Thirty years ago this month, a small group of Chicago workers formed a union that helped ignite a labor movement across the country.Home care union celebrates anniversary The workers were largely African-American women who provided care for seniors and people with disabilities.
The Illinois Restaurant Association has said that a raise in the minimum wage would force restaurants to close their doors or layoff workers. But strikers said with the companies high profit margins, raising pay was a matter of priority.
The dispute led to a global boycott. It came up after Penny Pritzker’s nomination as commerce secretary. At one point, Hyatt turned heat lamps on Chicago pickets as summer temperatures neared triple digits. Now it could all be over.