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by Aricka Flowers
3:57pm
Wed Dec 18, 2013

Chicagoans Push For Ballot Referendums On Ames Middle School, Minimum Wage (UPDATED)

With various groups delivering petitions to the Chicago Board of Elections this week, Chicagoans are continuing their call for two referendums to be added to the March 18 ballot. The non-binding referendums focus on the minimum wage and future of a Logan Square neighborhood school.

In the ongoing fight to increase the minimum wage, a coalition of Chicago families and groups, including Action Now, the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Grassroots Collaborative, ONE Northside, and SEIU* Healthcare Illinois Indiana, delivered petitions to the board of elections demanding that the city establish its own minimum wage.

"I support raising the minimum wage in Chicago for low-wage workers because we are not invisible. We will not stand by and let our elected officials maintain the status quo," said Carlos Navarro, a retired Marine veteran and a ONE Northside leader living in Chicago's 46th Ward. "I'm tired of seeing families in my community struggle to get by on poverty wages and I am confident this referendum will show the Chicago City Council that there is a need to raise the minimum wage to a fair and living wage."

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by Aaron Cynic
1:39pm
Fri Nov 1, 2013

SEIU Security Officers Hold Halloween-Themed Flash Mob To Call For A Fair Contract (VIDEO)

Nearly 100 SEIU* Local 1 security officers and their supporters staged a rally and flash mob at the Thompson Center Wednesday to bring attention to their campaign for better wages and affordable health care. Presently, full time security officers can pay up to $1,543 a month for health insurance coverage for a family of four. In some cases, that could be more than 80 percent of an officer’s monthly income.

“We’re just asking for fair wages, health benefits and [that they] just treat us with integrity and respect,” said Kenyatta Sinclair, a security officer who has been on the job for five years. Sinclair, who makes $13.60 an hour, does not currently have health benefits.

“I would have to buy my own plan, and I don’t make enough to buy one,” Sinclair explained.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
11:57am
Wed Oct 16, 2013

Community Members Launch Economic Plan To 'Take Back Chicago' (VIDEO)

Chicagoans packed a town hall meeting Tuesday evening to launch a new social and economic justice agenda for the city. Progress Illinois was there to learn more about "Take Back Chicago."

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
11:47am
Sun Oct 13, 2013

Thousands March For Immigration Reform In Chicago (VIDEO)

Chants of "Si Se Puede!" could be heard throughout downtown Chicago as thousands marched and rallied for comprehensive immigration reform and an end to deportations Saturday afternoon. Progress Illinois was there for the event.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:14pm
Fri Sep 27, 2013

State Hearing Reignites Debate Over Corporate Tax Disclosure In Illinois

Corporate tax disclosure in Illinois was the subject of a state hearing held in Chicago Friday, which attracted about 100 supporters. Progress Illinois was there for the hearing.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
12:47pm
Wed Sep 4, 2013

Hart Schaffner Marx, Apparel Union Workers Stand In Solidarity Against Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

The Chicago-based apparel firm Hart Schaffner Marx, its factory workers and their union say they will collectively fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement that is currently under negotiations.

In its current form, the agreement will cause serious damage to the U.S. clothing industry and exacerbate poor working conditions in other countries, according to the more than 100 apparel workers and their supporters who rallied Wednesday morning outside Hart Schaffner Marx’s DesPlaines suit factory.

“Hundreds of thousands of workers have lost their jobs as factories shut down due to unfair competition from manufacturers in countries that have very low wages and very dangerous working conditions,” said Kathy Hanshew, chief of staff of the Chicago and Midwest Regional Joint Board (CMRJB) of Workers United, an SEIU* affiliate. “TPP will encourage the expansion of these abuses on workers all over the world.”

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