Over the weekend, the SEIU executive board officially elected Mark Kay Henry as president Andy Stern's successor. Watch her remarks:
If you want to learn more, be sure to check out her interview with the New York Times' Steven Greenhouse, in which she said she wants to see SEIU unionize more than 150,000 workers a year and added she has no plans at this time to rejoin the AFL-CIO. She alse refused to rule out such a move while talking withPolitico's Ben Smith. (Full disclosure: The SEIU Illinois State Council sponsors this website.)
Under Gov. Pat Quinn's "Put Illinois to Work" program, which started last week, 349 employers have so far hired more than 2,800 workers. The program -- funded through the federal stimulus bill -- seeks to provide jobs to 15,000 Illinoisans with incomes below 200% of the federal poverty line. It incentivizes employers to hire them by covering the first six months of their pay.
This week, lawmakers in Springfield will debate how to revamp and revitalize Chicago's struggling convention business.
House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) says he's looking into privatizing the public authority that runs McCormick Place, a move supported by the General Assembly's chief adviser on the topic. (Check out his full list of recommendations here.)
of UNITE HERE Local 1 -- still locked in a bitter contract dispute with
the city's major hotel operators -- are taking matters into their own hands.
Below is a slick video featuring local hospitality workers promoting Chicago
as a vacation and convention destination. Watch it:
The union is sponsoring a contest to name the video, which will "involve the public ... in promoting Chicago." Click here for more information.
Before a $3 billion merger between United and Continental Airlines is
finalized, the labor unions representing United employees are putting
on their employer to give back much of the pay the unions
relinquished during the carrier’s bankruptcy proceedings."We want to
share in the rewards," Captain Wendy Morse, head of the United chapter
of the Air Line Pilots Association, told Crain's. "(The merger) won’t move forward without us." Pilots are also seeking an equity stake in the newly-formed company.
In response to a petition on their site urging Congress to create a fifth tier of federal jobless benefits, Change.org is profiling five long-term unemployed individuals who have exhausted their aid and are still struggling to find work. Each of these "99ers" (a reference to the maximum number of weeks of benefits available) hails from a different part of the country. Chicago-based journalist Megan Cottrell is heading up the project and her subjects have so far hailed from Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Battle Creek, MI.
Also, the letter in question has almost reached 23,000 signatures and is now Change.org's sixth most popular petition of all time.