Fast food workers and their supporters protested at Chicago's Rock N' Roll McDonald's on Saturday afternoon to call out a restaurant manager who allegedly told an employee to "put a bullet" in her head.
Members of the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago (WOCC) and the Fight for 15 campaign staged the demonstration to coincide with International Women's Day.
Back in December, Rock N' Roll McDonald's employee Carmen Navarrette, 46, got sick on the job after having a diabetic episode. She claims her manager told her to "put a bullet in your head" after she asked to leave work due to her illness. Navarrette said her manager has not faced disciplinary action for making the alleged comments.
"(Women) are the heart and soul of McDonald's, and in honor of International Women's Day, I'm asking you to stop the verbal abuse," Navarrette said, speaking through a translator.
At a packed community meeting Thursday night, residents of East Side, South Deering and other far Southeast Side neighborhoods said they want the petcoke piles stored near their homes to completely disappear.
"We want to be very clear that moving forward, our demands are that the petcoke piles are completely removed, not enclosed," Olga Bautista with the Southeast Side Coalition Against Petcoke said at the meeting, held at the Eastside Methodist Church.
The company said that its results and financial condition could be affected by “the long-term trend toward higher wages and social expenses in both mature and developing markets, which may intensify with increasing public focus on matters of income inequality.”
Chicagoans who attended a recent town hall meeting about mental health services are worried about what will happen to the city's existing mental health clinics and its clients after Medicaid managed care is expanded in Illinois.
Given the recent findings, housing advocates say it is crucial that the state restore funding for the education of students with unstable homes.
"We’ve got this exploding population, but yet districts don’t have sufficient resources to adequately serve them," said Patricia Nix-Hodes, associate director of the law project at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.