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Reclaim Chicago Hits The Streets To Get Out The Vote For Progressive Candidates

Reclaim Chicago Hits The Streets To Get Out The Vote For Progressive Candidates

Reclaim Chicago hit the streets Tuesday to get-out-the-vote for their endorsed candidates, which include U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for president and Kim Foxx for Cook County State's Attorney. —Michael Joyce, Progress Illinois, 03/21/16 More »

‘Bernie Bus’ Pulls Into Downtown To Lead Early Voting Rally for Sanders

‘Bernie Bus’ Pulls Into Downtown To Lead Early Voting Rally for Sanders

The political bandwagon behind U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) pulled into Chicago Thursday in the literal form of the Bernie Bus. —Ted Cox, DNAinfo, 03/07/16 More »

Chicago Aldermen, Advocates Announce ‘Fair Elections’ Ordinance

Chicago Aldermen, Advocates Announce ‘Fair Elections’ Ordinance

A group of Chicago aldermen introduced a "Fair Elections" ordinance at Wednesday's council meeting aimed at installing a local campaign finance system meant to increase the impact of small donors. —Ellyn Fortino, Progress Illinois, 03/07/16 More »

University of Chicago Nurses Narrowly Avert Strike, Claim Victory Against Hospital

University of Chicago Nurses Narrowly Avert Strike, Claim Victory Against Hospital

Early Tuesday, National Nurses United (NNU) announced that its 1,500 members at the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) would not go on strike as planned. The union called for a one-day strike set for April 30, following nearly eight months of negotiations and a strike authorization vote on January 29, when 95% of membership voted in favor of authorizing a strike; now, the union is claiming victory in its negotiations with the medical center. —MIRIAM SHESTACK / IN THESE TIMES, 01/07/16 More »

Stroger Hospital slammed for plan to merge pediatric, adult emergency rooms

Stroger Hospital slammed for plan to merge pediatric, adult emergency rooms

At Cook County board meeting this month, Dr. Tatyana Kagan stood to address the commissioners. It was the first time she had attended a meeting. Kagan works in the pediatric emergency room at Stroger Hospital and came to object to the hospital's plan to consolidate the pediatric ER with the main ER. —Ameet Sachdev / Chicago Tribune, 01/06/16 More »

In about-face, U. of C. Medicine to build adult trauma center on Hyde Park campus

In about-face, U. of C. Medicine to build adult trauma center on Hyde Park campus

University of Chicago Medicine's announcement Thursday that it would add Level 1 adult trauma care to its Hyde Park campus culminated a decadeslong battle with South Side residents who insisted that the university had a civic duty to provide services in an area that suffers disproportionately from gun violence. —Dahleen Glanton and Lolly Bowean / Chicago Tribune , 01/06/16 More »

Bernie Sanders picks up first major labor endorsement

Bernie Sanders picks up first major labor endorsement

Bernie Sanders picked up his first major labor endorsement from the nation's largest organization of nurses, reflecting the Vermont senator's appeal among unions in his challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. —Associated Press, via Chicago Tribune, 08/11/15 More »

Right-to-Work Laws are Every Republican Union-Hater’s Weapon of Choice

Right-to-Work Laws are Every Republican Union-Hater’s Weapon of Choice

There are few crusades in American politics more quixotic than bashing unions. They are a threat that exists mostly in the imaginations of their opponents: an all-powerful, resurgent labor movement that scares investors and imperils the economy, despite representing just 11% of the US workforce. Right-to-work laws are their weapon of choice. —Michael Paarlberg, The Guardian , 02/10/15 More »

The great PetKoch battle of the Southeast Side

The great PetKoch battle of the Southeast Side

About two years ago, residents of Chicago’s Southeast Side saw piles of black dust in their neighborhood growing taller and taller. The piles, stored along the Calumet River, reached six stories high – 60 feet tall – and when the wind blew they would send clouds of black dust through residential streets. —Kari Lydersen, The Gate News, 01/05/15 More »

Illinois Nurses Demand Tougher Ebola Safety Precautions

Illinois Nurses Demand Tougher Ebola Safety Precautions

Illinois was one of 16 states where nurses picketed Wednesday. Hospital officials responded in a statement saying more than 500 employees of the Cook County health system have been trained and that drills are ongoing. —Nesita Kwan, NBC Chicago, 11/17/14 More »

Chicago area nurses demand more protection against Ebola

Chicago area nurses demand more protection against Ebola

Chicago area registered nurses said Tuesday that they welcomed the CDC’s announcement urging U.S. hospitals to put in place stricter guidelines for nurses and other health workers dealing with Ebola patients. But substantial concerns remain, members of the National Nurses United said. The union represents 185,000 nurses nationwide, including 6,000 in the Chicago area. —Monifa Thomas, Chicago Sun Times, 11/17/14 More »

Safe RN Ratios for Illinois!

Safe RN Ratios for Illinois!

With less than 10 days notice, nurses from around Chicago descended on the Health and Human Services Committee hearing of our IL Ratio Bill HB 0012! 9 nurses testified, speaking eloquently and from the heart about how unsafe staffing is hurting their patients. Many more were prepared to testify had we had more time. —National Nurses United, 06/09/14 More »

Nurses tour petroleum coke facilities, seek ban until piles enclosed

Nurses tour petroleum coke facilities, seek ban until piles enclosed

A national nurses union and Southeast Side activists will call on Mayor Rahm Emanuel today to ban petroleum coke in Chicago city limits until the piles of dust are enclosed. National Nurses United says in a news release that an Emanuel-backed ordinance the City Council passed last month to regulate storage of petroleum coke doesn't go far enough. —Chicago Tribune, 06/09/14 More »

RNs, County Workers Halt Cook Co. Board of Commissioners Pres. Preckwinkle’s Pension “Reform”

RNs, County Workers Halt Cook Co. Board of Commissioners Pres. Preckwinkle’s Pension “Reform”

Quick action from all County workers opposed to pension cuts stopped passage of pension legislation. In a last minute move, Toni Preckwinkle, the President of the Cook County Board went to Springfield the last two weeks of May with an entourage of lobbyists to ram her pension reform package through in the final hours of the session. Preckwinkle, accompanied by leaders and lobbyists from the larger County unions, attempted to convince state politicians to cut County pensions in a last minute appeal. —National Nurses United, 06/09/14 More »

In Chicago, nurses take up fight against petcoke piles

In Chicago, nurses take up fight against petcoke piles

“Stunning, just stunning, just stunning,” said Sheilah Garland, shaking her head as she stared out the window of the bus rolling along a dirt road next to towering black piles of petroleum coke on Chicago’s Southeast Side. As an organizer of National Nurses United, a labor union representing about 6,000 nurses in Chicago and 185,000 nationwide, Garland has seen a lot. She represents nurses working in grueling and traumatic situations on a daily basis. And the union has picked fights with powerful politicians, including former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. —Midwest Energy News, 06/09/14 More »

Illinois activists demand moratorium on ‘petcoke’

Illinois activists demand moratorium on ‘petcoke’

Registered nurses and community activists will tour petroleum coke sites in Chicago Monday and publicly demand city officials to declare a moratorium on creating the byproduct they say is a hazard to city residents. National Nurses United is planning a news conference alongside the Southeast Side Environmental Task Force, Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke, and Progressive Democrats of America. —The Herald-News, 06/09/14 More »

County hospital workers rip Preckwinkle’s proposed pension fix

County hospital workers rip Preckwinkle’s proposed pension fix

Several dozen unionized Stroger Hospital employees descended on a Cook County board meeting Wednesday, expressing their displeasure with President Toni Preckwinkle’s pension-reform plan, which is expected to surface soon in Springfield. As county hospital workers waited their turn to address the board, the echoes of an overflow crowd could be heard chanting “save our pensions” from a hallway outside the boardroom. But by the time they were allowed to take the podium, Preckwinkle had ducked out of the meeting to attend a separate event. She later returned after the hospital workers were gone. —Chicago Sun-Times.com, 05/27/14 More »

Resisting the Empire: Four Days in Chicago

Resisting the Empire: Four Days in Chicago

Resisting the Empire: Four Days in Chicago: A film by Haskell Wexler, ­­­­Andy Davis and Mike Gray (2013). Available for $15 from http://www.fourdaysinchicago.com. Mayor 1% (Rahm Emanuel) invited the G-8 (the Group of 8 most economically powerful countries in the world) and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) to meet in Chicago in May 2012. Needless to say, this did not go over well with Chicago activists—and a whole lot more other people. —ZNET Communications, 09/17/13 More »

ALEC Convention Met With Protests in Chicago

ALEC Convention Met With Protests in Chicago

A coalition of labor, community and environmental groups from throughout the Midwest will gather to protest the group’s three-day conference throughout the week, with organizers expecting the largest actions against ALEC since the group first drew attention in 2011 for its role in providing model legislation written by corporations pushing a broad right-wing, pro-corporate agenda. —The Nation, 08/07/13 More »

South Side isn’t ready for health emergencies

South Side isn’t ready for health emergencies

CHICAGO--As this is written, everyone wounded in the terror bombings at the Boston Marathon has survived his or her wounds. This remarkable testament to effective medical response stems largely from Boston’s exceptional health-care capacity. —Chicago Sun-Times, By Jesse Jackson, 04/23/13 More »

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