Labor Beat is television and radio shows
Labor Beat is a series of television programs on grassroots labor and
social issues. The programs are produced and distributed monthly in
Chicago and in a growing list of other cities. There are over 500 shows
in the series to date! Labor Beat also produces the weekly radio
program, Labor Express!
Labor Beat occupies a special niche in documentary. Doing a cable-tv series covering labor news since 1987, we have amassed a great storehouse of important footage and reportage. Not dependent on grants from liberal foundations or any single international, we depend on the entire working class for our funds. And we ourselves are worker/videographers. These factors enable us to get closer to labor stories and closer to the actual complex details as they emerge. Our videos are not recordings of talking heads in a studio, but aggressively follow the bouncing ball . It is not just people talking about what happened, it is seeing it happen, the process, the actors in action. These are not high-price-spread PBS docs, whose big budgets often weigh them down in what they can say. Yet our videos are painstakenly edited under budgets close to zero, and we are proud of our craft.
WHAT OTHERS SAY
- Labor Beat is the best known labor TV series on public access in the country
-- Sally Alvarez, Alliance for Community Media
- First Prize
- Hometown USA, National Association of Local Cable Programmers
- Visionary Award
-- Center for Alternative Television
Labor Beat is an organization.
Labor Beat is the Committee for Labor Access, based in Chicago. For
twelve years we have been producing programs, distributing programs,
training producers, and alerting Chicago and national labor organizations
to the need for becoming masters of radio and television production and
We are all volunteers, proud of having a significant impact even though
under the constant pressure of budgetary crises. CLA is a 501(c)3
organization, for tax-deductible donations. We have an affiliation with
Local 1220 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Labor Beat is tapes and disks
Labor Beat is a catalog of videos available for purchase. Price includes s/h. The current computer-searchable list of descriptions is available on our web site,
500 titles are available. For example:
"Marchin' In the Streets," the exciting 1997 rally in Detroit.
"The Road to Haymarket," our popular video telling the story of the
Chicago Haymarket martyrs. "Achieve, Believe," the rank and file sweep
of elections in a Chicago IBEW local. "Showdown in Company Town," the
historic June 1994 Decatur IL rally for Staley and Caterpillar workers.
"Support the Nurses." "Nelson Mandela at Plumbers Hall Chicago." " Cesar
Chavez Speaks." "The Big Cat[erpillar] Fight." . . .
Labor Beat can be YOU!
Labor Beat is you when you help produce programs or parts of programs.
Or when you help distribute programs (e.g. to your area's broadcast stations, cable
systems, libraries, schools, or unions). Or when you get your labor organization
to make a donation or pass quotable resolutions commending us and our push for strong labor-
oriented media. Or when you become a member ($25/yr). Or when you make other donations of
cash and other resources. Let us hear from you!
37 S. Ashland Avenue
Chicago IL 60607
Phone: (312) 226-3330
Fax: (773) 561-0908