a school teacher takes her children on a school trip, and if one of her children is undocumented -- they get pulled over because they make an illegal left turn -- she can then be subject to prison, to be arrested, for that one undocumented child in her school bus." -- Isaac Medrano

Leaders and activists in the Mexican and Latino community discuss the Arizona "virus" of racism and oppression directed against immigrants in the U.S., and how working people can oppose these attacks.

Panelists are: Jorge Mujica, March 10 Committee, immigrant rights leader; Oscar Chacón, Executive Director, National Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities; Isaac Medrano. Indiana Director, Reform Immigration for America.

Recorded from the June 25, 2010 live show to the Internet and cable.

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Labor Beat: Arne Duncan and the Done Deal / Bill Davis on Military Recruiters {LB466}

1. Arne Duncan and the Done Deal. An edited-down piece about what essentially happened at the Dec. 9, 2005 Senn H.S. Community "dialogue" with Arne Duncan over the proposa for Senn as a Naval Academyl

The core of the segment is when Duncan (Mayor Daley’s puppet on the School Board) is interrogated (nailed down) to where he admits basically that he has already made up his mind about how the School Board is going to vote on Dec. 15. So Senn H.S. supporters that night learned that there wasn’t going to be any process’ of ’sharing’ views and ’democratically’ arriving at a decision. It was a done deal.

One revelation follows another as we watch Democrat Congresswoman Jan Shakowski bare her bourgeois fangs and declare that she had "no philosophical objection to having a Navy Academy at Senn High School." The footage shows the significant development of Shakowski getting booed and hissed by her core demographic.

This show, combined with our recent show on the big CFL-sponsored rally of city workers demanding a contract, illustrates how Democratic Party politicians, lined up at the national, city, and ward level, are ganging up on Chicago’s working families.

2. Bill Davis on Military Recruiters. A talk at a 2005 Chicago Labor Against the War forum given by the VVAW national coordinator (who is also president of Machinist Local 701, but not appearing in that capacity). Davis dwells upon how the military tries unscrupulously to recruit youth.

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Labor Beat: Artists and Change {LB064?}

Panel discussion moderated by Warren Leming on the changing role of artists as workers in society. With artists Lucy Wyatt, David Cetkor, Duncan Mitchell.

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Labor Beat: Ashes {LB427} –n–

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Labor Beat: Ask for An RN / Staley Sit-Down {LB194}

"Ask for An RN." The Illinois Nurses Assn. demonstrates at Cook County Hospital against reductions in the nursing staff.

"Staley Sit-Down." Staley workers sit down at the Decatur IL plant gate, June 4, 1994.

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Labor Beat: Back to the Border / The Power of Sisterhood {LB280} –n–

Organize Borders Books. An encore presentation (cf. show LB257 available from Labor Beat) to commemorate finally winning a contract at Border’s Bookstore in Chicago.

Also, CLUW: The Power of Sisterhood. A Labor Institute for Public Affairs production about the Coalition for Labor Union Women. 15 minutes.

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Labor Beat: Back To Iraq: State of the Sanctions 2002 {LB409} –n–

"Back To Iraq: State of the Sanctions 2002," by Portland (OR)’s Dan Handelman, who spent 8 days in Iraq with a delegation from Voices in the Wilderness (VitW) which delivered medicine and toys to hospitals, families and children.

Three Americans and four British members of VitW witnessed conditions in Iraq after 11-1/2 years of the sanctions. The 18-minute video of Iraq includes interviews with Iraqi doctors and citizens, UN Humanitarian Coordinator Tun Myat, and Columbia University professor Richard Garfield. It also shows images from within Iraqi hospitals, tours of water and sewage treatment plants, and two civilian sites bombed during the 1991 "Gulf War." It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have died as a direct result of the bombing and sanctions.

"Back to Iraq" is preceded by a brief 4-min. segment on an anti-war march in Chicago.

This video is not for sale by Labor Beat, but VHS copies of the show are available for a suggested donation of $9 plus $4 postage (please allow a few days for duplication and handling). FLYING FOCUS VIDEO COLLECTIVE. ffvc@agora.rdrop.com. 3439 NE Sandy Bv PMB #248, Portland, OR 97232. www.rdrop.com/~ffvc, (503) 321-5051

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Labor Beat: Banana Workers {LB405} –n–

The banana workers ...

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Labor Beat: Barbarians Behind the Gates -- Protest against School of the Americas 2002 {LB412}

Labor Beat coverage of the big 2002 turnout against the School of the Americas (or whatever the hell they’re calling it these days) in Georgia.

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Labor Beat: Battle at the Boardroom Doors {LB462}

This show documents what happened when the Chicago City Colleges Board tried to prevent union members, students and supporters from entering the board room for a public meeting on the strike.

The teachers and supporters were told initially that they couldn’t enter because the room was at maximum occupancy, but the Labor Beat camera disproves that. Viewers will be astonished to see Vice Chancellor Donahue clearly removing the maximum occupancy sign so nobody would know what the maximum legal number was.

Some may wonder whether removing such a sign is illegal. In any event, it’s a shame that a CCC Vice Chancellor would set such an example for students in this way.

The show demonstrates the principled and dramatic stand the teachers union took in fighting for their right to enter the board room.

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Labor Beat: The Battle for Hearts and Minds {LB191} –n–

A video on jointism and productivity circles. By Canadian Labor Congress.

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Labor Beat: Battle Front Wisconsin {LB619}

The struggle that has captured the imagination of union members across the nation.

The newest Labor Beat episode "Battle Front Wisconsin" covers the ongoing fightback in Madison. There, a right-wing state government is attempting to gut public sector unions by stripping them of collective bargaining rights, membership, dues collection, and a host of other attacks on what it means to be in a union.

Teachers, municipal workers, students, and their supporters (even police and firefighters) have rallied constantly to demand "Kill The Bill."

Labor Beat producer Andrew Friend spoke with union activists, University of Wisconsin students, and those showing their solidarity in what is shaping up to be the opening battle in an interstate war for workers’ rights. Hi-def.

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Labor Beat: Battle Lines on the Docks {LB406} –n–

A video from PepperSpray (IMC) in Seattle on recent ILWU labor rally.

PepperSpray writes: "This is the rally footage, presenting the longshore case through speeches and interviews cut together, with the Anti-Fascist Marching Band thrown in. B-roll is marching workers, motorcycles, and a great collection of t-shirts. Speeches are edited to keep the concentrate the good stuff, and it is good, building past the issues and bravado of what they will do if the troops are called out, to an emotional finish."

"This generation of Longshoremen have not really been tested in a contract strike, but since they tend to pass their union card down from father to son, many of them have been raised on stories of the docks and the big battles of yesteryear. They know full well that now it is their turn, and that how they do will go down in family history, just like their fathers and grandfathers actions are the legends they grew up on. Meanwhile Bush seems to want to make the ILWU the PATCO of this era (Pres. Reagan fired the air traffic controllers, brought in the military to land the planes, and broke the strike. Later the white house bragged that it was a lesson for all government workers.)"

This video is not for sale by Labor Beat. For ordering information, contact PepperSpray at: randyro@attbi.com

Huge labor march for ILWU in Seattle, WA (Photo credit: PepperSpray)

[The following press release was issued late afternoon, Monday, Sept. 30th on the letterhead of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. It contains the remarks to the national and international media by ILWU President James Spinosa at a press conference held at 12 noon at the ILWU headquarters in San Francisco. (See attachment.) At the time this statement was made to the press, the Pacific Maritime Association, the employers’ group. was scheduled to meet two hours later with the ILWU at the bargaining table. At the last moment, however, the PMA broke off negotiations and refused to attend the bargaining session. ]

For Immediate Release: September 30, 2002. Contact: Steve Stallone 415-775-0533 x114 or 510-390-4748 or Jeremy Prillwitz 415-286-0555

ILWU President James Spinosa Speaks Out, We Want to Go Back to Work, Back to the Table

JAMES SPINOSA: I want to thank you all for coming. I think it’s imperative that the ILWU gets a very clear and responsive response to what’s been happening on this West Coast and particularly in our ports. As many of you know, and I think the world knows, that the ILWU has been locked out by the Pacific Maritime Association. It has been locked out as far as we are concerned, unjustly. This Union has been bargaining in good faith since May 13th and has gone nowhere in this set of bargaining, due to what we feel is an irresponsible approach to bargaining by the Pacific Maritime Association. The Association and the Employers group have put forward a proposal package early on in May that was designed to fail. It was designed to fail for many reasons. As you all know, if you look back at that time frame, PMA, going into bargaining was talking about lock-out, the very thing we find ourselves in today, which is nothing more than intimidation for all those out there. The ILWU will not be intimidated. We will not move into a contract that is not desirable of our workforce and their efforts. Saying that, the ILWU continues to put forward the best effort and is willing to meet, as we have been meeting, even though we find ourselves in an undesirable position, we will continue to make every effort to get ourselves a contract in this set of bargaining, and we will continue to do so.

We find ourselves locked out, fighting the PMA, who has talked so many times about the controls that we both must have in this set of bargaining, because of the economic situation that this country finds itself in, and then turns around and does just the opposite, turns around and locks out the West Coast and imperils the economy. The Union is very unhappy about this set of circumstances, what it does is, it brings a position forward throughout the world, that there could be some type of irresponsibility in this set of negotiations on behalf of this Union. This Union has been a responsible union; we have been responsible for over 30 years without imperiling the economic situation in our country. We have been able to obtain a contract for the past 30 years without any economic problem to our country and we continue to try to do that in this bargaining.

Also, since 9/11, if you look at what’s happened since 9/11 in this set of bargaining, the Union has approached the Employers on many occasions, putting forward demands and proposals that would ask them to participate with this Union in securing the ports, making the ports, so that anybody that enters the ports, or any type of cargo that enters the ports, would be monitored to the point that we would try to do our best to be the first line of defense for anything that may happen like 9/11 again. The Employers refused to participate in any such activity with us. We have asked that a dozen times now. We have gone to Washington, DC and we have gone alone. It’s time for the Employers to step up and understand that national security is something far beyond this set of bargaining that this country needs and something they should join with this Union in efforts to try to achieve.

The bargaining itself centered around technology. The Employers have opened up that technology was their No. One proposal. As it turns out to be, the Employers themselves have moved away from technology, even though they tried to hold this particular bargaining session hostage to a technology package that they cannot deliver. They cannot deliver it for many reasons. They are not prepared to deal with turning over the jobs that remain in the industry and any new jobs that are created that will take this industry forward to this Union; the jobs that are functionally equivalent to our work and they are under obligation to this Union to do. The Union has stepped up, the Union has told the Employers over and over again, "we will meet you in the middle, we will allow for free flow of information, we will allow for technology to move forward," so that we would strengthen our position in the global market, on the West Coast, in these ports, providing that you meet us halfway on the jobs that are necessary to be done, that are left to be done in this industry. The Employers cannot deliver that, they refuse to deliver that, their latest proposal has been," we really didn’t mean that we want to turn over the jobs to your Union, what we really meant is that we want to buy your workforce out". Totally unacceptable to the ILWU; we will not move along those lines, not now, not ever in the future. What we are looking for in this set of bargaining are jobs, jobs that remain in the industry, jobs that are ours under the contract and the Employers have got to step up to the table, if they want to see those West Coast ports resume their activities like they have in the past.

Other than that, I let you know that we have contacted the military and we have told the military that our obligation to this country and to our military effort is one that we will not move away from, that we make ourselves available, we will continue to make ourselves available, anything our country needs in the interests of national defense, this Union will provide. Whether they order manpower or not, we will work those ships on behalf of our nation and especially in time of need. We have endorsed that for a lifetime, being union members of this ILWU. It’s up to the Employers now to open up this set of talks and to open them up with a program that says, "let’s get a contract". Let’s put a legitimate contract forward, one that deals with jurisdiction, one that deals with technology and the benefits that this union needs to move forward. Until that happens, this Union will continue to resist any move by the Employers that continues to erode our work or move work away from us. So, that ball is in their park. We tell Mr. Miniace and the Pacific Maritime Association, "it’s time to put up or shut up". That’s where we’re at.

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Labor Beat: The Battle of Homestead -- A Walking Tour {LB315} –n–

Visit the famous pumping house, locus of the Battle of Homestead in the 1890s, and listen to labor historian Charlie McAlister talk about this significant event in American labor history. This walking tour was taped during the Labor Party convention in Pittsburgh in November, 1998. Produced by OPEU Dist. 4 in Ashland, OR.

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Labor Beat: Berkeley Rally {LB441}

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Labor Beat: The Big Cat Fight {LB139}

Dynamic rank-and-file footage of the giant UAW rally against Caterpillar in Peoria, Illinois. Picket lines in Peoria and Aurora, Illinois. Car caravan.

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Labor Beat: Bill FletcherSpeaks at Labor Party Dinner {LB399} –n–

Bill Fletcher, former special assistant to AFL-CIO President Sweeney, discusses the labor movement as he addresses a June 25, 2002, May Day dinner hosted by the Chicago Metro Labor Party.

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Labor Beat: Billikin / Air and War Show {LB557}

-1- First, scenes and interviews from the Bud Billikin 2008 parade in Chicago to remind students that school is about to start. But one Chicago school teacher wonders: where is the Chicago Teachers Union?

-2- The second segment covers the informational protest by anti-war activists at the recent 2008 Air and Water (War) show in Chicago. The police are there to help this costly military advertisement flex its muscles on the beach, while the bill of rights gets sand kicked in its face.

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Labor Beat: Billy Bragg: Whose Side Are You On? {LB093+} –n–

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Labor Beat: The Billy Club Convention {LB066} –n–

The 1968 Democratic National Convention is recalled at events in Chicago twenty years later. Abbey Hoffman and other main figures appear.

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Labor Beat: Blowing the Whistle on UPS {LB282} –n–

A good overview of the 1997 UPS strike and strike issues. Includes discussion on part-time work. Janine Jackson (FAIR) hosts, with Ann Marie O’Neil (shop steward, part-timer Teamsters/UPS worker) and David Pratt (TDU/Teamster member). Produced by Labor X in New York City (http://www.ashp.cuny/Laborx.html").

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Labor Beat: Bob Grant -- An Oral History {LB056.}

A discussion with Bob Grant, truck driver and founding member of Teamsters for a Democratic Union. 12/30/1988.

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Labor Beat: Boicoteamos! / Chicago Women in the Trades {LB163}

"Boicoteamos!" Oregon farmworkers organize a boycott.

"Chicago Women in the Trades." CWT orients women for future work as carpenters, bricklayers, and electricians.

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Labor Beat: The Bolivarian Revolution: Enter the Oil Workers! {LB464}

Venezuela is the fifth largest oil exporter, yet 80% of its population (mainly people of African and Indigenous descent) live in poverty. Since Hugo Chavez was elected to use the oil revenue to eliminate poverty, there have been many attempts by the white elite and their Washington friends to overthrow his government.

In these unique interviews, oil workers - women and men - tell how and why they saved their industry from a CIA-backed coup, how they see their struggle in relation to other working class people in the world, and how they are organizing with the community and the military to "put the oil industry at the service of humanity".

For sale at $10: "The Bolivarian Revolution: Enter the Oil Workers!" (34 mins). Contact: Global Women’s Strike Bolivarian Circle at (215) 848 -1120. philly@crossroadswomen.net. www.globalwomenstrike.net

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Labor Beat: The Bombing of Sadr City / Iraq Freedom Congress {LB581} –n–

- 1. Very few US television viewers have seen the kind of footage presented in the "Bombing of Sadr City", which has been edited down to fit our Labor Beat time slot. This is, in fact, the US tv premiere of this video.

It records the events in May, 2008 in Sadr City, Iraq as US shells strike civilian areas. Sana TV, an Iraqi tv organization, shot this footage during the attack, and during the dramatic arrival and treatment of the attack’s victims at a local hospital.

There is no corporate network commentator filtering the images from us in a studio thousands of miles away, telling us what to think; we learn what the people themselves think as they are caught in the midst of the attack.

- 2. The second half of the show is a press conference (again, edited down to fit Labor Beat’s time slot) by Iraq Freedom Congress (http://www.ifcongress.com/English/), which produces Sana TV.

The IFC is a pro-union, pro-women’s, pro-students’ rights organization in Iraq which is not part of any religious current, but instead calls for a secular Iraqi society. The IFC calls for the immediate exit of the US troops by means of a political struggle. English subtitles.

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Labor Beat: Bombs Away {LB295?} –n–

Protesters at a big arms bazaar, as covered by working tv (no caps) of Vancouver, Canada.

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Labor Beat: Brecht Centennial {LB296?} –n–

Bertoldt Brecht the playwright. 100 years.

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Labor Beat: Brecht Documentary {LB030.} –n–

A look at the German writer, playwright, director and theorist Bertolt Brecht. Shot in East Germany, L.A., and West Berlin, the tape presents an unusual view of Brecht’s home. Dramatizations based on his life, including a series of vignettes written and directed by Labor Beat producer Warren Leming.

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Labor Beat: Brewing Solidarity {LB510}

- Brewing Solidarity. A Profile on the IWW-Starbucks Workers Union

This new video by Andrew Friend spotlights the new IWW-Starbucks Union at Logan Square, a neighborhood on Chicago’s north side. Interviews with baristas Christine Morgan and Joe Tessone show why they decided to form a union and what happened next ....

- This Labor Beat show adds a 4-minute segment by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers about a day in the life of "Ronaldo McDonald" working in the tomato fields.

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Labor Beat: BTR -- The Longest Strike {LB058?} –n–

A documentary on a strike by South African Workers against British Tire and Rubber. Covers a workers’ solidarity tour to England.

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Labor Beat: Budget Cuts {LB144} –n–

An examination of cutbacks in services to the disabled in Madison, Wisconsin. Also, a look at privatization of a Milwaukee museum, how it affects labor, and how labor responds.

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Labor Beat: Busch Beer Workers {LB299.} –n–

Highlights of a studio discussion by Anheuser-Busch workers about the dispute with the big beermaker. Produced by LaborVision in St. Louis.

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Labor Beat: Canadian Labor Looks At Free Trade {LB177} –n–

Analysis from Canadian viewpoints. Workers disenchanted with the Free Trade agreement with the U.S. and how it eroded Canadian workers’ living standards.

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Labor Beat: Canadian Labor TV {LB279} –n–

An excellent cook’s tour of labor tv and radio in Canada, and of the issues affecting some grassroots productions. Produced by working tv (no caps) in Vancouver, BC.

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Labor Beat: The Canadian National Health Plan, A Model for the U.S. {LB158} –n–

Doctors and health care workers discuss Canadian vs. U.S. health care programs.

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Labor Beat: The Canary Fights Back--Part 1 of 2 {LB123} –n–

Health and safety issues. Produced by Deep Dish.

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Labor Beat: The Canary Fights Back--Part 2 of 2 {LB124} –n–

Health and safety issues. Produced by Deep Dish.

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Labor Beat: Car Caravan / Freedom At Work {LB444}

Labor Beat covered the Feb. 21, 2004 car caravan through Chicago’s north side, ending on Devon Avenue, a Pakistani neighborhood.

The caravan was organized to protest attacks on immigrants, the reactionary Patriot Act, the occupation of Iraq and other excesses against human rights.

The second segment of the show is a new video from The Rhode Island Institute for Labor Studies and Research on the topic of "Freedom at Work" , produced for students and workers about their rights at work.

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Labor Beat: Caterpillar--The Story of A Plant Occupation {LB143} –n–

Autoworkers in Canada occupy a Caterpillar plant that management has threatened to close. An inside documentary produced for Canadian Broadcasting by Barna-Alper in collaboration with Canadian Auto Workers.

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Labor Beat: Cat Strike Chronicles {LB206} –n–

Selections from the Mountainclimber labor tv show in Peoria, Illinois. A union local produces its own coverage of the Caterpillar strike.

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Labor Beat: Cesar Chavez Speaks, 4/15/93 {LB169.}

Chavez’ last major public appearance. Taped by members of IBEW Local 134. Captioned.

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Labor Beat: Challenge to Organized Labor Conference / NABET Strike at NBC {LB019.}

Challenge to Organized Labor. This televised conference brought together union organizers from all over the U.S. to discuss strike-breaking, unemployment and a myriad of issues affecting organized labor. The tape should alert unionists to the implications of divestment, scab schools and new corporate strategies. Participants include: Members of P9, a local of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union in Austin, MN; a president of the National Homeless Union; and members of the United Auto Workers, among others.

Committee for Labor Access producer/interviewer Larry Duncan discusses the Tribune strike in Chicago and the strategies which led to a massive rally drawing 18,000 trade unionists in support of the Tribune strike (with footage of the rally). Segment time: 20 min.

Also, The NABET Strike at NBC. The summer 1987 National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians strike at NBC. A day-to-day chronicle of the NABET strike from its inception, featuring interviews with NABET members, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Mayor Harold Washington. Discusses General Electric’s takeover of NBC and its repercussions for the union and the public. Segment time: 10 min.

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Labor Beat: Charles Kerighan Talks to Students on Anti-Sweatshop {LB351}

Charles Kerighan Talks to Students on Anti-Sweatshop

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Labor Beat: The Charleston Five, Ken Riley {LB375} –n–

Ken Riley, President of ILA Local 1422, Discusses Charleston 5 Campaign

(show includes a brief introductory speech by Barbara Ingalls, Detroit Newspaper worker) Riley’s speech, and Ingall’s, made during the recent Labor Notes Conference in Detroit.

CAN-TV Channel 19, Chicago Thurs., 9:30 pm, July 12 Fri. 4:30 pm, July 13 Thurs., 9:30 pm, July 19 Fri. 4:30 pm, July 20

This video is not for sale by Labor Beat.

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Labor Beat: Charleston Five Ken Riley in Chicago {LB379} –n–

Ken Riley, President of ILA Local 1422, discusses the campaign for the Charleston 5. This show included a brief introductory speech by Barbara Ingalls, a Detroit newspaper worker. Riley’s speech and Ingall’s were made at a Labor Notes Conference in Detroit.

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Labor Beat: Cheap and Mean {LB424} –n–

HERE Local 1’s protest action in May at the Congress Hotel against management’s demanded give-backs. Show includes HERE’s documentary about last year’s contract battle with Chicago hotels.

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Labor Beat: Chicago '68 and SDS Remembered {LB049}

Former Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) organizer for the Chicago ’68 Democratic Convention demonstrations, Wayne Heimbach returns to Grant Park where it all happened 20 years ago. Details origin of SDS and objectives at Democratic Convention. This is not what you got from the networks’ analyses on the 20th anniversary. With dramatic cut-away historic footage.

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Labor Beat: Chicago Anti-War Protest {LB382?}

Labor Beat coverage of the large Chicago anti-war protest of Sept. 29, 2001.

Also, scenes from the June 2001 Teamsters convention and Tom Leedham supporters at the floor mike.

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Labor Beat: Chicago Area Han-Young Solidarity / Mickey Mouse Is A Rat {LB308.} –n–

1) UAW Local 1268 (Chrysler’s Belvidere, Illinois, plant) and the Campaign for Labor Rights target Hyundai dealerships and the Mexican consul in the Chicago area. Their campaign exposes the failure of NAFTA provisions to protect workers at the Han-Young plant in Tijuana (which supplies parts only to Hyundai).

2) Dramatic video verite footage of union ’election’ which Han-Young held, and which was exposed as rigged. See footage of management people voting for a company union. Produced by Labor Link TV in San Diego.

3) "Mickey Mouse Is A Rat" covers a November 1998 demonstration called by the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET) to protest ABC/Disney’s lock out.

4) A new NABET lockout music video.

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Labor Beat: Chicago City Workers Rally / Iraqi Trade Unions {LB465}

1. Chicago City Workers Rally. The rather large city unions protest across the street from City Hall on Dec. 14, 2004. Decrying the fact that city unions (custodians, firefighters, crossing guards, streets and san workers, etc.) had been working without a contract for 18 months, union leaders and selected members tore into Mayor Daley.

Hear the high points of the speeches edited down to about 15 minutes. The impact comes from the energy and sustained intensity of a very real anger (something totally lost in the 15-second bite that the local stations gave to this), combined with genuine, open contempt for Mayor Daley. Dennis Gannon (Chicago Fed. of Labor head) leads the "Dump Daley!" chants.

2. Iraqi Trade Unions. This is a speech given by U.S. Labor Against the War co-convenor Gene Bruskin at a late 2004 labor anti-war meeting in London. Useful insights into the international campaign to defend Iraqi trade unions under the puppet government and continuing U.S. occupation.

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Labor Beat: Chicago College Counselors Fight / Portland Custodians Vs. Privatization {LB394}

(1) Student Protest at City Hall against City Colleges firing all of their counselors.

2) Portland, Oregon SEIU 140 mobilization to stop privatization of school custodians.

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Labor Beat: Chicago-Gary Homeless Union / San Francisco Maritime Militants {LB013} –n–

- "The 51st Ward." It is estimated that up to 50,000 people are homeless in Chicago, like a full unrepresented city ward.

Unrepresented and victimized, their story sensationalized or distorted by the press, America’s homeless are beginning to organize. The discussion on this tape points up the ever-growing gap between the have’s and have not’s and reveals some of the results of the Reagan-inspired attack on social welfare programs. The tape startlingly portrays the depth of dislocation in the midst of media-promoted happy talk.

Tape also contains a brief look at a San Francisco maritime strike. Workers question the role of union officials out of step with a militant, activist rank and file.

Prod. by Al Stein. Edted by Al Sten and arry Duncan. Rleased apr17, 1987.

- LB Opener v1.0? 42 sec. ’ want a labor access channel’ - Five minute excerpt of maritime workers striking Todd shipping in San Francisco, from an "On the Job" show.

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Labor Beat: Chicago Gary Homeless Union / Shipyard Strike (excerpt) {LB013} –n–

#LB013. Disk ..09016 can have some unwanted pauses. Player problem or content problem?

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Labor Beat: Chicago Hotel Workers {LB614}

One Day Strike at Palmer House Hilton, plus two other segments featuring Chicago’s hotel workers.

-1- One Day Strike at Palmer House Hilton UNITE HERE Local 1 hotel workers hold a one-day strike at Chicago’s landmark Palmer House Hilton. They talk about big workload increases and layoffs the Hilton company is trying to force the workers to accept, this while working without a contract for 15 months.

-2- Mop March for Chicago Hyatt Hotel Housekeepers To dramatize excessive workloads, housekeepers and labor community supporters march with mops and buckets up to the entrance of the Hyatt to explain that they were there to help the housekeepers do their work. They were not allowed in, but they made their point.

-3- The 2002 Averted Strike of Chicago Hotel Workers [excerpt] Excerpts from our Labor Beat documentary "The 7,000". The huge march down Michigan Avenue, the countdown to the strike deadline, the last minute negotiations to avert the strike, the vote to ratify the contract. A testament to the power of the union and the rank-and-file.

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Labor Beat: Chicago MayDay 2000 / SAG-AFTRA Strike / Globalization and Greed {LB346}

"Chicago MayDay 2000." The rain couldn’t stop thousands of protesters from taking the MayDay 2000 message to a number of locations in Chicago’s Loop: march up Michigan Ave. to Art Institute, Tribune Plaza, and over to City Hall. Labor Beat covers the day’s events, with interviews and speeches on Day Labor, May Day history, amnesty for undocumented Workers, anti-’gang’ ordinance, more. (12 minutes segment)

"SAG-AFTRA Strike." Labor Beat interviews SAG-AFTRA member on picket line on May Day in Chicago.

"Jim Hightower comments on Globalization and Greed." Hightower first gets an introduction by Baldemar Velasquez (President of Farm Labor Organizing Commitee). Hightower, the host of the national "Chat ’n Chew" radio show, speaks at the recent Open World Conference in San Francisco. He treats us to an "Aunt Eula" pig story and makes other observations.

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Labor Beat: Chicago Muzahaira {LB418}

Pakistani Neighborhood Protest - No War! Stop Attacks on Immigrants!

On Feb. 15, 2003 while massive anti-war demonstrations were taking place in NY and SF, a significant march and rally took place in a Chicago Pakistani neighborhood in solidarity with the day’s global actions. A broad coalition (almost 100 organizations) planned the event not to compete with NY, but to compliment the national actions by giving folks in Chicago who couldn’t go away for two days a place to come together. And a key decision was made not to hold it downtown, but in a northside neighborhood deeply affected by government intimidation of Pakistani immigrants. The chemistry of the march was entirely different than ones held in the Loop, by taking place where working people and immigrants live.

Nearly 7,000 marchers turned out in the 5 degree F windchill cold (we checked with the weather bureau).

"Muzahaira" (accent on the second syllable) is the Urdu (Pakistan’s main language) word for "demonstration". But the Devon Ave. neighborhood is also populated by Indians and Russian immigrants. The organizations planning the event (with a significant participation from Pakistani and other Islamic/Arabic community groups) wanted to make it as broad as possible, so there was a healthy spectrum of the city’s communities, with Puerto Rican, Indian, Jewish anti-Zionists speakers, for example. Korean drum dancers cleared the way for the big purple banner at the front of the march.

And labor was represented too. Speaking were Pete DeMay, of Chicago Labor Against the War and Organizer Chicago Central States for UNITE, as well as Aedvina Piñeda, Vice Pres. Laundry Workers Local 969, UNITE.

Other speakers include: Ali Bakhtiari, General Secretary Pakistani-American Democratic Forum; Bitta Mostufi, Iraq Peace Team of Voices in the Wilderness; Rafeeq Jaber, Former President United American Muslim Association; Emma Lozano, Centro Sin Fronteras; Sister Dorothy Pagosa, 8th Day Center for Justice and anti-SOA activist; Mujeeb Khan, Not in Our Name Blue Triangle; and more.

Yes, the marches in NY and London were amazing, but the "muzahaira" on Devon Ave. on Feb. 15 showed that the movement against the war (and a lot of other stuff) is in the neighborhood. Video includes street interviews, scenes, music, the march, and excerpts from a selection of the speeches.

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Labor Beat: Chicago Protests 5 Years of War / Trade Union Movement in Iraq {LB547}

1. Chicago Protests 5 Years of War. The March 19, 2008 rally and march in Chicago for Troops Home Now, Stop Funding the War.

Edited scenes, and interviews from the spirited action, with Rich Berg (IBT 743), Jorge Mujica (March 10 Coalition), Beauty Turner (community activist), Andy Thayer (CCAWR), Chris Ardent (IVAW), Chicago Media Action, student anti-war, more. Labor Beat and Labor Express endorsed the Chicago march. Reports were posted at www.chicagomassaction.org. 14 minutes.

2. Trade Union Movement in Iraq. Gene Bruskin, of U.S. Labor Against the War, gives a short, informative talk on the trade union movement in Iraq. Videotaped in 2003. 14 minutes.

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Labor Beat: Chicago Protests The War at Home and The War Abroad - March 19, 2005 {LB471}

As Thousands of anti-Iraq war protesters attempted to conduct peaceful marches in Chicago on March 19, 2005 they were met by massive police intimidation. Robo cops moved in to shut down the protest press conference at Michigan and Oak streets.

Chris Geovanis, speaking to the gathering, declared: "We hold Chicago Mayor Daley responsible for abolishing our constitutional rights to free speech and assembly, for abolishing our rights to peacefully oppose this war.There was no reason for him to adopt this hostile posture to peaceful protest against this war. What should have been a conversation about the disastrous consequences of this war has become a battle for essential civil liberties, and Daley made that fight, and Daley is the one who has disgraced the tradition of public speech, public assembly, and a vibrant process of dissent in this town. I’m ashamed for my city today, and I fear for all of us."

Scenes include the arrest of Andy Thayer at the Michigan Ave. press conference, and the protest at Leo Burnett.

Caption 1: Pat Vogel, mother of 23-year-old Army reservist in Iraq, getting arrested as a supporter of the March 19 anti-war actions. Credit: Steve Dalber/Labor Beat

Caption 2: Chicago cops slapping iron on Andy Thayer as he peacefully addresses the protest press conference. Credit: Martin Conlisk/Labor Beat

Caption 3: Andy Thayer discusses the political implications of March 19 and the dramatic erosion of First Amendment rights on the streets of Chicago. Credit: Larry Duncan/Labor Beat

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Labor Beat: Chicago Protests WTO {LB335}

A Chicago demonstration was timed to coincide with the December, 1999, protests in Seattle against the World Trade Organization.

"We are not against international trade, and we are not against the global economy. They are not really the issue. The issue is ’Who is going to make the rules, and who is going to benefit?’", declared Lynn Talbott of UNITE.

Other groups taking part included: Illinois Fair Trade Campaign, AFSC, DSA, YDS, National Interfaith Committee on Worker Issues, Jobs with Justice, Eighth Day Center for Justice, Jubilee Economics Ministries, and Citywide Coalition Against Sweatshops (including Students Against Sweatshops from University of Chicago, DePaul, and Loyola), Su Casa, Catholic Worker, Columbia Support Network, and Labor Party.

Also, a segment with two speakers at a Canadian protest meeting against WTO: Tony Clark, Polaris Institute; and Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians.

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Labor Beat: Chicago Rally for The People of Egypt / Labor Stands with Subpoenaed Activists / Iraq Protests the Occupation {LB618}

-1- Chicago Rally for The People of Egypt

The protests in Egypt were only a couple days old as over 1,000 protesters squeezed onto the wide Michigan Avenue sidewalk on January 29, 2011, in front of Chicago’s Egyptian consulate to show their support for the revolt of the Egyptian people against the dictator Mubarak. .

-2- Labor Stands with Subpoenaed Activists

On January 25, 2011 outside Chicago’s Federal Building in the Loop several hundred supporters gathered to protest the FBI subpoenas of anti-war activist, and the Grand Jury maneuvers to intimidate legitimate protest.

Joining them were representatives of two large and important unions in Chicago and Illinois: SEIU Local 73 (Christine Boardman, President), and the Chicago Teachers Union (Jesse Sharkey, Vice President), the largest union in Illinois. .

-3- Iraq Protests the Occupation

Excerpts from Sana TV (Iraq) coverage showing opposition to the U.S. occupation.

After a mosque bombing an Iraqi observes: "I am sure these people [who planted the bomb in the mosque]...have been planted among us by the occupation that is playing the main role in the chaos in Iraq."

Sana TV is produced by Iraq Freedom Congress in Iraq, a progressive, non-sectarian, pro-labor group. Sana TV’s offices were recently wrecked by the militia. Length 11:07. .

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Labor Beat: Chicago School Board Vs The Community, Part II: Citizens of Chicago Wake Up! / American Axle Workers Drawing the Line {LB548}

1 - Chicago Public Schools vs The Community, Part II: Citizens of Chicago Wake Up!

As the assault against public education continues in Chicago, strategies for a fight-back are brought forward, including building a city-wide campaign to change from an appointed to an elected Board of Education.

The leadership of the teachers union must also organize, where it has failed to do so heretofore, a serious challenge to the destruction of jobs and shattering of community control of schools.

Anthony Travis, Kenwood High School Local School Council member, warns in the video: "Citizens of Chicago, you need to wake up and realize our community is under siege by some elitist bankers, business people, who do not care about the education of our children."

Includes running commentary by George Schmidt, editor of Substance newspaper and footage of community actions. 20est mins.

Play the video: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3100075850542265041&hl=en.

And play the video of Part I of Labor Beat’s coverage of the current fight agains wholesale closing of schools by the Chicago Board of Education: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3100075850542265041&hl=en

2 - American Axle Strike: Workers Drawing the Line.

Hundreds of participants at the April 11-13 Labor Notes Conference in Detroit join the American Axle workers’ picket line. American Axle workers had been on strike for nine weeks. Interview, speeches. 7 minutes.

Play the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54lSXO5mrTc

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Labor Beat: Chicago Teachers Union Hosts Mayoral Candidate Forum {LB616}

The Dec. 16, 2010 Mayor Candidates Forum sponsored by the Chicago Teachers Union and several other unions is the subject of this show.

We hear samplings of the questions for and answers by the candidates present (Gery Chico, Carol Moseley Braun, Miguel Del Valle, William "Doc" Walls, James Meeks).

Provided also is commentary by Sean Noonan, a college teacher and member of AFT 1600. Noonan suggests that the time has come for labor to abandon the lesser of two evils strategy in looking to the future.

The unusual conditions in this city election cycle are the result of the unexpected exit of Mayor Daley and the expanding battlefield over funding for the public sector.

Notably absent from the event was putative front-runner Rahm Emanuel. John Kugler, reporter for substancenews.net, notes that on the very day of this debate hearings began in Aurora to build up steam for the union-busting "Performance Counts" legislation in Springfield. That effort was publicly endorsed by the Democratic Party’s crown prince Rahm Emanuel, but the push for this legislation failed to get sponsorship in the legislature, and is dead for now. It’s an early defeat for Rahm.

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Labor Beat: Chicago Teachers, Wisconsin Labor Cookout / {LB632}

Aug. 31, 2011 - Wisconsin labor leaders are invited down to a South Side backyard cookout by the Chicago Teachers Union, where they compare notes on how to stop attacks on public workers unions in Wisconsin and Chicago.

Excerpts of speeches from CTU President Karen Lewis; Joe Conway, Jr., President, Madison Firefighters Union; Ed Cobb, President, Wisconsin Building Trades; Peggy Coyne, President, Madison, WI Teachers Union; and legendary South Side steelworker Ed Sadlowski, Jr.

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Labor Beat: Chicago Upsurge {LB356}



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Chicago hasn’t seen such demonstrations in the streets since the Viet-Nam anti-war movement. Now, in this key midwest city, there is a harbinger of a mass movement in the U.S. heartland growning over a broad range of working class issues. This new video by Labor Beat documents this upsurge of activism in a period of 4 days. If you didn’t hear about it, it’s not your fault, for even the Chicago Tribune buried it on page 3 of the metro section. This is something corporations don’t want the rest of the country to know about.

Beginning with the 10,000-strong (police estimate) march for amnesty for undocumented workers on Sept. 23, 2000, the video then covers the all-day actions on Sept. 26 in the loop in solidarity with the Prague protests against the IMF. Organized by a coalition of labor union members including the UAW, UE, SEIU, USWA, UNITE, students, Direct Action Network, Jobs with Justice, and others, protests cover: Harris Bank Corp. against Titan International Corp.; Nike (where arrests take place); Chicago Board of Trade (IMF); at LaSalle Bank (ABN AMRO) against the Burmese junta; CitiCorp, the largest backer of IMF, United Airlines (against laundry sweatshops); and then to the Metropolitan Correctional Facility, to target police brutality and Sydexo-Marriott.



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Labor Beat: Chicago Upsurge {LB370}

Chicago hasn’t seen such demonstrations in the streets since the Viet-Nam anti-war movement. Now, in this key midwest city, there is a harbinger of a mass movement in the U.S. heartland growning over a broad range of working class issues. This new video by Labor Beat documents this upsurge of activism in a period of 4 days. If you didn’t hear about it, it’s not your fault, for even the Chicago Tribune buried it on page 3 of the metro section. This is something corporations don’t want the rest of the country to know about.

Beginning with the 10,000-strong (police estimate) march for amnesty for undocumented workers on Sept. 23, 2000, the video then covers the all-day actions on Sept. 26 in the loop in solidarity with the Prague protests against the IMF. Organized by a coalition of labor union members including the UAW, UE, SEIU, USWA, UNITE, students, Direct Action Network, Jobs with Justice, and others, protests cover: Harris Bank Corp. against Titan International Corp.; Nike (where arrests take place); Chicago Board of Trade (IMF); at LaSalle Bank (ABN AMRO) against the Burmese junta; CitiCorp, the largest backer of IMF, United Airlines (against laundry sweatshops); and then to the Metropolitan Correctional Facility, to target police brutality and Sydexo-Marriott.

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Labor Beat: Chicago Victory Rally for Charleston Longshoremen {LB385?}

The November 2001 Chicago victory rally for the Charleston, S.C. longshoremen.

With South Carolina AFL-CIO Pres. Donna Dewitt, Illinois AFL-CIO President Margaret Blackshere as emcee (Photo: www.chicago.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=6798), Mike Fitgerald of IBEW 134, Sarita Gupta of Jobs with Justice, and Lee Sustar of the Chicago Committee to Defend Charleston 5.

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Labor Beat: Chicago: War Protest March to Obama's 2012 HQ / Hey You, Billionaire, Pay Your Fair Share {LB634}

- Chicago: War Protest March to Obama’s 2012 HQ October 8, 2011.

On the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Invasion of Afghanistan a coalition of anti-war groups (www.ChicagoMassAction.org) held a protest to address the truckload of grievances, domestic and global, resulting from the Bush, and now Obama, war-a-palooza.

The eventual destination of the march, which started out at Congress and Grant Park (scene of 1968 police riots) was the 2012 campaign headquarters for President Obama.

Features the main speech by Bruce Dixon (Black Agenda Report, (www.blackagendareport.com ), remarks by Cindy Sheehan (not at march but speaking in Chicago the previous week), and street interviews.

We follow the march as it heads up State Street, then over to Obama HQ at the Prudential Building. Dixon reminds the assembly that there will be protest actions organized in Chicago in May when the G8 and NATO (invited by Mayor Emanuel) will be coming to Chicago.

- Hey You Billionaire, Pay Your Fair Share.

On Oct. 10, 2011, a combination of five feeder marches gathered in Chicago’s Loop to protest the Futures & Options and American Mortgage Bankers Association expos.

The feeders represented constituencies for jobs, housing, and public schools. They generated a combined march of 7,000, and finally ended up at the Art Institute where the banksters were having a reception dinner.

Here are selected scenes and comments from a big spectrum of interests affected by the dictatorship of capital being forced upon the workers of Chicago.

Includes the march for homes/housing starting from the Hyatt, the Occupy Chicago location where the teachers union gathered, and the final convergence at the Art Institute. Street interviews. Also, interview/speech by Karen Lewis, President of Chicago Teachers Union.

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Labor Beat: Chicago: War Protest March to Obama's 2012 HQ Plus march against mortgage banksters { –n–

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On the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Invasion of Afghanistan a coalition of anti-war groups (www.ChicagoMassAction.org) held a protest to address the truckload of grievances, domestic and global, resulting from the Bush, and now Obama, war-a-palooza.

The eventual destination of the march, which started out at Congress and Grant Park (scene of 1968 police riots) was the 2012 campaign headquarters for President Obama.

Features the main speech by Bruce Dixon (Black Agenda Report, (www.blackagendareport.com ), remarks by Cindy Sheehan (not at march but speaking in Chicago the previous week), and street interviews.

We follow the march as it heads up State Street, then over to Obama HQ at the Prudential Building. Dixon reminds the assembly that there will be protest actions organized in Chicago in May when the G8 and NATO (invited by Mayor Emanuel) will be coming to Chicago.

- Hey You Billionaire, Pay Your Fair Share

On Oct. 10, 2011, a combination of five feeder marches gathered in Chicago’s Loop to protest the Futures & Options and American Mortgage Bankers Association expos. The feeders represented constituencies for jobs, housing, and public schools. They generated a combined march of 7,000, and finally ended up at the Art Institute where the banksters were having a reception dinner. Here are selected scenes and comments from a big spectrum of interests affected by the dictatorship of capital being forced upon the workers of Chicago. Includes the march for homes/housing starting from the Hyatt, the Occupy Chicago location where the teachers union gathered, and the final convergence at the Art Institute. Street interviews. Also, interview/speech by Karen Lewis, President of Chicago Teachers Union.

10/8 protest arrives at Obama’s Campaign Headquarters at the Prudential Building.

Take Back Chicago contingent in feeder march from Hyatt on 10/10. Photos: Labor Beat

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Labor Beat: Christian Parenti {LB357}

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Labor Beat: Chrysler Plant Coalition {LB107.} –n–

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Labor Beat: Cinderella City / Jobs with Justice March and Rally {LB220} –n–

"Cinderella City", a new documentary which examines the failure of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor rennovation to create decent jobs, despite big business hype to the contrary. The producers noted that "this is a matter of political significance, since city, state and federal taxpayers have subsidized the redevelopment of downtown Baltimore at a cost of . . . $2 billion." Segments in "Cinderalla City" look at how AFSCME is beginning to organize the city’s service-sector employees."

Also, 7 minutes from the spirited June 17, 1995 Jobs with Justice march and rally in Chicago.

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Labor Beat: The Cissy Lacks Affair {LB276} –n–

A studio interview featuring Cissy Lacks, the St. Louis County high school teacher who faced a barrage of attacks on her union rights when she introduced creative techniques in her writing class. Produced by LaborVision in St. Louis.

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Coalition of Immokalee Workers Seeks Support in Chicago. (Photo: Labor Beat / MC)

Labor Beat: CIW Seeks Support in Chicago / Chicago Stands with Oaxaca / How Unions Can Utilize Public Access TV {LB511}

- 1. Coalition of Immokalee Workers Seeks Support in Chicago (scenes and interviews from the recent CIW campaign in the Chicago area.)

- 2. Chicago Stands with Oaxaca (protest at Mexican Consulate to show solidarity with the Oaxaca uprising and to protest the murder of IMC videographer Brad Will)

- 3. How unions can utilize public access tv (produced by SEIU 503 in Oregon)

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Labor Beat: The Clinton Health Plan Vs. Single Payer {LB180} –n–

A short video and a panel discussion with an Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers representative on this complex subject.

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Labor Beat: Collateral Damage / New York Daily News Strike {LB112.}

A protest held by the Cook County Hospital House Staff Association during the Gulf War to decry military spending at the expense of health care.

Also, "The Monster That Wants To Suck You Dry," showing Chicago support activities for the New York Daily News strike.

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Labor Beat: Colombia, part 1 of 2 {LB366} –n–

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Labor Beat: Colombia, part 2 of 2 {LB367} –n–

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Labor Beat: Congress Hotel Strike / Trainwreck of Ideologies {LB446}

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Labor Beat: Continuum Or Watershed: The New AFL-CIO {LB242} –n–

Labor at the Crossroads’ discussion of the changes in the AFL-CIO since the 1996 Convention, with interview with John Sweeney.

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Labor Beat: Cook County Nurses Fight for Public Health / Rally for U. of Chicago Workers / Norman Finkelstein {LB536}

1. Cook County Nurses and the Fight for Public Health. A campaign by California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee in Chicago to stop Chairman Todd Stroger’s cuts in Cook County health care. A study of how the local media covered this campaign.

2. Rally for U. of Chicago Workers. On Friday, Sept. 28, 2007 a spirited rally took place at the university in support of campus workers and members of Teamsters Local 743.

U. of C. had offered the workers a sub-standard contract. The rally, organized by Students Organizing United with Labor (soul.uchicago.edu), was attended by campus workers, students, faculty and community members.

3. Norman Finkelstein. Sept. 5, 2007. hundreds of the fired professor’s supporters try to escort him onto the campus of DePaul University in Chicago.

Denied tenure by the pro-Zionist administration because of his questioning of Israeli foreign policy, Finkelstein gives a statement (excerpts) after his final meeting with University officials.

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Labor Beat: Cook County Nurses: It's Contract Time {LB501}

Nurses in Chicago present demands and a deadline for a strike at the end of June 2006. The Cook County Nurses (organized with the National Nurses Organizing Committee of the California Nurses Association) threaten a one day strike if negotiations don’t yield satisfactory results.

An exclusive Labor Beat report on the issues that the nurses are concerned with, featuring Sheilah Garland-Olaniran (NNOC Midwest Coordinator) and Stroger Hospital nurses.

Google playback is 23 mins.

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Labor Beat: Corporate Media and the Pillage of Chicago Public Education {LB604}

In the weeks following the election of Karen Lewis as the new Chicago Teachers Union President, we see how Chicago’s corporate public relations world attempts to spin the story of new union militancy in the face of layoffs and 35 students per classroom.

Exclusive press conference scenes and analysis. Interview with Carol Caref, new CTU Region A Vice President, as we watch her and Karen Lewis spar with reporters.

George Schmidt, Editor of substancenews.net, provides valuable insights into the media scene in Chicago.

Also footage and commentary by substancenews.net reporter John Kugler who describes his question that shut down a press conference put on by Mayor Daley and the head of Chicago Public Schools Ron Huberman.

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Labor Beat: Could Be Your Job Next / Mouseland {LB115}

"Could Be Your Job Next." Movie producer Michael Moore, OCAW union workers, and a Labor Beat camera crew show up at American Home Products’ Whitehall plant in Elkhart, Indiana, to attempt to discuss the corporation’s plans to close the plant.

"Mouseland." A 5-minute animation fable on labor and political parties. Produced by the NDP in Canada.

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Labor Beat: Court Reporters / College Counselors / Taco Bell Boycott / {LB392}

Four segments.

(1) Let Court Reporters Organize! Although they are public employees and they want a union, their boss, the Illinois State Supreme Court,says the court reporters don’t have a right to a bargaining unit. What gives? Photo: www.chicago.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=8788&group=webcast

(2) Protest Against Chicago City Colleges’ Firing All Counselors. Photo: www.chicago.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=8789&group=webcast

(3) The Taco Bell Boycott Caravan Comes to Chicago. Despite the bitter cold weather, it’s a big turnout for the Caravan. Interviews and scenes. Photo: www.chicago.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=8790&group=webcast

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Labor Beat: Craft Against Corporate Welfare / Ifti Nasim / IVAW at Madison {LB629}

For the June 14, 2011 march to protest a big meeting of corporate executives at Chicago’s Hyatt Regency Hotel, a group of banner makers created Craft Against Corporate Welfare.

As part of the general Stand Up! Chicago mobilization, this merry band of students, teachers and activists put together an impressive selection of giant puppets, signs, and huge banners to be used in the protest.

We visit with them as they discuss their mission, spray paint and staple gun over three days, and pull off some impressive deployments during the scheduled event. More info: .

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Labor Beat: Crisis in Argentina {LB400} –n–

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Labor Beat: The Crisis in Mexico {LB521}

Alan Benjamin--Member of the Executive Committee of the San Francisco Labor Council--discusses the new developments in Mexico from the fraudulent election of Calderon, the responses within the unions, and to the growing social crisis today.

Alan is a long time labor activist and he has spent much of the past year in Mexico meeting with activists from Mexico City and Oaxaca and following political and social developments in the country.

Assorted visuals included. Alan’s remarks were recorded at a March 1, 2007 event in Chicago--"The Crisis in Mexico", co-sponsored by the Global Justice Committee of Chicago Jobs With Justice, Labor Express Radio, Labor Beat, and the Mexico Solidarity Network, Durango Unido en Chicago and CONFEMEX (Confederación de Federaciones Mexicanas de Illinois).

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Labor Beat: Crossborder Mural Project {LB292?}

Shortened-for-tv version of ’Crossborder Mural Project -- The Video.’

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Labor Beat: Crossborder Mural Project {LB561}

Witness the creation of two labor murals, one in Mexico City, the other in Chicago, linked by the collaborative efforts of unions from both sides of the border.

In April, 1997 Mike Alewitz paints a mural in the headquarters of the Frente Autentico del Trabajo (FAT) in Mexico City. Later in the year, Mexican muralist Daniel Manrique Arias and three young muralists from co-sponsoring Chicago Public Arts Group paint a mural on an outside wall of the United Electrical Workers (UE) District 11 Hall in Chicago, Illinois at 37 S. Ashland Ave.

This ambitious cultural project of the pioneering crossborder Strategic Organizing Alliance between UE and Mexico’s independent labor federation gives visual expression to the idea of international solidarity.

Labor muralist Alewitz features Mexican hero Emiliano Zapata and Albert and Lucy Parsons. Albert Parsons was executed on trumped up charges following the Haymarket Square incident in Chicago. Lucy Parsons fought to prove her husband’s innocence and improve conditions for workers and women.

The mural is entitled "Sindicalismo Sin Fronteras / Unions Without Borders". Manrique is a major voice in Mexican art and the foremost exponent of the neighborhood-based movement Tepito Arte Aca. His mural is entitled "Hands in Solidarity -- Hands of Freedom / Manos Solidarias--Manos Libres."

UE Director of International Labor Affairs Robin Alexander and both muralists talk about the project and the painting of the murals. Video is a spellbinding collection of visions from inside the world of two muralist at the moment of creation.

Produced and edited by Steve Dalber, a Labor Beat co-producer. Ala LB292

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Labor Beat: Cross Border Organizing, Stepan Chemical {LB212} –n–

See what happens when workers try to organize in post-NAFTA Mexico. A maquilladora chemical plant endangers workers and the environment. Includes Chicago connections.

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Labor Beat: The CTA Strike of 1968 {LB630}

We can’t find any documentary about this on the Internet, so this may be the only one in existence about the Chicago Transit Authority (wildcat) strike of 1968.

There is no wonder that official Chicago history has somehow buried this story in a deep crypt, but we have brought it back into the daylight of 2011, along with rare archival stills and film footage, and exclusive interviews with now retired CTA drivers who played key roles.

Here is the 60s Civil Rights movement intersecting with the class struggle in a big North American city, engaging a major public sector employer. Adding to this mix was the fact that many of the drivers were returned Viet Nam veterans with combat experience and not inclined to back down from a fight.

Now back in Chicago, the drivers confronted racism not only in the bus company but in the company union (warning: coarse language in video). "You could stand up in that union hall -- McNamara was the President -- at Van Buren and Ashland. Before you opened your mouth - whack! - you’re out of order," recalls Rodgers Harmon, ret. 36 years CTA bus driver.

"We didn’t have any real representation in the union...the strike was not so much against the CTA, it was against the union with no representation," recalls Claude Brown, ret. CTA Bus Driver.

The wildcat strike was on, and the drivers learned how to develop community support. Standish E. Willis, then CTA driver and today a criminal defense attorney, remembers: "We started drawing upon the leadership in the broader community. So we had Operation PUSH (Breadbasket at the time). We would reach out to celebrities...I remember Gale Sayers...Dick Gregory...I went personally and brought Muhammad Ali to the rally. But the significant thing is that we reached out to the community by developing car pools similar to what happened in Montgomery at the beginning of the Civil Rights movement, and we would take our personal cars and drive them up and down the main thoroughfares in the areas we had closed down -- the West Side and the South Side -- picking up people, getting them to the next stop. What that allowed us to do is to explain what the strike was about...and to get support in the broader African-American community."

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Labor Beat: "Cui Bono?" Greg Palast asks, "Who Benefits?" {LB414}

Greg Palast, author of "Best Democracy Money Can Buy" discusses "Who Benefits" from Bush’s spying network on the public. "’Cui Bono?’ http://www.chicago.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=18652&group=webcast.

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Labor Beat: CWA Vs. Verizon {LB450}

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Labor Beat: The Daily News Is Bad News {LB134} –n–

The latest Daily News strike video, including recovered stolen footage. From Hunter College. Produced by Paper Tiger TV.

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Labor Beat: Dan Lane and Friends at the 1995 AFL-CIO Convention {LB230}

Dan Lane (the locked-out Staley worker and hunger striker) gives a speech to the AFL-CIO convention, and is interviewed by Elsa Rassbach. Footage of the grand entrance of various delegations of strikers into the convention.

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Labor Beat: Dan Lane on the Staley Lockout {LB188.}

Dane Lane, a locked-out worker, is probably the most effective speaker to come out of the Decatur IL Staley struggle. Here Dan delivers a high-energy speech to a Chicago area IBEW local.

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Labor Beat: Day Laborers / Fighting Wal-Mart in Chicago {LB456}

1. Chicago’s day laborers. By documentarist Greg Boozell. 2. Jamie Daniel talks about taking on Wal-Mart in Chicago.

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Labor Beat: Deadly Corn {LB172} –n–

Workers’ efforts to combat unsafe working conditions at the A.E. Staley corn processing plant in Decatur, Illinois. Documents the in-plant campaign and lockout. Produced by LaborVision of St. Louis in collaboration with the Staley workers’ union.

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Labor Beat: Deadly Deception: GE, Nuclear Weapons and Our Environment {LB120?} –n–

Exposes the terrifying human and environmental cost of GE’s nuclear weapons development. Former GE employees interviewed, and GE’s slick TV ad campaign attacked and analyzed.

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Labor Beat: Deadly Embrace: Nicaragua, the World Bank and IMF {LB338} –n–

Documentary on how the International Monetary Fund and World Bank bleed developing countries, with special emphasis on Nicaragua.

Includes WB and IMF P.R. footage and shots of headquarters in Washington, DC. Produced by ’working tv’ (Vancouver, B.C., Canada).

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Labor Beat: Debbie Fights Back {LB072}

Hotel Nikko, one of Chicago’s luxury hotels, was the center of an organizing drive by the Hotel Workers Union. Debbie Ambrose was fired from her job at the hotel and explains that it was for union activity. We also see union leaders from Scandanavia protesting Debbie’s firing. This campaign is part of an international effort against the anti-union Nikko chain and its owner, Japan Airline. This tape has been shown to hotel workers in Japan, Kenya, and throughout Europe as part of the campaign.

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Labor Beat: Defending Civil Labor Liberties {LB384?}

1) Margaret Blackshere, President, Illinois AFL-CIO, warns about the new proposed "anti-terrorist" legislation in Springfield and how it threatens labor.

2) "Suburban Sweatshop" video about the (recently victorious) UNITE linen workers struggle.

3) Defending Civil Liberties demonstration on Nov. 7, 2001 at Tribune Tower.

4) Student midwest anti-war conference at DePaul on Nov. 10-11 (selection).

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Labor Beat: Defending Public Education in the USA {LB556}

The Peace and Justice caucus in the American Federation of Teachers held a roundtable discussion on "Fighting Back in the Schools" during the July 2008 AFT Convention in Chicago.

Labor Beat edited excerpts from those presentations, including dramatic footage of student protests, in the face of police repression, against the privatization of the public schools in Detroit and St. Louis.

The message is clear: public education, a long-fought-for gain of the working class over the last century and a half, is targeted for annihilation by corporate America.

The speakers are: Gloria Brandman, Teacher, NYC Public Schools; Steve Conn, teacher, Detroit Public Schools; Jim Hamilton, Missouri AFT; George Schmidt, Chicago, editor of Substance Newspaper; Julie Washington, Elementary Schools Vice President, United Teachers Los Angeles; Pablo Rodriguez, instructor, San Francisco State University.

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Labor Beat: Defend Professor Capeheart / Support Cintas Workers / No Games / Daley's Snowstorm {LB572}

- Defend Professor Capeheart. - Support Cintas Workers - No Games - Daley’s Snowstorm

Note: Descriptions of these segments and their on-demand playback links are provided separately in the Labor Beat show listings.

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Labor Beat: Delphi {LB491}

Delphi is the auto parts spin-off of General Motors Corporation. It is threatening to declare bankruptcy and to gut wages and benefits for UAW members. The UAW International leadership (surprise, surprise!) seems to be rolling over and playing dead.

In this Labor Beat, Gregg Shotwell explains the problems with Delphi and discusses the in-plant strike strategy known as ’work-to-rule’. Brother Shotwell is one of the most articulate labor speakers in the country today, and is a leading UAW rank-and-file militant. He spoke at a public meeting in Chicago and at a closed meeting in Milwaukee for UAW Delphi workers.

The last segment of the show is coverage of the January 2006 UAW rank-and-file protest at the Detroit U.S. Auto Show.

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Labor Beat: The Democratic Party Convention / Paperworkers for Reform {LB252}

"In the Land of the Lesser Evil." IBEW 134’s Marty Conlisk and two Labor Beat cameraguys get press passes into the United Center during the Democratic Party 1996 Convention. They wander the floor and hallways looking for some serious interviews about issues affecting working people, but meet with limited success. Includes a riveting non-interview about NAFTA with Labor Secretary Reich, and another with comedian Pat Paulson.

We do find some people in touch with reality, but outside the hall, with the bus tour from the Chicago Jobs and Living Wage Campaign. 13 min.

Also, "Paperworkers for Reform," which shows why the UPIU International leadership needs to be overhauled, to stop expanding the graveyard of defeats such as at Staley and Trailmobile.

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Labor Beat: Demonizing the Inner City - Ideology and the Urban Poor {LB538}

Repeating one of Labor Beat’s most popular Internet streaming videos.

In this presentation, Steve Macek-- author of the book "Urban Nightmares: The Media, The Right and the Moral Panic over the City" (University of Minnesota Press, 2006) - analyzes the hysteria over the central city and the urban poor that permeated American politics and popular culture in the 1980s and 90s.

Macek dissects the way mainstream politicians (Rudolph Giuliani, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Sr.) , conservative intellectuals and the corporate media conspired to demonize inner city neighborhoods and their residents.

In particular, he discusses the way that TV news reproduced and validated the right’s stigmatizing, victim blaming images of the urban poor. Ultimately, he critiques the reactionary political interests served by this divisive discourse on urban pathology and points to what activists can do to counter its destructive influence. Includes assorted visuals.

A related video is Labor Beat’s "Grove Parc Today, Tomorrow It Will Be You" (Go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbyLqy_T-Z4Search ’Labor Beat’ videos on YouTube, or search for ’Labor Beat’ videos on YouTube). Residents from the Grove Parc Apartments subsidized housing complex on Chicago’s South Side held a spirited demonstration at the Federal Plaza in Chicago’s Loop on Nov. 19, 2007. Their homes, at the proposed site of the 2016 Olympic Stadium, may get bulldozed by the city’s gentrification plans. More info: 773-753-9674.

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Labor Beat: Demonizing the Inner City - Ideology and the Urban Poor {LB515}

Steve Macek, author of "Urban Nightmares: The Media, The Right, and the Moral Panic Over the City", talks about how the right wing has -- through re-packaging the 19th-century Victorian capitalists’ demonizing of the economic lower-rung -- developed through the media an ideological attack on the urban poor. Assorted visuals. Produced by Labor Beat

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Labor Beat: Detroit Newspaper Strike / SEIU 880 / Pepsi Strike {LB231} –n–

Three short videos by Chicago-area producers on the Detroit newspaper strike, SEIU 880, and the Staley workers Anti-Pepsi campaign.

1. Detroit Newspaper Strike (by Media Process Group)

2. SEIU 880 Report (by Chicago Video Project)

3. UPIU Video (by Greg Boozell)

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Labor Beat: Detroit News Strike, Part 1 of 2 {LB232} –n–

Detroit News strike coverage.

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Labor Beat: Detroit News Strike, Part 2 of 2 {LB233} –n–

Detroit News strike coverage.

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Labor Beat: Dial-A-Bus On Strike / From Bad to Worse {LB132.}

"Dial-A-Bus On Strike." An independent drivers union strikes the Chicago suburban transit service for disabled passengers.

"From Bad to Worse." Cook County Hospital staff workers protest cuts and layoffs.

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Labor Beat: Dial-A-Bus / Workers Talk About AIDS / U.S.-Mexico {LB119}

"Dial-A-Bus." An early view of a suburban Chicago transit workers strike.

"Changing Attitudes: Workers Talk About AIDS." Produced by LIPA.

"U.S.-Mexico Free Trade." No fast track!

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Labor Beat: Did They Buy It? {LB108.} –n–

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Labor Beat: Direct Action {LB617}

Video of the special Labor Express Radio show in Dec. 2010 that examined direct action as an effective tactic for unions and other social movements. The live-streamed video webcast featured a panel of four guests who have already won victories using direct action.

Toussaint Losier of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign - The campaign has successfully kept people in their homes by blocking home evictions with mass numbers of supporters.

Mark Meinster of UE - The UE’s factory occupation of Republic Windows and Doors, not only won the workers their legally mandated severance, but eventually lead to the re-opening of the factory.

Michael Kozlowicz of the IWW - The IWW has throughout it history promoted direct action as a primary way for workers to win demands in the work place. Everything from refusals to work, to walk outs, to work to rule, to free speech fights, to sabotage have been a part IWW history. And the organization continues to use these tactics to great effect from Jimmy Johns, to Starbucks, to warehouse workers on the East Coast. Now the Chicago IWW is organizing a direct action case work workers center - the Lucy Parsons Workers Center.

Claudio Gaete of the Whittier Parents Committee - By occupying the field house on the grounds of Whittier Elementary School for over 40 days, parents were able prevent the buildings demolition and win their demand that the facility be used as a library for the children and a community center for the parents.

Discussion explores successful uses of direct action and how direct action is an important strategy for social movements.

To find out how to get a DVD of this show, contact:lduncan@igc.org.

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Labor Beat: Dirty Business {LB118} –n–

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Labor Beat: Disability Nightmare / In the Land of the Lesser Evil {LB251?} –n–

"Disability Nightmare." How insurance companies and employers get away like bandits in settling disability cases with their employees. A well made documentary with lots of information and dramatic illustrations. Produced by Labor Video Project in San Francisco.

Also, "In the Land of the Lesser Evil," five minutes from Labor Beat’s show about labor and the 1996 Democratic Party Convention.

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Labor Beat: Do It Publicly {LB235} –n–

A video by Public Services International on the international fight against privatization in the U.K., South Africa, and Jamaica.

"Do It Publicly" shows what happens when public services are sold off or contracted out, and what privatization does to people in different parts of the world. Produced in England, this video will give U.S. workers and unions new insights into these attacks, which are aimed at communities globally.

The video is followed by a short Public Service Announcement about Chicago Jobs with Justice’s Committee Against Privatization.

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Labor Beat: Don Rose -- Chicago Race Relations {LB075+}

This veteran political observer offered an historical perspective.

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Labor Beat: 'Don't Let Them Close Our School' {LB493}

The fight to keep open Chicago’s Collins High school reveals a power struggle that is less about education and more about real estate.

"Don’t Let Them Close Our School", a 30-min. video, is about the fight to keep open Collins High School, a school that was built in the neighborhood where Martin Luther King Jr. stayed when he was in Chicago in the 1960s. The school itself was built in the 70s.

The Chicago Public Schools, along with Mayor Daley, are trying to close it. But the school is functional and modern.

Real estate developers, who want to sell pricey townhomes, are driving out the low-income families in the neighborhood, and are getting the Chicago Public Schools to create a misleading smokescreen that the school has a low academic performance, and that this is all for the benefit of the students. Teachers, students, community activists, and education experts strongly disagree.

Interviews with George Schmidt, Collins HS teacher John Dudley, speeches from public meetings.

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Labor Beat: Don't Privatize The Postal Service {LB303.} –n–

Covers a protest against privatization of the U.S. postal service. Produced by Wes Brain (of the OPEU Local in Washington State).

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Labor Beat: Don't Take Senn From Our Hands {LB542}

Senn High School on Chicago’s North Side had one of its wings taken over by a Navy academy and now an alderman is pushing a scheme to divide Senn High School up into small schools open only to those who meet restricted requirements. In December 2007 some 300 Senn students, faculty and community members held a rally at the school to support a plan to save and enhance Senn as a diverse community school open to all students.

Also, Patricia McCann of Iraq Veterans Against the War and George Schmidt of Substance news discuss the growing opposition to military recruiters having free run of Chicago high schools and the disturbing grown of military high school academies, such as the Navy academy at Senn.

Senn High School is at the forefront of a national battle to defend public education against militarization and denial of universal access to quality education. More info: www.savesenn.org, www.ivaw.org.

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Labor Beat: Drywalaros: Huelgistas! (Drywallers: Strikers!) Part 1 of 2 {LB195} –n–

Determined strikers face armed goons during a San Diego CA drywallers strike. For both English- and Spanish-speaking audiences. Produced by Labor Link. Part one of two parts.

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Labor Beat: Drywaleros: Huelgistas! (Drywallers: Strikers!) Part 2 of 2 {LB196} –n–

Second of two parts.

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Labor Beat: East Timor {LB312} –n–

An interview with activists about the struggle for human rights and labor rights in East Timor. Produced by Acclaim Video of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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Labor Beat: The Eight Hours - Part 1 of 2 {LB020} –n–

THE EIGHT HOURS is a one-act play in cabaret form about Gilded-Age Chicago and the Haymarket incident. Features the Chicago Cabaret Ensemble and was written and directed by Warren Leming. Chicago’s Reader newspaper called THE EIGHT HOURS "a wonderful, exciting work . . . (about) one of the most important events in the history of the labor movement." Songs and original music. Part 1 of 2.

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Labor Beat: The Eight Hours - Part 2 of 2 {LB021} –n–

THE EIGHT HOURS. Part 2 of 2. See Part 1 description.

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Labor Beat: The Elder Studs Terkel, Activist for Labor / Public Dollars, Public Schools {LB566}

- The Elder Studs Terkel, Activist for Labor

On Oct. 31, 2008 Studs Terkel died at age 96. The event was somewhat overshadowed by the looming Nov. 4 election just days away. It was Halloween, too, something Studs would have been amused by.

Studs’ passing marked the end to an era. His public radio and writer’s personality had been part of the national narrative in progressive and labor history going back to the 30s.

Labor Beat has compiled here selections from our own exclusive footage of Studs appearing at union picket lines and rallies for the past 20 years. Here is Studs speaking at a grape boycott rally with Cesar Chavez, and testifying with Tim Kazurinsky in the Chicago City Council chambers urging their support for the SAG-AFTRA strike.

We spend some time with Studs as he arrives at a big hotel strike rally on Labor Day in 2003 on Michigan Ave. He enjoys schmoozing the crowd and becomes again the old soap box orator of yore. And in 2007 we see Studs in his dotage, perhaps at his last outdoor labor rally--in Chicago’s Millennium Park for Single Payer Health Care. Studs introduces filmmaker Michael Moore, his new film "Sicko" just released, and Studs and Michael crack a few jokes together. Michael Moore reminds the audience: "Studs, you’re a national treasure."

Narrated by Al Harris Stein.

- Also, a second, short segment. Public Dollars, Public Schools

Well over 500 parents, children and teachers converged on the Chicago School Board protesting the proposed 20 school closings.

Recognizing the Renaissance 2010 plan of the business class’s Commercial Club and its role in the union busting plan and the sabotage of neighborhood schools, they march to their front doors and rally before heading to City Hall to demand a meeting with Mayor Daley.

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Labor Beat: El Salvador Is Not for Sale! {LB266} –n–

Portrait of a country under assault from Washington and the World Bank. Shows the impact of structural adjustment, privatization and a global sweatshop economy. Historical footage from the start of civil war in 1980 to the economic war of the 90’s. Includes inspiring images of strikers inside a Free Trade Zone. Concludes with a call for global justice. A good Movement video in sync with the new attitude of global fight-back. Produced by CISPES.

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Labor Beat: Employee Free Choice Act Town Hall Meeting {LB568}

Chicago-area trade unions held an Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) rally on February 17, 2009. Over a thousand trade unionists voiced their support for EFCA, overflowing the old Plumbers Hall west of the Loop. Many workers had to stand in the lobby listening to the speeches.

The EFCA , if passed in Congress, will strengthen employees’ rights to form a union and help restore the living standards of the working class.

Speakers appearing in the video include: Michael Carrigan, Pres. Ill. AFL-CIO; national AFL-CIO President John Sweeney; U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (D-Chicago); Laborers’ International Union of North America President Terence O’Sullivan; Anna Burger, Change to Win labor coalition; and others.

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Labor Beat: Employee Free Choice / IVAW Operation First Casualty {LB526}

1. Justice: The Heart of Organizing

This video was produced for the AFL-CIO. It "presents five organizing campaigns that expose the unlawful tactics that employers use to thwart employees’ organizing efforts.

It underscores the weakness of our current labor laws and the urgent need for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act. At a time when working families are struggling to hold even and deeply worried about living standards for their children, unions are more important than ever. This bi-partisan act would strengthen protections for workers’ freedom to choose a union and offer greater economic opportunities for all workers."

2. Iraq Veterans Against the War Deploy for ’Operation First Casualty’ Tour

On May 23, 2007, at the Vietnam Veterans memorial fountain in downtown Chicago, the local chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War assembled and, following a few short speeches, left to join other IVAW members in New York City in "Operation First Casualty."

Aaron Hughes, head of the Chicago chapter, explained that, "the first casualty of war is said to be Truth, and we’re here to bring the truth of the war home, to wake people up and hopefully bring some urgency to end this war."

This will be done through street theater actions dramatizing the impact of an occupying army. (Stills of the actions that weekend are shown). Barry Romo, National Coordinator of Vietnam Veterans Against the War, showing the support of the previous generation of veteran anti-war activists, provided an historical perspective.

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Labor Beat: End Game: The Anti-War Movement and the Democrats {LB523}

As the debate intensifies over the Iraq war funding, this new Labor Beat video examines the complicity of the Democratic Party in the war, against the backdrop of recent 4th anniversary of war protests.

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Labor Beat: Evanston/Skokie Communities Support Unions' Rights to Bargain {LB622}

On March 15, 2011, Evanston and Skokie, suburbs on the northern boundary of Chicago, held a rally in support of union rights to collectively bargain in good faith.

Activists from these two communities took part in a national action called Defend the Dream, promoted by MoveOn.org to stop the cuts looming in Congress.

The speakers present were also motivated by the historic fight in Wisconsin to defend bargaining rights there. Union and community activists speaking were: Rachel Rosner (MoveOn.org Political Action); Jean Luft (Pres., District 65 Educators Council); Jason Hayes (member, Evanston Firefighters Local 742); Flo Estes (Representative, AFSCME Council 31); Laura Paz (Comité Anti Militarización - CAMI); Dickelle Fonda (Coalition for Peace and Justice). These speakers from Skokie and Evanston reflected the views of many communities throughout the U.S.

Regarding the layoffs of public workers, Jason Hays noted "When people work, the economy grows." Speaking to the basic rights to have unions, Flo Estes reminded the crowd: "The United Nations statement on Human Rights mark strong labor unions as a requirement of a democratic society." And Laura Paz, on the subject of funding, said: "We spend billions to kill people in other countries, so I don’t think union members need to take cutbacks when we’re spending that kind of money when the top 1% don’t pay fair taxes."

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Labor Beat: An Evening With Carlos Cortez / Baldemar Velasquez {LB401}

Carlos Cortez, the legendary anarchist poet and artist and defender of the working class, is interviewed at the evening in his honor at Chicago’s Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, the May 24, 2002. Also interviews with friends of Carlos. . Play Now: http://blip.tv/file/3330546.

- Baldemar Velasquez. Play Now: http://blip.tv/file/1149437.

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Labor Beat: Eye on Cook County Hospital {LB135}

Documentary on 1975 Doctors’ strike at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital. Including interviews with doctors of the hospital’s House Staff Association today.

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Labor Beat: Face Off {LB393?} –n–

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Labor Beat: Faces of Injustice / Lottery Bureau / What Animal Is It? {LB277}

Faces Of Injustice. A video by Labor Beat producer Scott Pfeiffer about Telecom workers in Columbia. Using dramatic footage of Telecom workers organizing demonstrations in the face of repressive measures, the story is told of how the unions in Columbia are challenging the international corporation Telecom. The video also features Noam Chomsky as he comments on this situation at a recent midwest conference.

The Lottery Bureau. Encore of a compelling video noir encounter revealing attitudes toward the homeless. A universe not all that alternate. Produced by Bob Hercules and Warren Leming.

What Animal Is It? Labor Beat producer Martin Conlisk took his creative camera along to the big Action! Motown ’97 march in Detroit and asked activists: If the union movement were an animal, what animal would it be? Although the responses are playful and entertaining, the net effect is sobering. This short video will leave you asking yourself the same question.

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Labor Beat: Facing The Risks {LB084+} –n–

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Labor Beat: The Fight for Leadership / Skirmish at Stirling Heights {LB226}

"Fight for Leadership." Explores the AFL-CIO Sweeney-Donahue campaign, Exec. Bd. meeting in Chicago in fall ’95. Harry Kelber interview.

"Skirmish at Stirling Heights." Early confrontations between Detroit newspaper unions and cops.

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Labor Beat: Fighting Global Sweatshops {LB339} –n–

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Labor Beat: Fignting Wal-Martization {LB474} –n–

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Labor Beat: The Flickering Flame, Part 1 {LB262} –n–

Ken Loach’s documentary about the Liverpool dockworkers’ dispute with the Merseyside Docks Company, without support from the British TUC and their union leadership. Part 1 of 2.

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Labor Beat: The Flickering Flame, Part 2 {LB263} –n–

Part 2 of 2.

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Labor Beat: Floor Debate Against the War {LB481} –n–

The 2005 AFL-CIO convention debate on the U.S. war in Iraq. See also LB484 ’Resolution 53: How the AFL-CIO Stood Up Against the War’.

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Labor Beat: Four Battlefronts {LB255}

Four Chicago-area labor struggles in the fall of ’96 that deserve special attention.

SEIU Local 1 Emergency Medical Technicians: The Oct. 17 demomstration at Cook County Hospital against takebacks in the healthcare industry.

NLRB Hearing on Tucci-Milan Workers: The opening day of this important 1996 case involving H.E.R.E. and a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant.

SEIU Local 46 Protests Privatization Attacks on Police Dept. Custodians: Demonstration at City Hall, and an interview with Jarvis Williams.

OCAW 7-517 vs. Uno-Ven: Interviews and scenes from the Sept. 1996 rally in Lockport, IL to support locked-out Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers.

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Labor Beat: Freedom Bus {LB433} –n–

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Labor Beat: Free Speech Is Not The Question {LB023.}

Chicago remains a racially volatile city with a long history of black/white confrontation. Most recently the KKK and neo-nazis targeted the city as part of their organizing campaign. A former KKK grand dragon, Tom Metzger, has produced a series of TV shows in California and is submitting the programs to cable access channels around the country. In June of 1987 Chicago Access Corporation broadcast one of Metzger’s shows entitled "Race and Reason." The Committee for Labor Access helped form a coalition to voice community objection to the program.

This tape features footage of a demonstration held outside the Chicago Access Corporation facility on the day of the broadcast and interviews with people at the rally. A penetrating look at "de facto" racism presenting itself as First Amendment advocacy. Features Steve Dalber’s powerful black and white photo essay shot at a Klan sponsored rally in Chicago’s Marquette Park. Tape can be used for "counter-programming" if the Race and Reason shows are being broadcast on your cable channel.

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Labor Beat: Free Speech Under Attack {LB324?} –n–

A July 1999 overview of the KPFA Radio crisis.

On July 13, following months of border skirmishes, open war broke out between Pacifica and KPFA Radio in Berkeley, California. Refusing to follow orders to keep quiet on the air about the rift between KPFA staff and management, radio host Dennis Bernstein was arrested during his show "Flashpoints." 500 KPFA listeners then streamed down to the station to protest, and Bright Path Video was there.

In a Berkeley street scene, bathed in the golden light of a California afternoon, police armlock and shove the citizens. The editing next takes you to the following day’s protest rally of thousands, and features Bernstein’s speech before the huge gathering: "They say we should make silence a career," Bernstein quotes Pacifica, "and that you shouldn’t shout ’fire’ in a crowded theater. On the other hand, if there is a fire and you’re silent ...." And the crowd in the street yells in approval.

Another scene is at KPFA’s transmitter high in the hills overlooking the bay, where for three days the union picket line kept scab technicians from installing the high-tech ISDN phone line, which would bring programming from LA. Finally the police forced their way through the lines. The piece ends at the big union rally on July 24, with speakers from SEIU, Teamsters and CWA explaining the connection between the community, the unions and KPFA, a bond that they intend to defend.

By John Parulis of Bright Path Video, info@brightpathvideo.com, 415-479-7559.

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Labor Beat: Free Trade: Who's Gonna Pay? {LB153} –n–

An examination of the drawbacks to the free trade agreement among Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. Informative analysis of NAFTA by University of Minnesota Labor Education.

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Labor Beat: Friends Family Healthcare Victory {LB560}

Three Segments:

- 1. "Friends Family Healthcare Victory" - The IBT 743 workers at Friends Family Healthcare Center have won a victory! Working without a contract since 2002 and not given a raise since 2006, they had enough. Thanks to a recent transformation of Teamsters 743 into a rank-and-file-run union in an election victory last year, the members mobilized themselves and a coalition of community and labor supporters to show management that they were not going to give up or give in. And on October 3rd, FFHC workers and friends celebrated a victory with a new contract.

- 2. "Fighting for Peace at the RNC" - Teamsters Local 743 from Chicago loaded up a bus and drove up to St. Paul, MN to join the big national protest at the Republican National Convention last September. This 9-minute video joins IBT 743 President Richard Berg and 743 members on the trip, listening to their words that explain why they are going. Issues raised in their action include ending the war, health care, union rights, immigrant rights, more

- 3. "Teamster Rally In Support of Anheuser-Busch Workers" - The Teamsters sponsored a labor rally in downtown St. Louis on August 16, 2008 to demand that InBev, the international brewing giant, honor its "pledge to protect the workers and communities" which have made Anheuser-Busch a success. InBev recently bought up Anheuser-Bush, an icon of the "American Dream" closely linked with St. Louis history. The rally also had an international flavor, with labor speakers from Canada, Brazil, and Europe.

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Labor Beat: From Sunrise to Sunset--Part 1 of 2 {LB148} –n–

A documentary on John Hancock, the labor songwriter of the 1930s who wrote many classic labor songs.

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Labor Beat: From Sunrise to Sunset--Part 2 of 2 {LB149} –n–

A documentary on John Hancock, the labor songwriter of the 1930s who wrote many classic labor songs.

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Labor Beat: FTAA, The Miami Model {LB448}

Miami action was a model for ...

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Labor Beat: Funding Public Sector Services. The Value of Illinois Communities. {LB594}

Historic attacks on funding public sector services for Illinois communities are ravaging the state.

In Evanston, a city council budget hearing brought out an overflow crowd of citizens and city employees affected by these cuts.

In the crosshairs were the fire department, public library, family and senior services, public access tv, and others.

This show questions the business model used in running our communities, and points to the fact that new revenues are needed to restructure a progressive taxation, in a state now near the bottom nationally for taxation rates.

Interviews include: Florence Estes, Staff Rep. AFSCME Council 31; Larry Spivak, Regional Director, AFSCME Council 31; Kevin Johnson, Pres., AFSCME Local 1891; Brian Scott, Pres., Fire Fighters Assoc. Local 742. Also testimonies from Evanston residents and workers. 18 minutes.

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Labor Beat: The Gathering Storm {LB209}

Decatur, Illinois became the national center of labor’s struggle when three key industries were either on strike or locked-out (Caterpillar, Bridgestone-Firestone, and Staley).

Starting with the 7,000-strong march and street maneuvers on Oct. 15, 1994, the video shows how the Decatur struggle is evolving toward a third party/labor party strategy. It traces the battle with City Hall over picket shacks, and has interviews with key persons in the independent labor-community political campaign to replace the mayor and city council members. The video then shows the political fight expanding to state politics, following a 2-day march to the state capitol and a sit-in at the Governor’s office and the Legislature.

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Labor Beat: GATT -- What's That? {LB214} –n–

An informative discussion on what the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs means to working people. With moderator Janine Jackson (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting), Nikos Valvance (Foundation for Economic Development), and Hector Figueroa (ACTWU). Produced by CUNY/Hunter College’s Labor X in New York (www.ashp.cuny/Laborx.html).

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Labor Beat: Gearing Up for the Spring Offensive {LB443}

- The March 20 anti-war coalition press conference at Chicago City Hall, protesting the refusal of the City to issue, at the date of the press conference, a parade permit

- Feb 24 labor protest at a Haliburton/KBR office on LaSalle Street, decrying war profiteering.

- Protest action on Michigan Ave. against the Israeli wall.

- Press conference of Albany Park day laborers exposing Bush’s immigrants rights ’reforms’.

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Labor Beat: Gene Bruskin on Iraqi Labor {LB449}

Co-convenor of USLAW Gene Bruskin’s talk on Iraqi Labor, its history, present, and the Iraq Labor Rights Campaign. Bruskin this last March met at the ILO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland with Aso Jabbar (head of Union of the Unemployed in Iraq - UUI) and Falah Alwan (President, Federation of Workers Councils and Trade Unions in Iraq-FWCUI), and he discusses this meeting and the international campaign to uphold ILO labor rights conventions for Iraqi workers, the the role the Iraq labor movement can play in the anti-war movement. Presented at Chicago, May 8, 2004. 29 minutes (edited to fit Labor Beat’s format.

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Labor Beat: General Electric Closes A Plant {LB031?} –n–

Workers discuss General Electric’s imminent closing of their Chicago area Hotpoint appliance factory.

Past promises and efficient operation will not prevent GE’s moving the work to other parts of the U.S. and the world. Numbering confusion LB031? LB064? Archive lost or may be available per BG.

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Labor Beat: Give It Back! Protest / Updates on City Colleges of Chicago Protests {LB627}

-1- The Executive Summit of CEOs and CFOs at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago on June 14, 2011 was the target of a broad coalition of community and labor organizations, put together by Stand Up! Chicago.

Several thousand protesters successfully pulled off 3 coordinated feeder marches (housing, jobs, education) that transformed the hub of corporate Chicago at Michigan and Wacker into protest central. We begin with the small band of movement artists (teachers, students and activists) as they plan the visuals and create the huge puppets (Kings of Corporate Welfare) which became the visual rallying points of the Give It Back march and rally.

We show the process of how the big march came together and how working people were able to appropriate Chicago’s showplace of big business and convert it into a movement theatrical backdrop. The CEOs at the Hyatt went on with their meeting, and a city-wide movement gained confidence in its organizing skills. Rod Wilson of the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization observed: "This is definitely the beginning, not the end, not the culminating, but the beginning."

-2- Updates on City Colleges of Chicago protests. Save City Colleges of Chicago protest and statements at a City Colleges of Chicago Board meeting.

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Labor Beat: Give Us Back Our Public Transit {LB595}

The leadership of Chicago’s union of CTA and PACE drivers and workers, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 241, engaged in a roundtable discussion with Labor Beat host Wayne Heimbach on April 2, 2010.

The discussion was broadcast live on cable television and the Internet and included questions and comments from the Internet listeners..

The topic: the current situation with management pressing for contract concessions while trying to get transit riders to blame the union for CTA service cuts.

Included were: Darrell Jefferson, President-Business Agent; Michael Simmons, Recording Secretary; Dan Hrycyk; Financial Secretary; Carlos J. Acevedo/ Maintenance ABA.

President Jefferson pointed out that "The current administration at CTA is trying to bust our union, and we’re trying to fight to hold on to it.

In the early 1980s the Reagan administration had cut off all federal funding to cities with over 200,000, and when the CTA could not stay afloat with state funds, the union came in and bailed them out."

This was done by the union dipping into its own pension fund. "They got used to coming back and coming back, and sooner or later, enough is enough," said Carlos Acevedo. "We just can’t give any more."

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May Day rally in Iraq. from Go Forward, IFC

Labor Beat: Go Forward, Iraq Freedom Congress {LB535} –n–

A unique opportunity for U.S. audiences to get a glimpse of a social movement in Iraq that is not portrayed on the major networks.

"Go Forward, Iraq Freedom Congress (IFC)" documents events from about 2005, 2 years earlier. It was produced by Mabui Cine-coop in Japan.

The IFC movement in Iraq is non-Islamicist, anti-occupation, pro-labor, pro-womens’ rights, pro-student, pro-unemployed.

Supporters of the IFC visited Chicago in 2005 as part of the USLAW Iraqi trade unionists tour (Falah Awan and Amjad Aljawhary, of the Federation of Workers Councils and Unions of Iraq).

This 30 minute documentary shows meetings and demonstrations in Iraq that are clearly secular and pro-labor. The video also shows that the IFC defines itself as an internationalist movement, with scenes of the US tour and of a solidarity tour in Japan.

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Labor Beat: Good News At NASSCO - Part 1 of 2 {LB136} –n–

An in-depth analysis of a strike at the NASSCO shipyards in San Diego. Part 1 of 2.

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Labor Beat: Good News At NASSCO - Part 2 of 2 {LB137} –n–

An in-depth analysis of a strike at the NASSCO shipyards in San Diego. Part 2 of 2.

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Labor Beat: Government Intervention In The Unions {LB311} –n–

Two important speeches on the drawbacks and dangers of Government intervention into the affairs of the unions. David Sole (President of UAW 2334) and Jerry Gordon (Chairperson, Ohio State Labor Party) address a meeting in Cleveland, Ohio to discuss the need for the independence of the trade unions.

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Graduate Employees Organization votes for the contract at victory meeting. Photo: iresist.org.GEO strike marches down the Quad at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Photo: iresist.org.

Labor Beat: Graduate Employees Organization Strike at University of Illinois {LB586}

In mid-November 2009, the Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO), AFT/IFT Local 6300, went on strike at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

Within 24 hours, the Board of Trustees acceded to the GEO’s demands, in particular to a guarantee of tuition waivers.

The victory was part of a growing national upsurge of militancy against cutbacks in public education, such as the recent militant protests in UCLA and Berkely.

This program was prepared for Labor Beat by www.iresist.org, and videotaped by a UIUC GEO.

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Labor Beat: Grape Boycott '87 {LB009} –n–

Frank Ortiz, Vice President of United Farm Workers, describes the UFW’s nationwide campaign to stop the purchase, distribution and harvest of contaminated grapes.

The Chicago interview introduces a powerful documentary, "The Wrath of Grapes", made by the UFW concerning the use of toxic chemicals by the growers in California. Detailed accounts of the deadly effects of the pesticides on farmworkers, neighboring residents whose water has been contaminated and consumers who eat the grapes. Explanation of the growers’ influence with state and federal government agencies and the consequential lack of effective bans on toxins.

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Labor Beat: Grocery Strike '95 {LB256} –n–

The successful April ’95 United Food and Commercial Workers’ strike against northern California Safeway, Lucky and Save Mart stores. Produced by UFCW Local 101 in the Bay Area.

The video takes you along as eleven UFCW locals build solidarity in the strike/lockout. The 9-day struggle involved more than 32,000 grocery workers in over 400 California supermarkets. "We have defeated and beaten back every single employer demand," Local 588 Pres. stated, while Safeway sales were cut by at least 90 percent during strike.

The video also shows that an effective, motivating video can be made by a union local with VHS cameras on a micro-budget.

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Labor Beat: Grounded By IFFA: The TWA Strike {LB011} –n–

The Independent Federation of Flight Attendants produced this tape. Poses a number of questions about airline safety following the TWA takeover by Carl Icahn. Pilots and flight attendants challenge the corporate ’bottom line’ thinking which led to the strike. The tape helps chart the course of labor and mass transportation in our time. Includes documentary footage of some of America’s first commercially acceptable career women, flight attendants. Narrated by Fritz Weaver and written by Stacey Asip.

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Labor Beat: Guardians of Democracy? {LB035} –n–

Should Illinois National Guard troops be sent to train in Central and South America? Members of Chicago Latino community who have been observers of National Guard in Central America discuss this issue. Details efforts to promote a successful referendum in Chicago city election to oppose Ill. National Guard troops being sent to Central America.

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Labor Beat: Guatemala Marimba Ensemble {LB102.}

Music and interviews of a young marimba ensemble. Emphasizes the cultural importance of music to a people in exile. Produced in cooperation with Organization in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala.

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Labor Beat: Guatemala Trade Unions {LB037} –n–

Guatemalan trade unionists (two members of the electrical workers’ union) discuss the development of their union and its relationship to the government and to community organizations. How unions fought government utility increases. Host: Kalman Resnick, a Chicago labor lawyer.

LB046? Frank LaRue, a Guatemalan labor lawyer in exile in the U.S. talks about the union movement in Guatemala. Jane Slaughter, staff writer for Labor Notes, discusses a recent trip to Guatemala.

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Labor Beat: Haiti, The First Black Republic. {LB628}

Here is a brief history of Haiti that gives the essential background to understanding its major contribution to the fight against slavery and oppression in the Western Hemisphere.

Historic footage combined with extensive commentary by Aline Lauture (Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti) and Lionel Jean-Baptiste (Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti). Looks at the emergence of Haiti as a nation through the successful rebellion of African slaves there (the first of its kind in the West), establishing the first Black republic of former slaves.

This also presented a threat to the system of slavery elsewhere, which lead to various international attempts to economically strangle the new republic.

The video shows the relation of the Haitian revolt to early 19th century U.S. history, the French connection with the Louisiana Purchase, and activities of Haitian revolutionary ex-slaves in U.S. southern states prior to the Civil War.

Discussion covers the Duvalier era, neo-liberal policies affecting Haiti, Clinton’s promoting privatization there and IMF policies that today cast their shadow over the island nation.

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Labor Beat: Haiti: The Struggle Continues {LB635}

The 2010 earthquake in Haiti is an ongoing disaster that was not simply the result of geology, but of the deliberate political and economic exploitation of this Caribbean island nation. Through dramatic images, speeches, interviews and poetry this video gives a stark picture of a people struggling against the forces of imperialism as well as of nature. Some felt that the 2010 earthquake was in some sense a coup against the state, prior to which the 2004 political coup had already undermined the capability of the state to respond.

And then there came the international response, not entirely benign. "Why in Haiti is there an occupation of the MINUSTAH (UN), something like 6 years of occupation?" asks Didier Dominique, Haitian labor union organizer.

"There were a series of protests in 2009 to see that the minimum wage was increased from about $3/day to $5/day," notes Toussaint Losier (Rising in Solidarity with Haiti). "The UN forces, backing up the police, played a significant role of suppressing these protests, firing on crowds, first with rubber bullets, then with live ammunition." Losier also goes on to relate the current Occupy Wall Street protests to the situation in in Haiti, where the "elite don’t pay taxes at all."

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Labor Beat: Hard Choices {LB061+} –n–

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Labor Beat: Haymarket Square May Day 2007 / Workers Rights Rally at Resurrection Healthcare {LB525}

1. May Day 2007. Labor speeches, big march scenes and music by Bucky Halker at Chicago’s Haymarket Square, where the legacy of May Day began in 1886.

The 2007 Chicago Immigrants Rights March passed through Haymarket Square on its way to Grant Park, and the turnout was over 200,000, despite an ICE raid a few days before in Chicago’s Mexican community of Little Village.

Featuring speeches by James Thindwa, Chicago Jobs with Justice; and Jorge Mujica, March 10 Committee. Speech themes include the failure of both Democrats and Republicans to come up with a just immigrant rights reform, the relationship of NAFTA trade agreements to the current immigrant crisis, support of the Employee Free Choice Act.

2. "Rally for Workers Justice at Resurrection Health Care." Excerpts of speeches from a March 3, 2007 union Rally for Employee Free Choice at Resurrection Health Care hospital.

Speeches promote the Employee Free Choice Act and focus attention on the struggle to form a union at Resurrection Health Care in Chicago. Speaking are: Henry Bayer, Executive Director, AFSCME Council 31; John Sweeney, President, AFL-CIO; and Kelly Berringer, RN, West Suburban Hospital.

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Labor Beat: Healthcare Crisis in Illinois - Episode 1 {LB582}

This video is the first in a series of reports on the many aspects of the healthcare crisis in Illinois, first looking at Teamsters on strike over a healthcare issue, and then at an important community sampling, including healthcare professionals, speaking out at a healthcare rally in Evanston.

The strike began when SK Handtools stopped medical coverage for their workers, and didn’t even bother to tell them. The workers found out about it when they started getting medical bills they thought were covered by their job.

The union, IBT Local 743, went on strike. David Biedrzycki, a 25-year employee and union steward, tells us "we need our healthcare for our families. People are in need right now." Danny, another 743 member on strike, says "I owe $20,000 in medical bills."

The crisis impacts many communities in Illinois. At a candlelight vigil for healthcare in Evanston on Sept. 2, Marcia Bernsten says: "We really need to be out in the streets signing petitions, calling our congressmen, whatever it takes to get meaningful healthcare reform passed, and passed in this Congress".

Among several speakers covered, Margaree Figaro, a pediatrician, says "slowly over the last six months I’ve become extremely disturbed by the national epidemic involving layoffs of doctors, nurses and medical support staff in both public and private hospitals."

This video unveils a healthcare crisis that is growing into an social epidemic in Illinois, taking multiple forms as it affects many different sectors of the working class.

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Labor Beat: Healthcare Crisis in Illinois - Episode 3, Healthcare Showdown {LB585}

Third in the Labor Beat series on healthcare crises in Illinois.

Includes the Governor of Illinois, Pat Quinn, showing up on the Teamsters 743 picket line at SK Handtools. He puts on a Teamsters hat, grabs a picket sign, and gives a lengthy speech about why workers need healthcare reform, single payer in particular.

The SK Handtools strike over, among other things, the workers’ loss of healthcare benefits is part of an historic national struggle over whether under this system good healthcare is a right for all or only for those who have money.

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Labor Beat: Healthcare Crisis in Illinois, Episode 5: Checking the Vital Signs {LB593}

This fifth show in the Labor Beat series ’Healthcare Crisis in Illinois’ continues to examine the disparity in the delivery of healthcare in Illinois (and the nation) and how we can reform this broken system.

Labor Beat host Wayne Heimbach invites comments from a powerful panel of labor movement healthcare activists. The discussion takes place in January 2010, the midst of the legislative dead-end in Congress over healthcare "reform".

Members of the panel are: Dr. Quentin Young, National Coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program; Brenda Langford, President, NNOC/NNU Region 13, and Vice President, National Nurses United; Steve Edwards, President of AFSCME Local 2858, and member of Socialist Alternative.

"Polls show today that two-thirds of Americans are for a government-sponsored Medicare-like program," Dr. Young offered. And "59 percent of US doctors, a very conservative group, support a government-sponsored, tax-based" program.

Regarding the class nature of how things are going, he explained that "the reduction in services, the closing of facilities are pointed to people at the bottom of the ladder, and at the same time luxury hospitals are still being built in the city and in this country."

Considering the obstacles faced by advocates of a single payer, government-administered movement,the next step should be: "People on the street," Steve Edwards answered. "Within the NNU," Brenda Langford added, "we are aggressively working at organizing the RNs across the country . . ., and we’re promoting the single payer health program."

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Labor Beat: Healthcare Crisis in the President's Backyard / Nothing About Us Without Us {LB567}

- 1. Healthcare Crisis in the President’s Backyard

On February 10, 2009, Teamsters Local 743 & Students Organizing United with Labor (SOUL) organized a layoff protest rally at the University of Chicago Campus.

The University is planning to layoff over 400 union workers at the UC Medical Center, while continuing multi-million dollar construction projects. Produced by Gary Brooks for Labor Beat.

- 2. Nothing About Us Without Us

Video coverage of the 2/10/09 STOP (Southside Together Organizing for Power) press conference at the Mayor’s Office protesting the proposed closing of four mental health clinics on the Chicago’s South Side.

Statements from Ed Shurna of Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Mr. Fred Friedman of First Steps, Bill "Dock" Walls of Committee for a Better Chicago, along with several consumers of these clinics there to tell the Mayor, "treatment works."

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Labor Beat: Health Care: Critical Condition {LB105}

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Labor Beat: Health Care For All / Molly West, An Oral History {LB125}

"Health Care For All." Union health care rally for insurance reform.

"Mollie West, An Oral History." An account of a lifetime as a union activist.

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Labor Beat: He's No Angel / To Market / What Are We Worth Now? {LB193} –n–

"He’s No Angel." Service Employees International Union Local 25 fight Charles T. Angell and Newly Wed Foods.

"To Market with Tony Signorelli." Fred Hickler’s portrait of a produce delivery driver at work in Chicago’s loop.

"What are We Worth Now?" To be middle-aged and laid off in Chicago.

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Labor Beat: He Stood Up: The Mistrial of Lt. Ehren Watada {LB527} –n–

When the judge demanded that the Prosecutor move for a mistrial, the Prosecutor winced and bent over like he had been hit in the stomach.

"He Stood Up" is the Pepperspray Collective video about the court martial of Lt. Ehren Watada and the amazing turn-around in the course of the prosecution’s case. The Army claims it is planning to retry Lt. Watada; so he isn’t home free by a long shot. But this video shows there can be no doubt that Watada was the clear victor of round one.

"PepperSpray can bring you this level of detail because we were there, in the actual court room--not in the overflow room where most of the media was. Since Federal law prohibits video cameras in the court room, we weave court artist sketches, animation and real footage to put you right there."

"He Stood Up" is a story of the courage of conscience, and victory on the high road. This video by the PepperSpray video activists gives you what corporate media with all its production values and money can’t ever seem to find--the truth that makes a difference.

To order a DVD, go to http://www.peppersprayproductions.org/He_Stood_Up.htm. Proceeds from this DVD will go to the Watada Defense Fund.

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Labor Beat: Homelessness -- Brushed Aside / The Lottery Bureau {LB?}

Homelessness -- Brushed Aside.

Lottery Bureau. A compelling video noir encounter revealing attitudes toward the homeless. A universe not all that alternate. Produced by Bob Hercules and Warren Leming.

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Labor Beat: Homeless To Be Homeless {LB313?} –n–

The eviction of the homeless from Chicago’s Lower Wacker Drive in early 1999. Covered by Labor Beat producer William Jenkins.

Also, "Brushed Aside," produced by John Geier, which covers the 1992 art show by homeless artists in Chicago.

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Labor Beat: Housekeepers Speak Out Against Sexual Harassment / Updates City Colleges / Updates City Colleges / Anne Feeney Songs {LB626}

-1- As part of a nation-wide response to reported sexual assaults on hotel workers such as the alleged attack by former IMF head Strauss-Kahn on a New York hotel housekeeper, on 6/2/11 Chicago UNITE HERE Local 1 held a press conference and speak-out on the steps of the historic Water Tower on Michigan Ave.

Several Chicago hotel housekeepers related personal stories about sexual harassment they experienced.

"These women are union members," UNITE HERE VP Jo Marie Agriesti explained. "The women in New York who stood up to this were union members of a strong New York local. They have the ability to stand up and fight this without the threat of loosing their jobs."

-2- Updates City Colleges

-3- Updates City Colleges

-4- Anne Feeney Songs, June 23.

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Labor Beat: How Labor Uses Computers {LB36n} –n–

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Labor Beat: HWC Community Roundtable on Reinvention {LB633}

The controversy surrounding the city-wide so-called Reinvention plan for City Colleges of Chicago continues and grows.

On Sept. 15, 2011 a meeting was planned to take place at Harold Washington College (part of the CCC system), sponsored by the AFT Local 1600 chapter at HWC. The administration at HWC blocked this by claiming that, since the student’s families and community were invited, it was not a sanctioned CCC event, and demanded a $500 vendor fee. The meeting was moved to another location in the Loop -- the Chicago Temple.

The meeting that took place yielded a rich discussion and clarification of the concerns facing faculty, staff, and students that the Reinvention scheme will end the school’s traditions as a portal to higher education for low-income and minority students, dismantle faculty and staff rights and income, and deepen cuts in the name of the business model. Meeting coverage has been edited to 27 min. for Labor Beat.

Speaking were: Floyd Bednarz, President of CCC Labor Organizing Committee at HWC; Eric Taylor, HWC Data Processing Lab Manager, AFT 1600; Delores Withers, President of AFT 1708; Rosie Banks, President of HWC Faculty Council; Amy Rosenquist, Adjunct Faculty, CCCLOC NEA (Adjunct Faculty Union); Hector Reyes, Vice Chair of HWC Chapter, AFT 1600. Also included in this show are some excerpts of the audience discussion that followed.Hctor Reyes, Vice Chair of HWC Chapter of AFT 1600.

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Labor Beat: IBEW Elections {LB294?}

1998 IBEW Elections.

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Labor Beat: Illinois AFL-CIO Election 1999 {LB334}

An International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 146 member describes how struck work was done by some 146 members durint the big Caterpillar strike.

Mike Carigan, candidate for Illinois AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer and running mate of President candidate Margaret Blacksphere, was the local’s Business Agent at that time.

The campaign video for the Machino-Costigan slate is also included.

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Labor Beat: Illinois Budget Crunch: Tax the Rich! {LB598}

In the Spring of 2010, as the budget crisis in the state of Illinois continued its meltdown, a large demonstration took place in Springfield, the state capital.

Scenes and speeches, plus interviews with union activists. The video shows why House Bill 174, a tax increase bill endorsed by many of the unions present, may fall short.

Steve Edwards, President of AFSCME 2858 and supporter of Public Workers Unite, says, "The problem I have with HB 174...is that it mainly taxes working class people. Why don’t we go where the money is...and tax the rich?"

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Labor Beat: Illinois Is A War Zone Rally {LB179.}

Chicago unions unite and speak out in this lively support rally for locked-out Staley workers. Speakers from IBEW, INA, UAW, SEIU, AIW 837, and others.

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Labor Beat: Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid {LB057.}

Speakers and interviews: Cathy Devine (ILNAA); John Copelyn, Gen. Sec., Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers (ACTWU) of South Africa; Amon Ntuti, Pres., ACTWU of South Africa.

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Labor Beat: Illinois Labor Party {LB333}

The Springfield, Illinois, inaugural State Council meeting of the Illinois Labor Party. Speakers include Noel Beasley, International Vice President of UNITE and Co-Chair of Illinois Labor Party. Also, interviews with the newly elected officers.

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Labor Beat: Immigrant Amnesty March / Home Health Care Workers / Ralph Nader {LB360}

1. The Amnesty march in Chicago on Oct. 14, 2000.

2. SEIU home health care workers (14 min.)

3. Ralph Nader discusses Taft Hartley at Teamster Local 705 Hall

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Labor Beat: Immigrant Amnesty March / Home Health Care Workers / Ralph Nader {LB360} –n–

1. The Amnesty march in Chicago on Oct. 14, 2000.

2. SEIU home health care workers (14 min.)

3. Ralph Nader discusses Taft Hartley at Teamster Local 705 Hall

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Labor Beat: Immigrants Rights Rally, March 10 {LB522}

Three segments on immigrants’ rights, leading up to May Day, 2007.

1) Interviews conducted for Labor Beat by Dale Lehman (WZRD-FM) at the March 10, 2007 rally in Chicago’s Federal Plaza. Dale does a lengthy interview with SEIU Local 1 member and immigrant rights activist Jose Artemio Arreola.

2) Selections from speeches at the March 10, 2007 Rally.

3) New York City May Day Immigrants Rights March in 2006, a short video by truthout.

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Joe Hill

Labor Beat: I Never Died, Says He {LB454}

Martyred IWW (Wobbly) hobo songwriter Joe Hill(strom) was the enormously influential voice of a rank and file revolutionary counterculture. Franklin Rosemont, author of a recent in-depth study, Joe Hill (2002), gave this talk at Chicago’s Sulzer Library in October, 2003.

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Labor Beat: International Labor Conference / Gaza Protest in Wasat, Iraq {LB573}

- International Labor Conference. A 15-minute video report on the historic March 13-14, 2009 meeting in Erbil, Iraq.

A recent Labor Beat show featured the speech there of Iraq War Veteran Aaron Hughes ("Aaron at Erbil"). This show focuses on the main contents of the International Labor Conference.

Includes interviews and some brief speeches, as well as summaries of the final resolutions. It was attended by 200 delegates from Iraqi unions in 15 of 18 provinces, as well as 15 international delegates. This is an edited-for-English version of a video produced by Sana TV in Japan.

-Gaza Protest in Waset, Iraq. Here is a unique glimpse into a street demonstration in Iraq, as it protests the Israeli attacks on Gaza earlier this year.

The demonstration, organized by Iraq Freedom Congress (a political organization in Iraq (www.ifcongress.com/English), marches to the headquarters of a local politician ("Manager of the Azizya Court") and presents it demands. This is an edited-for-English version of a video produced by Sana TV, which is a production of Iraq Freedom Congress.

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Labor Beat: International Labor Issues / Anti-War {LB003} –n–

This tape explores labor’s larger role in international issues like the peace movement. It includes a video poem by autoworker Vincent Pollard with authentic Taiko music, called Distant Thunder, Unseen Lightning.

There is footage of the South African sympathy strike with New Jersey 3M workers, with Amon Msane; an interview with South African poet and activist Dennis Brutus at the Haymarket Commemoration in 1986; and footage of British coal miners on strike.

A look at international solidarity and at labor’s role in issues that go far beyond the workplace.

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Labor Beat: International Remarks On U.S. Founding Its Labor Party {LB246}

International Remarks on the Occasion of the Founding of the Labor Party. Speeches by: Jeremy Corbyn, Member of Parliament (Labor Party), England; and Francois Grandazzi, General Secretary, Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers Federation (CGT Force Ouvriere), France.

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Labor Beat: Interview with Rosaline Costa {LB104.}

An interview with Rosaline Costa, the human rights / women’s rights activist in Bangladesh.

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Labor Beat: Interview With Soviet Coal Miners {LB090} –n–

Interviews with Soviet coal miners, produced by KQEX in Pittsburgh.

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Labor Beat: Iraqi Journalists Protest {LB597}

In 2009 a big demonstration of journalists and news organizations in Iraq took place in Baghdad. They were protesting the repressive measures that the government and the occupation has imposed upon them.

Over the years of the occupation, many journalists have been physically attacked or even killed, while their equipment has been confiscated and their offices invaded. At the same time, foreign western journalists have been given preferential treatment.

All of this may explain why U.S. TV news consumers are getting a highly filtered view of what is really happening there.

This video was made by Sana TV, a non-sectarian, pro-labor, pro-women’s and student’s rights TV show. Sana TV has also experienced such repression as it has tried over the years to accurately report on events there as they affect working people.

Labor Beat presents this video for the first time to U.S. audiences, on cable tv and on the Internet. It has been edited to shorten its length. English subtitles.

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Labor Beat: Iraqi Labor Leaders Speak-Chicago, June 17, 2005 {LB477}

Iraqi Labor Leaders Speak-UNITE Hall, Chicago, June 17, 2005

It was an historic event for Chicago labor when two representatives Falah Awan, President Federation of Workers Councils and Unions of Iraq, and Amjad Al-Jawhary Representative for FWCUI in North America discussed the effects of the U.S. occupation and their struggle to establish a way forward for Iraqi workers and unemployed in the face of the reactionary policies of the puppet government, and the FWCUI’s call for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. Troops. Noel Beasley, International Vice President of UNITE HERE, provides an introduction.

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Japanese peace activists listen to IVAW testimonials. Photo: Iraq Peace TV in Japan.

Labor Beat: Iraq Veterans Against the War Talks to Japan {LB625}

Over a year ago, a group of Iraq Veterans Against the War toured Japan to discuss their experiences -- why they became opposed to the war, and what the IVAW was doing in its campaign to stop the war.

This documentary (produced by Iraq Peace TV in Japan) is shown in an edited-down version for Labor Beat’s time slot, and is in English.

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Labor Beat: Iraq War Protest Joins Dockers Strike Picket {LB518}

Thousands of War Protesters in San Francisco (Jan. 27, 2007) joined the Longshoremen picket line at a ferry boat company which takes tourists to Alcatraz Island.

The edited video initially explains through interviews with union pilots and crew what their strike is about, then highlights key labor and anti-war speeches connecting the illegal Iraq war with the domestic war against working people.

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Labor Beat: The Iraq War's Impact on Working People Hearing {LB413}

Highlight of speeches from a December 2002 Town Hall Meeting at Teamster 705 Hall in Chicago, "How Would A War With Iraq Impact U.S. Working People", sponsored by Jobs With Justice and Coalition for New Priorities

"How Would A War With Iraq Impact U.S. Working People?" Highlights of speeches from a December 2002 Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by Jobs With Justice and Coalition for New Priorities.

Speakers included: Denise Dixon (President, Chicago ACORN) Jesus Garcia (Executive Director, LVCDC, former State Senator) Kat McClellan (Co-President, GEO, IFT/AFT, AFL-CIO) Tim Yeager (Financial Secretary/Treasurer, NOLSW/UAW Local 2320) Rebecca Hanscom (Business Representative, Teamsters Local 738).

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Labor Beat: Islam and Labor {LB404}

Excerpts of speakers from "Islam and Labor: Forging Partnerships Conference" held on Aug. 15, 2002, Chicago, IL

Speakers: Imam Mahdi Bray, MAS Freedom Foundation Rod Bashir, VP SEIU Local 1; Muslim American Society-Chicago Katherine Bissell, Chicago Interfaith Committee on Worker Issues Atty. Kamron Memron, The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago

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Labor Beat: It Could Have Been Won {LB236}

In January of 1996 the Madison, WI UPIU Local 1202 hosted a forum to discuss the role of the United Paperworkers International Union and the AFL-CIO in the narrow vote of Decatur UPIU Local 7837 to accept A.E. Staley’s contract offer.

The title is "It Could Have Been Won" because all of the speakers featured felt it was a battle that was winnable, if the International and the AFL-CIO had been committed to the struggle.

Speakers featured include: John Vellardita, Pres. UPIU 1202; Dave Watts, former Pres. UPIU 7837; Gary Lamb, Vice-Pres. UPIU 7837; Dick Schable, Staley worker; Mike Griffin, "Road-Warrior" coordinator; and comment from the floor by Jack Spiegel, retired ACTWU officer. The forum marks a key episode in the history of the labor battles in the Decatur "War Zone."

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Labor Beat: It's A Done Deal: CPS vs Community / Picketing the Monarch Ball / Mouseland {LB545}

Three segments.

- 1: It’s a Done Deal. Despite broad protests from the affected communities throughout the city, the Chicago School Board closed 18 schools in March, 2008.

- 2: Picketing the Monarch Ball. Nurses at Chicago’s Resurrection Health Care hospital conduct an informational picket on Feb. 29, 2008 at the Hilton hotel to protest intimidation by management of nurses trying to organize AFSCME. Picket scenes and interview with Kelly Beringer, RN. More info: www.reformresurrection.org.

- 3: Mouseland. "It’s a story about Mouseland" But it may be about a lot more. In Mouseland the mice elect only cats, until one little mouse has an idea. Low budget animation created by NDP in Canada. If you haven’t seen it before, you’re in for a treat.

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Labor Beat: It's the Real Death Squad Thing - Coca-Cola and Colombia {LB428}

The campaign to expose Death Squads and Coca-Cola’s role in suppressing trade unionists in Colombia. With scenes from Colombia Solidarity Committee actions in Chicago, and an extensive interview with a Coke worker who escaped the death squad.

Featuring an interview with Colombian Coca-Cola worker Luis Adolfo Cardona and his account of escaping Colombian death squads, this show presents the Chicago-area campaign to expose the real plans behind Washington’s Plan Colombia and the attacks on Colombian trade unionists. Includes actions at a Chicago area Coke plant and interviews with Tom Burke (Colombia Solidarity Committee).

Luis Adolpho Cardona was brought to the U.S. by the AFL-CIO to protect him from Colombian death squads after him for his militancy as a Coca-Cola worker. The Colombia Solidarity Committee in Chicago has taken up his defense, and has organized numerous protest actions.

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Labor Beat: Its time / Record of Repression {LB396} –n–

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Labor Beat: IVAW - A Step for Tomorrow {LB631}

In March 2011 two Japanese videographers came to Chicago to make a documentary about Iraq Veterans Against the War.

A main focus of their piece was Aaron Hughes, an internationally traveled veteran of the Iraq war who is dedicated to reaching the public with the anti-war message, and in the process using his own artistic talents to carry that out.

While the videographers were here, the historic Madison labor protest took place. The IVAW went up to the capitol rotunda there to join in support, and the documentarists from Mabui Cine-Coop in Osaka went up there with them. Here is the documentary they made -- English version, and shortened to fit Labor Beat’s 28-min length.

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Labor Beat: Janitors Election Protest / Under the Shadow of the Tower {LB237} –n–

Janitors election protest. Some 300 SEIU Local 27 members seek to attend their union meeting, Feb. 12, 1996 to protest the union president’s firing of elected union officials who have criticized him. They are refused entry. 7 minutes.

"Under the Shadow of the Tower." A documentary on organizing campus workers and janitors at Cornell University.

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Labor Beat: Janitors for Justice {LB043} –n–

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Labor Beat: Jerry Tucker on the Cat Strike {LB140.}

Jerry Tucker, former UAW Region 5 Director, opponent to Owen Bieber for UAW President, analyzes the recent Caterpillar strike.

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Labor Beat: The Jewish Cultural Club {LB187.}

Retired Jewish unionists and activists recall moments of building unions in the ’20s and ’30s; Yiddish poem; escaping Nazis in Poland. A glimpse into an compelling history.

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Labor Beat: Joliet Nurses Story {LB176.}

Combines the programs "Support the Nurses" and "A Moral Issue" to document the different stages in a successful strike by nurses at St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet, Illinois. Produced with the Illinois Nurses Association.

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Labor Beat: Journey of the Neptune Jade {LB488} –n–

A victory using the Internet. Produced by Labor Video Project of San Francisco.

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Labor Beat: Justice Delayed, Justice Denied {LB225} –n–

Update on problems with the National Labor Relations Board. A focus on Hudson Stores’ treatment of their workers. Produced by the University of Minnesota’s Labor Education Department.

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Labor Beat: Justice on the Table {LB429} –n–

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Labor Beat: Just Stand In The Squares / Workers Rights Board {LB395}

(1) "Just Stand in the Squares" Canadian labor educator D’Arcy Martin (author of "Thinking Union") presents a creative dramatization of economic class divisions, using audience participation, at an event sponsored by Chicago Center for Working Class Studies. Picture: www.chicago.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=10392.

2) "Workers Rights Board" Highlights from testimonies at the April 6, 2002 Workers Rights Board hearings at IBEW 134 Hall in Chicago, focusing on the effects of economic crisis on the working class.

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Labor Beat: Kartemquin Films Retrospective - Part 1 of 2 {LB047} –n–

Labor Beat host Warren Leming interviews Kartemquin Film’s representative Peter Kuttner about this award-winning independent film collective’s development in the past decade. A look from the inside at the Chicago-based film group, which has produced such nationally recognized labor-oriented films as "The Last Pullman Car". Numerous clips from Kartemquin films are shown including a segment from their work, Golub. Part 1 of 2.

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Labor Beat: Kartemquin Films Retrospective - Part 2 of 2 {LB048} –n–

Part 2 of 2. Cf. description with Part 1.

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Labor Beat: Keep Stewart Warner Open {LB033} –n–

The Stewart Warner plant in Chicago has seen a gradual depletion of its employees over the past three years. In an effort to keep the plant open S.W. workers organized a community based coalition to pressure the company to stay in Chicago. This program documents one of their rallies, featuring a speech by Jesse Jackson.

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Labor Beat: The Kelber Candidacy at the AFL-CIO Convention / Labor Media Today {LB480}

Why is Harry Kelber’s presence at the AFL-CIO Convention such a burr in the saddle to the so-called "labor leaders" of today? Why do they feel such a threat from this 91 year old, 72 year union member? What possibly could bother them about him?

Simply, he tells the Truth about not-so-"organized" labor.

While the AFL-CIO was squabbling and splitting, Harry was running his own campaign for election to the Executive Council. He had a plan and he challenged the status quo. Funny thing is, the Communications Workers didn’t report Harry as member to the AFL-CIO, while Harry had a letter from his local stating his dues paid up through the end of the year. These underhanded tactics Harry has dealt with for years.

An agreement was made to allow him to speak on the floor to the delegates and forestall an open election process, his being the only effort of democratic action at the conclave. His statements are strong, to the point, and he gained a standing ovation for his efforts. Were the "leaders" listening? All union people would do well to heed his wisdom.

Labor Beat has produced an 18 minute segment with Harry’s campaign rhetoric, Richard Trumka’s denial of his candidacy, and his speech to the convention delegates in its entirety.



This video also contains a short, 10-min. segment with rank-and-file labor media producers (Jerry Mead, Wes Brain, and Steve Zeltzer) discussing the crisis in the AFL-CIO, with an emphasis on labor’s lack of a serious media strategy. Taping took place on eve of Convention during Jerry Mead’s Labor Express radio show (www.laborexpress.org).

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Labor Beat: Korea Labor Struggles {LB393} –n–

"Face Off," a dramatic documentary covering powerful upsurge and resistance by Korean labor movement to government’s IMF-type policies, spanning recent decade up to most recent events. Produced by talented Korean labor documentarist Myoung-Joon Kim. An excellent survey of recent labor history in Korea.

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Labor Beat: Labor and The Anti-War Movement {LB496}

Labor Beat looks at the March 18, 2006 anti-war protest in Chicago and the state of organize labor’s activities against the war, locally and nationally.

Carl Rosen, President UE District 11, discusses the growth of US Labor Against the War and its current activities. Steve Edwards, President AFSCME 2858, discusses the need for labor’s political independence in fighting the war. Bill Davis, President IAM 701, and other labor activists are also interviewed. Lots of footage of the march.

NOTE: A broadband connection and Google’s free player are needed to view internet videos posted on Google!

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Labor Beat: Labor and the Ballot Box / Mouseland {LB044.}

Discussion with Socialist Action’s Tina Beacock, union activist Greg Gibbs, and Labor Beat’s Larry Duncan. Examines Harold Washington’s mayoral campaign, Jesse Jackson’s strategy for Labor and the idea of a Labor Party.

Also, the effective short "Mouseland" produced by thr British Columbian section of the Canadian New Democratic Party.

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Labor Beat: Labor and the Media {LB001}

An analysis and understanding of the increasingly crucial role of media has been labor’s ongoing "blindspot." The tape (portions of which are part of a larger analysis made for the ACTWU Midwest Regional Conference) examines the history of media and its impact on organized labor.

The role of television, the corporate strategies behind TV presentation and its influence on public perceptions of the labor movement are analyzed through a studio discussion with Virginia Beckett, UAW-UE Local 1154, Ed Disch of the Communication Workers of America and Wayne Heimbach of Committee for Labor Access, and a video essay with Warren Lemming. The essay is intercut with images from commercial TV.

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Labor Beat: Labor and the New Imperialism {LB421}

Chicago area labor representatives discuss the Iraq invasion and its effects on unions, workers, and workers-as-soldiers and veterans. Highlights from recent Chicago Labor Against the War forum.

Excerpts from a March 28, 2003 forum sponsored by Chicago Labor Against the War. Speakers include James Thwinda (Chicago Jobs with Justice), Katie Jordan (Chicago CLUW), Mark Postilion (Rec. Sec. IBT 705), Chythia Rodriguez (VP SIEU 73), Steve Edwards (Pres, AFSCME 2858), Barry Romo (former National Coordinator VVAW), Pat Cronin (Cent. Dist. Mgr. UNITE).

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Labor Beat: Labor and South Africa {LB076+}

Studio discussion with members of the Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid, UAW, and Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.

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Labor Beat: Labor Beat Retrospective {LB022}

Producers from the Committee for Labor Access discuss their first four Labor Beat programs. A good introduction to the work of the Committee, and to some of the people who started it. Hosted by Warren Leming. Includesg interviews with Labor Beat producers Wayne Heimbach and Larry Duncan; and features clips from the Labor Beat shows.

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Labor Beat: Labor Days on Labor Day {LB100.} –n–

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Labor Beat: Laborers Union Report {LB152} –n–

A Laborers International Union video about their activities.

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Labor Beat: Labor Meets Challenging Times {LB002}

Tribune strikers speak out--from the picket line. A detailed worker analysis of the Chicago Tribune strike tactics. Topics include the newspaper’s corporate strategy, scab schools, and the national import of the strike. Strikers are seen on the line, at a May Day-Haymarket rally in front of the Tribune Tower, and at a rally which drew 18,000 union members (on Jan. 4, 1986) in support of the strike outside the Tribune’s "Freedom Center." Intensive view of a strike and the historical issues which it brings into focus.

The tape touches on Reagan’s policies and labor-baiting ploys by his administration with a segment from the Changing Tactics for Challenging Times public forum which was held in May, 1986, with Jim Guyette (P-9).

The tape also includes a sample from the Deep Dish TV (satellite network series) organized by N.Y. public access group, Paper Tiger, labor producers show.

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Labor Beat: Labor Memories {LB314} –n–

- "Out of This Furnace, A Walking Tour." Views of turn-of-the-century through 1940, and current Braddock, PA, with readings from Thomas Bell’s famous novel about 3 generations of Slavic steelworkers until workers organized. Developed by Dave Demarest, (c) 1990. 19:09 mins. Not by CLA. Was also in LB155.

DVD ..36H06 is of the LB office stack.

27:30 TRT all segments: - LB Openner v2 logo zooms in and fades 60 sec total - Walking Tour - "Flying Squad Song", 1939 Auto caravans support UAW-CIO picket lines. 205 sec? - Marchin’ In the Streets music video by Voices of Solidarity and LB. This day =?/?/1997 Postable as a separate music video, PSA? 4:28 min.

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Labor Beat: The Labor Movement After the Bush Era {LB561}

The 2008 election and the prospect of the upcoming exit of the Bush administration created a lot of discussion within the labor movement and among its allies about what is on the horizon for the working class.

In October, 2008 a forum was held in Chicago which represented a current within this debate, and Labor Beat presents a sampling of those speakers.

Here are David Moberg, Senior Editor, In These Times; Richard Berg, President, Teamsters Local 743; and Bill Fletcher, Jr., Past President of Trans Africa Forum and Education Director and Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO. This forum was organized by In These Times and Chicago Democratic Socialists of America.

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Labor Beat: Labor Music / Mumia {LB}

1. A segment on Utah Phillips by Labor Beat’s Marty Conlisk; and a music video by The Strike. 16 minutes total.

2. Street theater action staged by the Chicago Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, which ridiculed 20/20 correspondent Sam Donaldson for his snuff journalism on Mumia’s case.

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Labor Beat: The Labor Notes Conference 1989 and The Labor Party {LB088.}

The 1989 Labor Notes Conference in Detroit focused on the Labor Party question. Sections of the speeches of Tony Mazzocchi of the OCAW, and the keynote speech of Victor Reuther, dealing with why labor needs its own political party. Also interviews with candidates who ran on an independent labor party election in Michigan, who were at the conference.

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Labor Beat: Labor Party Convention '96 -- History in the Making {LB248}

The historic founding convention of the Labor Party in 1996 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Labor Beat: Labor Protests City Hall / Stealth Pollution / Insult to Injury / Teachers at SOA {LB438}

1. "Chicago Federation of Labor Protests Against City Hall at Teamsters Local 705." Dennis Gannon, president of Chicago Federation of Labor, was fired up. It was an historic event, with the CFL openly berating Mayor Daley for his ramming down job cuts for city workers. If you couldn’t get down to Teamsters 705 hall earlier this month to see the big, angry CFL rally, you can watch it on New Years Day on Labor Beat. We hope the CFL’s new militancy is a sign of things to come, and we think it’s the best way to start the new year...fighting mad.

2. A 6-minute piece by Thomas Yun (CIMC producer) on some stealth pollution at midnight in Pilsen.

3. "Insult to Injury" A new video by SEIU about Advocate Health Care and how working families are hounded for medical bills.

4. "Chicago Teachers at School of the Americas Protest in Georgia" Interviews with CTU members who attended a 2004 protest against the SOA, and who draw the connection between that protest and the situation in Chicago’s public school classrooms.

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Labor Beat: Labor Rally in Columbus, Ohio {LB234} –n–

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Labor Beat: Labor's Voices Against the War {LB397}

New York City Labor Against The War and other union activists at the Washington D.C. April 20, 2002 demonstrations against Bush’s war. Picture: www.chicago.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=10878.

Also, Bill Fletcher, former assistant to AFL-CIO Pres. Sweeney, talking about AFL-CIO’s reaction to 9/11. Picture: www.chicago.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=10837.

And an interview with Israili refusenik

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Labor Beat: Labor's Voices Against the War {LB397}

NYCLAW and other union activists at Washington, D.C. April 20, 2002, demonstration against Bush’s war.

Also, Bill Fletcher, former assistant to AFL-CIO Pres. Sweeney, talking about AFL-CIO’s reaction to 9/11. At a Spring 2002 Chicago Metro Labor Party Dinner.

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Labor Beat: LaborVision in the War Zone {LB182} –n–

How the LaborVision group of St. Louis sets up for and then covers a huge rally for the Staley workers in Decatur, Illinois. A behind-the-scenes look at labor video. Then highlights of the Nov. 6, 1993 rally.

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Labor Beat: Labor Welcomes Mandela To Chicago {LB184} –n–

This program documents Nelson Mandela’s Chicago airport arrival and tour of area organizations--then highlights his speech to unions

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Labor Beat: Labor Welcomes Nelson Mandela {LB096.}

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Labor Beat: La Casita Visits the Alderman / Karen Lewis at Daley Plaza Rally for Public Education / GEMNYC Protests 'Waiting for Superman' {LB609}

- 1. La Casita Visits the Alderman

In the month since Whittier Public School parents occupied a field house in their school lot, much has happened. Chicago Public Schools head Ron Huberman, who pushed to have the field house (now dubbed "La Casita") demolished to make way for a charter school development, has let it be know he would be leaving his post when Daley exits as Mayor early next year.

Following mounting frustrations with fictitious "support" from their local alderman, this video documents a march from the occupied field house (turned into a library by the parents and community) to the offices of Alderman Danny Solis.

Following their protest, La Casita leaders have received signals that Solis has changed his tune. On the national battlefield to defend the public sector, this important struggle in an Hispanic neighborhood in Chicago shows the working class beginning to take control in a clearly concrete way. 13:20.

- 2. Karen Lewis at Daley Plaza Rally for Public Education

On Sept. 21, 2010 a spirited rally of some 500 teachers, community organizations and students was held in Daley Plaza, just across the street from Chicago’s City Hall. The rally protested the ongoing plundering of public education being led by City Hall, CPS head Ron Huberman, and corporate Chicago which gives them their orders.

"Our communities are not for sale," Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis told the crowd. "You cannot destroy communities one by one through neglect, through under-funding, under-resourcing and then punish those very communities and say ’you’re not living up to standards’. No, you’re [pointing to City Hall] not living up to standards!"

- 3. GEMNYC Protests Waiting for Superman

In New York, the Grassroots Education Movement (GEMNYC) responds to "Waiting For Superman". They did this action outside a movie theatre near Lincoln Center when the film opened in New York City on September 24th, 2010. An independent video by Darren Marelli.

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Labor Beat: La Causa Vive / Dont Shop Delray / Anti-War Demo {LB320}

Three events in Chicago important to working people:

"La Causa Vive!" The United Farmworkers commemorates the birthday of the late Cesar Chavez and kicks off its new campaign to support Strawberry workers. Events take place in Chicago’s Mexican community of Pilsen, culminating with a march on April 24. With music by folksinger Jesus ’Chuy’ Negrete.

"Don’t Shop Delray Farm Stores." The UFCW is urging the public to boycott Delray Farm Stores. Interview with James Carter, Director of Organizing at UFCW 881, during leafleting at a Chicago area Delray store.

"Anti-War Demo on Michigan Ave." Hundreds of people protested April 26, 1999, on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, against the NATO bombing and killing of civilians. Here is your chance to hear what they are saying, because the Pentagon News Network (CNN) is not giving you this information. Shows the growing opposition among Chicagoans to Clinton’s dangerous, illegal war against the workers of Yugoslavia.

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Labor Beat: LA Grocery Workers Battle For Healthcare {LB440} –n–

This 28-minute show illuminates the reason over 70,000 Southern California grocery clerks were locked out or on strike in January 2004. Included are interviews with the strikers, leaders of the ILWU and other unions as well as Bill Lockyer, the Attorney General of California. (The tape is available for $25 from The Labor Video Project, P.O. Box 425584, San Francisco, CA 94142.)

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Labor Beat: La Marcha Por La Vida {LB155B} –n–

The struggle against privatization of the mines and the IMF in Bolivia.

Plus, a short on the Free Trade Agreement.

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Labor Beat: La Mode and Other Stories {LB095.}

An International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) demonstration at a golf tournament against LaMode Sportswear.

Also, shorts on a Greyhound bus strike; a United Farm Workers (UFW) / Caesar Chavez rally in Chicago’s Loop; Cook County pharmacists; Pico-Korea issue news; and layoffs at a brokerage firm.

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Labor Beat: Laugh at Your Boss / NABET Vs. ABC {LB284}

"Laugh at Your Boss." Hang out with the team of Gary Huck and Mike Konopacki, probably the best known labor cartoonists in the country. Get inside their heads as they talk about (and show) their work. A traveling exhibit of labor cartoonists from around the world, cartoon animations, and discussions with other labor artists.

"Bummer in Fantasyland." NABET Vs, ABC. Shows you a world behind the scenes of Disney/ABC that you are not seeing when you watch Channel 7 news. ABC is forcing their employees to work without a contract. NABET has fought back with a strike during a recent golf tournament, and we show entertaining footage of NABET ’merry pranksters’ who visit ABC reporters while they’re broadcasting live. Watch a San Francisco ABC reporter get mad and chase around a NABET supporter who holds a sign up during his report.

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Labor Beat: Lea..usurpcd {LB386} –n–

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Labor Beat: Let's Fix Chicago's Public Transit! {LB588}

Chicago public transit riders and workers have become fed up with perennial funding crises that translate into service cuts and attacks on working conditions and jobs.

There needs to be a different, positive solution with adequate funding, and transit riders and workers need to control the process and the system.

With Mike Pitula, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization; and Erek Slater, CTA Bus Driver. Also Elwood Flowers, ATU 308; Carlos Acevedo, ATU 241; Dan Hrycyk, Financial Sec., ATU 241; Heather Benno, NoCTAcuts.org.

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Labor Beat: A Line In The Sand {LB160} –n–

Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union Local 17 win a victory at the Normandy Hotel in Minneapolis.

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Labor Beat: Linking Global with Local: Labor and the U.N. Conference on Women {LB244} –n–

Labor, women, and the U.N. Conference on Womwn (Beijing, 1997). Panel discussion with China footage. Produced by Labor X (www.ashp.cuny/Laborx.html).

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Labor Beat: Living Labor History / Molly West {LB316} –n–

Living Labor History. A tightly edited video essay by NABET 41 member John Winkler, as he relates the recent ABC lockout, PATCO and other contemporary labor disputes to events in Labor’s past, pointing to trends and common issues.

Molly West. An oral history interview with Molly West, who is an Exec. Bd. member of Chicago Typographical Union Local 16 (Haymarket Square martyr Albert Parson’s local). Molly recalls her life as an activist and her personal experience of the notorious Memorial Day Massacre.

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Labor Beat: Living Wage Buzz Off Show / Laugh at Your Boss {LB539}

1. "Living Wage Buzz Off Show" A short satire created by Rockford-area union activists underlining the need for a living wage as opposed to a minimum wage.

2. "Laugh at Your Boss." Hang out with the team of Gary Huck and Mike Konopacki, the best known labor cartoonists in the country. Monitor their heads as they talk about (and show) their work.

Includes a traveling exhibit of labor cartoonists from around the world, cartoon animations, and discussions with other labor artists, such as Mike Alewitz. A Labor Beat favorite, made in 1998.

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Labor Beat: Lockout 484 {LB482} –n–

Workers in Meredosia Illinois are battling a very profitable transnational chemical company, Celanese, which locked them out after demanding as much as a 33% wage cut and reduced health care benefits.

Celanese hired Special Response Corporation, a security agency that is a leading anti-union force in the country. SRC constantly films workers not only at the picket line but in their homes. The Morgan County police department is paid $70.00 an hour to respond to calls and has told workers that they are watching them as well.

’Lockout 484’ is a moving account of workers’ attempts to build solidarity to confront Celanese. Visit www.lockout484.org.

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Labor Beat: Lords of the Press {LB258} –n–

The background and some episodes in the protracted Detroit newspaper strike. Produced by Peoples Video Network.

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Labor Beat: M.A.B. Strike / Robert Irminger {LB309.} –n–

MAB Strike. Teamsters in the Philadelphia area on the street and on the picket line talk frankly about their boss and why we need a labor party. Style and atmosphere play a big role in this brilliant minimalist piece where the street conversation around the picket shack becomes a powerful general statement on the affairs of working people under today’s conditions.

Victory in the PMA Suit. Once the target of a lawsuit by the Pacific Maritime Association, Robert Irminger, head of Inland Boatmans Association, talks about the case and its relation to lockout of Liverpool Dockers. PMA, due to public pressure, dropped the suit.

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Labor Beat: The Many Faces of Paper {LB068+} –n–

Jaye, Maine paperworkers strike for decent wages and working conditions, and question the role of their union.

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Labor Beat: March 20, 2004 Chicago Protest / FTAA Miami {LB445}

"March 20 Chicago Protest." and "FTAA/Miami Nov. 2003."

"March 20 Chicago Protest." Labor Beat covered the March 20, 2004 demonstrations in Chicago against the Occupation of Iraq and other countries. Labor interviews with Bill Davis (new Pres IAM 701); Tom Burke (SEIU 73); Jerry Tucker (former UAW Exec Bd member); Andy Thayer (one of protest organizers); others.

Covers the November 2003 FTAA Miami protest, with scenes of police excesses and exclusive footage of John Sweeney (Pres. AFL-CIO) talk at Convergence Center.

[For a one page .pdf format flyer, www.laborbeat.org/3/lbchimiami.pdf’.]

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Labor Beat: March for Justice {LB210} –n–

The march from the Decatur, Illinois, War Zone to Springfield. Arrests at the state capitol. Covered by LaborVision.

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Labor Beat: Marchin' in the Streets: Action! Motown '97 {LB274}

The giant Action! Motown ’97 march and day of action on June 21, 1997.

The big march, the great river of 100,000 union members and supporters bursting the streets of downtown Detroit to show their support of the locked-out newspaper workers.

Action footage, interviews, and narration provide additional background: The early mass picketing, the rank-and-file appeal to the AFL-CIO to have the march, the campaign to build Motown ’97. The press conference on the NLRB decision given on the eve of the big day. The two spirited action events the day of the march. Organized protests at the Sterling Heights police department and at the Gross Pointe Farms home of Detroit News CEO Frank Vega. And, of course, the big march itself, bringing together footage from four Labor Beat cameras.

The workers can and do build big actions. The labor movement is very much alive and in the streets. And the battle of the Detroit newspaper strike goes on. This show was presented on Chicago PBS in August, 1997.

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Labor Beat: March on the RNC {LB558}

The protest at the 2008 Republican National Convention (RNC), largely ignored by the big media.

The mass march from the Minnesota State Capitol toward Xcel Center, site of the Republican National Convention.

Scenes from the march, showing the enormous police presence, and speeches, as activists from around the country protest the policies of the Bush administration (and the US Government), amid rising repression against freedom of speech.

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Labor Beat: Market Driven Education {LB288.}

A speakout of Chicago area union teachers on the growing influence of corporations on public education.

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Mass Jan. 2, 2009 rally for Gaza at Israeli consulate. Photo: Labor Beat. Republic Workers protest at Bank of America. Photo: Labor Beat.
Moment of victory inside Republic Windows. Photo: Labor Beat. Anti-bigotry action. Photo: Labor Beat.

Labor Beat: Mass Chicago Rally For Gaza / Republic Workers / Confronting Bigots {LB564}

Mass Chicago Rally for Gaza, And 3 Other Segments

- 1: Mass Chicago Rally for Gaza.

On January 2, 2009, some 4,000 supporters of the people of Gaza rallied at Tribune Plaza on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue and then marched across the Michigan Ave. Bridge to hold a protest in front of the Israeli Consulate on E. Wacker Drive.

They could not fit everyone into the cleared street on the block in front of the Consulate, so huge was the demonstration. Scenes and speeches. 4 minutes.

- 2: Republic Workers Protest at Bank of America

Scenes and interviews from the powerful workers’ protest at Bank of America Center in Chicago’s financial district on Dec. 10, 2008.

This protest represented a culmination of labor and community support of the members of UE Local 1110 who decided to occupy the Republic Windows and Doors plant because they were being laid off without legal notice or severance.

- 3: "Workers Republic" Excerpts

When the workers at Republic Windows and Doors were notified their factory would close in three days, they took matters into their own hands. The union work force seized control of the factory for 6 days to demand the severance they are owed by law.

On the sixth day of their occupation, they won all their demands, and showed the world’s working class a classic example of people power (something not seen in the USA for decades).

This is a 9-minute excerpt from the soon-to-be-released full 30-minute episode, "Workers’ Republic."

- 4: Confronting the Bigots of the Westboro Baptist "Church"

On December 13, 2008, activists in Chicago’s "Boys Town" neighborhood confronted the notorious bigots from the Kansas Westboro Baptist "Church." Fred Phelps and his followers have been picketing the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq, saying God hates America for its tolerance of homosexuals. His vile posters often include "Fags Die, God Laughs," and other such hate mongering.

When activists for LGBT Equal Marriage rights heard Phelps would soon protest their community center, they organized to shut down his message of hatred. Produced by Andrew Friend of Labor Beat.

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Labor Beat: May Day Seattle {LB425} –n–

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Labor Beat: May Day Weekend 2011 / Free Bahrain -- Chicago Rally / Stop CCC New District Policies - Press Conference {LB624}

1. May Day Weekend

Since May 1, 2011 fell on a Sunday, May Day activities in Chicago spread across the whole weekend. We cover here several of those events: a reenactment of the Haymarket Square tragedy at the location it took place (Randolph and Desplaines) back in 1886; a labor protest at a Wal-Mart store near the cemetery of the Haymarket monument, which then marches to the cemetery; selected scenes from rededication of Haymarket Martyrs monument at Forest Home cemetery in Chicago suburb; a march of rank-and-file workers from Union Park in Chicago to a predominantly Mexican neighborhood (Pilsen) on the South Side.

2. Free Bahrain - Chicago Rally

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Chicago’s Daley Plaza on April 29, 2011 to demand an end to the oppression of the people of Bahrain "at the hands of the Bahraini military and the security forces provided by other states of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)." The action was heavily attended by representatives from Chicago area Muslim communities..

3. Stop CCC New District Policies - Press Conference

Excerpts from May 6, 2011 press conference in front of Mayor’s office opposing CCC administration’s so-called "reinvention" of programs. Speakers: Jokari Miller, Student at Malcom X and District Student Government Association Council Parliamentarian; Vivian Moreno, Student at Wright College and member of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS); Theodore Fabriek, Student at Kennedy-King College and District President of the Student Government Association.

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Labor Beat: Meeting The Challenge {LB189.} –n–

The Meeting The Challenge conference in Minneapolis is seen through the eyes of Chicago labor activist Steve Ashby. Tough speeches, interviews, and location footage.

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Labor Beat: Mexican Auto Workers--The True Story {LB175} –n–

Mexican auto workers protest conditions at a General Motors plant and are brutally put down. Shows the Mexican government’s role in keeping workers down. A useful video in the Free Trade debate.

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Labor Beat: Mexican Free Trade {LB117} –n–

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Labor Beat: The Miami Model {LB459}

Miami action was a model for ...

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Labor Beat: Michael and Studs Sicko Rally, Chicago 6/23 {LB528}

Michael Moore speaks at the "Sicko" rally for National Health Care in Chicago, June 23, 2007. Mike is introduced by Studs Terkel.

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Labor Beat: Michael Moore Interview {LB086.} –n–

Michael Moore, creator of the popular film "Roger and Me" is interviewed while in Detroit, promoting his movie. Conducted in a quiet, relaxed atmosphere by Canadian labor-video producer Jim Brophy, the interview delves into "Roger and Me" and the class issues of the film, taking a direction corporate television talk shows would have been uncomfortable with. Touches on the UAW’s (Owen Bieber) reaction to the film.

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Labor Beat: Michigan Avenue Sitdown / Albany Park Day Laborers {LB432}

1. Michigan Avenue Sitdown. Labor Day 2003 the hotel workers staged a protest in the rain at the Congress Hotel, and, according to HERE Local 1 President Henry Tamarin, for the first time in Chicago history, organized labor did civil disobedience. Heads of Chicago area unions sat down in the middle of Michigan Ave. and were arrested. Studs Terkel also showed up and made a speech.

2. Chicago Albany Park Day Laborers battle for a meeting place. This segment was produced by CIMC and Labor Beat producer Thomas Yun.

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Labor Beat: Million Worker March Kickoff Rally / In The Land of The Lesser Evil {LB453}

-1. Kickoff Rally for Million Worker March. The West Coast kickoff rally for the Million Worker March at ILWU Hall in San Francisco, featuring speeches of Brenda Stokely (Pres, AFSCME 215), Danny Glover (actor), Chris Silvera (Chair, National Teamsters Black Caucus).

-2. And for relief after watching coverage of the 2004 Democratic National Convention . . . The second segment of this show is Labor Beat’s popular "In The Land of The Lesser Evil". Marty Conlisk, IBEW 134 member, conducts a tour of the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. It was a little different view of the convention than you got from Tim Russert.

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Labor Beat: The Mineral Menace {LB060?} –n–

The hazards of asbestos to workers.

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Labor Beat: Miners' Songs and Solidarity {LB178} –n–

Bob Hercules’ video on British singer Billy Bragg’s solidarity tour for striking UMWA Pitston miners in West Virginia.

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Labor Beat: Miners Strike Freeman Coal / Daughters of Mother Jones {LB310.} –n–

Miners Strike Freeman Coal. A 1998 strike rally speech by United Mineworkers of America (UMWA) District 12 President Joe Angleton. Also, picketline scenes from the strike, which was against the Freeman Coal Company in central Illinois. (The miners would vote in late December to accept the proposed contract.)

Daughters of Mother Jones. An interview with two women miners, members of Daughters of Mother Jones.

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Labor Beat: Minnesota State Workers on Strike {LB383?} –n–

A new video about the State Workers of Minnesota who went on strike for benefits, pay and working conditions, despite the threats by Gov. Ventura to use national guard troops as scabs, and chiding by the media that this was somehow ’unpatriotic’ following the WTC attack. An important video document on labor defending its rights in the post 9/11 period. You may contact Howard Kling, hkling@csom.umn.edu, at Minnesota at Work for information on getting a copy.

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Labor Beat: A Moral Issue / Peabody Coal Strike {LB162}

Nurses at Joliet’s St. Joseph Hospital organize the Joliet Nurses Association, in spite of vicious union-busting attacks led by sophisticated outside consultants. (Also see CLA’s ’Support the Nurses.’)

Janitors protest layoffs at the Chicago federal building, with Service Emmployees International Union Local 25 members.

United Mine Workers strike against Peabody Coal.

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Labor Beat: A More Effective Imperial CEO {LB612}

Bruce Dixon, who runs a blog on the Black Agenda Report (blackagendareport.com), argues that the current Democrat in the White House has been able to foist upon the U.S. public policies that a Republican president wouldn’t have gotten away with.

Obama has proven to be a "more effective Imperial CEO" than his predecessor.

Since his inauguration, much of the anti-war movement has demobilized itself to avoid criticizing him, while Middle East colonial adventures deepen, including an expansion of the Afghanistan war.

Domestically, the White House has junked major campaign promises to fight for the Employee Free Choice Act or to pass real health care reform, yet he has bailed out Wall Street at the expense of Main Street, and thrown the UAW to the wolves in the GM intervention. All this while our national culture of prison incarceration keeps growing.

Dixon reminds us of similar failures to deliver from President Clinton in the 1990s. The Democrats, he points out, "are people proof and reform proof". Dixon calls for an independent, permanent political party to break from the Democrats. The presentation is intercut with scenes from the Oct. 16, 2010 anti-war march in Chicago and struggles over the years for health care reform, employee free choice legislation, defending the public sector, etc.

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Labor Beat: More Than Just A Job {LB0__}

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Labor Beat: Morrell Workers Story {LB034.} –n–

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 504 in Sioux Falls, SD, commissioned this tape to present their sympathy strike at a Morrell meatpacking plant in support of the strike at the Morrell plant in Sioux City, Iowa. Demands for concessions, hazardous plant conditions, and the company’s media blitz are taken on.

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Labor Beat: Moses Mayekiso Reports {LB165}

The wife of Moses Mayekiso, President of the South Africa Steelworkers Union, speaks to Chicago United Auto Workers Region Four. Taped by members of UAW Local 551.

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Labor Beat: Mother Jones America's Most Dangerous Woman {LB520}

Mother Jones labor leader story.

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Labor Beat: Mountainclimber #45 {LB208} –n–

How Caterpillar strikers are uniting their community in the strike against unfair labor practices.

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Labor Beat: Mountainclimber: The Cat Strike {LB199} –n–

Peoria United Auto Workers Local 974’s own cable series on the Caterpillar strike.

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Labor Beat: Movement to Halt The U.S. Gulf War {LB099}

The end of the Cold War does not mean the end of war crises. This tape looks at the Gulf War and discusses its implications for military budgets, for peace in the Middle East, and for the renewal of a U.S. peace movement. Interviews with members of Vietnam Veterans Against the War, American Friends Service Committee, the Palestinian community, and others. Scenes from a demonstration of 200 people in Chicago protesting recent U.S. actions in the Gulf. Documenting the early opposition in Chicago to the 1991 Gulf War.

Also, classes on workers’ handling of hazardous materials.

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Labor Beat: Multilateral Agreement on Investments, Part 1 of 2 {LB290?} –n–

It’s amazing how little the Multilateral Agreement on Investments (MAI) is being discussed, when one considers the enormity of what this treaty will mean.

The MAI is designed to remove restrictions on the movement of capital internationally. It would expand the rights of investors while drastically cutting back the democratic rights of sovereign nations, civil society, and working people. It would give investors the right to sue local and national governments over laws and regulations that interfere with their profits.

Vancouver, Canada’s top-notch labor tv series ’working tv’ (no caps) produced this two-part show featuring a presentation by Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians. Maude is an excellent public speaker, the production values of this show are great. The high-energy public meeting covered could have been in the U.S., since the treaty would affect workers on both side of the border.

Part 1 of 2.

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Labor Beat: Multilateral Agreement on Investments, Part 2 of 2 {LB291?} –n–

Cf. description with Part 1.

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Labor Beat: Music: The Soul of Struggle {LB166} –n–

Pete Seeger hosted this musical get-together with performances on old and new songs of struggle. Produced by Labor X in New York (www.ashp.cuny/Laborx.html).

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Labor Beat: National People's Summit {LB580}

Detroit, Michigan - While Automotive CEO’s meet at the Renniasance Center, the castaways of their previous 30 year policy appear at the front door.

Gregg Shotwell, Marion Cramer and Frank Hammer, among others, explain the economic situations that caused this present condition.

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Labor Beat: NATO vs The 1st Amendment {LB643}

This video shows the early stages of the growing Chicago movement against a newly minted extraordinary police powers ordinance (dubbed the "sit down and shut up" laws).

We go to one of the many actions around the city directed at Chicago aldermen who were about to vote on these new laws (designed by Democratic Party Mayor Emanuel to crush any dissent against the NATO/G8 summits he is hosting here in May).

Richard de Vries, Union Representative for IBT 705, tells a story about when he and Danny Solis were students at University of Illinois-Chicago campus back in the early 70s and they both participated in a student protest/occupation of the campus. If the ordinance under consideration (which now Alderman Solis finally approved of) were in effect then, "we wouldn’t even be on the street today."

We also visit the press conference at City Hall given by an impressive coalition of neighborhood and labor organizations on the eve of City Council committee meetings and final vote. The draconian measures, only marginally tweaked, passed overwhelmingly by the all-Democratic Party Council.

The video is also a useful primer on what NATO is and some of its criminal record, from the bombings of civilians in Yugoslavia in the late 90s to NATO’s recent killings of civilians in Libya and Afghanistan. In January of this year the Arab Organisation for Human Rights together with the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights announced that there is evidence that NATO has committed war crimes.

"My estimate: it’s Military Murder Inc.," states Rick Rozoff, manager of the Stop NATO web site, as he provides extensive background information.

Includes interviews and comments from numerous labor and community leaders.

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Labor Beat: The Navy Pier Pepsi Incident / Organize and Sing {LB222}

"The Navy Pier Pepsi Incident." Second City comics spoof the Pepsi and Staley corporations. If you were at Chicago’s Navy Pier on July 16, 1995, you might have been shocked to witness a brouhaha between "staff" from Pepsi-Cola and "locked out workers" from Staley. However, the entire melee was staged by actors from The Second City and Upright Citizens’ Brigade. Labor Beat cameras were there to witness this put-on.

"Organize and Sing." Labor songs and lively discussion about the role of music in the labor movement, all from the Midwest Labor Song Exchange.

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Labor Beat: Neal/MacLehrer News Hour Reality Simulation {LB128.} –n–

Spoof on The MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour, focusing on issues of homelessness and unemployment.

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Labor Beat: NEIU Strike / Million Worker March / Rally To Stop Ren 2010 / Pilsen Polluttion {LB463}

4 segments

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Labor Beat: Nelson Mandela at Plumbers Hall Chicago {LB171}

Mandela’s address to the Chicago labor movement. Sponsored by the Chicago Federation of Labor. Video coverage organized by Illinois Network Against Apartheid.

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Labor Beat: Newspaper Workers Protest NLRB {LB298} –n–

Locked-out Detroit newspaper workers protested U.S. National Labor Relations Board decisions in 1998.

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Labor Beat: The New York Daily News Strike 3 You're Out {LB109} –n–

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Labor Beat: NFL Players' Strike / Redevelopment Yes, West Side Stadium No {LB027.} –n–

"NFL Players’ Strike." A players’ union support rally at Soldier Field, and interviews with Chicago Bears’ players and others. "Redevelopment Yes, West Side Stadium No." Community reaction against plans to build the new football stadium on Chicago’s West Side, threatening to displace workers from their homes and neighborhood.

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Labor Beat: A Night in Detroit {LB228} –n–

Worker-police confrontation at night during the 1995 Detroit newspaper strike. Videographer Mike Dreiling’s dramatic and gutsy footage is featured. You’ll feel like you are there in person at the Riverside Plant after this 28-minute cinema verite trip into the real-world video noir nightmare of the class struggle in the streets of Detroit.

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Labor Beat: Nkosi Molala of AZAPO {LB174}

Nkosi Molala of the AZAPO and NACTU discusses how South African politics affect the workers.

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Labor Beat: The NLRB and Labor Law {LB173} –n–

A panel discussion on the nation’s labor laws, with labor leaders, labor historians, and a labor lawyer.

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Labor Beat: Noam Chomsky Speaks at Northwestern University {LB039.}

Central America was a main topic when noted political analyst and author, Noam Chomsky, spoke in Chicago. The Central American peace process and the role of the U.S. media in promoting disinformation regarding U.S. involvement in Central America.

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Labor Beat: Nobody Here But Us Chickens {LB348}

Kentucky workers picket the UAW itself, at its headquarters in Michigan. Demands to restore support for their strike would be successful. Produced by Labor Beat’s Marty Conlisk.

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Labor Beat: No Concessions - Madison / I'm Here from Wisconsin / IVAW at Wisconsin / Illinois Labor Supports Wisconsin {LB620}

A 4-segment show.

-1- No Concessions Emergency Meeting (at Madison Labor Temple). On Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 an emergency meeting of labor leaders and community activists took place at the Madison, WI Labor Temple to consider ways stop the attacks on workers and unions by placing the responsibility where it belongs, on Wall Street and the corporations. Includes Jim Cavanaugh, President of South Central Federation of Labor. The SCFL endorsed (it is not empowered to call) a General Strike. Watch at http://www.facebook.com/pages/LABOR-BEAT/167503422257.

-2- I’m Here from Wisconsin. In a piece of political theater, a speaker announces that the workers and students in the capitol rotunda are taking up a collection in a bucket to raise $140 million for the Governor’s budget, so he won’t have to go through all this ruinous legislation. Bagpipe march into capitol rotunda, and a contingent from Los Angeles shows up!

-3- IVAW at Madison: National Guard, Support the Workers! An historic moment in the anti-war movement in the U.S. On Feb. 26, 2011, at the center of a public workers uprising in Mid-America, Iraq Veterans Against the War drive home a key point: The wars abroad, and the money spent on them, have a direct relationship to the wars against American workers. Watch at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMnARsTdzPA.

-4- Illinois Labor Supports Wisconsin. From the Illinois side: Chicago area unionists travel up to a big solidarity rally in Madison, and talk about their experiences. Also, down in Springfield hundreds of union members rally at the state capital to show support for Wisconsin public workers, and quote some Abe Lincoln.

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Labor Beat: No Grapes {LB168} –n–

A new UFW video on the grape boycott. Plus a farmworkers rally in Chicago’s Loop.

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Labor Beat: No Mob Rule / Gerald Zero on the Teamsters {LB253} –n–

Two segments focusing on the Teamsters.

"No Mob Rule," produced by the IBT about their raucous September 1996 convention, looked towards Ron Carey’s November reelection bid against challenger Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. The dramatic 15 minutes takes you to the convention floor, and shows Hoffa delegates’ attempts to shout the convention to a halt.

Then, Chicago Teamster Local 705’s Secretary Treasurer Gerald Zero, who examined the issues raised by the election. Interviewed by Labor Beat’s Hilary Diamond.

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Labor Beat: No More Tiers Rally, To End Two-Tier & Stand in Solidarity {LB610} –n–

- No More Tiers Rally, To End Two-Tier & Stand in Solidarity.

In the wake of illegal negotiations by the UAW International without the consent of local memberships in Indianapolis, IN and Lake Orion, MI, union autoworkers from throughout the Midwest rallied outside "Solidarity House" (UAW Headquarters) in Detroit, MI on October 16, 2010.

Produced by Robert Mabbitt. For more info: http://soldiersofsolidarity.com. For DVD information contact: public.dee@gmail.com.

- Also a short segment Chicago Hilton Workers Strike. (The 3-day strike on 10/16/10 ).

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Labor Beat: No Peace, No Work! / Rally to Save Cook County Health Care {LB550} –n–

- 1. No Peace No Work! The Historic May Day 2008 Longshoremen’s Strike Against the War

On Mayday 2008 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) shut down all 26 ports on the west coast of the United States for at least eight hours in opposition to the US war against the people of Iraq.

So far as we know, there has never before been a strike of US workers to stop a war, making this action historically unprecedented.

Workers stayed off the job and in major port cities they marched, proud in their union jackets, with banners unfurled. Scenes and speeches from the port of Seattle.

"Longshoremen Strike Against the War" was produced by Pepperspray Productions. To get a dvd of this video, contact Pepperspray Productions, www.peppersprayproductions.org, pepperspray@mac.com.

2. Rally to Save Cook County Health Care. Community Leaders rallied to fight for decent healthcare in Chicago’s county, February 18, 2008.

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Labor Beat: No Silver Lining {LB186} –n–

A short video and a panel discussion on a strike at a major restaurant in New York’s Chinatown. Produced by Labor X (www.ashp.cuny/Laborx.html).

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Labor Beat: No Te Rajes! {LB513} –n–

Labor Beat is very proud to announce the midwest premiere of a very important and unique documentary about the political crisis in Mexico - No Te Rajes!

Produced by Caitlin Manning and the Videoactivista collective, it shows the movement of peaceful civil disobedience that took over the heart of Mexico City for 49 days July through September of this year. The movement was catalyzed by the fraudulent elections in July 2006. The documentary provides background and context for current wave of social movements in Mexico, and includes the Sept. 16 National Democratic Convention in El Zocalo in Mexico City which declared Obrador the true elected President.

This meaty, well-made documentary is an absolute must for anyone paying attention to the developing political powder keg south of the Rio Grande. It is an excellent tool to bring North Americans, who have been spoon fed lies by the corporate media, up to speed on the situation.

-Larry Duncan

Labor Beat is not selling any dvd’s, but those interested in a copy should contact the producer, Caitlin Manning: caitlin_manning @csumb.edu.

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Labor Beat: notonshelf {LB344} –n–

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Labor Beat: Oaxaca Vive! / Victoria de Los Santos / Mouseland {LB512} –n–

- 1. "Oaxaca Vive!" Interviews with Oaxaca teachers and union members. Scenes from protest actions in Oaxaca last fall. With English subtitles.

- 2. "Victoria de Los Santos." Dramatic street fights against the military occupation in Oaxaca. Produced by Oaxacan collective, Mal de Ojo.

- 3. "Mouseland." As we ponder election results, here’s a perennial favorite about mice who vote for cats.

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Labor Beat: Occupy Chicago at Grant Park / Keep Public Services in Public Hands {LB636}

- Occupy Chicago at Grant Park.

After two weeks of occupying Chicago’s financial district at Jackson & LaSalle, the decision was made to march to Grant Park and occupy it.

Meanwhile, Chicago’s unions began to formally become involved in the occupy movement, and joined this action, which took place on Oct. 22, 2011.

Thousands of students, workers and community activists began at the Federal Reserve Bank and Chicago Board of Trade and walked east through the Loop about a half mile to Grant Park. The Park was the venue for Obama’s election night celebration rally in 2008, but tonight no one was celebrating Obama’s obedience to Wall Street. Scenes and energies from the march, and interviews focusing on union members and officials who were there.

At the Park, National Nurses United set up a first aid tent, but after 2 am later that night some 130 protesters were arrested, including two NNU leaders, and the police tore down their first aid tent.

Thousands of protesters make their way from Jackson & LaSalle to Grant Park

Scene at Grant Park occupation, waking up the ghost of Chicago ’68

At 2 am cops arrest occupiers at Grant Park, tearing down Nurses’ first aid tent

- Keep Public Services in Public Hands.

On Saturday, October 29, 2011 the Community Labor Alliance for Public Services held a rally outside the Morton Civic Center, where the City Council of Evanston, Illinois meets. They were protesting the cuts in and privatization of the city’s public services.

Evanston is a major suburb just north of Chicago. Cuts have been sharpest in Parks and Forestry, targeting staff. This is negatively affecting quality of life for city residents, including the conditions along the lake front and also snow plowing.

"It’s going to result in a diminution of services to the city," Henry Bayer, Executive Director of AFSCME Council 31, points out. "If they go through with this plan the work that will be done in the Forestry Dept. by the private contractor doesn’t cover all the services currently performed by the city."

Watch this segment now.Kevin Johnson, President, AFSCME 8191, states: "We hope to stop any privatizing, any more layoffs. It is the end to quality services that Evanston residents have depended upon."

Additional speakers are: Florence Estes, Staff Rep, AFSCME Council 31; Judy Wittner, Community Labor Alliance for Public Services; Charles Hogan, Retired Evanston Public Service Employee.

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Evanston, Illinois protest against cuts in public services

Refuse collection truck owned by Groot, a private company contracted by the City of Evanston Photos: Gary Brooks / Labor Beat

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Labor Beat: On the Picketline at American Axle {LB546}

3,600 members of the United Auto Workers Local 2093 at the five plants of American Axle and Manufacturing (AAM) went on strike February 26, 2008.

This auto parts company was spun off from General Motors (GM) in 1994, and they’ve been expanding their international operations ever since.

The issues this strike addresses go to the heart of the disintegration of the standards of living that unionized jobs have brought to the US in the past 70 years.

If AAM gets their way, many workers stand to lose everything, since the company is demanding drastic pay and benefit cuts.

Labor Beat visited the picket line in Three Rivers, Michigan, to witness how, in one tradesman’s words, the workers there "are making a stand. We won’t step backward 30 years."

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Labor Beat: Open World Conference {LB344}

Selected speech excerpts from the Open World Conference in Defense of Trade Union Independence and Democratic Rights in San Francisco in February, 2000.

The speakers included are:

Brian McWilliams, president International Longshoremens and Warehouse Union, USA; Martha Baskin, member Amercan Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Seattle, USA; Baldemar Velasquez, President Farm Labor Organizing Committee, USA; Barbara Prear, Rep. United Electrical Workers Local 150, South Carolina, USA; Julio Turra, member National Exec. Ctte. of Unified Workers Confederation/CUT, Brazil; Louisa Hanoune, Workers Party of Algeria, National Deputy, Algeria; Cai Chongguo, China Labour Bulletin, China; Tran Dieu Chan, Committee for the Defense of Workers Rights, Vietnam; Hariharan Mahadevan, Deputy General Sec., All India Trade Union Confederation, India; Kweisi Pratt, Jr., Vice President, Peoples Convention, Ghana; Daniel Gluckstein, National Sec., Workers Party of France, France; Gami N’Garmadjal, General Sec., Teachers Union/SET, Chad; Pierre Lambert, retired Social Security trade unionist, France

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Labor Beat: OPEU in Oregon {LB265} –n–

OPEU locals throughout Oregon organized a statewide strike and protest action to stop cuts.

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Labor Beat: Organize Borders Books! / Organize and Sing {LB257} –n–

Labor Beat talks with three bookstore workers involved in a breakthrough organizing effort in a sector of the retail industry. The Chicago location has been labeled by Wall Street as "ground zero" in this unionization story being watched closely by corporate retail bosses nationally.

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 881 rep Sergio Monterrubio is interviewed. Learn what happened after the giant book chain heard that their workers were signing union cards. Why unionizing would benefit customers and the local economy.

Also, an encore showing of "Organize and Sing", presenting highlights from the 1990 Midwest Labor Heritage Song Exchange.

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Labor Beat: Organize! Jobs with Justice / CLUW, The Power of Sisterhood {LB217}

Labor Beat’s video introducing the Jobs with Justice coalition of labor groups.

The Labor Institute of Public Affairs’ (LIPA) video about the Coalition of Labor Union Women.

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Labor Beat: Our Class of People {LB221}

The June 24, 1995 Labor Conference sponsored by the UPIU, UAW and URW locals in Decatur, IL marked a new stage in the class struggle in the U.S. It opened up a needed discussion on what must be changed in the labor movement at a time when the leadership of the AFL-CIO is being debated.

"Our Class of People" presents highlights from that conference discussion and shows the events in the past year that lead up to it.

The video goes to Bal Harbor, Florida with 70 ’War Zone’ union members who try to address the AFL-CIO Executive Council. We see the three Decatur union presidents ushered into the meeting, but they are prohibited from speaking. Afterwards, they describe what happened. At Bal Harbor, we watch Dave Watts tell Secretary of Labor Reich to his face that Labor-Management schemes have caused great suffering to unions in Decatur.

Mike Griffin, locked-out Staley worker, narrates how the Decatur unions began to develop solidarity internationally, and we watch Staley employees from Montreal try to meet with company executives in Decatur. We follow Griffin to Slovakia where he explains to union activists from around the world the need for their solidarity with the War Zone struggle.

The video visits the campaign headquarters for union candidates running for City Council, and later takes up this theme of independent labor politics when Tony Mazzocci (Labor Party Advocates) addresses the War Zone Labor Conference.

We hear some of the comments at the Conference from such trade unionists as: Dave Yettaw, President UAW 599; Bill Yockey, UMWA leader from Indiana; Mark Froemke, Grain Millers President from Grand Forks, ND; Tom Balanoff, President SEIU 73; Jerry Gordon, International Rep. Region 4 UFCW; Harry Kelber, Labor Educator editor and dissident candidate for AFL-CIU Executive Council.

The video ends with scenes from the June 25, 1995, giant march and rally, as UPIU 7837 President Dave Watts tells Tom Donahue and others on the podium "we’re tired of dog and pony shows" and that workers need a strategy that works.

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Labor Beat: Our World Through Jenkins' Eyes {LB388}

When William Jenkins III died unexpectedly at the age of 44 in October 2001, he was emerging as a nationally-, and even internationally-recognized labor documentarist of great talent and relentless energy.

In some 5 years he videotaped an amazing spectrum of actions in the labor and progressive community, from homelessness issues to the Teamsters election, from Native Americans to the Screen Actors Guild. (Jenkins was also an accomplshed editor, whose works are part of the general Labor Beat catalog.)

At a January 6, 2002 commemoration of his activist life at a packed U.E. Hall, this 17-minute video was shown bringing together highlights of his footage.

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Labor Beat: Out of Control {LB147?} –n–

An OCAW-produced documentary on unsafe working conditions at oil refineries in Lousianna.

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Labor Beat: Pain Dry Ice Strike / Obama's War / Honduras Election {LB587}

- 1. Pain Dry Ice Strike

Teamsters 705 members employed by Pain Dry Ice in Addison, IL were forced to strike over unfair labor practices.

In a campaign to put pressure on management, the union has implemented a strategy of following the scab trucks carrying dry ice to delivery locations and conducting ambulatory picketing there to inform customers about the strike.

- 2. Day One of Obama’s War

Within 24 hours of President Obama’s announcement of major US troop increases to Afghanistan, a coalition of anti-war groups on Dec. 2, 2009 assembled in Chicago’s Loop (at Federal Paza) to denounce this move.

This is now Obama’s war, not a leftover from Bush’s military policies. One sign at the rally said it all: "So Much for the Peace Prize!"

- 3. Chicago Protests Sham Honduras Election

On the day so-called elections took place in Honduras (Nov. 29, 2009) protesters assembled in front of the Honduran Consulate in Chicago to decry the fraud of this electoral process set up after the military coup against the legally elected President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya.

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Labor Beat: Pakistan Labor / Airline Cutbacks {LB387} –n–

"Trade Unions for A Better Tomorrow" (20 min). Edited by Max Babri and The Struggle Information Services in Pakistan. Outlines some of the problems of organizing unions in Pakistan and also the fight against IMF policies.

"Salt Peanuts" Video short by Labor X in New York on how cutbacks in the airline industry since "9/11" are affecting the workers.

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Labor Beat: Pakistan Labor March Against War {LB419} –n–

Midwest premiere of video on historic Feb. 15, 2003 labor anti-war march in Pakistan, breaking Musharef’s taboo against protests.

Labor Beat presents the midwest premiere of a new video from Pakistan, showing the labor movement there breaking through the ban against protests instituted by Pakistan’s Bush puppet and dictator Musharef. A few weeks following this corageous march, massive demos appeared on the streets of Pakistan cities.

A first segment of this Labor Beat covers the March 16 anti-war protest at Daley Center. And a third segment covers some March 5 student anti-war actions.

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Labor Beat: Palestinian Trade Unionists {LB434} –n–

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Labor Beat: Palestinian Workers: The Histadrat Only Wants Our Money {LB050}

A look at the Israeli trade union federation, Histradut, and its attitude toward Palestinian workers and their unions. Describes life of Palestinian workers in Israel: they are paid less than Israelis and need permits to sleep in Israel overnight.Produced by the late Sheila Tarr of Labor Beat. Labor Beat’s Wayne Heimbach reads from International Labour Report. Illustrated with slides and newsreel footage and interviews.

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Labor Beat: The Past and The Future {LB155} –n–

- "Out of This Furnace, A Walking Tour" Views of turn-of-the-century through 1940, and current Braddock, PA, with readings from Thomas Bell’s famous novel about 3 generations of Slavic steelworkers until workers organized. 19:09 mins. Not by CLA.

LB314 may also have this? LB314 "Labor Memories" released 19990207 SELLABLE OR NOT?

"Out of This Furnace, A Walking Tour of Thomas Bell’s Novel" 1941 novel, tour Developed by Dave Demarest, (c) 1990 Braddock PA steel labor from the start of 20th cent thru organized force about 1940 especially slavaks

- Also, "The Lottery Bureau," a contemporary video-noir view of homelessness.

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Labor Beat: Patriotism Reclaimed: Peace on Parade {LB554}

- Patriotism Reclaimed: Peace on Parade

On July 3rd and 4th, Labor Beat joined local peace contingents as they marched in their neighborhood Independence Day parades.

The SouthSiders for Peace led a group of friends and US veterans against war through Evergreen Park, a suburb on Chicago’s southwest side, to an often hostile reception.

In Hyde Park, a liberal, integrated neighborhood - and Obama’s home - on Chicago’s lakefront, the Hyde Parkers for Peace and Justice and friends walked in a parade where "everybody marches, nobody watches".

The segment ends in "the Peoples’ Republic of Evanston" - a suburb on Chicago’s north shore, where the North Shore Coalition for Peace and Justice and Evanston Neighbors for Peace marched to the applause of the community and words of welcome from the mayor. The show is a tribute to the courage and persistence of small, neighborhood peace groups across the country who stand up among their neighbors and continue to condemn US wars and occupations.

The show is dedicated to the memory of a local woman, Blanca Luna (1980 - 2008), US Air Force Senior Airman, who was found murdered in her hotel room on Ft. Sheppard Airbase, in Texas. For more information, see Chicago Reader, July 3, 2008.

- The video ends with an "anti-commercial" for the upcoming Air and Water Show, the annual display of militarism on Chicago’s lakefront, reprised from coverage in 2006.

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Labor Beat: The Peace and Justice Caucus at the AFT Convention {LB559}

In July, 2008 the American Federation of Teachers held its convention in Chicago. Present there was a national rank-and-file teachers group, the Peace and Justice Caucus (www.aftpeaceandjusticecaucus.org). Their work at the Convention was to promote resolutions on peace, immigrants rights, support of Puerto Rican teachers, and other issues.

This video explores aspects of their work, as well as issues raised by Chicago rank-and-file teachers concerned with the actions of Chicago Teachers Union President Marilyn Stewart, co-chair of the convention and AFT Vice President.

Stewart had invited Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan, who had eliminated many teachers’ jobs and closed schools, to speak at the convention, while she was trying to fire her CTU Vice President, who had been elected to that position by the membership.

The P&J Caucus also protested that the convention was opened by military student color guard with guns. Scenes and interviews.

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Labor Beat: Peace on Parade {LB579}

Intrepid Labor Beat reporters march with Peace contingents in Evergreen Park, Chicago-Archer Ave, Homewood, IL and stand with protesters in the Taste of Chicago July 2-4, 2009 measuring the mood of the citizenry concerning War.

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Labor Beat: Peace, Police, and Protest {LB426} –n–

Three Chicago Indymedia Pieces on "Peace, Police, and Protest."

This show covers City Hall hearings on police misconduct during the March 20, 2003 "Lake Shore Drive" anti-war protest. It also includes segments on March 21, and Andersonville anti-war event.

The first segment is "m20 - witness" which is coverage of the testimony of the m20 arrestees at the city council meetings on June 17th. The second segment is Chicago Matt’s m21 video. And the third segment is Thomas Yun’s and Brandon Zagorski’s documentary of the Andersonville Neighbors for Peace rally on April 27th.

The producer/editor Thomas Yun (with Chicago IMC) also brings together dramatic footage from other Chicago-area videographers covering the protests last winter.

Still credit: Thomas Yun. Caption: "A cop threw me on the ground and put his full weight on my back."

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Labor Beat: The Penthouse of Heaven {LB499}

Chicago’s Immigrant Rights/Workers Rights March, May Day 2006

On May Day, 2006 the largest march ever in Chicago took place--to support the rights of immigrant workers. Estimates of the size of the march ranged from 400,000 to 700,000!

Labor Beat’s 27 minute documentary about that event and what led up to it: The earlier March 10 massive march which kicked off a national immigrants rights movement; Follow-up community planning meetings for the next big march; The emerging role of the unions in this struggle, including the press conference on April 24 at Haymarket Square, with Chicago Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO) and Change To Win speakers; The last minute preparations of the organizers on the eve of the march; The launch point activities at Union Park on march day.

The video contains interviews with union spokespeople from UNITE HERE, UFCW, SEIU, Carpenters, U.E., and others, including Jorge Mujica of the March 10 Committee, and a speech at the Haymarket Square ceremony by James Thindwa (Chicago Jobs with Justice) reminding us that the negative effects of NAFTA have been forgotten in the national discussion about border crossings from Mexico. The message of the video also criticizes guest worker schemes, and it calls for unionization, not just legalization, of immigrant workers, and for living wage legislation.

The march participants remind us with their signs and in eloquent statements that this protest was not only about Mexican/Hispanic immigrants, but about all immigrants, from Poland to India to the Philippines. Labor Beat’s video about this historic day in the movement for social justice.

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Labor Beat: People Vs. Property in the 47th Ward / Steelworkers / Colleges / Longshoremen {LB368}

"People vs Property in the 47th Ward." Watch anti-gentrification activists tangle with Chicago Alderman Schulter at a neighborhood meeting. See streaming clip from this segment at: http://clients.loudeye.com/imc/chicago/w47a.ram.

Other short segments included in the show: "Steelworkers, Titan, and Harris Bank"; "Cutbacks Threatened at Chicago City Colleges"; "Longshoremen struggle in South Carolina"

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Labor Beat: The People Will Not Be Silent {LB085+} –n–

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Labor Beat: Peoria War Zone {LB204} –n–

UAW strikers in Peoria, Illinois, make their own video programs about the Caterpillar strike.

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Labor Beat: Person to Person: Organizing the U. of Minnesota {LB207} –n–

Produced by the University of Minnesota Labor Education Program.

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Labor Beat: Peru Trade Action at Obama HQ / Health Care Vigil / Grove Parc Apartments / Maersk Picket {LB541}

1. Peru Trade Agreement Action at Obama HQ, Chicago.

Members of the Chicago Trade with Justice Working Group paid a visit to the Obama for America headquarters in Chicago on Dec. 15, 2007.

They wanted to tell Senator Barack Obama that they are concerned with his failure to appear at the recent Senate vote on the US-Peru "Free Trade" Agreement. They left a statement for Obama, a current candidate for U.S. President, and expressed their disappointment that he skipped the vote on the Peru trade pact. They were even more concerned that Obama, along with Sen Hillary Clinton, made public statements supporting the Peru Trade deal and that Illinois Senator from Illinois, Dick Durbin, voted in favor of it.

2. Healthcare Vigil at Cook County Commissioners Meeting-For the Patients’ Budget Amendment.

Nurses, medical staff, patients, clergy and commissioners hold Healthcare Vigil at the Nov. 27, 2007 meeting of the Cook County, IL Commissioners to vote on the Patients’ Budget Amendment, sponsored by Commissioners Suffredin, Claypool, Maldonado, and Quigley. For more information: National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) at 312-491-4902.

3. Grove Parc Today, Tomorrow It Will Be You.

Residents from the Grove Parc Apartments subsidized housing complex on Chicago’s South Side held a spirited demonstration at the Federal Plaza in Chicago’s Loop on Nov. 19, 2007. Their homes, at the proposed site of the 2016 Olympic Stadium, may get bulldozed by the city’s gentrification plans. More info: 773-753-9674.

4. Maersk Picket! Port of Tacoma.

On Nov. 7th 2007 a picket line was called to push the administration of Maersk (headquartered in Tacoma) to allow workers to join the union of their choice instead of the company union that managers have imposed on them.

Jobs With Justice organized the picket, Tacoma SDS and other community members who heard word-of-mouth about the picket went to the port to show solidarity. Produced by Tacoma Students for a Democratic Society.

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Labor Beat: The Philippines: Labor Movement at the Crossroads {LB005}

A crucial look at what maintaining a "democratic" image in the Philippines has meant to its labor movement. The tape analyzes a number of contradictions in the midst of a U.S. press blitz promoting Corazon Acquino as a "savior of democracy and the free-market system." The discussion outlines the difficult balance between a right-wing U.S. supported military and a militant labor movement. Although workers, unions, students and the poor were instrumental in bringing Acquino to power, their role in a government headed by a member of one of the Philippine’s major landowning families poses a continual problem for the newly elected leader and for labor.

Host Larry Duncan talks with Philippine labor leader Leto Villar, head of the Manila region of the K.M.U. and Jim Nolt, of the Philippine Support Committee of Chicago. Excerpt from the documentary, No Choice But Change, made in post-Aquino Philippines. (Interview took place one week after the assassination of Olalia, the national head of the K.M.U.).

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Labor Beat: Philippine Workers and Aquino {LB036.}

Narration on a trip, with slides, to Negros and other islands, covering union struggles and paramilitary right-wing death squad activities (Alsa Masa). Report by Temy Rivera, former political prisoner under Marcos, on Aquino’s anti-labor government.

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Labor Beat: Picket Line At Rite Point Pen {LB154} –n–

Workers put up picket lines against the company’s police harassment at Ritepoint Pen in St. Louis. Gripping footage of the strike, scabs, and police harassment.

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Labor Beat: Pico Korea Workers Chicago Visit {LB110.}

Workers from the runaway Pico factory in Korea are suing the company in a U.S. court! Chicagoans learn about the fight and show support to the touring representatives of the workers.

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Labor Beat: Pittston Miners Solidarity {LB081} –n–

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Labor Beat: Pittston Strike Update {LB074.}

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Labor Beat: Politics, Pullman Labor Day / Decatur Labor vs City Hall {LB202}

"Politics, Pullman, and Labor Day." The Chicago Federation of Labor has its 1994 Labor Day parade in the historic Pullman district on the centennial of the Pullman Strike. Controversy erupts when the CFL invites anti-labor Republican governor Jim Edgar to speak. Appearing for the first time in the parade also is a contingent from Labor Party Advocates.

"Decatur Labor vs City Hall." Responding to the threat of an ordinance restricting public assembly, the coalition of striking and locked-out unions pack the September ’94 Decatur, Illinois, City Council meeting and force the anti-labor city government to retreat.

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Labor Beat: Power Switch {LB269} –n–

Three reports on 1997 labor campaigns:

1. Locked-out Detroit newspaper workers travel to Gary, Indiana on May 10 where they demonstrate at the Post-Tribune. They target Knight-Ridder and USA Today and urge attendance at Action! Motown ’97 in Detroit in June.

2. "Strawberries - The Fruit of Injustice." A video by the United Farm Workers on the campaign to support the rights of strawberry workers.

3. "Power Switch." A 15-minute video by the IBEW. Addresses some of the issues in the restructuring of the electric power industry. Features real people from locations throughout the United States. Stresses the concerns we face as a nation discussing the restructuring of this vital industry.

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Labor Beat: Prado Pacayal {LB219} –n–

Videographers are there just as the peasants of a small village in Chiapas return from hiding in the mountains while the Mexican army destroyed their homes. Dramatic scenes and interviews. English subtitles.

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Labor Beat: Profiles of Labor: Fighting Proposition 187 {LB201} –n–

This labor TV show from Sacramento, California, attacks Proposition 187, which began new laws against immigrants.

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Labor Beat: Profit Over Women's Health {LB577}

This show covers a spirited press conference/protest outside the University of Chicago administration building to halt the planned closing of the 47th Street women’s clinic, and to call for a halt to the policies of the U of C Medical Center in pushing the poor out the door.

It took place on June 30, 2009, and was called by the Coalition for Healthcare Access, Responsibility and Transparency (http://www.stopchicago.org).

Other demands of CHART were:

- Immediate moratorium on clinic closures - Restore services - Restore and expand patient transportation from community to hospital - Expand staffing and beds in the Emergency Room and General Medicine - Open the hospital to new patients, regardless of medical insurance - Living wage jobs and good benefits for all staff

After the press conference, we follow the protest as it reconvenes to hold a BBQ and picket across the street from Univ. of Chicago President Zimmer.

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Labor Beat: Proletarian Potpourri {LB302.} –n–

Scenes from a labor tv show in Kalamazoo, MI.

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Labor Beat: Protest Against Israeli State Terrorism / Seattle Nurses / Detroit Monument {LB504}

1. In response to the brutal attacks against Lebanon by the Israeli war machine, a significant protest of several thousand demonstrators took place at Tribune Plaza in Chicago Saturday, July 22, 2006. It was part of many such protests worldwide. After the speeches and picket at Tribune Plaza, the demonstration marched across the Michigan Avenue Bridge to the front of the Israeli Consulate. The protest was sponsored by a broad selection of major Palestinian, Arab and Islamic community organizations as well as activist organizations. Interviews, speeches and protest actions.

2. Seattle Jobs With Justice join with the nurses to hold a rally at Virginia Mason Hospital to demonstrate against the hospital’s attempt to re-classify the employment status of its registered nurses. Includes speech by Stewart Acuff, national organizing director of the AFL-CIO.

3. A short segment on a rank-and-file appraisal of a labor monument in Detroit.

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Labor Beat: Protest in Seattle: Resisting the WTO {LB343} –n–

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Labor Beat: Public Housing: Failure or Phoenix? {LB041}

A tenant management forum in Chicago as a new approach to public housing in the city. Participants include tenants and city government officials, and a funding agency for public housing and community participants. At stake are the thousands of housing project tenants who live each day in the midst of the tragedy that has become "public housing".

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Labor Beat: Puerto Rican March on the Sun-Times / Gentrification of Chicago {LB264}

A large demonstration protesting the newspaper’s portrayal of the community high school as needing a downtown takeover to prevent Puerto Rican Independence Movement influence.

In February 1997, the Chicago Sun-Times ran a series of articles on Roberto Clemente High School alleging that the independence movement was illegally subverting the school. Many in the community viewed the articles as sensationalist and unfair. On February 12, a large group marched from the school to the Sun-Times to protest the newspaper’s excesses and distortions.

Labor Beat covered this story about a media giant’s hysterical witch-hunt into an ethnic working class community. We interviewed community members who felt that real estate developers might be fueling the attacks.

"Gentrification of Chicago Neighborhoods." Adapted from Paul Donahue’s video "Working History".

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Labor Beat: Pullman Porters: Ordinary Men That Changed A Nation {LB611} –n–

An historical perspective on the Pullman rail car porters and their influence upon U.S. social history -- with archival footage and presentations.

Lyn Hughes (Founder and Director of the A Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum) describes how the Pullman workers "made an indelible mark on labor".

Delving into the 1894 Pullman strike, Professor Daniel Cornfield (Sociology Dept., Vanderbilt University) points out that the workers were in a unique position to shut down rail traffic throughout the nation. He also analyzes the new inclusive unionism model that they introduced into the American labor scene.

We also go to the annual wreath-throwing ritual at the Clarence Darrow Bridge near the Chicago Museum of Natural History in March of 2009 and the comments made at that occasion. Darrow was a lawyer for the railroads who was converted to the cause of the workers and rose to national prominence because of that.

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Labor Beat: Pulse of the Unions {LB599}

The 2010 Labor Notes conference in Detroit featured a number of labor struggles and the bestowing of "Troublemaker Awards."

This report includes a spontaneous demonstration at the Detroit Hyatt Hotel, where the conference was held, to protest the treatment of what is known as the Hyatt 100, 100 non union housekeepers fired at the Boston Hyatt. (The Hyatt in Detroit is unionized.)

Video of speeches and interviews with: Mark Brenner, Director, Labor Notes East Coast; Elise Bryant, National Labor College and EmCee for Awards presentation; Aracelly Arango, Fired - Hyatt 100, 23-yr hotel worker; Francisco Ramirez Cuellar, President, Colombia mineworkers union; Aaron Beaudry, Vale-Inco striker; Bernie Arseneau, Vale-Inco striker; Darrell Nichols, Member - ILWU Local 30, International Longshore and Warehouse Union; Jacinto Martinez Serna, Secretary of Work, Union Local 65, Mexico; and Cananea Miner, Currently on strike since 2007, Mexico

Darrell Nichols (ILWU Local 30 Rio Tinto worker), who received a Troublemaker Award, put it this way: "When I take this back, this is another tool in our toolbox. I can hang this on our wall. Rio Tinto is always calling us troublemakers. Now we have a plaque to prove that we are troublemakers."

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