Posted on February 27, 2015 by dcampbell1
UNITE HERE Considers Itself Progressive. So Why Is the Union Standing with Rahm Emanuel? BY FRED KLONSKY
In the winter of 2011, I was running as a delegate to the annual Representative Assembly (RA) of the Illinois Education Association (IEA), the largest teacher union in the state. The 1,000 delegates to the state’s RA had long met at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont. Running as a union delegate in 2011, my platform was simple and concise: “If the IEA RA is held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, don’t vote for me because I won’t attend. I don’t cross picket lines.”
UNITE HERE Local 1, who represents the housekeepers and other employees of the Hyatt Hotel chain in Chicago, were engaged in a labor dispute with the company. The downtown Hyatt Regency and North Michigan Park Hyatt were targeted with mass protests and non-violent arrests.
Members of my teachers local and I had joined with hundreds of others demonstrating union and labor solidarity against one of the city’s wealthiest and powerful corporate families, the Pritzkers. The owners of the Hyatt chain, the Pritzker family were prominent supporters and funders of the national and local Democratic Party. Penny Pritzker had been the chief fundraiser for Obama’s first presidential bid, and would soon serve on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s hand picked board of education; later, she would leave to be President Obama’s Commerce Secretary. Continue reading
Filed under: Organizing, Politics, Solidarity | Tagged: Chicago, Chicago public schools, Chicago Teachers Union, Chuy, Karen Lewis, Rahm Emanuel | 1 Comment »
Posted on March 6, 2014 by dsalaborblogmoderator
Coalition Joins Chicago Aldermen to Support Legislation to Boost the Economy, Protect Public Health and Strengthen Financial Security for Working Families
CHICAGO – In a strong show of support, small business owners, workers, health care practitioners, parents and Chicago Aldermen rallied Wednesday at City Council for paid sick days legislation. The group, organized by the Earned Sick Time Chicago Coalition, is calling on City Council to pass an earned sick time ordinance that would guarantee that the nearly half million Chicago workers who do not have access to paid sick days are able to take time off when they or their families are ill. A recent survey found that 82% of Chicago voters support paid sick days legislation.
“In this economy, it’s more important than ever that people can afford to stay home when they or loved ones are sick, without fear of falling behind on bills or losing their job,” said Alderman Moreno, co-sponsor of the Chicago Earned Sick Time Ordinance. “No working person in Chicago should be forced to choose between their family’s economic security and their family’s health.” Continue reading
Filed under: Organizing, Politics | Tagged: Chicago, earned sick leave, Earned Sick Time Chicago Coalition, sick leave | 1 Comment »
Posted on December 26, 2013 by dsalaborblogmoderator
Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago’s 99% by Kari Lydersen Haymarket Books, 2013
reviewed by Michael Hirsch
Protesters descended on Rahm Emanuel’s house on July 4 to decry his austerity policies. Credit: Rotating Frame/Flickr
New Yorkers rejoicing in Michael Bloomberg’s departure from office can be grateful for another small favor: they don’t live in Chicago, where residents are stuck for at least two more years with an austerity-mad, street-brawling mayor who wields near absolute power over a City Council far more supine than the one we have here.
Bloomberg, the billionaire CEO, is rarely abusive in public. He speaks well of the city even as he helps friends pick its pocket. When defending neocolonial police action in communities of color, he doesn’t gloat about it — at least not within earshot of the press. Chicago’s sharp-elbowed Mayor Rahm Emanuel is more like the schoolyard bully who brazenly steals your lunch and gives it to the rich kids. Think of him as Bloomberg’s nasty little brother. Same pedigree. Different tack.
Kari Lydersen’s timely Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago’s 99% exhaustively traces the rise of Emanuel, a one-time Clintonista, former congressman and Obama consigliore whose mayoral victory in 2011 changed politics in Chicago from a machine-dominated satrapy where city unions had some small influence to an autocracy where community services were drained, unions frozen out or broken and city workers bludgeoned. Continue reading
Filed under: Politics | Tagged: Chicago, Education reform, Rahm Emanuel | 2 Comments »
Posted on October 12, 2013 by dsalaborblogmoderator
CHICAGO— On October 8 the Grassroots Collaborative held a press conference at City Hall to release a groundbreaking new report, “Downtown Prosperity, Neighborhood Neglect: Chicago’s Black and Latino Workers Left Behind,” detailing how the job creation benefits of TIF and city investments go almost exclusively to white, college-educated city residents or suburb-dwellers, and not to the Black and Latino residents of Chicago neighborhoods.
“Our report shows spending billions of dollars of TIF money in downtown has only gotten Chicagoans one out of four of the new jobs created. Prioritizing downtown to the exclusion of neighborhoods is an economic development strategy failing most of the people in the city,” said report lead author Eric Tellez, Research and Data Manager for the Grassroots Collaborative .
The report lays out a sharp racial disparity in downtown job gains and losses. From 2002 to 2011, Black majority city zip codes suffered a median loss of 620 downtown jobs per zip code and Latino majority city zip codes suffered a median loss of 381 downtown jobs per code; meanwhile, white majority city zip codes each added a median of 509 downtown jobs during the same period. Englewood was one of the leading neighborhoods in terms of downtown jobs lost–losing approximately 800 jobs–while Naperville gained over 800 downtown jobs. Continue reading
Filed under: Low wage workers | Tagged: “Downtown Prosperity, c, Chicago, Grassroots Collaborative, Neighborhood Neglect | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 29, 2013 by dcampbell1
New Era Windows Cooperative (Photo credit: peoplesworld)
Podcast Episode 29 — A New Era
Recorded 07.13.2013: Peg Strobel interviews Armando Robles and Ricky Maclin from the New Era Windows Cooperative, a new worker-owned enterprise formed out of the famous Republic Windows plant occupation and subsequent Serious Energy bankruptcy. Robles and Maclin talk about how the coop was formed with the assistance of The Working World and their union, United Electrical Workers, and the transformation this has made in their lives. (35:25)
Download: MP3 (32 MB) or OGG VORBIS (41 MB).
Or for direct link to podcast without download, go to “Episode 29″ at: http://www.chicagodsa.org/audarch6.html
Filed under: Economy, Organizing, Politics, Solidarity, Strikes and work action | Tagged: Chicago, Republic Windows | Leave a comment »
Posted on December 31, 2012 by dcampbell1
by Bill Barclay, Oak Park DSA branch (of Chicago DSA)
The Chicago December DSA podcast featured two faculty active in their unions, but at very different stages in the history of organizing on their respective campuses. Holly Graff is Professor of Philosophy at Oakton Community College (Chicago) and Senator in the Illinois Education Association chapter at her college. Joe Persky is Professor of Economics at University of Illinois at Chicago and President of United Faculty. United Faculty is affiliated with both the American Federation of Teachers and the American Association of University Professors, in itself an unusual organizing model.
Oakton CC’s faculty union is an old one while UIC’s is brand new – not even a contract yet. Both participants discuss how they and their unions can help defend higher education, stressing the importance of a vision of post-secondary education that is democratic and accessible to all in today’s political economy. They also talk about the ways in which their unions have been involved with other organized staff on their respective campuses as well as their interaction with the Chicago Teachers Union during the fall 2012 strike. Finally, there are some interesting differences as well, particularly near the end of the podcast, when they talk about their respective bargaining strategies.
Episode 22, Recorded 12.08.2012:
For other excellent political economy podcasts, see: http://northshoredsa.org/talkin_socialism.html
Filed under: Economy, Organizing | Tagged: American Association of University Professors, American Federation of Teachers, Chicago, Chicago Teachers Union, Higher education, Oakton Community College, Trade union, United Faculty | Leave a comment »