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Intense negotiations to change details of the workers’ compensation reform bill

Intense negotiations to change details of the workers’ compensation reform bill

A week after the proposed state pension cuts failed to pick up the Republican votes needed to pass, lawmakers, unions leaders and business groups made their final push in the month-long negotiation over the workers’ compensation cuts – another divisive bill in Sen. John Cullerton’s (D-Chicago) ‘grand bargain’ package intended to end the state budget […]

Aldermen show support for those affected by Nabisco layoffs

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Aldermen show support for those affected by Nabisco layoffs

Aldermen Wednesday voiced support in favor of a resolution urging Mondelez International, the maker of Oreo cookies and other popular snacks, to reconsider its move to ship hundreds of jobs away from the Nabisco bakery on the Southwest Side. “These CEOs are manipulators of wealth rather than creators of wealth,” said Michael J. Smith, a […]

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Labor activists: Union fight in Illinois mirrors Wisconsin

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Labor activists: Union fight in Illinois mirrors Wisconsin

With negotiations between Gov. Bruce Rauner and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees virtually non-existent, Wisconsin labor unions offer telling words of their own struggle five years ago. Back in 2011, the state of Wisconsin was in a similar situation until Republican Gov. Scott Walker passed Act 10, which dismantled collective bargaining […]

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Mayor pushes minimum wage hike, aldermen frustrated

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Mayor pushes minimum wage hike, aldermen frustrated

A City Council committee Monday debated the implications of raising Chicago’s minimum wage during a meeting, which one alderman described as the most “rushed” push to enact a law that he’s seen in all of his years in office. “I’ve never seen such a rush on any issue to get a vote” Ald. Brendan Reilly […]

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Minimum Wage and Housing Protest

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Minimum Wage and Housing Protest

Housing and minimum wage activists protested in the Daley Plaza Tuesday, Oct. 7. They called for the minimum wage to be increased and for more housing vouchers. Columbia College Chicago journalism students, Joann Mikhail and Gina Scarpino, share footage from the day’s event. Minimum wage and housing protest

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What About the Common Core and America’s Future

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What About the Common Core and America’s Future

Chicago isn’t in Florida, but issues of the competitiveness of our workforce, and education’s role in strengthening our workforce and making us competitive on a global scale are important to Chicagoans today. Here is an excellent interview with the Chair of the Children’s Movement of Florida about the Common Core, diversity and unity, and competition […]

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May Showers Did Not Deter Anti-Deportation Marchers

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May Showers Did Not Deter Anti-Deportation Marchers

This video story is about the anti-deportation march that took place May 1 from 175 from North Des Plaines to 101 West Congress Parkway. The march highlighted the hard working families who have been separated through deportations while working at some of the richest corporations in the country. During President Obama’s time in office, there have […]

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