We are deeply disturbed about recent reports
that suggest that the Chicago Transit Authority will end its ex-offender
rail car employment program.
African Americans are
disproportionately represented in Illinois’ prison population. More
often than not, these ex-offenders return to their home communities
after serving their sentences in prison. They return to communities
that have higher than average rates of unemployment and underemployment
caused by a chronic shortage of living wage jobs. Moreover, even
non-violent ex-offenders face statutory bars to employment and
government benefits that serve as perverse incentives for criminal behavior.
Workers at the Hudson News bookstore at both Midway and O'Hare
International airports say the company is not treating its North and
South Side employees equally, and they want the Chicago City Council to
investigate the issue.
Ald. Howard Brookins (21st), one of the
airport workers' advocates, introduced a non-binding resolution at
Wednesday's city council meeting that calls on the Aviation Committee to
hold a hearing about the compensation system and personnel practices
the company uses at both locations.
Hudson Midway workers receive
an average hourly wage of $8.92, while Hudson O'Hare employees are paid
an average of $10.05 per hour, Brookins' resolution reads. Hudson News
workers at O'Hare earn an average of $1.13 more an hour than their
counterparts at Midway, according to the hospitality union Unite Here
Local 1, which represents the Hudson News workers at O’Hare and Midway.
if you do the same work at the same company in the same city, do you
get paid less money?" Brookins said at a Wednesday morning news