Posts tagged "SEIU"

What's Up This Week: Replacing Jesse Jackson Jr.; dwindling SROs and school closings

Decisions, decisions. Gov. Pat Quinn is to decide on the schedule for the special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned citing health reasons. Several seasoned politicians have already expressed an interest in the post. School Closings. The state legislature will debate Tuesday whether to extend the deadline for Chicago Public Schools... Read more »

Is Chicago still a union town?

Is Chicago still a union town?
“Get up, get down, Chicago is a union town.” One of the most popular chants during September’s teachers strike spoke to the city’s proud labor history. It was the town where the teachers movement union began in 1897, immigrant workers organized the meatpacking industry in the 1930s and the demand for an eight-hour day took... 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 »