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Modernization of Chicago Transit to Be Completed by Chicago's Working People

Modernization of Chicago Transit to Be Completed by Chicago's Working People

The Chicago Transit Board awarded a contract this week to CSR Sifang America JV to build the newest generation of Chicago Transit Authority rail cars as part of the city's modernization program. CSR has pledged to build a new rail car assembly facility in Chicago, the first new assembly of its kind in 35 years. The investment of $40 million is expected to generate 170 jobs, while also reducing maintenance costs and reducing power use through the use of more efficient technology.

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7 Quotes from Chicago Archbishop Cupich on Solidarity Between Working People and the Catholic Church

We have to do more together. This was the central message of solidarity Chicago Archbishop Blase J. Cupich gave to the Chicago Federation of Labor this week at the Plumbers union hall in anticipation of Pope Francis' first visit to the United States.

Here are some highlights from Cupich's speech (after the jump). 

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Chicago Rail Car Bidders Must File U.S. Jobs Plan

Chicago Rail Car Bidders Must File U.S. Jobs Plan

When the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) begins modernizing its fleet with more than 800 next generation rail cars to replace its aging rolling stock—an estimated $2 billion project—bidders on that work will have to provide the number and type of new U.S. jobs they will create related to the production of the new rail cars. The U.S. employment provision is the result of the new Build Chicago partnership agreement reached between the CTA and the Chicago Federation of Labor.

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This is How We Rebuild the Middle Class

When leaders in the Chicago Federation of Labor learned that Austin High School was closing, they jumped at the opportunity to take a proactive approach to building a viable middle class and training the next generation of skilled workers. They brought together labor, more than 60 businesses, and government and community leaders to open Austin Polytechnical Academy, which prepares students for rewarding careers in engineering. Watch the video in the post to learn more about this exciting project.

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Working Families to Rally Against ALEC in Chicago on Thursday

Working Families to Rally Against ALEC in Chicago on Thursday

The Chicago Federation of Labor and various allies have organized a rally to protest the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC's) 40th Anniversary Meeting in Chicago on Thursday, Aug. 8. ALEC is leading conservative efforts to roll back the rights of working families.

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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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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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Chicago Activists Take American Crystal Sugar Products Boycott to Walmart

Members of unions from the Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL) and activists from Jobs with Justice demonstrated in front of a Chicago Walmart and urged customers to boycott American Crystal Sugar products and support the workers who have been locked out since Aug. 1, 2011. There have been several actions around the nation this week in support of the workers and the boycott. 

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Working Families: Together We're Better

Work connects us all. The Chicago Federation of Labor's new YouTube video, "Rise," is a powerful reminder that working people built this country and continue to keep it running every day. 

The video states:

We breathe life into every neighborhood every day...separate stories, different voices—but joined together. 

Watch the video in the post or on the Chicago Federation of Labor's YouTube channel.

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Wisconsin: Nationwide GOTV Recall Drive's Ringing the Phones


The battle in Wisconsin resonates far beyond its borders. That’s why working people across the country are volunteering their time at phone banks in a huge get-out-the-vote (GOTV) drive for Tom Barrett in today’s recall election against Gov. Scott Walker (R).

The 40 lines at the Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 14 have been buzzing since Wednesday, says Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL) Political Director Hanah Jubeh.

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