Thursday, February 9, 2012

Grass roots actions in the Chicago area,

Worker Victories!
1. Steven Villalobos got his first job at Clark Auto Repair where his father worked. When his father left the company Steven was told he longer had a job and was not paid for his final days of work. Knowing about Arise Chicago from his mother, Maria Garcia an active Worker Center member, Steven was able to recover his stolen wages with Arise support. Congratulations Steven!
2. After over 13 years of service to a local university, a worker was fired from her job in administration. The believed that she had been fired due to discrimination. With the support of Arise Chicago Worker Center and our Legal Advisory Board, the worker won her case at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Action Alerts
1. Hyatt Workers Contract Campaign
Support the Hyatt workers as the struggle for the same union contract that the other two major national hotel chains agreed to last year.
Friday, Feb. 10, 8:30am
Emanuel Congregation
5959 N. Sheridan, Chicago
2. Neighborhood Schools are good for Students & Teachers
Come join parents, teachers, students, activists, organizers and elected officials at a press conference and rally in front of Crane High School in order to demand to keep it a neighborhood school and not phase it out to make room for a charter school.
Friday Feb 10, 2:45pm
Crane Technical Preparatory High School
2245 W. Jackson, Chicago
3. Walmart Warehouse Workers for Justice
Join Arise as we support Warehouse Workers for Justice at an action to hold the retail giant accountable for worker abuse. Workers at Walmart's massive distribution center in Elwood, IL worked long hours but weren't paid for all hours, were denied overtime pay, and some were paid under minimum wage. When the workers filed a lawsuit with WWJ, Walmart fired the contractor employing the workers.
Thursday Feb 16, 12-1pm
Walmart store
570 W. Monroe, Chicago
4. Car Wash Worker Campaign
Come hear about the egregious working conditions of car wash workers in Chicago. After our lunch together, we will do a religious leaders delegation to the owner of Little Village Car Wash, who owes his workers tens of thousands of dollars.
Thursday Feb 23, 1pm
St. Pius Catholic Church
1919 S. Ashland, Chicago
5. Airport Workers
Join us as we support airport workers who have wages stolen from them and are then forced to go on assistance programs, in spite of working full time. A new comprehensive study about workers at the airport by the University of Illinois Labor Education Program will be made public at this press conference.
Thursday March 1, 10am
O’Hare Airport – exact terminal location TBA

6. Religious Leaders Support Chicago Teachers
Join religious leaders from across the city who are concerned about the inequality of resources and the profiteering that is taking place in Chicago Public Schools. Arise Chicago is coordinating a February/March “Teacher in the Pulpit” program to place teachers into congregations. Call C.J. at Arise at 773.937.1824 if you would like to participate.
Tuesday March 6, 9:30 am
Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church
2976 S. Wabash, Chicag
Worker Center Victory Party
Contact Rev. C.J. Hawking if you would like to join our Annual Victory Celebration with members of our Worker Center who have recovered stolen wages and organized for improved working conditions.
Saturday Feb 25, 7-10pm
Near the Arise Chicago office

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