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20050627 The AFL-CIO: The Workers Must Fix It! DVD or VHS copies are $15 each (cost includes postage and handling.) Mail check made out to "Labor Beat" to: Labor Beat, 37 S. Ashland, Chicago, IL 60607 Labor Beat is affiliated with IBEW 1220. Views expressed are Labor Beat's, not necessarily IBEW's. firstname.lastname@example.org * 312-226-3330
20021014 The Seven Thousand: Chicago's Hotel Contract Fight The Dramatic 2002 Contract Fight of Seven Thousand Chicago Hotel Workers For our brochure about this show, in the Adobe .pdf file format, CLICK HERE In the Fall of 2002 Chicago hotel workers (members of HERE Local 1 and Local 450) threatened the first hotel strike ever in Chicago history, right on the eve of the big convention season. Labor Beat follows all the key episodes in this dramatic showdown that involved not only the united labor movement and the hotel and convention industry, but Governor Ryan of Illinois and AFL-CIO President Sweeney. An exciting confrontation over the negotiating table that had the whole city biting its nails, and which ended in a victory for the workers. A positive story about what happens when below-living-wage workers flex their muscles with sound strike preparation techniques. "Hotel management didn't know what hit 'em." Video is 23 minutes. Copies of "The Seven Thousand" are $20 each (cost includes postage and handling.) Mail check made out to "Labor Beat" to: Labor Beat, 37 S. Ashland, Chicago, IL 60607 Labor Beat is affiliated with IBEW 1220. Views expressed are Labor Beat's, not necessarily IBEW's. email@example.com * 312-226-3330
20020826 LABOR DAY SPECIAL SHOWS (CHICAGO, SEPTEMBER 2) -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 26, 2002 CONTACT: Mary Stack 312.738.1400 Mstack@cantv.org America's workers in focus on CAN TV The lives and concerns of working men and women will be focus of a special showcase of programming on CAN TV21, Labor Day, Monday, September 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The programs have all been produced or submitted by Chicago based organizations with a focus on labor concerns conveyed through discussion, debate, poetry, drama, and events coverage. Four timely half-hour programs from the award-winning series, "Labor Beat" were provided by the Committee for Labor Access. CAN TV's Greg Boozell says, "The concerns of working families are largely misrepresented or ignored by commercial television. CAN TV provides a unique outlet to address the concerns of labor unions and the working class. We are proud to provide this showcase of labor programs to celebrate Labor Day." Included in the showcase are some of the following programs: 9:00 a.m. Women of Heart and Steel - a play showcasing how 3 working women fought for justice and human rights 11:00 a.m. The Labor Strike - Stephen Franklin of The Chicago Tribune questions how effective labor strikes are as an economic weapon against big business. 4:00 p.m. Labor History Alive: Child Labor - The story of the struggle to end child labor is told through drama, panel discussion and photographs 4:30 p.m. The Heat: Steelworkers Lives and Legends - a selection of readings chronicling the lives of steelworkers. 6:00 p.m. Community Forum: Fiery Struggle - a discussion on the struggle to organize fire fighters in Illinois. 8:00 p.m. Labor Beat: Labor's Voices Against the War - Union activists came to Washington on April 20, 2002 to deliver the message that not all of organized labor supports the Bush Administration's war frenzy. For a complete listing of programs go to cantv.org/cplabor.htm CAN TV provides coverage of events relevant to the local community and gives every Chicagoan a voice on cable television by providing video training, facilities, equipment and channel time for Chicago residents and nonprofit groups. Cable channels CAN TV19, 21, 27, 36 and 42 reach more than one million viewers in the city of Chicago
20020129 Our URL is www.laborbeat.org Since February 2002 the new Internet URL has been required to get to Labor Beat. Automatic forwarding from prior addresses has stopped. Please change all your Favorites, bookmarks, address books, newsletter references, and web page links now to: www.laborbeat.org.
20020501 LABOR BEAT NEW SHOWS - BEST LINK FOR EARLY ANNOUNCEMENTS Before our new shows are described in the catalog lists on this site, announcements are posted to Chicago's Independent Media Center site. Always with a picture; and sometimes with on-demand clips or full-length video. There are two different shows every month. To go to IMC-Chicago and automatically start the search for all "Labor Beat" articles, use the link below. CLICK HERE
20020114 LABOR HISTORY IN THE LATE 20TH CENTURY Labor Beat's new collection of documentaries especially for libraries, schools, Labor Studies workshops, and unions' "Labor's struggles today" presentations. For example, Cornell, Indiana, and New York State are among the universities creating repositories of the Labor Beat documentaries. For complete information and a brochure, CLICK HERE.
20020501 DEFENDING OUR CABLE SHOWS. Chicago and San Francisco are seeing threats to their public access television resources, which affects some important labor shows. RCN is 'stiffing' the Chicago Access Corporation of payments of franchise obligations. The amounts are huge to CAC, but tiny to the cable giant. The Chicago City Council may straighten it out soon. Current news (...May 2002 ...) is always at www.cantv.org".
20011004 LABOR BEAT SHOW ANNOUNCEMENTS ============================= [Descriptions of most shows are already in the online LABOR BEAT CATALOGS on our web site. The Labor Beat catalogs tell which shows can be ordered, @$25, from: Labor Beat / 37 S. Ashland Ave. / Chicago, IL 60607. Phone (312) 226-3330.] - Labor History Videos. (Attention, Labor Studies programs and libraries!) For full information, CLICK HERE. - "Our World Through Jenkins' Eyes." When William Jenkins III died unexpectedly at the age of 44 last October, 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. At the Jan. 6 Commemoration of his activist life at a packed U.E. Hall, in Chicago, a 17-minute video was shown bringing together highlights of his footage. This is that video, "Our World Through Jenkins' Eyes." . . . - Some Labor Beat shows before March: 1) "Salt Peanuts", produced by Labor X in NY, which deals with impact of airline industry cutbacks since 9/11 on airline employees. 2) "Trade Unions For A Better Tomorrow" 1996 20 minutes. This film 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 the IMF policies. - Labor Beat: Minnesota State Workers on Strike 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. "Minnesota State Workers on Strike" is not sold by Labor Beat. You may contact firstname.lastname@example.org at Minnesota at Work for information on getting a copy. - TEAMSTER POWER, NOT BROKEN PROMISES Tom Leedham challenged Jimmy Hoffa Jr. for President of the IBT, in the 2001 fall election. This video takes you to the Teamsters convention in Las Vegas, where Leedham launched his campaign, and where Leedham supporters took to the floor mikes to get the rank-and-file message out. Includes Leedham interview. Video is 13 minutes. "I love what Labor Beat is doing." -Tom Leedham "I totally support this video." -Pete Camarata To order the tape, send $20 check made out to Labor Beat to: Labor Beat / 37 S. Ashland / Chicago, IL 60607 ------------- - LABOR EXPRESS RADIO. Selected recent show segmentss are described and posted for on-demand listening at radio4all.net - INVISIBLE HAND: THE DEINDUSTRIALIZATION OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS. LB was proud to be able to premiere, on June 28, this important independent documentary film by Greg Boozell. Learn how the lives of coal towns have been affected by mine owners' business decisions. An extended description and a major review of this work are available at cantv.org. - PEOPLE VS PROPERTY IN THE 47TH WARD. Chicago zoning battle. Click for a video clip (123 sec.) - REPRESSION OF LABOR IN COLOMBIA. Two parts, produced March 2001, cable channel CAN TV19, Chicago. - HOW LABOR USES COMPUTERS (Art Shostak) Coming. - ANGELA DAVIS SPEAKS ON THE "PRISON/INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX" Recently internationally-known activist Angela Davis spoke in Chicago on the subject of the growing 'prison/industrial complex,' and how private corporations are deeply involved. First broadcast Jan. 25, cable channel CAN TV19, Chicago. - SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS PROTEST For over ten years, the group known as SOA Watch, headed by Fr. Roy Bougerois, has enacted a solemn vigil protest at Ft. Benning, GA, and specifically The School of Americas which is located inside. The School of Americas trains military officers for Central and South American countries. These soldiers become the shock troops for the multi-national corporations and have assassinated many labor activists and organizers, as well as thousands of others. In the past year, SOA Watch lobbied Congress hard with the results of a small cut in funding and a name change. As Rev. Tim McDonald states in the video, "It's the the same game with the same name and the same shame." This year the Globalization movement was invited to attend and participate and added art and drama to the protest. About 10,000 people attended on two cold, rain filled days of November 18-19, 2000. LABOR BEAT conducted interviews with Steelworkers from Pittsburgh, UE members from Iowa City, and a Carpenter Union sponsored retired social worker from British Columbia, Canada. Union participation was small; but, as in all human rights struggles, present. First broadcast Dec. 28, cable channel CAN TV19, Chicago. - UPSURGE IN ACTIVISM Chicago hadn't seen such demonstrations in the streets since the anti-Viet-Nam-war movement. ---- Labor Beat is a non-profit and is affiliated with IBEW 1220. The views we express are not necessarily those of IBEW 1220.
20011029 WILLIAM JENKINS' DEATH Our friend, Labor Beat producer, and labor activist William Jenkins III died in late October, 2001. A picture and death notice -- CLICK HERE -- are posted on the Chicago Independent Media Center site. "Our World Through Jenkins Eyes" is an overview of his video and audio work. It was presented at a special memorial service in January and is described in our catalog lists. Click here for one of the newspaper articles about him.
20010707 LABOR BEAT DEMONSTRATES SAME-DAY WORLDWIDE NEWS VIDEO CAPABILITY! Labor Beat covered rank-and-file delegates' influence on the just- concluded Teamsters convention in Las Vegas. Our reports, including text and exciting video clips were published same-day and worldwide through the Internet facilities of the Independent Media Centers. See our postings, and link to them from your sites, via Chicago IMC
20001117 YOUR TAPES CAN BE ON LABOR BEAT Click here for information.
20010129 LABOR BEAT FEATURED IN STREETWISE Chicago's StreetWise newspaper had a great article about Labor Beat in a January 2001 issue.
20001117 YOUR TAPES CAN BE ON LABOR BEAT For more information, click here.
20000909 LABOR AND MEDIA GROUPS PROTEST NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS Labor Action Resolution on NAB Whereas the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) will hold its convention for radio in San Francisco on September 20-23, 2000; and Whereas the NAB was founded to oppose broadcasting industry workers and is the lobbying arm of the owners and management of the commercial broadcast industry; and Whereas the NAB spends millions of dollars to influence Congress and their influence has: * led to the the growing concentration of ownership of broadast media into fewer hands; and * undermined labor's access to the airwaves by lobbying against the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) legalization of micro-radio with the new Low Power FM (LPFM) service; and * acted to weaken the public discourse on issues of concern to labor and citizens in general; and Whereas corporate broadcasters rarely examine the issues of importance to workers; and Whereas the US labor movement supports freedom of speech for all-not just the wealthy and powerful- and has demonstrated this with the AFL-CIO's support for LPFM ; and Whereas the right to receive and impart information and ideas through any media is an internationally recognized human right (Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights); Therefore be it resolved that: * this body calls for its members to join with other labor organizations, community groups, and concerned citizens to protest the privatization of the public airwaves and exercise our civil and human rights by participating in the non-violent protests against the NAB, and specifically: * this body calls for all of its members to inform themselves about the NAB protests by contacting the Media Alliance in San Francsico (web: www.mediademocracynow.org); and * this body encourages and invites all union members affiliated with it to attend a forum on "The NAB, Union Busting, Censorship, & Labor" on Thursday, 9/21/00 at 7 pm at Branch 214 of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), 214 12th St., San Francisco: and * this body calls for all labor union members affilated with it to actively support and participate in the labor contingent of the NAB protest rally and march starting at UN Plaza, 4pm on Saturday September 23, and ending at Union Square.
20000729 TRULY INDEPENDENT MEDIA VIA THE WEB The Independent Media Centers have grown worldwide since covering the protests of WTO and the Republican and Democrat political conventions.
20000726 ROCKFORD LABOR'S CABLE VICTORY IS NOW COMPLETE Charlie Laskonis in Rockford writes: 'Chicago Protests the WTO' aired this evening without a hitch. We are back on the air, finally! --------- Background. Our last notices on this issue, BEFORE July 26: After Rockford labor (2nd largest city in Illinois) won city government support that the cable company must put labor shows on its access channel, the cable company on its own decided to cancel the first show at the last minute (It had just discovered that someone being pepper-sprayed used 'swear' words). The Labor Beat show in question is a video from Vancouver, B.C.'s 'working tv', titled "Road to Seattle", an excellent documentary on the WTO protest last December. Here is text from an open letter to the cable company from Rockford rank and file (and Labor Beat) member Charles Laskonis -- K.C. McWilliams General Manger, Insight Communications 227 Wyman Street Rockford, Illinois K.C. McWilliams: I am writing to voice our displeasure with your short sighted and, according to our legal interpretation of the Federal\ Communications Act, your illegal censoring of our program--Labor Beat: 'The Road to Seattle,' because in Insight Communications employee Barb Viola's words, our show contained, "swearing." We find it puzzling that you found the program too obscene to air when a short while ago a copy of this program was delivered to, and we assume viewed by the head of the Rockford City Legal Department Ron Schultz without any feedback or concern to us as to any negative or obscene content. Public, Educational, and Governmental (PEG) Access programs are subject to certain federal guidelines established by the legislative branch of the federal government and by the Supreme Court of the United States. Here in Rockford, our community has an implemented PEG program in place which is subject to these guidelines. Proof of the access program lies in Insight's own rules for PEG access which we received from Insight, titled: "Insight Communications of Rockford/Park Public, Educational and Governmental Access Rules / Standard Form PEG Access Rules." Also, in the body of the rules in sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 out of seven total sections of the agreement there are numerous references to "Public Access" and "Access." Lastly, on the application question 5 asks which "Type of access" is the applicant applying for, then has boxes to check labeled in order, "Public," "Educational," and "Governmental". So in fact, we do currently have a PEG program in place in our community. The Federal Communications Act, Section 611 (e) states that, "...a cable operator shall not exercise any editorial control over any public, educational, or governmental use of channel capacity provided pursuant to this section..." This statute has been challenged and upheld in court many times. In fact, in the recent past a section of the Federal Communications Act which used allow cable companies to refuse to cablecast indecency and nudity on Public Access was held to be unconstitutional and was subsequently struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. All Labor Beat programming, which are all documentaries including the show that was denied airing, is far from indecent or obscene. Surely far, far less so compared to other for profit programming which airs on most other channels that Insight Communications peddles to our community. Because Labor Beat programs are documentaries, in the heat of a given situation, on occasion, expletives may be uttered during the recording process, which are an integral part of the story line. This is a long way from being considered legally as obscenity in our society. Therefore Insight's refusal to allow us to cablecast our program, 'The Road to Seattle,' on our community's Public Access channel is both illegal and a constitutional violation of our rights. Ironically, the real obscenity, we feel, is that time and time again our legal rights continue to be violated. Furthermore, we are also upset by the fact that no alternate show was cablecast in our normal mutually agreed upon time slot. Beside the fact one particular show was unfairly not allowed to be cablecast by you, we were not allowed a fair opportunity to provide a replacement program because we were informed by Insight of your decision not to run our program at the last minute. When we contacted Insight, according to Barb Viola, there would be no time to review another program. While we have no concrete evidence we feel this to be a tactic, as well as a number of other tactics utilized by Insight Communications in the past, to delay and agitate us as well as to discourage us from utilizing our community's public access system. While we await your compliance to the laws of our land concerning program content, be it on your part voluntary or otherwise, we intend to submit programming which satisfy your illegally set guidelines. In no way does this imply that we agree to these guidelines. We intend to provide you with a number of programs with air dates selected by us well ahead of schedule. We insist that in the future, if you review (for the tape's technical compliance only, not for content) each tape that you do so in such a manner that provides us reasonable time to replace any tapes you deem defective. Sincerely, Charles Laskonis, Member of Rockford United Labor 1815 Vernon Street Rockford, Illinois 61103 815.963.6461 email@example.com Cc: Ron Shultz, City of Rockford Legal Department Amedeo Giorgi, Rockford United Labor Ed Zurowski, Rockford United Labor Bunnie Riedel, Alliance for Community Media Larry Duncan, Labor Beat Ed Conlisk, Labor Beat
20000719 JOURNALISM ETHICS LEADER? Oppose Robert Giles' being chosen to head a journalism ethics foundation. Email the foundation.
20000719 TRADE ISSUES NOT BEING COVERED Media and Trade: A Love Story is an article by William Greider about news organizations' deliberate ignorance.
20000717 CARPENTERS' ISSUES Carpenters for a Democratic Union called for return of the union to membership control at the huge national convention of The United Brotherhood of Carpenters in Chicago in August, 2000. Labor Beat / Labor Express shows are being edited.
20000707 LABOR EXPRESS SHOW EXAMPLE (Cf. LB site catalogs and Streaming) New LE show. LABOR EXPRESS (radio), WLUW-FM, 88.7, 6:30pm, Sundays. July 9 show was -- Strike at 5-Star Hotel Laundry Labor Express gets picket-line interviews from the workers at Chicago's 5-Star Hotel Laundry on Division Street. The laundry is trying to prevent its workers from joining UNITE, and has tried to force the employees to sign a statement saying that they now work for a temp agency, in an effort to keep the legitimate union out. Interviewed also is UNITE organizer Jason Coulter.
20000704 LABOR BEAT PROVES TO BE A KEY LABOR SITE From the letter notifying us -- The page titled "Labor Beat", at www.laborbeat.org, was selected as a Links2Go Key Resource" in the Labor topic, at www.links2go.com/topic/Labor. How your page was selected Each quarter, Links2Go samples millions of web pages to determine which pages are most heavily cited by web pages authors, such as yourself. The most popular pages are downloaded and automatically categorized by topic. At most 50 of the pages related to a topic are selected as "Key Resources." Out of 50 pages selected as Key Resources for the Labor topic, your page ranked 7th. The Links2Go Key Resource award differs from other awards in two important ways. First, it is objective. Most awards rely on hand selection by one or more "experts," many of whom have only looked at tens or hundreds of thousands of pages in bestowing their awards. Selection for these awards means no more than that one person, somewhere, noticed your page and liked it enough to select it. The Key Resource award, on the other hand, is based on an analysis of millions of web pages. Any group or organization who conducts a similar analysis will arrive at similar conclusions. When Links2Go says your page is a Key Resource, we mean that your page is one of the most relevant pages related to a particular topic on the web today, using an objective statistical measure applied to an extremely large data set. Second, the Key Resource award is exclusive. We get literally hundreds of people requesting that their page be added to one or more topics per week. All of these requests are denied. The only way to get listed as a Key Resource is to achieve enough popularity for our analysis to select your pages automatically. We do not accept fees, offers of link exchanges, free advertising, or bartered livestock as inducements to add new sites to our lists. Fewer than one page in one thousand will ever be selected as a Key Resource. Once again, congratulations on your award! Links2Go Awards. firstname.lastname@example.org