Category: Media Advisory
Advisory for 3/20/17: Arlington Heights Residents Rally to Save Sick Days, Minimum Wage
Arlington Heights Residents to Rally to Defend
Paid Sick Days and Minimum Wage
Demand Village Board maintain Arlington Heights as a healthy, thriving community
Shelly Ruzicka, Arise Chicago
Arlington Heights, Illinois, a thriving northwest suburb, is threatening to take away basic employment rights from workers within its municipal limits. Workers in the very restaurants and stores that make Arlington Heights a suburban dining and shopping destination may be denied the basic right to stay home when ill–thereby forcing workers to chose between going to work and serving customers while sick, or staying home to recover but losing a day’s pay. And that pay may be lower than Cook County law stipulates, starting July 1, 2017
Arlington Heights mayor Tom Hayes was recently quoted in the Chicago Sun Times as moving to take away county paid sick days and minimum wage rights because “businesses are asking us to opt out.”
However, a vast majority of Arlington Heights residents favor paid sick days and a higher minimum wage, voting in clear support in of both policies in recent referenda:
- 75% of Arlington Heights voters supported paid sick days at the state level in the November 8, 2016 general election non-binding ballot referendum
- 65% of Arlington Heights voters supported a higher state minimum wage in the November 2014 gubernatorial election non-binding ballot referendum
What: Arlington Heights voters, families, workers, and religious leaders who make up the Arlington Heights Working Families Committee will rally and hold a press conference outside Village Hall, then enter the Board meeting to testify in support of county paid sick days and minimum wage.
Where: Arlington Heights Village Hall, 33 S. Arlington Heights Road
When: Monday March 20th 7:40 pm press conference; 8pm Village Board meeting
Who: Arlington Heights Working Families Committee: local voters, families, workers, and religious leaders; members of local Indivisible chapters; Arise Chicago (which helped pass county paid sick days); The People’s Lobby (which passed county minimum wage)
Visuals: Committee members rallying with colorful signs and giant thermometers at 75%
Cook County passed a Paid Sick Days Ordinance on October 5, 2016 becoming the largest county in the U.S. with such legislation; and a Minimum Wage Ordinance on October 26, 2016, joining the growing national movement for local employment legislation. Both ordinances will go into effect on July 1, 2017.
While Arlington Heights is threatening to act against the will of its voters, other municipalities have listened to residents and protected the provisions. Suburban La Grange voters who also overwhelmingly support paid sick days and the minimum wage, won a significant victory this week, saving both policies in their southwest village after voicing their support to the Village Board.
Modeling La Grange, Arlington Heights residents have formed a local Working Families Committee to keep paid sick days and the county minimum wage. The committee will rally at Village Hall before attending the board meeting to testify in support of both policies.
Arlington Heights residents and voters will be available for interview.
Contact Shelly Ruzicka to arrange interviews.
La Grange Residents Announce Victory for Working Families
Voters celebrate influencing Village Board to keep Paid Sick Days and Minimum Wage
Shelly Ruzicka, Arise Chicago
773-251-5003 I firstname.lastname@example.org I @AriseChicago
The La Grange Working Families Committee will rally and announce the victory to keep paid sick days and the county minimum wage in the Village of La Grange.
Nearly two-thirds of La Grange voters supported paid sick days and an increased minimum wage in 2016 and 2014 non-binding ballot referendums, respectively. Cook County passed two ordinances with these protections in 2016. When La Grange considered taking away both protections in its municipality, community members formed the La Grange Working Families Committee to fight to keep them.
After meetings with local officials and a planned protest at Monday, March 13th’s Village Board meeting, the committee heard from the Village President that La Grange and would now be keeping paid sick days and the minimum wage.
The La Grange Working Families Committee will rally, march, and thank the Village Board for keeping La Grange a thriving, healthy community.
What: La Grange voters, families, workers, and religious leaders who make up the La Grange Working Families Committee will march to Village Hall to speak at the board meeting and thank the La Grange Village Board for keeping paid sick days and the county minimum wage
Where: March starting at First Congregational Church, 100 6th Ave., La Grange
Press conference at La Grange Village Hall: 53 S. La Grange Rd., La Grange
When: 7:00 pm march; 7:10 pm press conference
Who: La Grange Working Families Committee: local voters, families, workers, and religious leaders; Arise Chicago
Visuals: Committee members marching and rallying with colorful signs and giant thermometers at 73%
Cook County passed a Paid Sick Days Ordinance on October 5, 2016, becoming the largest county in the U.S. with such legislation; and a Minimum Wage Ordinance on October 26, 2016, joining the growing national movement for local employment legislation. Both ordinances will go into effect on July 1, 2017.
La Grange voters overwhelmingly support paid sick days, with 73% voting in favor of such legislation in a November 8, 2016, non-binding ballot referendum. Similarly, in November 2014, 72% of La Grange voters favored increasing the minimum wage in a non-binding referendum.
On February 13, 2017, the La Grange Village Board presented an ordinance to take away these rights, prompting the creation by local residents of the La Grange Working Families Committee. The Committee, made up of local workers, residents, voters, and religious leaders called on the Village Board to protect La Grange workers, community members, and public health. On Saturday, March 11th, the committee was informed by Village President Tom Livingston by email that the Village would keep paid sick days and the minimum wage.
The Committee will rally to thank their local officials, celebrate community action making positive change in La Grange, and demonstrating an example of to other Cook County suburbs.
La Grange residents and voters will be available for interview.
Contact Shelly Ruzicka to arrange additional interviews.
Advisory for 10/5/16: Workers to Expand Sick Time to Cook County
Workers Leap from Chicago to County Sick Time Legislation
Proposed ordinance would make Cook the largest county in the U.S. with paid sick days
Media Contact: Shelly Ruzicka, Arise Chicago
What: The Cook County Earned Sick Time coalition and county commissioners will announce proposed legislation to make Cook County the largest municipality in the U.S. with paid sick days legislation. Commissioners expect to vote the ordinance into law at Wednesday’s Board meeting.
Who: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, County Commissioners Bridget Gainer (10th), Jesus Garcia (7th), low-wage workers who will benefit from the ordinance, religious leaders, Cook County Earned Sick Time Coalition including community, labor, and advocacy organizations.
When: Wednesday, October 5th at 9:15am
Where: 118 N. Clark Street, Cook County Building 5th floor
Background: Coming off of the successful passage of a Chicago ordinance, the Cook County Earned Sick Time Coalition will expand the basic protection of paid sick time to workers across Cook County.
The Chicago ordinance passed after a three and half year campaign led by low-wage workers and supporting organizations.
The County ordinance is modeled after the Chicago legislation, which was formulated from recommendations by a task force made up of worker and business representatives. Heeding the call from businesses for common sense legislation, and from workers for the massive need to protect one’s own and the public’s health, County commissioners took speedy action. Passage of the ordinance will make Cook the largest county in the country to have such legislation, building on the growing national movement of state and municipal sick time laws.
The ordinance will cover 441,000workers outside of Chicago in Cook County. Importantly, many newly covered workers are in the service sector–industries frequently at risk for spreading contagious illnesses due to contact with larges numbers of people.
Once passed, the ordinance will provide with up to five paid sick days per year. LIke the city ordinance, workers would be able to earn 1 hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours worked.
Mirroring the Chicago ordinance, the county legislation will go into effect on July 1, 2017.
*Workers will be available for interview in English or Spanish
The Cook County Earned Sick Time Coalition is:
Arise Chicago, Chicago Federation of Labor, Restaurant Opportunities Center – Chicago, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 881, Women Employed
Endorsers: AFSCME Council 31, Action Now, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308, American Friends Service Committee, Between Friends, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Chicago and Midwest Regional Joint Board of Workers United, Chicago Federation of Musicians, Chicago National Organization for Women, Chicago Religious Leadership Network, Chicago Teachers Union, Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, Chicago Foundation for Women, Community Renewal Society, Coalition Against Workplace Sexual Violence, Council on American-Islamic Relations, EverThrive Illinois, Illinois Chapter-American Academy of Pediatrics, Illinois Education Association Region 67, Illinois Federation of Teachers, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Jobs with Justice-Chicago, Lambda Legal, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, NABET/CWA Local 41, National Council of Jewish Women – IL State Policy Advocacy Network,, National Domestic Workers Alliance, National Employment Lawyers Association – IL, National Nurses United, ONE Northside, ParentsWork, Planned Parenthood of Illinois, Raise the Floor, Rape Victim Advocates, Reclaim Chicago, SAG-AFTRA, SEIU Doctors Council, SEIU Local 1, SEIU Local 73, SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Indiana, SEIU State Council, Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation, Stagehands Local 2, Teamsters 743, Teamsters 777, United Steelworkers District 7, UNITE HERE Local 1, UNITE HERE Local 450, United Electrical Workers Western Region, Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago/Fight for Fifteen, Workers United, Zakat Foundation of America
Domestic Workers’ Win Makes Illinois 7th State to Offer Protections
MEDIA ADVISORY for Tuesday, August 16 10am
Illinois Domestic Workers Claim Victory in 5-Year Campaign
Friday’s bill signing makes Illinois 7th state to provide domestic workers with legal protections
Media Contact: Shelly Ruzicka
773-251-5003 | shelly[at]arisechicago[dot]org | @AriseChicago
What: Press conference and celebration announcing historic passage into law of the Illinois Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights
When: Tuesday, August 16 at 10am
Where: Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law: 50 E. Washington, Suite 500, Chicago
Who: Illinois Domestic Workers’ Coalition, domestic workers from the Black, Latino, Filipino, and Polish communities; faith and labor leaders; and legislators.
- House sponsor Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez
- Domestic workers: Grace Padao, AFIRE Chicago; Magdalena Zylinska, Arise Chicago; Maria Esther Bolaños, Latino Union
- Wendy Pollack, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
- Religious Leaders
Decades after the passage of the 1938 federal Fair Labor Standards Act, which excluded domestic workers and was mimicked by many states, including Illinois, Gov. Rauner signed House Bill 1288 into law last Friday, granting Illinois domestic workers the same protections that other workers have had for generations.
After a five year campaign by the Illinois Domestic Workers Coalition, Illinois home cleaners, nannies, and home care workers will now have basic workplace protections under state law.
The new law, sponsored by Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-8th District) in the Senate, and Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez (D-24th District) in the House, gives nannies, housecleaners, home care workers, and other domestic workers the same employment protections that workers in other industries have by amending four state laws that currently exclude domestic workers. This includes the Minimum Wage Law, the Illinois Human Rights Act, the One Day of Rest in Seven Act, and the Wages of Women and Minors Act.
The new law will ensure that all domestic workers receive the state minimum wage, protection against sexual harassment, as well as a day of rest for workers employed by one employer for at least 20 hours a week.
The bill’s signing makes Illinois the 7th state in the U.S. with domestic worker protections. The law will take effect Jan. 1, 2017.
The Illinois Domestic Workers’ Coalition is powered by local organizations, including AFIRE Chicago, Arise Chicago, Latino Union, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Women Employed, Heartland Alliance, and SEIU-HCII, as well as domestic workers, advocacy and community groups, and allies. The Coalition is supported by the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States. For more information, please visit: www.respectallwork.org
MEDIA ADVISORY for Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Domestic Workers Celebrate Victory as Illinois Bill of Rights Reaches Governor’s Desk
Call on Gov. Rauner to sign bill into law
Media Contact: Shelly Ruzicka, Arise Chicago
773-251-5003 | shelly[at]arisechicago[dot]org
@AriseChicago | @Shelly_Ruzicka
What: Press Conference and Postcard Action to celebrate Illinois Bill of Rights (HB 1288) reaching Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk and encouraging him to sign the bill into a law.
When: Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 10:00-10:45am
Where: In front of the James R. Thompson Center: 100 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
Who: Arise Chicago and the Illinois Domestic Workers Coalition, domestic workers from Latino, Filipino, and Polish communities; families who employ domestic workers; faith and labor leaders; and legislators.
Ai-jen Poo, Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Magdalena Zylinska domestic worker leader from Arise Chicago
Lucia Wrooman, domestic worker leader from Latino Union
Grace Padao, domestic worker leader from AFIRE
Reverend Joy Rogers, St. James Episcopal Cathedral
Invited: Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago), bill co-sponsor
Invited: Representative Lisa Hernandez (D-Cicero), bill co-sponsor
Visuals: Signing of giant postcard to Governor Bruce Rauner; balloons and posters; large banner to honor domestic workers.
(Chicago, IL) — On July 13, domestic workers across the state will celebrate a long-awaited historic victory for workers’ rights, as the Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (HB1288) reaches Governor Rauner’s desk after passing both the Illinois House and Senate. The Governor now has less than 60 days to sign the bill into a law, guaranteeing more than 35,000 domestic workers across the state with basic employment protections.
The bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) and Rep. Lisa Hernandez (D-Cicero), establishes a definition for domestic worker, and creates a floor of protections for nannies, housecleaners, home care workers, cooks, and chauffeurs by amending four state laws that currently exclude them. Together, the Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights will ensure that domestic workers receive minimum wage, protection against sexual harassment, and the right to one day of rest if they work for more than 20 hours for an employer.
If signed into law, Illinois would become the 6th state in the U.S. to pass a comprehensive Domestic Workers Bill of Rights and the 7th state to extend rights to domestic workers, joining Massachusetts, California, New York, Oregon, Connecticut, and Hawaii.
The Illinois Domestic Workers’ Coalition is powered by local organizations, including AFIRE, Arise Chicago, Latino Union, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Women Employed, Heartland Alliance, and SEIU-HCII, as well as domestic workers, advocacy and community groups, workers centers, and allies. The Coalition is supported by the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States. For more information, please visit: www.respectallwork.org