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by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Mar 25

Illinois Letter Carriers Rally Against Elimination Of Saturday Mail Delivery (VIDEO)

Hundreds of Illinois letter carriers and their allies rallied at Federal Plaza Sunday in support of six-day mail delivery while also calling on U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to step down from his post.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Jan 30

Congressmen, Labor Leaders Want Lawmakers To Stop Holding Middle Class 'Hostage' In Fiscal Cliff Talks (VIDEO)

Illinois labor representatives and U.S. Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) and Bill Foster (D-Naperville) gathered in Chicago this morning on a national day of mobilization to call on House Republicans to stop holding families and seniors hostage in the ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations.

The Washington lawmakers, along with members of the Chicago Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and advocates for the poor and middle class, stressed that tax loopholes for Wall Street and the richest Americans be closed instead of cutting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits.

“This is about real people who will suffer real pain if the wrong decisions are made,” said William McNary of Citizen Action Illinois.

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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.” 

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by Matthew Blake
Mon Jun 11, 2012

Infrastructure Trust Names Board Members, Not Projects

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today his picks for the five-member board of the Infrastructure Trust, a plan to use private money to finance public projects that passed the City Council in April. The council, which next meets June 27, must approve each choice.

But the mayor has still not identified Trust projects, except a plan where private investors would use $225 million to make some city buildings more energy efficient. Emanuel spokesman Tom Alexander said in an interview last week that, currently, there are no additional projects on the table. Read more »