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Your Inspiration for Today: 11-Year-Old Asean Johnson

You may have seen a video of him before, but if 11-year-old Asean Johnson can stand up to Rahm Emanuel and school "reformers" like he does in this video from the AFT convention, you can stand up and fight the important battles in your community.

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Nurses Have a Busy Week

Members of National Nurses United (NNU) have had a busy week fighting to improve patient safety both inside and outside hospitals. First up is a new campaign to call upon hospitals coast to coast to reject replacing registered nurses with technology that lowers the quality of patient care and oppose efforts to cut costs at the expense of patient care. Working on the theme “when it matters most, insist on a registered nurse,” the campaign includes radio ads, videos like the one above, social media, in-person rallies and a legislative push. 

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10 Lessons Every Government Official Should Learn Before Considering Privatization

Photo courtesy Desmond Talkington on Flickr

Privatization of services has long been a favorite "solution" of right-wing extremists looking to profit off of taxpayer funds. In attempts to sell the government service provision to private companies, many promises are made about the cost-effectiveness and superior quality product that can be offered by the private sector. But most of those promised benefits fail to materialize. Here are 10 lessons that government officials should learn before considering the privatization of services based on the experience of Chicago's privatized parking meters (and other examples), as outlined in a recent Atlantic article.

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Hey, Walmart, Isn't It Time for a Raise?

Image via American Rights at Work

Richard Wilson, a Walmart worker and OUR Walmart member from Chicago, sent the following email to working families' supporters yesterday:

I’m 27 years old, I’m trying to finish my college degree and I work at Walmart.

Sign the petition to tell Walmart it’s time to give workers like me a raise to a minimum of $25,000 a year.

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Chicago Teacher Layoffs ‘Unnecessary, Shameful’

CTU Local 1 photo

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has targeted Chicago teachers again. This time with an announcement last week that Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will layoff more than 3,000 teachers and school staff. This comes on the heels of the city’s closing of nearly 50 schools and layoffs of some 850 educators. Along with the layoffs, steep budget cuts are in the works.

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Chicago Teachers Are Unified and Unionized at UNO

Chicago Teachers Are Unified and Unionized at UNO

The teachers and staff in one of Chicago’s largest charter school networks overwhelmingly voted to join the Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff (Chicago ACTS), an AFT affiliate. The more than 400 educators work at the 13 schools, with about 6,500 students, that are operated by the United Neighborhood Organization (UNO).

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Eidelson: Fast-Food Workers Walk Out in Chicago

Photo courtesy: Parenting Patch

In his latest piece at Salon, Josh Eidelson talks about a planned walkout by fast-food workers in Chicago. 

The walkout began, the Chicago Tribune reports, at 5:30 a.m. local time with workers from some McDonald's and Dunkin' Donuts stores walking off the job. The ultimate goal of the walkout is to support the Fight for $15 campaign, whose goal is to secure a wage of $15 per hour for workers. Also expected to join the walkout were workers from Subway, Macy's, Sears and Victoria's Secret.

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Working Families Rally in Chicago for Immigration Reform

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka speaks at immigration rally.

Hundreds of activists representing working families rallied in Chicago on Thursday in support of commonsense immigration reform with a path to citizenship. The event was held by the Chicago Federation of Labor, Instituto del Progreso Latino and the AFL-CIO.

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New Models of Worker Representation Conference

Photo courtesy of the Chicago Center for Working-Class Studies

Live from Chicago, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is talking about the future of the union movement and new models of worker representation. This event is hosted by Chicago Center for Working-Class Studies and televised and streamed by Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV). Watch the live stream after the jump. 

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Back to the Bargaining Table, Labor Leaders Tell Gov. Quinn

This post is from the Chicago Federation of Labor.

Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael Carrigan and Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez are calling on Gov. Pat Quinn to reverse his decision to terminate the union contract that covers some 35,000 state workers.

“State employees are on the frontlines every day preserving public safety, safeguarding children and assisting families, caring for aging veterans, responding to disasters, and protecting our environment,” Carrigan said.  “Gov. Quinn’s effort to undermine their collective bargaining rights is unwarranted and virtually unprecedented in Illinois government.

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