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New Labor Party

June 07, 1996
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Kit Costello

president, California Nurses Association

Jerry Zero

local Teamsters representative and truck driver from Chicago

Larry Bensky reports from Cleveland for the founding convention of The Labor Party. Nine endorsing unions and hundreds of independent activists meet at the Cleveland Convention Center. Bensky and Amy Goodman speak to Kit Costello and Jerry Zero about creating a new political party.

Costello believes the party can ensure social and economic rights of workers, including working conditions, health care, and a living wage. The California Nurses Association, which she leads, has already pushed initiatives onto state ballots.

Zero sees the party as a way to speak for the working populace in a way that the Democrats and Republicans are not. Zero mentions strike-breaking legislation and free trade agreements as particular concerns for the labor movement and its future party.


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