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by Steven Ross Johnson
4:07pm
Mon Nov 12, 2012

Janitors Protest New City Contract That Could Result In Lost Jobs, Wages

Dozens of custodial workers from O’Hare International Airport filled the fifth floor of City Hall Friday in protest of a recent city contract. The Emanuel administration recently awarded a new five-year janitorial contract with a company that may replace more than 300 union jobs at the airport with non-union, lower-paying positions by next month.

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by Matthew Blake
4:53pm
Fri Oct 5, 2012

Layoffs And Uncertainty At Illinois DCFS

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services postponed 375 layoffs that the agency was scheduled to make this week, citing a delay in the administrative process. But cutbacks at DCFS are well under way.

Quick Hit
by Aricka Flowers
6:55pm
Fri Sep 28, 2012

UNITE HERE Local 1 Members See Obama As Source of Inspiration (VIDEO)

As election day nears, members of UNITE HERE Local 1 were asked about what they thought of President Barack Obama and the job he has done thus far. A recurrent theme of seeing the President as a source of inspiration ran through many of their responses and was the catalyst for a new video released by the union this week.

The video touches on how Obama administration policies have assisted in helping students pay for college as well as the racial impact of Obama being elected president.

Quick Hit
by Progress Illinois
9:17am
Thu Sep 27, 2012

Op-Ed: Gov. Quinn's Office Sets The Record Straight On Policies, Relationship With Unions

The following op-ed is by Brooke Anderson, Press Secretary to Governor Pat Quinn.

Nobody is more committed to improving life for working families than Governor Quinn. Some of your readers will recall that back in 1993, Governor Quinn was among the few elected officials to stand with organized labor in opposing NAFTA. For three decades, he advocated for a humane minimum wage and workers’ rights. He has joined union brothers and sisters on more picket lines than any Illinois Governor in memory, dating back to his meeting César Chávez in the 1970s. Governor Quinn organized the Citizens Utility Board – along with groups like the Labor Coalition for Public Utilities – which has saved Illinois consumers $10 billion in utility rate reductions and refunds since 1985.

Since he became governor, jobs have been Governor Quinn’s number one priority. And his efforts have produced solid results for the working people of Illinois.

Quick Hit
by Steven Ross Johnson
12:35pm
Mon Sep 24, 2012

Study Shows Deplorable Conditions, Wage Theft In Chicago Car Wash Industry Fueling Push For Unionization (VIDEO)

Worker-rights advocates are calling on Chicago car wash owners to clean up their act when it comes to providing a fair wage to their workers, following the findings of a University of Illinois study that found incidents involving wage theft and hazardous working conditions appear to be a systemic problem within the industry throughout the area.

The study found that more than 75 percent of car wash workers received hourly pay that was below the state’s minimum wage of $8.25, resulting in an average annual loss of $4,413 per worker and a total combined yearly loss of about $2.5 million.  

Quick Hit
by Progress Illinois
5:26pm
Tue Aug 7, 2012

Op-Ed: The Caterpillar Strike And The Middle Class

The following is written by Ron Kurowski of the South Suburban MoveOn Council.

It is not unusual for a company if it is in financial distress, faced with outrageous demands or is unable to compete in a tough economy to play hard-ball during contract negotiations with a union. However none of these apply to the strike by Local 851 of the International Association of Machinists at Caterpillar’s hydraulic manufacturing plant in Channahon, IL. That is what makes this work-stoppage so troubling.

Caterpillar is a very profitable company. It reported second-quarter profits of $1.7 billion, up 67 percent from a year earlier; a year in which Caterpillar earned $4.7 billion in profits. Despite its profitability and the fact that Caterpillar workers had their wages frozen during the previous six-year contract, the company is demanding the wage freeze be extended for its 780 union members for six more years, that workers pay a greater share of health care costs and that major changes be made to the seniority provision in the contract.

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by Steven Ross Johnson
1:17pm
Mon Dec 19, 2011

UNITE HERE's Struggle With Hyatt Continues

The latest chapter in the ongoing labor dispute between Hyatt Hotels Corp. and workers unfolded Thursday as union members took to the picket line to protest against claims the hotel chain planned to cut worker health benefits by early next year unless their boycott came to an end.

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