Posts in category "Employment/Labor"

Community activists, unions raise populist message at ‘Take Back Chicago’ rally

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More than a thousand people gathered Tuesday evening for the “Take Back Chicago” rally and town hall meeting at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum. Members of various community organizations, activists and unions called attention to such issues as the minimum wage, affordable housing, a fair tax system, school closures and healthcare. Individuals asked... Read more »

Report: Downtown prospers while Chicago’s black, Latino communities slide

Report: Downtown prospers while Chicago’s black, Latino communities slide
Downtown job creation policies have significantly benefited white communities to the exclusion of the city’s black and Latino communities, according to a report released Tuesday by the Grassroots Collaborative, a coalition of Illinois community and labor organizations. The report, “Downtown Prosperity, Neighborhood Neglect: Chicago’s Black and Latino Workers Left Behind,” found that while Chicago taxpayers... Read more »

McDonald’s workers protest wages, target company president

A protester carries a megaphone as the crowd chants “Hold your burgers, hold your fries make our wages supersize” and “Hey, Jeff, look around, your fast-food workers run this town.”
More than 20 McDonald’s workers and members of the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago demonstrated Friday outside the Union League Club of Chicago, where McDonald’s USA president Jeff Stratton spoke. Protesters brandishing megaphones and signs called for a $15-per-hour minimum wage and the right to unionize without retaliation as part of the Fight for 15... Read more »
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Restaurant worker relies on SNAP benefits to get by

Nataki Rhodes has worked in the restaurant industry for more than a decade. During those years, Rhodes has always earned the state’s minimum wage. Her paycheck isn’t enough to cover rent, utilities, school supplies and groceries for herself and her son. She relies on the $200 in food stamps she received each month to get... Read more »

Make way for Ventra as technology, privatization displace CTA workers

Make way for Ventra as technology, privatization displace CTA workers
The Chicago Transit Authority came out with a big announcement one year ago: the flimsy, plastic transit cards Chicago had come to know, love, and find between the couch cushions would soon be no more. Instead, the CTA and Pace would be issuing a new fare system using personal bank-issued debit and credit cards. Chicago,... Read more »

The face of poverty in Chicago suburbs is no longer what you might think

If the suburbs once represented the American dream, recent poverty numbers show it may be time to reconsider the concept.  The suburbs once symbolized a certain level of financial success and comfort, while cities were where most of the nation’s poor lived. Now the suburbs seem to have caught up. In fact, since 1990 there... Read more »
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A way out of poverty: New Illinois law allows some felons to have their records sealed

A way out of poverty: New Illinois law allows some felons to have their records sealed
In the 1980s, Rita Allison shoplifted from a suburban department store. It happened so long ago that she doesn’t remember the name of the store, or what exactly it was she stole. But Allison, 55, said she was caught – and charged with six felony counts. The Chicago Reporter met Allison at a weekend forum... Read more »

Talking green on ‘The Barber Shop Show’

Talking green on ‘The Barber Shop Show’
Urban gardening, or as some call it, urban farming is taking root in low-income areas across Chicago, as green plots spring up on the thousands of acres of vacant lots that dot the South and the West Sides. And with it come skills, revenue and a greater sense of community. The growth of urban agriculture... Read more »

Should private lobbyists in Illinois get publicly funded pensions?

Should private lobbyists in Illinois get publicly funded pensions?
If the word “lobbyist” brings to mind someone working against the public interest, listen closely: Illinois is one of at least 20 states where private lobbyists can collect public pensions. According to an investigation released this week by the Associated Press, decades-old laws allow lobbyists who represent associations of states, counties, cities and school boards... Read more »
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Thousands commemorate March on Washington's 50th anniversary

A crowd moves through the Stadium-Armory Metro in Washington, D.C., on its way to 50th anniversary festivities for the March on Washington.
Tens of thousands from all across the country made their way Saturday to the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. On Aug. 28, 1963, several hundred thousand had stood in sweltering heat to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his historic “I Have... Read more »