Life, Love & the Grind Bio:
Journalist, Entrepreneur and Labor Leader Raza Siddiqui has stood countless times with workers fighting for their rights. In his current role as the president of the CWA Unified Council and Regional Vice President of the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians, he fights every day to give workers in the broadcast industry the voice they deserve to fight for better working conditions and protections. He emphasizes bargaining for the training of workers in a dynamically changing industry. He is also a staunch advocate for Journalist rights having campaigned for Illinois Camera in the courtrooms and federal shields laws for journalists.
When he started his company Skyline Media the news team covered some of Chicagoland’s biggest stories including the arrest and trial of Governor Rod Blagojevich and Bolingbrook Police Sgt. Drew Peterson. At this time, he made sure his company contracting with networks, wire services, and international media outlets paid all their workers competitive rates above those negotiated by union contracts to show his commitment to his workforce, many of those same workers he represents today.
At NABET when asked to refrain from running against his current local president to be Regional Vice President, he declined, saying “the membership deserves a voice, not an appointment.” He unsurprisingly won that election demonstrating membership was ready to vote for their own will. He remains the only democratically elected officer in his local. An Emmy award-winning journalist, runner up in DuPage Senior Citizens Council Dancing with the stars, Raza believes in objectively presenting the story and letting the audience decide…Raza with his wife and three stepchildren by his side continues to give his membership and all Labor a voice and forum for discussion through his show Life Love and The Grind along with fellow labor activist Sean Allen and fill-in host and his better half Sara Sadat. He’s happy to join a great lineup at WCPT.
Sara Sadat is the progressive voice on the Village of Lisle Board. She faced ignorance and bigotry with a smile and prevailed. When she was told to “go back to her county “on the campaign trail”, she took the opportunity to openly tell her story while changing hearts and minds. Having overcome domestic violence she has now become a philanthropist and an activist for the very cause. As a senior leader for a Fortune 500 commercial banking industry, she takes pride in raising three children in DuPage County.
Sara was also profiled for her action which helped save a man’s life at the Morton Arboretum. Believing in action over promises, she stood true to her message and was the number one vote-getter as a new face beating an incumbent in a crowded field of 7 candidates. Alongside her husband and good friend Sean Allen, she stands with labor and stands in solidarity alongside her kids to all labor-related events along.
Sean Allen Organizer/Political director with the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Union. An elected trustee in Lisle Township and now Co-host of Life, Love, and the Grind. Our mission is to engage with leaders from our community and shine a light on Unions, Politics, activism, and all people working to spread a good message!
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