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September 02, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Wide rift continues between Golan's and striking workers

Some labor and social service groups showing support Saturday were the Chicago Teachers Union that has 27,000 members, Illinois Federation of Teachers, Service Employees International Union, Jewish Labor Committee, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs ...

September 02, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Call to fight and persist dominates Labor Fest celebrartion

As a union activist, Sharp held numerous posts with American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. “We in the labor movement don't do it for the awards, we do it because we are here to support ... The Cushings, retired educators who were ...

September 02, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago job growth likely to lag other big cities, U of I researchers find

Still, relative to other American cities, Chicago isn't doing that well. As long as the national tide is growing, it will help Chicago rise, too, the data suggests. But local gains could suffer quickly if the national economy dips. It's certainly ...

September 02, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Ald. Pope rehired city worker who quit after harassment claim

The former 10th Ward powerhouse — who helped start the Hispanic Democratic Organization, which was one of former Mayor Richard M. Daley's largest patronage armies — sponsored Sadzak for a city job on April 14, 1997, according to the secret clout list ...

September 02, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Health industry changes: 'Whatever you thought you knew, you don't know ...

Another unintended consequence in Illinois, according to insurance broker Steven Tucker, is that the Blagojevich administration and General Assembly moved to guarantee health care for all Illinois children by making families earning as much as $83,000 ...

September 02, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Need corporate tax transparency in Illinois

Two bills now before the General Assembly could right that. The Illinois Department of Revenue reports that two-thirds of the state's corporations pay nothing to our state in corporate income tax: clearly, corporate tax dodging is rampant. Yet neither ...

September 02, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Letter: Back to the drawing board for Illinois lawmakers

It is now clear that the governor, the speaker of the Illinois House, the president of the Illinois Senate and members of the 98th Illinois General Assembly did not abide by their oaths of office to uphold the Constitution of the State of Illinois ...

September 02, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Why is Gov. Pat Quinn living off minimum wage for a week?

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is taking on a challenge of sorts just two months ahead of the midterm elections. "He's challenging himself to spend no more than $79 on food and other recreational expenses this week." He's living on Illinois' minimum wage ...

September 02, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Race-Baiting for Fun and Profit

As Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis considers a run for mayor, it's worth examining a major campaign promise she has already broken. As the Sun-Times recently noted, in June 2010, when Lewis was campaigning for the top post of the ...

September 02, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Generous teacher pensions continue as Illinois' financial crisis worsens

After the court issued its injunction on pension reform — which was led by the unions because it included modifying benefits for current retirees — the Chicago Teachers Union exclaimed, “The law in Illinois is now crystal clear: Politicians cannot ...

September 02, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

CPS Students Head Back to School Tuesday

More than 400,000 Chicago Public Schools students head back to classrooms Monday for the first day of the 2014-15 academic year, many of them traveling along expanded Safe Passage routes. An additional 100 workers will be on the streets assisting at a ...

September 02, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Drop CPS' reform strategy: CPS neighborhood school growth outpaces charters

When mayor Rahm Emanuel recently heralded a small gain on the average Chicago Public Schools elementary “MAP” test results, I knew something wasn't quite right. It wasn't what he said; it was what he didn't say. You see, this is the first year the MAP ...

September 02, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

CPS students return to class with more guards on Safe Passage routes

When they're all in place, said Jadine Chou, the chief safety and security officer for the Chicago Public Schools, more workers will be assigned along existing routes and some routes will be extended farther from schools. The district has added 27 ...

September 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

When Labor Day Meant Something

For brick-and-mortar shoppers near my home in Chicago, several Walmart stores are open all 24 hours of Labor Day. Remember, this is a company so famously anti-union that it shut down a ... As Samuel Gompers, the founder of the American Federation of ...

September 01, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Ketzenberger: Labor Day, right to work and unions

Anyone who remembers the heavyweight fights in the General Assembly in recent years over passage of Indiana's right-to-work law might be surprised to hear the bill's sponsor and the leader of the state's largest coalition of unions agree on something.

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