Posts tagged "Arise Chicago"

Labor fights back from one-two punch

Labor fights back from one-two punch
The numbers say it all. The unionized workforce has shrunk  because manufacturing jobs have been going overseas and the job growth in sectors like retail and service, where there are few unions. Organized labor has tried to reverse the trend. The unions’ methods range from welcoming immigrant workers into their ranks to having large demonstrations when state... Read more »

Chicago City Council says no to wage theft, passes ordinance

Chicago City Council says no to wage theft, passes ordinance
Businesses in Chicago that try to cut costs by paying their workers below minimum wage or skimping on overtime are going to have to change their ways. If they don’t, the businesses will lose their licenses under an ordinance that the City Council unanimously passed on Wednesday. The ordinance aims to protect workers like Liliana... Read more »

UIC study: Car washes in Chicago exploit workers, violate wage and safety laws

UIC study: Car washes in Chicago exploit workers, violate wage and safety laws
On a bad day Oscar Olivares earns $5 a day in tips working as a car washer, a good day can get him $55, but most of the time the pay is somewhere in between and that’s his only income for that day. The 45-year-old Salvadorian immigrant has been working in this industry for eight... Read more »
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At the People's Shareholder Meeting, we all are CME shareholders

According to the collection of non-profits that came out in force to protest the annual shareholder meeting of CME Group Inc. Wednesday, I’m a CME shareholder, you’re a CME shareholder and all of their members are CME shareholders. The company, the parent of futures exchanges Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board of Trade, was a... Read more »

Employers keep the cash, employees take home the risk

It seems like there was an era in America where there was a general contract between employers and employees. Employees work hard and dedicate their careers to helping a company earn a profit. In return, employers are loyal to those employees, offering them insurance, workers’ comp, and the general expectation of being taken care of... Read more »

Chicago workers fight back against stolen wages

Every week in Cook County, $7.3 million dollars is stolen, according to the Center for Urban Economic Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. No, it’s not a bank heist or even a sticky-fingered politician. It’s wage theft–employers stealing money rightly owed to their employees. Thursday was the national day against wage theft, and... Read more »
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Wanna get paid on time? Just hope your number gets drawn

It’s payday. Workers gather in the office to pick up their checks. But there won’t be any checks today – at least not for everyone. The big boss says there will be a lottery, and whoever wins will get paid. Don’t get your number pulled? Sorry. You may have worked a 40-hour week, but you... Read more »