Co-hosts Al Bradbury and Deborah Schwartz bring you a Membership Drive special on labor in the financial sector. Banks get bailed out and workers get left out! As our economy spiraled out of control, the eight Big Banks received a total of $125 Billion in taxpayer funds. Bank CEOs got bonuses even as many banks amped up lobbying against the Employee Free Choice Act. But in our discussion of the financial crisis, front-line bank workers are often left ou
Last December, working people around the world celebrated the victory of the Republic Window and Door Factory workers, members of United Electrical workers, who occupied their factory for six days and won their struggle to hold Bank of America accountable to pay them the money they were owed at the closing of their factory. Today on Labor Radio we hear about two more factory worker struggles out of Illinois, the Hartmarx suit factory workers in Chicago, members of Workers United, and the Quad City Die Casting factory workers, members of United Electrical Workers. In both of the struggles this spring, the opponent is not Bank of America but its class comrade Wells Fargo. Are banks the new bosses? And why all this militancy out of Illinois?
Sean Leys, Los Angeles public school teacher and AFT member, found the support of his dry cleaner and even the rival school's debate team when he participated in a 24-day hunger strike against 6,000 teacher layoffs he said would violate students' civil rights. Now he and fellow teachers are organizing a radical volunteer summer school. For more, see LA Hungry 4 Ed.