Posts tagged "living wage"

Low-wage workers use minority unionism to fight for $15 minimum wage

Low-wage workers use minority unionism to fight for $15 minimum wage
When Judith Luna went to work at Sears, she never expected to be paid so little that she would seldom be able to shop at the clothing retail store. Nine dollars an hour barely covered her living costs, and it was especially hard when the store barely gave her enough hours to qualify as part-time... 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 »

What's up this week: Minimum wage bill approaching Senate floor; pressure building on Rep. Smith to step aside

Here’s a peek at what’s happening on the political front this week: A bill aimed at hiking the state’s hourly minimum wage to $10 from $8.25, originally thought to be headed to the Senate floor this week, is more likely to hit the Senate May 16, said 4th District state Sen. Kimberly Lightford, a Westchester... Read more »
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What kind of jobs are we adding to the economy?

What kind of jobs are we adding to the economy?
At last count, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said there were 3 million job openings in the United States. It might not feel like it to the 14 million Americans who are unemployed, but the economy is at least adding jobs, rather than losing them. But a couple of things that have come across... Read more »

Will the Cabrini Target be a job cornucopia?

The footprint of the last Cabrini Green high-rise to fall is still cluttered with chunks of concrete and debris. But where some see a pile of rubble on the Near North Side lot, officials at the retail giant Target see opportunity. The Minnesota-based corporation announced yesterday that it’s eying the swath of vacant lots that,... Read more »