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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
2:34pm
Thu Oct 27, 2016

White House Encourages States To Ban Non-Compete Agreements, Illinois Attorney General Agrees

The Obama administration is urging states to ban unnecessary non-compete agreements that can hinder wage growth and labor market competition. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who has been active in the push to limit improper non-competes, commended the White House's call to action.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
6:31pm
Tue Aug 2, 2016

Low-Wage Workers To Push For 'Inclusive Prosperity' At Fight for $15 National Convention

The first-ever nationwide Fight for $15 convention will be held next week in Richmond, Virginia. Low-wage workers will call attention to economic and racial justice issues, including "the enduring effects of slavery on black workers." Progress Illinois talked with a Chicago worker who plans to attend the two-day event.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
3:47pm
Thu Jun 16, 2016

Chicago Workers Cheer Committee Passage Of Paid Sick Time Ordinance

Chicago workers burst into cheers Thursday after a city council committee advanced legislation to make earned paid sick leave a requirement in the Windy City.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
3:03pm
Wed May 25, 2016

Fast Food Workers Protest In Chicago Ahead Of McDonald's Annual Shareholder Meeting (VIDEO)

Progress Illinois provides highlights from the first of several Fight for $15 protests happening in Chicago this week ahead of McDonald's annual shareholder meeting. 

Quick Hit
by Progress Illinois
3:20pm
Wed May 18, 2016

Guest Article: 35 Years Of Workers Leading The Effort To Improve Fast-Food Jobs

The following is written by Keith Kelleher, president of SEIU* Healthcare Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Kansas.

This month people like Adriana Alvarez will come to Oak Brook, Ill. for the annual McDonald's shareholders' meeting. As McDonald's pats itself on the back for its highest-ever stock price, Adriana and hundreds of other McDonald's workers will protest and call for $15 and union rights.

Adriana is someone to watch. Earlier this year she met with other fast food workers in Denmark. There she said: "I really fear for Christmas because I can't afford the toys my son wants and I know he will be disappointed."

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
3:19pm
Wed May 4, 2016

Wage Theft Alleged In Lawsuit Against Chicago Dunkin' Donuts Franchisee (VIDEO)

Former Dunkin' Donuts franchise workers filed a federal class action lawsuit Wednesday, alleging wage theft at 16 downtown Chicago locations operated by the same owner.

The suit alleges that the franchise owner frequently made unauthorized deductions from workers' paychecks for cash register shortages, manipulated time cards and failed to pay the minimum wage and overtime.

Christina Padilla, 23, is one of two former Dunkin' Donuts franchise workers named as plaintiffs in the suit, which is seeking class action status to cover over 100 current and former employees of the locations in question.

"Workers have [had their] wages stolen, and they have been mistreated until they quit," Padilla said in announcing the class action suit.

Quick Hit
by Michael Joyce
5:55pm
Mon May 2, 2016

Fight For $15 Takes Battle For A Living Wage To Chicago Suburbs

The Fight for $15 campaign is taking their call for a wage increase and better working conditions to the Chicago suburbs. The workers' rights campaign held a rally at Evanston's Fountain Square over the weekend.

Emboldened by recent Fight for $15 victories in New York and California, speakers called out McDonald's and other low-wage employers, demanding that they at least match Chicago's recent minimum wage increase.

"We all know Evanston is becoming increasingly less welcome to low-income residents by way of rising property values and less affordable housing," said Gabriel Machabanski, of the Open Communities organization. "Equally important, but less emphasized, is the stagnant poverty wages. Chicago has taken action and increased its minimum wage. There's no reason workers on this side of Howard should be making less than $10 an hour."

Illinois Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) also spoke at the event, saying that the economic landscape of the country has changed over the last 30 years, concentrating the distribution of wealth among the elite.

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