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Why SB47? Meet Ronald Bryant

Published on Tue, 06/30/2015 - 17:49

My Name is Ronald Bryant, I am an African American male who has worked in temp labor since 2011. Past Mistakes lead me to te

mp labor with hopes of establishing a legal source of income and provide for my family. What I learned was quite the opposite. Temp labor is low-paying work, in often harsh conditions, where workers' rights are not respected at all. Still, it has often been the only work I can find.

Though it is humiliating and sometimes dangerous work, I have no other option. Day in and day out I show up on time and pray that I get sent out that day.

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SB47 Background

Published on Tue, 04/28/2015 - 17:16

Background on SB47, Fairness in hiring:

The black unemployment rate tends to be about double that of whites, regardless of the economic climate. In 2011, the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) study concluded that labor market discrimination is at the root of black male underemployment. The study analyzes employment data and determines that occupational preferences and a dearth of “soft skills” are not the causes of employment disparities between blacks and whites. By systematically excluding those other causes, EPI concludes that discrimination must exist in today’s job market.


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Chicago Workers Collaborative Joins the Fight For $15 March

Published on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 18:33

Chicago Workers Collaborative joined workers from around Illinois Wednesday, April 15, 2015, for a national day of actions in calling for a raise in the minimum wage to $15 and hour.  Thousands of workers turned out in Chicago for this historic event .  CWC organizer Daniel Corral was interviewed by the local Telemundo station (he appears at 2:14, though they misidentified him as Dominic Bowie).

Click the link below to view the Telemundo report (Spanish).

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CWC In The News

Published on Tue, 01/20/2015 - 07:17

The Chicago Workers Collaborative has been hard at work these past several months organizing temp workers.  Below you'll find a brief recap of our work the media has picked up on. 

1. Illinois Revokes License of Temp Agency Check Cashing Store - ProPublica continues it's Temp Town series with a new article.  The State of Illinois recently moved to shut down a check cashing store that was overcharging temp workers.

2. The Chicago Tribue covers the actions of workers who are speaking out.
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