BTS 5/9/2005 - Bush In Russia; Mayoral Politics; Miguel Contreras Remembered; Angelica Labor Dispute

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 – and Bush has been lecturing to Putin on Democracy -- from the former republics most hostile to Russia. In turn, Putin has reminded Bush of America’s quasi-democratic practices, evidenced in the 2000 election, the electoral college and hinted that Bush shouldn’t poke his nose in Russian domestic politics. Ron Suny joins us to comment on the Bush-Putin relationship.

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We then turn to Los Angeles’ 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 Center’s Kent Wong.

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And we round out the hour with UNITE-HERE’s Christina Vasquez for an update on Angelica’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 “The making of the Georgian Nation

Mayoral Politics

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 State’s Regional Joint Board and International Vice-President