Category Archives: In The News

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:


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Please note that the write-ups contain some inaccuracies.  I am a member of the executive committee of NIJwJ, NOT the Chair.  Also, the coverage implies that I am articulating an official position of NIJwJ.  In fact, I was expressing my own opinions.

Mary Shesgreen

“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

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

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

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

  AURORA — To Aurora resident John Laesch, every honk that came his way Friday afternoon was a small victory. Standing outside Chase Bank on Farnsworth Avenue, the union carpenter and more than a dozen other members of the Northern Illinois Jobs With Justice activist group gathered in protest of the current state of the… Continue Reading

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

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

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

By Pat Barcas Staff Writer BATAVIA — The impact on minorities during the current recession was the focus of Friday’s march in front of a Bank of America branch in Batavia, drawing a crowd of about 25 that rallied with signs. Andy Williams, the chairman of housing for the National Association for the Advancement of… Continue Reading