For those retired teachers who are available on Tuesday, November 29th, I have something for you to do.
There are three important labor actions in Chicago that could use your presence. I am planning to be joining the workers at O’Hare.
Strikes by McDonald’s fast-food cooks and cashiers from coast to coast, baggage handlers and cabin cleaners at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, hospital workers in Pittsburgh and other fast-food workers, combined with mass civil disobedience by working Americans across the service economy, will headline a nationwide Fight for $15 day of disruption Tuesday that includes workers in Chicago.
In addition to the strikes demanding $15 and union rights, the workers will wage their most disruptive protests yet to show they will not back down in the face of newly-elected politicians and newly-empowered corporate special interests who threaten an extremist agenda to move the country to the right. The protests, at nearly 20 major airports, which serve 2 million passengers a day, and outside McDonald’s restaurants from Durham to Denver, will underscore that any efforts to block wage increases, gut workers’ rights or healthcare, deport immigrants, or support racism or racist policies, will be met with unrelenting opposition by workers in the Fight for $15.
Here in Chicago, McDonald’s and other fast-food workers from across the city and the suburbs, will walk off their jobs and hold a strike protest at 6:00 am at a corporate McDonald’s store, at 2005 W. Chicago Ave, demanding $15 and union rights. They will be joined by hundreds of other low-wage workers, community allies, clergy and elected officials. Dozens will participate in civil disobedience and disrupt a major traffic intersection to prove they won’t back down until the economy is fixed for all workers and justice is won for all working people.
At 9:15 a.m. workers and supporters will head to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in the River North neighborhood where they will march and hold a rally and press conference. Hospital workers are demanding $15 an hour. Northwestern Memorial Hospital is one of the biggest and most profitable hospitals in the country.
At noon, workers will take their protest to O’Hare International Airport, where they’ll join striking baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, janitors, wheelchair attendants and other airport workers to send a message to the major airlines that it’s time they take responsibility for those whose dedication and hard work help to generate $36 billion in profits for the aviation industry. For the past year, O’Hare workers have been building their case for $15 and union rights at the world’s fourth-busiest airport, but their employers have responded by retaliating against them. Now, O’Hare workers are taking matters into their own hands with an unfair labor practice strike.
Galvanized by the election and frustrated with an economy that is rigged for the rich, airport, fast-food, home care, higher education and child care workers have organized the massive demonstrations to mark the fourth anniversary of the Fight for $15, a movement that has won raises for 22 million Americans since it started in 2012.
Tuesday, Nov. 29: Schedule of Chicago Actions and Events
When: Tuesday, November 29th 6:30 a.m.
What: Strike,protest, press conference, civil disobedience
Who: Hundreds of fast food workers, low-wage workers, community allies, clergy, elected officials
Where: McDonald’s, 2005 W. Chicago
When: Tuesday, November 29th 9:15 a.m.
What: March and Press Conference
Who: Northwestern Memorial Hospital workers in the Fight for $15, fast food workers, community allies
Where: Northwestern Memorial Hospital, McClurg St & Huron Ave
When: Tuesday, November 29th 12:00 p.m.
What: O’Hare Airport workers strike over unfair labor practices by their employers after coming together for $15 and union rights
Who: Hundreds of striking baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, janitors, wheelchair attendants, fast food workers, Aldermen, and community allies
Where: O’Hare Airport between Terminals 2 & 3
The Fight for $15, launched Nov. 29, 2012, when 200 fast-food workers walked off their jobs at dozens of restaurants across New York City, demanding $15 and the right to form a union without retaliation. Since then it has grown into a global phenomenon that includes fast-food, home care, child care, university, airport, retail, building service and other workers across hundreds of cities and scores of countries. Workers have taken what many viewed as an outlandish proposition – $15/hour– and made it the new labor standard in New York, California, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Home care workers in Massachusetts and Oregon won $15/hour statewide minimum wages and companies including Facebook, Aetna, Amalgamated Bank, JP Morgan Chase and Nationwide Insurance have raised pay to $15/hour or higher. Workers in nursing homes, public schools and hospitals have won $15/hour via collective bargaining.
All told, the Fight for $15 has led to wage hikes for 22 million underpaid workers, including more than 10 million who are on their way to $15/hour.