Posts tagged Chicago

    ‘Fight for $15’? How quaint. Powerful Chicago union now wants $25 per hour minimum wage – Wirepoints

    December 1, 2022 // Order employers to pay at least $25 per hour. That’s the new position of Chicago’s powerful chapter of SEIU, the Service Employees International Union, as reported by Crain’s and ABC Chicago. It would be a 60% increase in Chicago’s current wage of $15.40 per hour. SEIU wants candidates for Chicago mayor, alderman and other city offices to take a position on that increase, and “the group appears quite serious about that,” according to Crain’s. So far, no candidate has said no to the increase, SEIU told Crain’s. The union’s full candidate questionnaire is here. It seems like the ink on Fight for 15 posters has barely dried. That movement to push wages up to $15 per hour might appear to be largely successful on the surface. The Fight for $15’s “success is inspirational” to labor activists, as The Guardian reported last week.

    This East Bay Coffee Company Just Entered Its Union Phase

    November 30, 2022 // A new coffee company union effort just launched not far from California’s state capital. No, it’s not more Starbucks locations demanding better working conditions. This time it’s the East Bay’s own Peet’s that’s looking to get a union started. According to More Perfect Union, workers from two Davis stores will submit their cards to the NLRB on November 28, signaling a formal intent to unionize. The stores have near-unanimous support from staff and have been organizing for about five months, according to Alyx Land, a leader at the North Davis location. The worker says one of his main reasons for getting involved was receiving a 50-cent raise at his last performance review which, given inflation, means his promotion sees him making less money than last year.

    Strike averted at Archer Daniels Midland

    November 3, 2022 // eamsters Local 238 signed a new three-year agreement with Archer Daniels Midland today, averting a strike at the multinational food processor’s facility in Cedar Rapids. The union’s previous contract with ADM, based in Chicago, had expired at midnight today. The new agreement was effective immediately. If the union were to have gone on strike, it would have become the second ongoing work action in Cedar Rapids. The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union Local 100G’s strike against Ingredion now is in its 13th week.

    Starbucks says union broke rules by recording talks in 5 places

    October 28, 2022 // The NLRB prohibits recordings or transcripts of contract negotiations and has previously argued against recording bargaining sessions

    City Colleges of Chicago teachers union prepares to set strike date for faculty and staff who are still without a contract agreement

    October 24, 2022 // The union authorized a strike by a vote of more than 1,000 members on Oct. 6. with 92% of them voting in favor. The CCCTU has two negotiating teams representing professional staff and faculty. Contracts for both groups expired in July.

    Prosecutors want 19 months in prison for ex-Teamsters boss John Coli Sr. in extortion case

    October 13, 2022 // In a sentencing memo filed late Wednesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Amarjeet Bhachu wrote that Coli’s extortion was “prolonged, calculated, and deliberate,” involving regular bribe payments in “envelopes bursting with wads” of $25,000 in cash. Coli also “milked his position as a union official” in other ways over the years, netting him more than a half a million dollars in benefits including meals in Las Vegas, box seats at baseball and football games and the use of a yacht and two-person crew to cruise around the Italy, the prosecution filing stated.

    Remaining Staff of Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater Fired Following Unionizing Attempt

    September 19, 2022 // In a statement released July 6, Victory Gardens Board Chairman Charles E. Harris II fought back at the resident artists' claims, calling their criticism of a recent real estate transaction a misunderstanding and asserting that "certain decisions must happen at the board level." Harris, who is Black, does not address the allegations of racism in the response to the artists' joint statement.


    August 29, 2022 // 2021, IFT spent 190 times more money on Chicago-area affiliates than it did on affiliates south of Interstate 80.2 In fact, IFT reported directing money to only one affiliate south of I-80.3 That isn’t all. IFT and AFT admit in their reports that most of the spending was not on representing members, but on politics, overhead and other union leadership priorities.

    Construction strike ends after unanimous vote; road projects may restart soon

    July 28, 2022 // Several members of Local 150 had an in-person vote at noon Tuesday. A tentative agreement was reached and it ended the strike. It is unknown when several road projects may start up again. The strike began on June 7 when about 300 heavy equipment operators, who are members of Local 150 and who work in Chicago area quarries went on strike claiming unfair labor practices against three companies that produce construction material. heavy equipment operators