Posts tagged "labor"

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 »

The clock is ticking to get tickets for the Reporter’s “Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me!” fundraiser

The Chicago Reporter is an investigative magazine that doesn’t shy away from the tough issues. Our 40th anniversary edition of the magazine shows just that: We looked at some of the changes in 40 years of the Reporter’s main beats–criminal justice, immigration, labor and housing. But we also know when it’s time to celebrate the... Read more »

Facing layoff, a CPS custodian sees few options

A bright welcoming banner with blue and yellow lettering offsets the bleakness of the long, gray concrete wall across the street from Mahalia Jackson Elementary School. The canvas banner has cracks in it that runs across Jackson’s portrait, yet the face of the woman known as the Queen of Gospel beams out at the world.... Read more »
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Domestic workers bill of rights seeks to regulate “wild west” of labor rights abuses

Domestic workers bill of rights seeks to regulate “wild west” of labor rights abuses
Nannies, home-care workers and other domestic workers have long fallen between the cracks of employment law. Eric Rodriguez, executive director of the Latino Union, a workers’ center helping low-wage earners, compared it to the “wild west”–so few labor protections that minimum-wage and overtime violations run rampant in the industry. With a pending Domestic Workers’ Bill... Read more »

House upholds prison-funding veto, meaning Tamms and other facilities may close

House upholds prison-funding veto, meaning Tamms and other facilities may close
The funding fight over the future of some of Illinois prisons and other facilities has been settled, at least for the time being. The Illinois House on Wednesday decided not to take an override vote on Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget cuts. It was the last legislative volley of sorts in a long back-and-forth over the... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Election Day, the other Romney, a post-racial US, and declining unions

What's Up This Week: Election Day, the other Romney, a post-racial US, and declining unions
Election Day. The billions of dollars spent, the contentious debates and passionate speeches all come down to this day. On Nov. 6 voters head to the polls to pick their leaders from the White House to local races. The Other Romney. Republican Mitt Romney caught a lot of flack about his opinion on government aid when... Read more »
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Slideshow: Chicago teachers go on strike for first time in 25 years

Teachers pick up picketing signs and other materials from the Chicago Teachers Union strike headquarters on the morning of Sept.10, 2012. Talks broke down on the final day of negotiations between the CTU and the district, sparking the city's first teachers strike in 25 years. Photo by Jonathan Gibby.
It’s official: the Chicago Teachers Union is on strike. That was clear Monday morning when clusters of teachers, parents and students held signs while marching in front of schools. At some schools, they were chanting for what they called a fair contract. The cars that whizzed reflected the varying opinions Chicagoans have about the strike.... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Countdown to teachers' strike; TIF revenue falls; IL partners on insurance exchange

Illinois will partner with the federal government to offer a health insurance exchange in 2014, The State Journal-Register reported Thursday. “Logistical challenges” prevented the state from creating its own exchange, which health advocates wanted. That way, a state-appointed board of directors could determine how it works. The exchange is essentially an online marketplace where consumers... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Mixed reviews on cab strike; Rep. Smith's attorney wants House to slow down; Rep. Joe Walsh has controversial week

Chicago cab drivers held a partial strike Monday, the success of which varies depending on whom you speak with. Fayez Khozindar, chair of the United Taxidrivers Community Council–which staged the strike–claimed several times this week that “80 percent” of the city’s cab drivers were on strike from 6-11 a.m., Monday. There are roughly 12,000 cab... Read more »
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Race, poverty and politics: Obama halts deportations; Rahm backs decriminalizing small amounts of pot; CTU vote means hot summer ahead; Cook to boost set-asides

President Obama bypassed Congress Friday and announced the U.S. will stop deporting undocumented immigrants who are currently under 30 years old, who came to the U.S. before they turned 16 and have lived here at least five years. To be eligible, they also can’t have a criminal record, have earned a high school diploma or... Read more »