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State Representative La Shawn K. Ford commits to toughen temp agency regulations stop discrimination

Published on Fri, 07/18/2014 - 18:39

Last Saturday, nearly 100 African American and Latino temporary workers and their Allies stood in solidarity with one message: Fairness, Not Discrimination! State Representative, La Shawn K. Ford, hosted a Policy Forum titled, “The Truth About Temporary Labor in Illinois”.  Testimonies from African American and Latino laborers that encountered discrimination and exploitation by staffing agencies set the tone as Political Officials, the Illinois Department of Labor, Community Organizations and the Vice President of Personnel Staffing Group, a national staffing firm, listened intently.

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Forever Temp? Once a bastion of good jobs, manufacturing has gone gaga for temps.

Published on Thu, 01/09/2014 - 09:00

In These Times featured an article on  January 6, 2014 titled "Forever Temp?" where they highlight the struggle of several workers who are having a difficult time and had to turn to the temp industry in order to work but have become entangled in the "permatemp" trap.  The article also highlight the efforts of the Chicago Workers Collaborative to raise the issues temp wokrers are struggling with.

"Such experiences are increasingly common, according to Leone José Bicchieri, executive director of the Chicago Workers Collaborative (CWC), a non-profit workers center that organizes low-wage and

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Bill Moyers & Company Investigaton Highlights Bringing Down Barriers

Published on Sat, 10/05/2013 - 07:02

As part of their on-going investigation of the temp-industry in Chicago, Moyers & Company, recently produced a segment on the Bringing Down Barriers efforts of the Chicago Workers Collaborative.   Bringing Down Barriers seeks to unite African American and Latino workers so that together they can be build a stronger workers movement and make sure the temp industry doesn't pit them against each other which will only lead to further abuses.  As Leone Bicchieri, the CWC Executive Director, states "someone's laughing all the way to the bank, and it's not us!"

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The New Temp Economy

Published on Tue, 09/03/2013 - 06:58

The national media is continuing to catch on to the temporary staffing industry.  In the most recent piece Bill Moyers ( presents an investigation into the Temp Industry and looks at the changing nature of the "New Economy" and a dangerous shift towards a model with a disposable workforce.  Chicago Workers Collaborative members feature prominantly in this piece, as does CWC organizers Claudia Galena & Brandon Ford, as well as Executive Director, Leone Bicchieri. 


In this report, producer Karla Murthy visits a temp agency in Chicago, where she speaks to both workers who have

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