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by Ellyn Fortino
4:46pm
Tue Aug 26, 2014

New #WEmatter Twitter Campaign Amplifies Women's Economic Security Woes

Organizations and individuals across the country are taking to social media on Tuesday as part of a new campaign to promote policies designed to strengthen the economic security of women and families.

The launch of the social media movement coincides with Women's Equality Day, which marks the anniversary of women winning the right to vote on August 26, 1920. 

Those participating in the campaign are organizing under the hashtag "WEmatter" on Twitter and other social media outlets.

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by Ellyn Fortino
1:25pm
Mon Aug 4, 2014

Fired Chicago Walmart Worker 'Seeking Justice' Over 'Retaliatory' Firing

A pregnant former Walmart worker on Chicago's South Side says she was unjustly fired and is now fighting to get her job back.

The worker and labor activists plan to protest the pregnant employee's May firing Tuesday evening at the Walmart in Chatham. 

Back in April, Thelma Moore was shopping at the Chatham Walmart on her day off when two TV boxes fell from a product cart and hit her. Moore, who was about two months pregnant at the time, sought immediate medical care after the accident, which occurred just over a week after she was hired. Moore, 23, said she hurt her ankle during the incident and also experienced vaginal bleeding.

Both her primary physician and an orthopedic doctor wrote letters stating Moore needed to take a total of two-and-a-half weeks off of work to recover. Those letters were provided to the store's management, according to Moore.

On May 8, she was supposed to start working the overnight shift again. Moore brought along a list of needed accommodations written by her primary doctor, including a water break every two hours and a restriction on lifting items heavier than 25 pounds. Moore said she was instructed to fill out company paperwork for the requested accommodations, which would take between seven to 10 business days to process. In the meantime, Moore was not put on the schedule because no positions were immediately available that involved lifting only up to 25 pounds, she said.

"All that time (I was) just waiting on that form to come back," she said, adding that she checked in with management on multiple occasions to see if the accommodations had been approved and when she could return to work. "They can view the cameras. I was up there every day trying to get my job back."

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by Ashlee Rezin
7:17pm
Wed Jun 4, 2014

Fight For Higher Wages, Better Working Conditions At Walmart Rages On (VIDEO)

Just days before the kick-off of Walmart’s annual shareholders meeting, employees of the world’s largest retailer renewed their call for higher wages and better working conditions Wednesday outside of a store on the South Side of Chicago.

“I have bills to pay, but I just don’t make enough money,” said Charmaine Givens-Thomas, 61, a Walmart worker on the city’s North Side for more than eight years. She earns $12.05 per hour, but depends on public assistance to supplement her income.

“It’s devastating, sometimes I actually run out of food,” she said.