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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
8:22pm
Fri Apr 1

CTU, Allies Come Out In Force To Call For Increased School Funding (VIDEO)

Progress Illinois provides coverage of the massive rally and march staged Friday by the Chicago Teachers Union and its allies.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
2:14pm
Fri Apr 1

Chicago Parents, Teachers Rally Outside Shuttered West Side School

Roughly 20 CPS teachers and parents rallied this afternoon on the West Side outside the now-shuttered Robert Emmet Elementary School. Emmet, located in the Austin neighborhood near the corner of Central Avenue and Madison Street, was closed in 2013 as part of the massive round of 50 school closings.

CPS teacher Tammie Vinson, who worked at Emmet before it closed, is now a special education instructor at nearby Oscar DePriest Elementary School, also in Austin.

Vinson said teachers are hitting the picket lines to call for fair-share revenue solutions to pay for increased education and social service funding.

"The message, really, is tax the rich," she said. "Bring in what we need so that we can fully fund our schools, we can fully fund our communities. We're here now to show the disinvestment on the West Side ... Even when you get to the commercial areas of the West Side, that money doesn't stay in our community. The money that comes here goes right out ... We don't have a firm tax base, so the services that we need are not here."

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
12:53pm
Thu Mar 31

O'Hare Baggage Handlers, Security Officers Strike Over 'Unfair Labor Practices' (VIDEO) (UPDATED)

Progress Illinois provides highlights from Thursday's contract workers' strike at O'Hare International Airport, which included security officers, baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, custodians and wheelchair attendants. The workers held a one-day strike against "unfair labor practices."

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
4:02pm
Wed Mar 30

Health Care Union, Illinois Politicians Call Rauner A 'Deadbeat' Governor

State lawmakers and the union representing Illinois home care workers say Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's "deadbeat approach to governing" has resulted in a "crisis in care" for the state's most vulnerable residents.

According to the union, Illinois has a more than $235 million backlog in payments to home health care service providers, and 2,400 seniors have allegedly "fallen through the cracks as a result."

"There are real human consequences of the governor being a deadbeat. These agencies are essentially being asked to bankroll the lack of a state budget," Terri Harkin, vice president of the Home Care Division at SEIU* Healthcare Illinois, said during a news conference at the Thompson Center.

Quick Hit
by Op-Ed
8:09pm
Tue Mar 29

Op-Ed: Friedrichs Decision Is A Win For Workers, Albeit A Temporary One

The following is from Ross Eisenbrey, vice president of the Economic Policy Institute.

The Supreme Court's 4-4 split decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which was issued today, upholds a lower court decision that permits public employee unions to assess fees on non-members who benefit from collective bargaining and union representation. The decision is a victory for working people, whose rights are protected by strong unions even if they themselves are not in a union.

It is also a reminder about the importance of the president's choice of the next Supreme Court justice, since the 4-4 split guarantees that another case attacking union security agreements will find its way to the Court before long.

Quick Hit
by Michael Joyce
7:39pm
Tue Mar 29

Chicago City Colleges Students, Educators Blast System Over Consolidations, Tuition Hikes

There was palpable anger in the standing-room only audience as the Alliance of City College Unions hosted a town hall meeting Monday night to discuss a number of issues, including tuition raises and program consolidations.

Following February's no-confidence vote for City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Cheryl Hyman, faculty members say they have been let down by the administration, save a select few.

Loretta Ragsdell, president of the city colleges' part-time faculty union, thanked all the politicians who have advocated on behalf of faculty.

"We have a lot of friends in politics," said Ragsdell. "Not Rauner, and certainly not Rahm."

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