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by Aaron Cynic
5:04pm
Mon Dec 2, 2013

Workers Push Back Against Walmart During Black Friday Protests

Hundreds demonstrated outside Walmart stores across the country on Black Friday to protest what they say are “poverty wages” and poor working conditions for workers of the retail giant. Organizers with the group OUR Walmart say more than 110 people were arrested at various Black Friday demonstrations in cities across the country, according to the protest organizers, in cities including Sacramento, St. Paul, Seattle and Chicago. In total, demonstrations took place in 46 states across the country.

“We cannot wait any longer. That’s why I’m standing up today – for my coworkers, my family and my community,” said Myron Bird, a worker from Walmart’s Lakeview location in Chicago. Bird was arrested with nine others at the Chicago store for participating in civil disobedience and blocking the street.

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by Ellyn Fortino
3:25pm
Thu Nov 21, 2013

Walmart Workers To Hold 1,500 National Black Friday Protests

Walmart workers and their supporters plan to hold 1,500 protests nationwide against the mega retailer on Black Friday, including actions in Illinois, members of OUR Walmart announced on a conference call with reporters Thursday.

Organizers with OUR Walmart, a group that formed two years ago and is connected to the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, are anticipating an even bigger turnout than last year's Black Friday protests, which were attended by some 30,000 people at 1,000 Walmart stores in 46 states.

“Black Friday 2013 will mark a turning point in American history,” said Dorian Warren, an expert on labor politics and an associate professor at Columbia University. “Fifteen hundred protests against Walmart is unprecedented. Working families are fighting back like never before, and have the support of America behind them."

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
1:03pm
Fri Aug 2, 2013

Bakery Workers Protest Company's Alleged Union Busting, Prepare For Strike (VIDEO)

Bakery workers and their supporters protested outside of Elk Grove Village's Grecian Delight Thursday to criticize the company’s alleged attempts to dismantle the union during contract negotiations.

“They want to exploit cheap labor, they want to get rid of union security,” said Margarito Diaz, a union representative for Workers United. “Workers are ready to do whatever needs to be done to protect the issue of seniority, the issue of temporary employees and access, and union security.”

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by Ashlee Rezin
11:57am
Mon Feb 4, 2013

Chicago Textile Workers Organize To Fight Unfair Labor Conditons & Low Wages

Workers at Artistic Stitches in Chicago’s Westside neighborhood of Ukrainian Village voted in favor of joining the Workers United union last month, claiming lack of holiday pay and other wage issues.

Labor representatives and community activists gathered in front of the embroidery factory at 2639 W. Grand Ave. last Thursday to announce the decision by the 59 Artistic Stitches employees.

PI Original
by Matthew Blake
11:27pm
Thu Oct 18, 2012

Dold's Voting Record Shows Loyalty With GOP Values

Dold is not the poster child for the Tea Party. But the more important fact for 10th district voters in Cook and Lake Counties is that their representative mostly sided with a rightward-moving Republican Party. We offer a closer look at the 10th congressional district race between incumbent Robert Dold and Democratic challenger Brad Schneider.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
10:52am
Tue Oct 2, 2012

Striking Subcontractors Disrupt Major WalMart Supply Warehouse (VIDEO)

Striking WalMart subcontractors joined with Chicago labor activists Monday to effectively blockade a major WalMart supply warehouse in the Will County town of Elwood.

Busloads of protesters from groups like Chicago Jobs With Justice descended upon Schneider Logistics where 38 manual laborers are on strike because, the workers say, subcontractor Roadlink committed wage theft and illegally retaliated against a worker petition.

Will County police ticketed and arrested fifteen people for blocking a road outside the warehouse.

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.  

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