The Fight for $15 campaign came out in force Thursday night to protest against McDonald's, Bank of America and Illinois billionaire Ken Griffin. Progress Illinois provides highlights from the downtown demonstration.
A few hundred workers with the Fight for $15 campaign protested Thursday afternoon on Chicago's North Side, where they shut down traffic at the busy intersection of Sheridan Road and Hollywood Avenue. The protest was part of a global day of action being held today by low-wage workers pushing for a $15 minimum wage and union rights.
Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, marking how far into 2016 women must work in order to earn what men made in 2015.
Women today still earn just 79 cents on average for every dollar paid to men. For African-American women and Latinas, the wage gap widens to 60 cents and 55 cents, respectively, according to an analysis by the National Partnership for Women & Families.
Equal pay advocates say it's time to end the gender wage gap, which could be closed in part by passage of the long-proposed federal Paycheck Fairness Act. Under the bill, employees could share salary information between co-workers without retaliation, among other provisions.
U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL,8) is among the Democratic cosponsors of the Paycheck Fairness Act. Duckworth, who is running for incumbent Mark Kirk's (R-IL) Senate seat, is seeking to draw a contrast with her opponent on equal pay issues.
Downtown Chicago security officers rallied for a pay increase Tuesday, a week before their first day of bargaining with the Building Owners and Managers Association for a new union contract. Progress Illinois was there for the rally, held at the Thompson Center.
As the Democratic and GOP presidential candidates gear up for Tuesday's potentially table-turning Wisconsin primary elections, MSNBC's Chris Matthews closed out his Monday night Hardball show evaluating the platforms of a few White House hopefuls.
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) "political revolution" campaign is founded in taking down the "rigged economy" and giving the power back to working class Americans saddled with oppressive student loan debt, hefty health care costs and a job market that has been stripped of good-paying positions. The Vermont senator's platform can easily be laid out in one of those elevator speeches everyone is advised to have on hand should they come across the need to pitch their business or skill set to a potential client or hiring manger.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's campaign, however, appears to lack that sort of clear and concise messaging, according to Matthews.