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Rally at Roskam’s office, Jan 23rd, 2017 demanding Action on Climate

I was a speaker at this Sierra Club  rally at the office of Congressman Peter Roskam, which  was well-attended, high-energy, and effective.  See the following links for  press coverage: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/news/ct-ecn-roskam-protest-st-0124-20170123-story.html http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/arlington-heights/community/chi-ugc-article-break-with-trump-on-climate-change-constit-2017-01-23-story.html w video http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170123/news/170129515/ w video http://www.kcchronicle.com/2017/01/24/advocates-urge-roskam-to-accept-science-act-on-climate-change/ay9jsww/?page=2 (click thumbnail to play) Please note that the write-ups contain some inaccuracies.  I am a member of the… Continue Reading

Immigrant Women Temp Workers Stand Up for Their Rights

“Have A Heart for Immigrant Women.” That’s what immigrant women workers from Chicago Workers’ Collaborative (CWC) and their supporters called for on Valentine’s Day. The rally in front of Walgreen’s Chicago Loop store highlighted the complaint to the Economic Equality Opportunity Commission that CWC filed that day, charging the labor supply agency Staffing Network with… Continue Reading

Protesters urge Hultgren to pull Social Security, Medicare off ‘cliff’ 12-10-2012

GENEVA — About 35 protesters turned up at U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren’s Geneva office Monday to urge the congressman to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. “This is what we want taken off the table,” said John Laesch, co-chairman of the Northern Illinois Jobs With Justice group, from a make-shift table outside of the Republican… Continue Reading

Workers group considering protests on Black Friday – Aurora Beacon News

With the holiday shopping season shifting into high gear, supporters of low-wage retail workers will gather in Geneva Saturday to discuss possible Black Friday protests. Northern Illinois Jobs with Justice will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Geneva Unitarian Church, 102 S. Second St. “The retail giants are feeding a consumer shopping frenzy,” said… Continue Reading

Fox Valley Labor News: 9-4-2012 Protestors arrested after act of civil disobedience | The Fox Valley Labor News

By Pat Barcas Staff Writer Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 ELWOOD — It took several hundred people and 17 arrests, but protesters managed to shut down a major distribution hub of Walmart in Elwood on Oct. 1. The civil disobedience, blocking the street and preventing trucks from entering or leaving the huge warehouse, was meant to… Continue Reading

Fox Valley Labor News: 11-10-2011 Northern Illinos Jobs with Justice wants message heard | The Fox Valley Labor News

By Jennifer Rice Managing Editor ELGIN — The mainstream media just doesn’t get what Northern Illinois Job with Justice (NIJwJ) is trying to achieve. After NIJwJ spokesperson Mary Shesgreen released a press release to Chicago media stations about its Nov. 4 protest outside a branch of Bank of America in Elgin, Channel 7 News called… Continue Reading

Suntimes: 12-1-2011: Workers locked out by their Aurora employer gain support for protest – Aurora Beacon News

It’s barely December, but one Aurora company is already being called a scrooge. Employees of ATMI Precast, which produces precast concrete products for homes, took to the streets of Aurora Thursday and urged the company to have a heart this holiday season. Workers joined by several activists marched from the near East Side to the… Continue Reading

BeaconNews :12-12-2011: ATMI workers file complaint; company says lockout over

AURORA — Protesters returned to picket ATMI Precast Inc. Monday, 12 days after several dozen employees, families and grassroots labor groups staged a march and rally in support of workers’ attempt to unionize. They also filed unfair labor practice charges on behalf of one of the four ATMI employees who said they were fired last… Continue Reading