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.
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.
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.
The following op-ed is byBrooke 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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.