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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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4:33pm
Wed Mar 5, 2014

Guest Post: McDonald’s: Rising Inequality Could Spur Higher Wages

The following is from the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago and the Fight for 15 campaign.

In its annual 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, McDonald’s, for the first time, admitted that it could be forced to raise wages due to increased focus on income inequality.

The company said that its results and financial condition could be affected by “the long-term trend toward higher wages and social expenses in both mature and developing markets, which may intensify with increasing public focus on matters of income inequality.”

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by Ashlee Rezin
5:41pm
Wed Feb 26, 2014

Taxi Drivers Call For A Fare Increase, Higher Wages In Chicago

Taxicab drivers — who are essential to the city’s economy, tourism and transportation — make far less than the minimum wage, according to a group of cabdrivers who took their message to City Hall on Wednesday and called on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to raise cab fares.

“The city sets all of these regulations as if they are our employer, but when it comes to what an employer would provide, they get away without having to provide any of those things, like minimum wage, like benefits, like health insurance, because they call us independent contractors,” said Melissa Callahan, leader of the advocacy group Cab Drivers for Justice. “They’re skirting a lot of their responsibilities.”

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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
12:46pm
Mon Feb 3, 2014

Fired Chicago Snarf's Workers Reach Settlement With Sandwich Shop Company

Fourteen former Chicago Snarf’s Sub Shop workers who were abruptly fired via email just days before Christmas from the River North location have reached a settlement with the Denver-based sandwich chain.

The fired employees, who were given pink slips on December 22, received a month's worth of back pay on Monday and have been guaranteed that they can have their jobs back once the River North restaurant reopens after a remodel. It is not known, however, how many of the 14 Snarf's employees will actually go back to work at the River North restaurant once it reopens.

The sandwich shop, located at 600 W. Chicago Ave., is being converted into one of Snarf's burger-concept chains, and it could reopen as early as mid-February, the former workers said. Snarf's officials say the change in the restaurant's model is in response to “increased competition and losses.”

The recent settlement follows multiple protests that the discharged Snarf's workers and their supporters, including the Worker’s Organizing Committee of Chicago (WOCC), have held against the "unjust" firings.

"Our goal was to send a strong message that we're not going to tolerate this kind of treatment," said Kevin Brown, 25, one of the fired River North sandwich makers. "We know that we were fired in an unjust manner, and we want to make sure that we get justice out of the situation, and we think we did through the settlement."

PI Original
by Aricka Flowers
8:07pm
Tue Jan 28, 2014

LIVE BLOG: State Of The Union Address 2014

As President Barack Obama gives his fifth State of the Union address Tuesday night, we will provide you with the highlights from the president's speech.

PI Original
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
3:24pm
Wed Jan 8, 2014

Fired Chicago Snarf's Workers Demand Back Pay, Reinstatement Of Jobs

   Snarf’s Sub Shop workers who were suddenly fired via email just days before Christmas from the River North location in Chicago say they want back pay and their jobs reinstated.

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