Labor leaders gathered to discuss the future of American unions and the critical keys to their survival at a University of Chicago panel discussion Thursday night. Progress Illinois details highlights from the talk.
Protesters are ramping up advocacy against the potential sale of all
or some of the Tribune Company to the conservative billionaire Koch
brothers with a nationwide day of action. Meanwhile, the number of
signatures on various online petitions has risen to more than 500,000.
will not sell our freedom of speech. We will not sell our right to have
independent news. We will not sell the City of Chicago,” said Shani
Smith, 38, a project organizer with Stand Up! Chicago.
“We are here for senior citizens, for children, for working families,
and that’s what we stand for. If the Koch brothers don’t stand for it, they most certainly cannot buy the Chicago Tribune.”
The AFL-CIO launched its updated and expanded Executive PayWatch
webpage Monday, which tracks CEO pay of some of the largest U.S.
companies and highlights the country’s growing wealth inequality.
site’s new data shows that American business executives continued to do very
well for themselves last year, while average workers struggled to make
ends meet, said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
really should be ashamed for trying to balance the budget on the backs
of American working people, while at the same time demanding corporate
tax cuts for overseas profits,” Trumka said on a conference call with