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Mass Action Sept 24 with Unite Here



Hundreds to be arrested in civil disobedience action

Fighting layoffs and cuts, hospitality workers take a stand, saying big corporations like Chicago-based Hyatt have gone too far.

WHAT:           Civil disobedience action with hundreds of hospitality workers and community supporters, in what will be one of the largest actions of its kind in Chicago history.
WHO:            Nearly 200 arrestees and over 500 witnesses from Unite Here Local 1, Chicago’s hospitality workers union, and the Chicago community.
WHERE:       Meet at Water Tower Park near Chicago and Michigan
WHEN:         Thursday, September 24, 2009, 4:00 p.m.

WHY:  In the last decade, big corporations like Hilton and Chicago-based Hyatt have taken home record profits, while many people who work for them are living in poverty. Now hospitality companies are using the economy as an excuse to further squeeze workers and communities—eliminating jobs, trying to roll back benefits, and getting a smaller pool of workers to risk injury by working harder and faster.

As companies like Hyatt lay off workers in Chicago, workers across the country are also being squeezed.  One clear example: In Boston on August 31, Hyatt Hotels fired 100 long term housekeepers and replaced them with low wage workers from a subcontractor.

In Chicago, workers are fighting back. Workers from the area’s airports, hotels, and casinos are banding together to say big corporations have gone too far.  Together, hospitality workers are fighting to rebuild our economy from the ground up, to transform poverty-wage jobs in the service sector—which can’t be shipped overseas—into solid, middle-class jobs with decent wages and affordable healthcare.

The action comes amid union contract negotiations, affecting more than 10,000 hotel, food service, and casino workers in the region and the national campaign to bring back the fired Hyatt 100 in Boston.

Unite Here Local 1, Chicago’s hospitality workers union, represents over 15,000 hotel and food service workers in Chicago and casino workers in Northwest Indiana.

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Teamsters Local 743 on Strike

From our TDU local:


Dear Sisters and Brothers from the Friend Family support list,

Workers at SK Hand Tools in Chicago (3535 W. 47th St.) and McCook
(9500 W. 55th St.) voted unanimously to STRIKE as of Tuesday, August
25, 2009!  Please forward this e-mail to friends and allies.

Strike support will be needed on a 24/7 basis at both locations –
please contact the Teamsters Local 743 union hall at (773) 254-7460
for more information.

For Immediate Release:
For More Information:
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sarah Hainds, (773) 254-7460

Cell: (773) 860-0306

Teamsters Strike Over Lost Health Insurance

Workers and their families forced to delay important medical treatment

Teamsters Local 743 union members working at SK Hand Tools voted
unanimously to strike today at 3:30pm due to the company’s unilateral
withdrawal of the workers’ health insurance without notice.

The U.S. National Labor Relations Board has issued an unfair labor
practice complaint alleging that the company has bargained illegally
by stopping health care coverage without notice.

“President Obama is leading a national debate about how to protect
hard-working Americans from callous employers like SK Hand Tools,”
said Teamsters Local 743 president Richard Berg.  “This French-owned
company has left us no choice but to strike for our basic needs,
health care,” he continued.

SK Hand Tools has been making high quality metal tools in Chicago for
88 years.  SK workers have been in contract negotiations for nine
months.  The company has been in the Teamsters union since 1968.

“We are willing to make concessions to save the company,” union
steward David Biedrzycki stated, “but we can’t lose our health
insurance.  They expect us to pay for our health coverage
out-of-pocket when they’re also asking for a 20% pay cut – we can’t
afford this!”  The workers’ wages have been frozen for the last six

The workers currently earn on average $14 per hour.  The pay reduction
that management is proposing includes an additional $4 cut in the
first 6 months, which would lower that average to just over minimum
wage.  SK Hand Tools employs about 70 workers.

SK Hand Tools sells its merchandise through its website and through
stores like Sears & Roebuck and  SK also makes some of the
Sears Craftsman products.

Teamsters Local 743 represents 11,000 workers throughout the
Chicagoland area working in manufacturing, health care, clerical, food
service, warehouse and maintenance industries.

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8/17- Starbucks! Stop the Cuts! Hand Off Our Healthcare! Protest/Rally!”

From the IWW:

Event: 8/17- Starbucks! Stop the Cuts! Hand Off Our Healthcare! Protest/Rally!
“Members and supporters of the IWW Starbucks Workers Union to protest and rally against Starbucks’ HEALTH CARE CUTS and UNION BUSTING on this National DAY OF ACTION”
What: Protest
Host: I ♥ Union Baristas!
Start Time: Monday, August 17 at 12:00pm
End Time: Monday, August 17 at 3:00pm
Where: Starbucks Coffee Co. (California and Logan Blvd)

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Chicago Anarchist Film Fest

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The 9th Annual Chicago Anarchist Film Festival

Friday April 24 – Sunday 09caff_artApril 26, 7-10pm.

at Jane Addams Hull House 800 S. Halsted
(on UIC Campus just south of Jane Addams museum; off blue line UIC/Harrison stop)

Anarchists, anti-authoritarians, the anarcho-friendly and the anarcho-curious to view this year’s features, shorts, documentaries, animation, and found footage. Join us as anarchy takes center stage through humor, drama and suspense and emerges from the cracks of mass media in this weekend volley of images and stories that reveal and invigorate a rich anarchist presence in society.

A sliding scale donation of $5-10 per festival day is requested with no one turned away for lack of funds.

For more information email CAFF or visit the CAFF website.

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