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by Michael Joyce
12:25pm
Thu Oct 8, 2015

Parents, Advocates Speak Out Against CPS Special Education Cuts

Newly announced cuts to special education in Chicago spurred parents to gather for a special town hall meeting Tuesday night to discuss the potential impact of the public school district's latest budget move.

Amber Smock, director of advocacy for Access Living, described the budget cuts as "morally wrong," adding that it demonstrates school officials' lack of the creativity needed to find other ways to curb expenses.

"The Chicago Public Schools budget crisis facing students with disabilities is one of the worst we've seen in ten years," said Smock. "The fact that CPS [Chicago Public Schools] has chosen to make most of their budget cuts on the backs of students with disabilities is unfair and incomprehensible."

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by Ashlee Rezin
11:35am
Wed Feb 11, 2015

Victory for Workers: Cook Co. Board Passes Anti-Wage Theft Law (VIDEO)

The Cook County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously passed legislation that aims to protect employee wages and force businesses to more closely follow labor laws.

Under the ordinance, companies or business owners found guilty of wage theft are barred for five years from obtaining Cook County procurement contracts, business licenses or property tax incentives. Also, companies pursuing business with the county will now have to certify compliance with federal and state wage and labor laws.

"[Wage theft] is unfair to hard-working employees and their families and it's unfair to competing businesses which are operating within the confines of the law," said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, shortly after Tuesday's vote. "The legislation passed today will make Cook County a national leader targeting wage theft."

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by Ashlee Rezin
4:32pm
Tue Oct 28, 2014

Protesters: Ferrara Candy Co. Does Not Hire African Americans (VIDEO)

African Americans are not being provided an equal opportunity for work at Ferrara Candy Company, according to a group of protesters who took their message to the company's Forest Park factory Tuesday morning.

"Ferrara Candy makes millions of dollars, particularly in the Halloween season, on the folks in this community. We want them to ensure the people who make their candy in this community are the folks that actually live in this community," said Elce Redmond, organizer with the South Austin Coalition Community Council.

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by Ellyn Fortino
7:06pm
Tue Jul 29, 2014

NLRB Finds McDonald's Liable For Actions Of Franchisees; Fast Food Movement Applauds

The National Labor Relations Board's general counsel decided Tuesday that McDonald's can be declared a "joint employer" with its franchise owners in unfair labor practice complaints filed by workers, a preliminary ruling that is a big win for the fast food giant's employees, who are fighting for $15 an hour and a union.

Today's decision by the NLRB's general counsel "shows that McDonald's can no longer hide behind franchisees for illegal treatment of workers," said Kendall Fells, organizing director for the Fast Food Forward workers campaign. "The federal government has found sufficient evidence to charge that McDonald's plays a key role in employment decisions at its stores ... It's clear to workers in these stores that the real boss is really McDonald's, and now, the NLRB general counsel has recognized that as well."

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