‘Laborvision’ debuts on CAT

Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition’s show features views about workers and public policy concerns.
Wednesday, December 22, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 10:16 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Columbia Access Television has added the award-winning show “Laborvision” to its Wednesday night lineup.

“Laborvision” first aired in Columbia on Dec. 15 and is making its second appearance at 6 tonight on Channel 3.

The show is produced by the Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition, or Pro-Vote, a group that recently opened a branch office in Columbia.

Pro-Vote offers an alternative to pro-industry viewpoints through “Laborvision,” which addresses public policy issues that directly affect Missourians.

“Laborvision,” a studio show hosted by John Hickey and Clara Faatz, was named the best local cable program by St. Louis’ Riverfront Times in 1997. Hickey is the executive director of Pro-Vote and Faatz is a utility workers union member. The show features different guests each week.

“‘Laborvision’ features working people talking about issues that affect working people in organized labor,” said Mark Fraley, Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition’s organizer.

The program focuses on issues such as the outsourcing of Missouri jobs and the plight of Missouri laundry workers’ battle to receive fair contracts.

“Laborvision” is broadcast to more than 400,000 Missouri households. It has been produced for more than 10 years and airs regularly in St. Louis, Jefferson City and the St. Charles area. The show will air on Columbia Access Television on a regular basis.

Although “Laborvision” is new to Columbia, the series has already featured two mid-Missourians from the Missouri Farmer’s Unionand will continue to localize stories and issues.

Today’s edition of Laborvision will concentrate on prescription drugs.

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