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Episode 162: The Great Chicago Blitz of 2017


Hear how Teamsters at the local, regional and international level joined together in the Chicagoland region late last year as part of a weeklong organizing “blitz” that challenged logistics companies XPO and ITS ConGlobal to recognize unionization efforts by their workers. Plus, legendary country music venue the Grand Ole Opry’s union ties.



This episode features interviews with IBT Organizing Director Jeff Farmer; XPO driver Ryan Jinota; XPO driver Jose Ramirez; Teamsters organizer Joel Wood; XPO campaign organizer Jamie Welsh; XPO campaign organizer Paul Krenz; XPO campaign organizer Mario Gonzalez; XPO worker James Plimmer; ITS ConGlobal terminal operator Jeff Kensey; ITS ConGlobal terminal operator Daniel Newborn; former ITS ConGlobal worker Paul Garza; ITS ConGlobal worker Ken Burlson 

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