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by Aaron Cynic
5:23pm
Wed Apr 15, 2015

A Look At The Morning Fight For 15 Protests In Chicago (VIDEO)

Workers fighting for higher wages and the right to unionize began a series of day-long rallies and speak-outs this morning in what organizers say will be the largest mobilization of low wage workers to date. Coordinated protests by the Fight for 15 movement and its allies are taking place in more than 200 cities in 30 countries with workers from multiple industries demanding a $15 an hour wage and better working conditions.

In Chicago, workers and their supporters rallied at numerous McDonald's locations across the city, beginning with an early morning demonstration that drew 200 at a South Side restaurant location at 8321 S. Ashland. The protests, led by fast food workers, have also drawn home care, child care and airport workers as well as college students, adjunct professors and Brink's armored car and armed security guards.

"I scrap and scrape and stress all day, every day," said Douglas Hunter, a 53-year-old maintenance worker at a McDonald's location on Chicago's West side. Hunter, who has a 16-year-old daughter, has participated in numerous strikes for more than a year. He said low wages contribute to the degradation of neighborhoods.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
1:13pm
Thu Apr 2, 2015

Chicago Fast Food Workers Call McDonald's Wage Increase A 'Slap In The Face' (VIDEO)

Chicago fast food workers and their allies from Action Now protested Thursday in response to McDonald's announcement that it will soon raise wages, but only for some employees.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
2:16pm
Thu Jan 29, 2015

UNITE HERE Airline Catering Workers Launch Affordable Health Care Campaign (VIDEO)

Airline food service workers took their new "nickel a ticket" campaign for affordable health care to the downtown Chicago headquarters of United Airlines Thursday morning.

Gate Gourmet airline catering employees at O'Hare International Airport, represented by UNITE HERE Local 1, delivered a letter to the airline's offices at Willis Tower, calling on United to set aside one nickel per passenger ticket to help "fix the problem of unaffordable health care" for the workers.

The letter was delivered on behalf of more than 10,000 airline food service workers from various catering companies at 42 U.S. airports, according to organizers. In addition to the letter, Chicago Gate Gourmet employees dropped off a box to United's offices containing photos of 1,000 of the catering workers who have signed a petition asking the airline to earmark a nickel per passenger ticket for health care costs.

UNITE HERE's national "nickel a ticket" worker campaign, launched on Thursday, is targeting United, as well as American and Delta airlines.

"We're in Chicago with our group, and we have workers that are rallying also in Atlanta, which is the home of Delta Airlines. We have workers in Dallas, home of American, and 17 additional cities across the U.S. starting the campaign today," said Meghan Cohorst, spokeswoman for UNITE HERE Local 1, which represents 900 Gate Gourmet workers at O'Hare.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
2:06pm
Tue Jan 20, 2015

Manufacturing Wages On The Decline, Experts Say

A recent report shows that U.S. manufacturing wages have tumbled over the past decade. Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the findings and gets reaction from U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, who has been working on efforts to promote job training and growth in manufacturing. 

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
11:02am
Fri Jan 16, 2015

Hundreds March In Chicago To 'Reclaim' MLK's Message (VIDEO)

Hundreds marched and rallied in Chicago Thursday evening to "reclaim" the legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a demonstration organized, in part, by middle schoolers. Progress Illinois provides highlights from the youth-led protest.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
3:58pm
Fri Dec 19, 2014

Federal $10.10 Minimum Wage Would Benefit 25 Million Workers, Study Finds

More than 60 million people in working U.S. households rely on the income of a low-wage worker, 25 million of whom would benefit from a $10.10 an hour federal minimum wage, according to a new study. Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the report's findings and who would be impacted by such a wage increase in Illinois.

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