Chicago voters might have an opportunity during the February municipal election to weigh in on a non-binding ballot referendum about paid sick leave for workers in the city.
The council's Rules Committee passed a resolution at its Tuesday meeting calling for an advisory ballot question on whether employers in Chicago should be required to provide their employees with paid leave in the event of an "illness or public health emergency." The full council could consider the proposal at its meeting this Wednesday.
Chicago Ald. Joe Moore (49th), one of the sponsors of the referendum resolution, discussed the measure at a forum on paid sick leave and other pro-worker initiatives held this morning at Roosevelt University.
"It's a great organizing tool for those who support paid sick leave," Moore said of the pending citywide referendum, also sponsored by Alds. Joe Moreno (1st) and Will Burns (4th). Moore said he is confident the measure will pass through the full council tomorrow.
Older advocacy organizations on both sides of the aisle face a
serious dilemma – adapt with new technology or go extinct, says the
author of the new book “The MoveOn Effect.”
Political advocacy groups concentrated on the left that have popped up over the last decade, such as MoveOn.org and Daily Kos,
among others, have redefined membership and successfully mobilized mass
amounts of people around the issues of the day faster than ever before,
says author David Karpf, assistant professor of media and public affairs at George Washington University.
Earlier this week, Progress Illinois put together a scorecard on
corporate business movement in Illinois. Unfortunately, this has also been a particularly busy week for school unions and labor unrest in the state.
Tuesday, workers unions at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in
Carbondale picketed for better health care coverage, while the Chicago
Teachers Union (CTU) joined in on a rally against “corporate welfare” in
downtown Chicago. The next day, CTU also got word that the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) board voted to rescind a 4 percent payraise. And by Thursday, the
teacher’s union at Roosevelt University held a vigil for the hundreds of
courses the school is cutting.