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Workers waiting for their rights and a decent salary, a forum on Feb. 11

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By Melissa Sanchez After 22 years as a caregiver, Lisa Thomas is still surprised by how some employers mistreat her and the elderly she’s paid to help. There was the time a patient’s adult son chased her out of the house with a butcher knife. One client recently called Thomas on her day off because […]

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The laws that do not protect domestics – Las Trabajadoras Domesticas

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They are the workers forgotten by the law. They care for our children. Clean our  houses. Cook our meals. They deserve decent wages. But they usually don’t even earn close to the mininum wage. That is the life that Victoria, as told here, has lived. We will be hearing tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 11 from people […]

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The Minimum Wage Wave

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Say the minimum wage referendum passes on March 18th across Chicago. Then the drive to do the same takes off in Springfield. And then the fever catches on and the state’s lawmakers embrace legislation to make life better for domestic workers and restaurant workers. What comes next? I’m not a prophet but good sense tells […]

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Written by on February 10, 2014

Who Are These Low-Wage Workers?

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The President says they need a raise. And the Governor says the same. So, who are these low wage workers and why are the campaigns on their behalf taking off now? Here’s one explanation about these workers: “The typical worker who would be affected by an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour […]

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Written by on February 7, 2014

Labor’s Rebound With Low Wage Workers?

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When you watch them, what image strikes you? It’s the 1930s all over again. It’s a wall of white, black, Latino and immigrant faces. It’s a cry for decency from the bottom of the pay scale, which today is growing bigger. But is it? Is this the cradle that once rocked the CIO and American […]

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Written by on February 3, 2014

These Stories Change Workers’ Lives

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You probably don’t see them because they hustle off to their jobs at dawn or earlier. Jobs that pay no more than the minimum wage and often leave them exhausted beyond belief, or worse yet, injured. These are warehouse workers and there are about 300,000 of them in the Chicago area. They are mostly Latino […]

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