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by Ellyn Fortino
4:40pm
Thu Mar 13, 2014

Class Action Lawsuits Filed Against McDonald's Alleging 'Unlawful Pay Practices'

McDonald's employees in three states have taken their workers' rights grievances to court. A total of seven class action lawsuits have been brought against McDonald's and some of the fast food giant's franchisees by workers in California, Michigan and New York. The suits, which were filed Wednesday and Thursday, accuse McDonald's of various "unlawful pay practices," ranging from failing to provide workers with proper overtime compensation to forcing employees to work off the clock.

“These suits have be filed to stop this widespread wage theft,” said Joseph Sellers, co-counsel in the lawsuits filed in California and New York. "These cases have been brought together, because they highlight a broad array of unlawful pay practices, which together reflect ways in which McDonald's has withheld pay to its low-wage workers in order to enrich the corporation and its shareholders."

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by Ellyn Fortino
7:23pm
Mon Mar 10, 2014

Chicago McDonald's Workers Celebrate International Women's Day, Call For An End To Verbal Abuse

    Fast food workers and their supporters protested at Chicago's Rock N' Roll McDonald's on Saturday afternoon to call out a restaurant manager who allegedly told an employee to "put a bullet" in her head.

Members of the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago (WOCC) and the Fight for 15 campaign staged the demonstration to coincide with International Women's Day. 

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by Ellyn Fortino
2:43pm
Wed Feb 26, 2014

Chicago Fast Food Workers Kick Off Campaign To Demand More Work Hours

The Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago officially launched the “More Hours Now!” campaign at a Wednesday morning protest outside of the McDonald’s at Chicago and Damen Avenues. Progress Illinois was there to learn more about the new effort.

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by Ellyn Fortino
1:56pm
Thu Jan 9, 2014

Minimum Wage Lights Up Guv's Race, Study Shows Increase Could Bring 5 Million Out Of Poverty (UPDATED)

About 4.6 million Americans could emerge from poverty if the federal minimum wage was bumped up to $10.10 an hour, a recent study by a University of Massachusetts-Amherst economist shows. Progress Illinois takes a look at the national study as well as the minimum wage battle that has recently cropped up in the race for Illinois governor. 

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by Ellyn Fortino
4:16pm
Thu Dec 5, 2013

Chicago Fast Food, Retail Workers Walk Off The Job, Take Part In 100-City Strike (VIDEO)

A few hundred Chicago fast food and retail workers walked off the job Thursday as part of a national day of strikes for higher wages and the right to form a union without retaliation. Progress Illinois provides a snapshot of some of the day's protests.

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by Ellyn Fortino
3:48pm
Tue Nov 12, 2013

Report: Pay Gap Between Top Administrators, Workers Skyrockets At University Of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

A new report shows that the pay gap between top University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) administrators and the school's clerical and technical staff have worsened over recent years to the point where many employees have trouble supporting their families and affording basic needs. 

AFSCME Council 31, which represents frontline University of Illinois employees, issued the “University of Inequality?” report Monday, which found that 68 full-time UIUC workers currently make less than $23,550, which is the poverty threshold for a family of four. Meanwhile, the university’s 50 highest-paid employees are set to rake in an average salary of $397,141 each this year, which is a 25 percent increase in average top earnings compared to 2010.

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