About 25 union-represented employees at WaterSaver Faucet Co. picketed outside of the company’s Chicago headquarters and main manufacturing facility before work Wednesday morning to call for a “fair contract.”
Teamsters Local 743 represents a total of 140 workers between WaterSaver’s plant, 701 W. Erie St., and another facility operated by the laboratory faucet manufacturer’s sister company, Guardian Equipment, located at 1140 N. North Branch St. in Chicago.
Unionized workers at WaterSaver have been working under an extension of their old labor contract, which expired last month. Contract negotiations between the union and the company have been underway for about a month and a half, said Nicholas Kreitman, Teamsters Local 743 senior union representative and staff attorney.
Despite passionate opposition from parents and community members, Chicago Public Schools officials are moving forward with plans to fire and replace all of Walter Q. Gresham Elementary's staff members.
Dozens of frontline employees at the Cook County Criminal Courts Building in Chicago hit the picket lines during their lunch break Tuesday, demanding that county officials shore up ongoing negotiations and sign a ‘fair’ contract with their union, AFSCME Council 31.
The protest outside of the criminal courthouse at 26th St. and California Ave. was one of 14 worksite pickets held by Cook County workers today to call for a new contract that includes fair wages and affordable health insurance. Demonstrations also took place at suburban Cook County courthouses as well as the Juvenile Court Building and the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago, among other locations.
“We want what everybody else wants. We want fair wages, affordable health care and we want respect on the job,” said Steve Ramsey, 35, an investigator with the Office of the Cook County Public Defender. “This administration has failed to come to the table and offer any of that to us.”
A group of University of Chicago alumni want to put a dent in the school’s wallet by withholding donations from their alma mater as a way to pressure the Hyde Park institution to open a trauma center on the city’s South Side.
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.
Parents upset with the Chicago Public Schools' decision to turnaround Walter Q. Gresham Elementary reportedly had a meeting Tuesday evening with district CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and school board President David Vitale.
One day before the annual McDonald’s shareholder meeting took place in Oak Brook Thursday, hundreds of minimum wage workers and their supporters descended upon the fast food company’s corporate headquarters to demand $15 an hour and the right to form a union.
After protesters entered the McDonald’s campus at Jorie Boulevard and Kroc Drive and staged a sit-in, 138 demonstrators were arrested and charged with an ordinance violation of criminal trespass to property, according to the Oak Brook Police Department.
“We need $15 an hour and a union to support our families,” said Jessica Davis, 25, moments before she was arrested Wednesday afternoon. Davis, a single mother with two children, ages 4 and 9 months, has worked at a McDonald’s restaurant on Chicago’s West Side for more than four years.
At a Walter Q. Gresham Elementary Local School Council meeting Tuesday evening, community members, parents and others pledged to keep the fight alive to save the Chicago public school from having its entire staff fired and replaced.