President Bush has been traveling through the former USSR this week: in Riga (Latvia), Moscow and Tbilisi (Georgia) to meet with Putin during the week of commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Soviet Defeat of Nazi Germany in WWII â€“ and Bush has been lecturing to Putin on Democracy -- from the former republics most hostile to Russia. In turn, Putin has reminded Bush of Americaâ€™s quasi-democratic practices, evidenced in the 2000 election, the electoral college and hinted that Bush shouldnâ€™t poke his nose in Russian domestic politics. Ron Suny joins us to comment on the Bush-Putin relationship.
We then turn to Los Angelesâ€™ Mayoral Race, its relation to organized labor, the sudden death of LA Labor boss Miguel Contreras on Friday and what it all portends for Los Angeles and labor. Joining us are Occidental College Prof Peter Dreier and UCLA Labor Centerâ€™s Kent Wong.
And we round out the hour with UNITE-HEREâ€™s Christina Vasquez for an update on Angelicaâ€™s dirty laundry and its striking workers.
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Bush in Russia, Putin Nostalgic for the Good Ol Days
Ronald Suny, Professor of History and Political Science at the University of Chicago, and author of â€œThe making of the Georgian Nation
Peter Dreier, Professor of Politics at Occidental College, and coauthor of The Next Los Angeles: The Struggle for a Livable City
Long-Time head of LA County Federation of Labor Dies
Kent Wong, Director of the UCLA Labor Center and the founding president of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)
Angelica Labor Dispute
Christina Vasquez, Regional Manager of UNITE-HERE Western Stateâ€™s Regional Joint Board and International Vice-President