Posts tagged "unions"

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 »

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 »

What's up this week: Pension pinch, special session called in Springfield, little expected out of it

What's up this week: Pension pinch, special session called in Springfield, little expected out of it
State lawmakers will convene in Springfield on Aug. 17 for a one-day special session called by Gov. Pat Quinn to persuade them to pass “comprehensive” pension reform legislation. Little is expected to come of the one-day session, though. Democrats likely don’t want to pass legislation that will upset unions and labor organizations–big campaign donors–during an... Read more »
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What's up this week: Cabbies strike for fare hike, seek probe into lease overcharging

What's up this week: Cabbies strike for fare hike, seek probe into lease overcharging
Leaders from a ragtag Chicago taxi drivers union claim a five-hour citywide strike Monday is aimed at three issues they want the city to address. The demands: A 22 percent fare increase, a city investigation into cab companies that the union alleges have illegally overcharged drivers who lease cabs, and a one-year moratorium of the... Read more »

Illinois recall law much tougher than Wisconsin's to oust governor

Illinois recall law much tougher than Wisconsin's to oust governor
Wisconsin voters Blitzkrieged the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in a recall election won by incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker over challenger Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. The special election came compliments of pissed off pro-labor and progressive activists, who gathered more than 900,000 signatures supporting Walker’s recall — when only about 540,000 were needed... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Health exchange in limbo; subsidized child care at risk; Obama supports gay marriage; TIF reform?

The Illinois General Assembly is not expected to make any moves to create a state-run health care exchange, Crain’s reported on Thursday. Sources on both sides of the aisle in the statehouse said the inactivity is due to the pending Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care law.... Read more »
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Peoples' City Council meeting

Peoples' City Council meeting
It’s a classic tactic of community organizing: to get elected officials in a public space, in front of constituents, to demand a signal of support or opposition on a set of demands. Such was the point of last week’s “People’s City Council Meeting,” a raucous two-hour session organized by the Grassroots Collaborative, a coalition that... Read more »

News Roundup: Illinois jobless rate improving

According to a report released last week, Illinois’ unemployment rate fell from 10.3 in July to 10.1 in August. However, the state’s unemployment rate is still higher than the 9.6 national average, with one in ten people out of work. The current trend may signal a break in the 33 month unemployment increase that has... Read more »

The media mulls over Mayor Daley's legacy, and his replacement

The media is tracking the hits and misses of Mayor Daley as he announces his retirement. Big misses include corruption, and privatization. The tearing down of public housing is considered both a hit and a miss. Now politicians and advocates debate what kind of leader should replace Daley- African American? Pro-Business? Less autocratic? The TIF... Read more »
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Alderman calls for additional 1,000 cops for Chicago

Chicago needs to hire 1,000 more police officers immediately to keep the city safe, said a Near South Side alderman. A two-year cutback on hiring has left the city 2,230 officers short of authorized manpower every day. The mass hiring would cost Chicago an extra $70 million at a time when the city’s budget shortfall... Read more »