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Written by on March 3, 2014

What’s at stake in Chicago’s Minimum Wage Struggle

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Janah Bailey works to survive, as she explains.  She works two fast food jobs so she can keep her family flourishing. And she presents a powerfully personal case for boosting the minimum wage, a presentation the 21-year-old recently made at our media forum on low wage workers. Her cause will be tested on March 18th […]

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Written by on February 18, 2014

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

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

The world of low-wage workers El mundo de los trabajadores de bajos salarios

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Who are these people asking for better wages? And what’s it like working at a warehouse, a carwash, a fast food joint? Besides covering the marches and rallies, can you tell us who these people are? Here, for example, is an excerpt from a profile of a fast-food striker in California that appeared recently in […]

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Written by on January 10, 2014

Media Forum & Panel – Low Wages & Worker Benefits

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There’s a revolution taking place in Chicago. It’s the surge of workers asking for better wages and conditions. It’s a movement of fast food workers, of retail and supermarket workers, of domestic workers, of day laborers, of warehouse workers, of waiters and kitchen staff and on and on. Who are these workers? What do they […]

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Written by on January 10, 2014