Posts tagged "minimum wage"

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 »

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 »

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 »
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The real nanny diaries: Domestic workers struggle with no minimum wage and poor working conditions

The real nanny diaries: Domestic workers struggle with no minimum wage and poor working conditions
No minimum wage, no overtime pay and working ’round the clock? It may sound illegal, but it’s perfectly legit when it comes to domestic workers. Nannies, housekeepers and caregivers don’t enjoy the basic labor rights the rest of us have, and a new report shows just how much they’re suffering because of it. The average... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Supreme Court rules on health care; cabbies plan strike; city passes pot law; Emanuel introduces new gun ordinance

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the majority of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law Thursday. Five of the nine justices ruled that key provisions, such as the individual mandate were constitutional. But it threw out a provision that would have withheld federal funds from states that elected not to expand their Medicaid programs. Check... Read more »

Community support pushing minimum wage bill to key vote one year after introduction

Community support pushing minimum wage bill to key vote one year after introduction
State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, the main sponsor of a bill to raise the minimum wage in Illinois, and a coterie of advocacy groups that support the legislation are feeling optimistic. The bill was introduced more than a year ago, in February 2011, and has been stalled ever since. But a vote Wednesday in the executive... Read more »
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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 »

Election season means legislative limbo, but do minimum wage and healthcare laws stand a chance?

Election season means legislative limbo, but do minimum wage and healthcare laws stand a chance?
When it comes to the Illinois General Assembly, everybody’s number is up this year, which means some key legislation is likely to be stymied by the politics of November’s general election. Nonetheless, there’s still some optimism, particularly among proponents of minimum wage and healthcare reforms, that a handful of bills just might gain some momentum... Read more »

Minimum wage in Illinois would help economic recovery, report says

Organizers and economists in Chicago are arguing for a grassroots stimulus plan that would increase consumer spending and close the wage gap–by raising wages. The Economic Policy Institute argues in a new report that gradually increasing the minimum wage in the next four years from the current $8.25 an hour to $10.65 by 2015 would... Read more »
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Car wash workers, who work only for tips, demand minimum wage in Little Village

About 50 people protested outside Little Village Car Wash, 2551 W. Cermak Road,  on Tuesday afternoon.  A delegation from Chicago Arise, a workers’ right organization, wanted to meet with the owner. The Chicago Reporter contacted the owner, but he did not call back by Tuesday night. © Community Renewal Society 2011