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by Aricka Flowers
Fri Jan 18, 2013

Chicago Lawmakers Pass Groundbreaking Ordinance To Protect Employees From Wage Theft

On Thursday, the Chicago City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that will make the city a national leader in the protection of employee wages. Employers in the city will be held accountable if found guilty of wage theft, thanks to the new ordinance, and could have their business licenses revoked, making the city one of only two municipalities in the nation that has such a law on its books. San Francisco is the only other American city to have similar wage theft safeguards.

“This ordinance helps change the conversation about good business. To be pro-business also includes caring about how employees are treated,” said Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th), who worked with Arise Chicago to get the ordinance passed. “I think this marks an important step in leveling the playing field for the many ethical business owners in our city."

PI Original
by Matthew Blake
Fri Jan 18, 2013

No Movement On Chicago Infrastructure Trust, Yet

Proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel last March and approved by the Chicago City Council in April, the Infrastructure Trust outlined a way to finance infrastructure projects in the city during a time of prolonged federal and state budget crises and near absolute political aversion to tax increases. Its polarizing central concept of private companies investing in public infrastructure and then receiving some undefined return on their investment was alternately seen as a revolutionary way to improve Chicago and a nefarious step towards private investors opaquely dictating public policy. We take a look at what has come of the controversial Trust thus far.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Jan 17, 2013

Emanuel Talks Gun Legislation At U Of C Panel Discussion

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he supports more thorough background checks and a standard on federal gun prosecution Tuesday night during a South Side panel discussion with policymakers and scholars about the politics of guns in America.

The public meeting was on the eve of President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden’s announcement of a comprehensive gun control package, that calls on Congress to pass an assault weapons ban and law requiring background checks on all gun buyers. The sweeping gun control plan also included 23 executive orders that call for, among other things, additional provisions on background check for gun purchasers, improved access to mental health care, and an end to the ban on federal research on gun violence.

The package comes on the heels of the Newtown, Conn. elementary school shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead, which Obama has said was the worst day of presidency, among other recent mass killings with guns.

“My view is whatever you can do by executive order take care of it,” Emanuel said to veteran journalist Tom Brokaw, who moderated the University of Chicago Institute of Politics’ event.

Quick Hit
by Steven Ross Johnson
Tue Jan 15, 2013

Amid New Company Ownership Revelations, SEIU Calls On Emanuel To Rebid O'Hare Janitorial Contract (VIDEO)

One day after reports surfaced that the owner of a custodial firm failed to disclose that he sold half his stake in the company prior to winning a $99 million city contract, members of SEIU*, which represents former janitors at O'Hare Airport, are calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to void the deal that resulted in the laying off of more than 300 workers last month.

At a press conference held Tuesday outside of Emanuel’s city hall office, SEIU Local 1 President Tom Balanoff said a recent report in the Chicago Sun-Times regarding United Maintenance Co. Inc., owner Richard Simon showed that he “knowingly violated” city requirements by not fully disclosing the company’s ownership status until after it had won the bid to provide janitorial services at O’Hare Airport. 

Quick Hit
by Aricka Flowers
Fri Dec 14, 2012

Death Knell Rings For O'Hare Janitor Jobs

Bah, humbug!

That's the message some 300 O'Hare janitors got today, along with pink slips, due to the controversial new city contract with United Maintenance, Inc.

Quick Hit
by Steven Ross Johnson
Wed Dec 12, 2012

Calls For Emanuel To Rebid O'Hare Janitors Contract Get Louder With Increased Union Support (VIDEO)

Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez joined a growing chorus of supporters on Wednesday who are calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to reconsider a $99 million city contract that would cause more than 300 union custodial workers at O’Hare Airport to lose their jobs by the end of this week.

Ramirez, who has been considered an ally of Emanuel, was joined by fellow labor leaders and advocates at a press conference held at City Hall to oppose the a five-year deal with United Maintenance Inc., to provide cleaning services to O’Hare beginning December 15.

“This contract really jeopardizes the well-being of close to 350 men and women who go to work every day keeping the world’s busiest airport clean,” Ramirez said. “These workers have done nothing wrong, yet on Friday, less than two weeks before Christmas they stand to lose their jobs.” 

Quick Hit
by Aricka Flowers
Thu Dec 6, 2012

Alleged Mob Ties By O'Hare City Contractor Continues To Make Waves

The alleged mob ties of a new city contractor, who is costing more than 300 O'Hare workers their jobs right before the holidays, continues to make waves in the news.

Quick Hit
by Steven Ross Johnson
Wed Dec 5, 2012

O'Hare Janitors Set To Lose Jobs Before Holidays Hold Vigil At City Hall (VIDEO)

Time is running out for more than 300 O’Hare janitors who stand to lose their jobs by the end of next week as a result of a new city contract.

Local clergy members and workers' rights advocates held a prayer vigil with airport workers at City Hall Tuesday afternoon in a last ditch effort to persuade city officials to reverse their decision to award a $99 million custodial contract to a company critics claim plans to replace union jobs with non-union, lower-paying positions.

More than 100 supporters filled the fifth floor hallway outside of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office in protest over the city’s five-year agreement with United Maintenance Company Inc. to provide janitorial services for the airport beginning December 15.

Quick Hit
by Aricka Flowers
Fri Nov 30, 2012

O'Hare Janitors Refuse To Back Down In Fight For Their Jobs (VIDEO) (UPDATED)

O'Hare janitors worried about the future of their jobs made a trip to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's house yesterday afternoon to protest a new city contract. The workers rallied outside of the mayor's home on his 53rd birthday to protest the deal that will cause some 300 workers to lose their jobs next month, just days before the holidays.

“We don’t know how we will pay the bills, how we will put food on the table. We won’t be able to celebrate Christmas this year with our kids,” Manuel Nieves, a janitor at O’Hare for seven years, said about the impending layoffs. “Obama is always here for the working people, but our mayor’s ultimate purpose is to help the rich, not us.”