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Arise Chicago Faith-Labor-Action Breakfast 2014
Thursday, December 11, 2014
7:30 am Networking Reception for Sponsors
8:00 am Breakfast and Program
Operating Engineers Local 399 Union Hall– 2260 S. Grove Ave., Chicago
(one-half block west of Canal and one block south of Cermak – free parking)
Chicago Teachers Union, Interim President
Visionary Leadership Award:
Northwestern Football Players Union, Lead Organizer
Faithful Leadership Award:
8th Day Center for Justice
Prophetic Leadership Award:
National Domestic Workers Alliance & MacArthur Genius Grant Recipient
Lisa Parker, NBC 5 Chicago News and AFTRA member as emcee
Register for the Breakfast here
BBC Interview on Wage Theft in the U.S. with Arise Chicago
“A large number of employees are accusing their companies of effectively stealing their pay from them”
Adam Kader tells how widespread the problem is, “wage theft is incredibly common; it’s standardized in many low wage sectors.”
Listen to the full interview here:
Community rallies to support Golan’s strikers!
Hundreds of supports have strengthened the Skokie picket line of the Golan’s Moving workers, now ending their third week of an unfair labor practice strike in which the company refuses to negotiate a fair contract, in spite of the 60-11 vote by the workers in an NLRB election in December 2013.
Workers have detailed stories of inhumane abuse, exploitation, and wage theft that they suffered while working at Golan’s Moving & Storage. Several religious leaders have visited the picket line, including Cantor Michael Davis.
“I just came from our synagogue’s shabbat services where we greet each other with ‘shabbat shalom’ a sabbath of peace, and there can be no peace without justice. I come to speak to you from the Jewish tradition, that we stand for justice, we stand against the Pharaohs … we stand with everybody who’s struggling, and we call for justice for the workers of Golan’s.”
Some strike supporters who are previous customers of Golan’s, have vowed not to use the company again until it negotiated a contract with the workers in good faith.
Golan’s Moving Strikers Getting Wide Religious Support
On Tuesday, August 12th, religious leaders joined Golan’s Moving & Storage workers on their picket line as they entered the third week of their strike over unfair labor practices. “Our shared tradition teaches us to respect the dignity of workers” said Rabbi Bruce Elder of Congregation Hakafa in Glencoe.
Clergy recalled a May 2nd letter signed by 5 prominent rabbis, asking the company for a meeting, but they did not give a serious reply. “We stand in solidarity with you in your struggle, and we’ll be here with you,” declared Sr. Bernadine Karge to the workers.