Fight for 15
Fight for 15 fast food workers are making progress in Oak Park! On Tuesday, July 5th the Village Board and trustees will continue the discussion and include the $15 living wage for Oak Park in their meeting’s agenda. Stand with us as we turn up the pressure in front of McDonald’s, at 111 Madison, then join the Village Board meeting to make sure trustees hear from fast-food workers and supportive members of the community who have been leading this fight for social and economic justice.
When: Tuesday, July 5, 7 PM
Where: McDonalds @ 111 W. Madison, Oak Park, for a brief rally then off to the evening’s Village Board meeting.
Police Deserve a Contract, But…
At In These Times, Adeshina Emmanuel writes:
With the DOJ investigation in Chicago underway and the FOP contract up for renewal in June 2017, should the movement for police accountability turn its eye to the contract renegotiations? This in turn raises a thorny question: Will upholding civil rights require curtailing collective bargaining rights?
Souring Chicago’s Sweet Treat
At Truthout, Jim Hightower writes:
In May 2015, bakery workers in Nabisco’s monumental 10-story plant in Chicago’s Marquette Park neighborhood had been expecting some sweet news from their corporate headquarters. Rumor had it that their renown facility — after more than half a century and millions of Oreos — was about to receive a $130-million modernization investment to upgrade equipment and to add new production lines. So, the future looked bright and spirits were high on May 15 of last year when management convened members of Local 300 of the Bakery Workers Union to announce that the investment was indeed going to be made.
In Salinas, Mexico.
BCTGM Local 300 reports that Nabisco’s Oreo page is dunked in comments deploring the outsourcing of work to Mexico: Boycott Mexico-made Oreos! And then there is the plaint of the laid-off Nabisco workers…
Fight Like a Genius
At Mayoral Tutorial, Don Washington writes:
…We’re not uniting/fighting with Clinton. We’re fighting the ding-danged system that gave us her. The same way we’ve been kicking President Obama and his Department of Justice around to the best of our ability because that guy… he’s not on our side either. I think of Clinton as a stuffed suit, pant suit, fancy jacket, whatever, that was handpicked to give us a sense of social progress while putting a woman’s face on some bad public policies. So we need to be smart about how to fight the system that produced her & our conditions. Think how far we’ve gotten and strong we’ve gotten w/ a Neo-liberal President to fight that highlights the difference between meritocratic, liberal/neo-liberal nonsense and actual justice. Now understand how weak and how bad things were w/ “W” as President. You remember how things went when corporate power and proto-fascist leanings came together in an ideologically empowered idiot? Do you recall how much ground we lost and do you know how much ground we’re losing and damage that is being done to us in states with GOP Governors and majorities? You know and it should piss you off. If it doesn’t there is not much I or anyone can do for you.
Illinois Green Party
Right at the deadline, Illinois Green Party supporters submitted over 50,000 signatures to put a slate headed by the presumptive Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein on the November Illinois ballot. Bill Kreml is listed for Vice-President, Scott Summers for U.S. Senate, and Tim Curtin for Illinois Comptroller. The Green Party has two candidates for Congress: Rob Sherman for the 5th Congressional District and Paula Bradshaw for the 12th Congressional District. Karen Roothan, DSA member George Milkowski, and Michael Smith are running for the Metropolitan Water District of Greater Chicago.
Chicago DSA ex-pat Eric Fink had hoped to be the first independent candidate for the North Carolina State Senate… in living memory and then some. He needed 5,255 valid signatures but had 4,269. He would have been the sole candidate running against incumbent Senator Phil Berger, a Republican. Fink’s campaign was featured in Dissent Magazine’s Belabored Podcast #102.
A Really Yuge Union Merger?
It’s old news to some, but AFSCME and SEIU are considering a merger, and a resolution to that effect was passed at May’s SEIU National Convention in Detroit. There are obvious organizational, structural and cultural differences between the two unions, what with SEIU favoring regional mega-locals and AFSCME still very much shop-based as just one of the more obvious. But the Supreme Court’s systematic erosion of workers’ rights in the context of right-wing control of so many state governments has them a bit beyond worried, and there’s a growing realization that public employee unions are just not going to make it if private sector and independent sector unions remain as weak as they are today.
SEIU seems a bit more enthused about the prospect than AFSCME, judging by the quote from AFSCME President Lee Saunders: “The point of this [SEIU] resolution is not to get a merger. That’s not what we’re trying to do, but it is an option that exists and can’t be ignored.”