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by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Aug 27

Study: Wage Growth Remains Sluggish For Most American Workers

Real hourly wages fell for just about all U.S. workers, including those with a college degree, between the first half of 2013 and the first half of 2014, according to an analysis of new wage data by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). 

The EPI study, "Why America's Workers Need Faster Wage Growth — And What We Can Do About It," looked at the most recent and available wage data by decile and educational attainment.

"The recovery has not been completely jobless for a while now, but it does continue to be pretty much wageless, or at least wage growthless," said EPI economist Elise Gould, the study's author. Read more »

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by Aaron Cynic
Tue Aug 26

On Women's Equality Day, Quinn Signs Law Protecting Working Pregnant Moms

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation Tuesday that provides extra protection for pregnant women on the job.

“It’s important for employers to know, by law, that accommodations are sometimes necessary for our pregnant moms,” said Quinn at a press conference at the Alivio Medical Center in Pilsen. “This is really the best way to help families in Illinois. We want our families to be healthy from the start.”

House Bill 8, sponsored by State Rep. Mary Flowers (D-Chicago) and State Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) makes it a civil rights violation to refuse to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees who decide to work while they carry their baby to term.

“I’ve heard horror stories of women being fired from their jobs or having to hide their pregnancy because if their bosses knew they were pregnant early on they would’ve been fired,” said Flowers. “Women have even lost their babies because the employer would not make the type of accommodations necessary for them.”   Read more »

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by Anthony Burke Boylan
Tue Aug 26

Chicago Immigration Reform Advocates Press Local ICE Director For Action On Pending Deportation Cases

Josefa Gonzalez and her two children felt secure when her partner, Wilson Gomez-Pu, was working full time and supporting the family.

But that all changed when Gomez-Pu has was placed in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility. He has been facing possible deportation for the last year on a nearly 14-year-old order despite having no history of violent crime. And now his family, including children Wilson, 11 and Dalilah, 7, are threatened with eviction.

It was for his case and many others like it that dozens of protesters rallied in front of the ICE field office, 101 W. Congress Parkway, Monday as immigration reform advocates met with local director Ricardo Wong. They asked for a speedy resolution for pending cases, a release for Gomez-Pu and other detainees, and additional reforms. Read more »