Following a strike that lasted six months, unionized workers at Golan's Moving and Storage in Skokie are back on the job after winning their first labor contract with their employer.
Prior to the strike, workers at the Skokie moving company, located at 3600 Jarvis Ave., were waiting for their first labor contract for months after having won union representation by Teamsters Local 705 back in December 2013.
Leaders with Arise Chicago, a supporter of the Golan's workers, announced the contract victory last week.
Under their first union contract, the workers, who had been calling for better wages, benefits and working conditions, will be compensated for all hours worked, including their time traveling to and from a moving job.
Also, Arise Chicago notes in a newsletter that the company is now prohibited from taking "illegal deductions" out of employees' paychecks and movers "will no longer have to pay a 'deposit' of $500 when they are promoted to be the foremen or driver of their crew."
"I feel so much better because we know that we are now protected, and they won't violate our rights anymore," Golan's worker Noe Velasquez said in Arise Chicago's letter. "There will no longer be the injustice, abuse or exploitation we experienced."
Arise Chicago, Teamsters Local 705, and the Golan's workers plan to hold a victory party on March 1 at Teamsters Hall, 300 S. Ashland Ave.
Read Progress Illinois' coverage of the Golan's strike here.