WBEZ | strikes http://www.wbez.org/tags/strikes Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en California prison hunger strike and a look at what Brazil protests accomplished http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-16/california-prison-hunger-strike-and-look-what-brazil-protests <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP070202071711.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We take a look at the California prison hunger strike and mass incarceration. Then, we get an update on the Brazilian government&#39;s response to last month&#39;s protests. And protesting continues in Turkey.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F101325390&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-california-prison-hunger-strike-and-a-lo.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-california-prison-hunger-strike-and-a-lo" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: California prison hunger strike and a look at what Brazil protests accomplished" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-07-16/california-prison-hunger-strike-and-look-what-brazil-protests Sister union’s vote could affect leverage of teachers http://www.wbez.org/news/sister-union%E2%80%99s-vote-could-affect-leverage-teachers-99962 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Local73.JPG" style="margin: 4px 0px 0px; float: left; width: 276px; height: 480px; " title="SEIU members march with the Chicago Teachers Union in a 2011 downtown protest to support public education. (Photo courtesy of Local 73)" /></div><p>As the Chicago Teachers Union tallies <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/ctu-president-karen-lewis-talks-strike-authorization-vote-99844">a vote</a> that could lead to a strike, some balloting Saturday by the school district&rsquo;s second-largest union could affect the teachers&rsquo; bargaining strength.</p><p>Service Employees International Union Local 73 is holding a ratification vote on a tentative contract covering 5,500 Chicago Public Schools employees ranging from bus aides and special-education assistants to custodians and child-welfare attendants.</p><p>Local 73 Vice President Taalib-Din Ziyad and other union leaders are urging members to approve the deal because the district has privatized a lot of the work once done by the union&rsquo;s members.</p><p>&ldquo;We were able to save those jobs that were threatened as well as get language that there would be no further contracting out of any of our jobs,&rdquo; Ziyad said.</p><p>Local 73 and CPS said they would not release a copy of the agreement until after the ratification vote. Union leaders say the deal covers three years and sets up 2 percent annual raises.</p><p>The tentative pact follows a CPS contract settlement with Unite Here Local 1 announced last month. That agreement, a five-year deal, covers about 3,200 lunchroom workers and limits the district&rsquo;s switch to &ldquo;warming kitchens&rdquo; in which private venders provide preprepared food.</p><p>It&rsquo;s not clear whether the two settlements leave the CTU&rsquo;s 25,000 members out on a limb or increase their leverage. The teachers are finishing a vote on whether to authorize union leaders to call a strike. That vote, which began Wednesday, comes amid tough contract talks involving everything from pay to the school-day length.</p><p>Orlando Sepúlveda, a Local 73 member campaigning against ratification, calls the tentative agreement &ldquo;a hollow victory&rdquo; and says his union could have done better by waiting for the teachers to get a deal.</p><p>&ldquo;The defense of public education &mdash; meaning not only halting privatization, but also the improvement of all its constituent elements &mdash; will require the unity of all the community that it serves and all the workers involved in it,&rdquo; Sepúlveda wrote in a Web commentary.</p><p>The settlements could affect the CTU&rsquo;s negotiations, according to leaders of that union.</p><p>&ldquo;The members of both Unite Here and SEIU are hourly workers so they&rsquo;re not a good precedent for salaried teachers,&rdquo; CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey said. &ldquo;But one thing that could set a precedent for us is the job-security language that those unions won.&rdquo;</p><p>The CTU has lost thousands of members in recent years, partly as a result of the district&rsquo;s approval of nonunion charter schools.</p></p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 19:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/sister-union%E2%80%99s-vote-could-affect-leverage-teachers-99962 Park Hyatt strikers decry outsourcing; hotel turns on heaters http://www.wbez.org/story/hyatt-employees-hold-one-day-picket-89447 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-21/2011-07-21_07-30-06_733.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The main entrance of an upscale hotel in downtown Chicago was sweltering Thursday morning — and not just because of the rising sun and the week’s heat wave. As pickets marched under the Park Hyatt’s glass awning, the inn switched on 10 heat lamps installed to warm guests in the dead of winter.<br><br>The picketing began a daylong strike in which dozens of Park Hyatt employees walked off their jobs at 7 a.m.<br><br>Their union, UNITE HERE, is trying to put pressure on Hyatt Hotels Corp. during negotiations to replace Chicago-area contracts that expired almost two years ago. The union represents about 1,800 workers at the Park Hyatt, Hyatt Regency Chicago, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and Hyatt Regency O’Hare.<br><br>The company has agreed to match wages and benefits spelled out in four-year contracts that UNITE HERE reached this year for Chicago employees of two other hotel chains, Hilton Worldwide and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc.<br><br>UNITE HERE says the Hyatt negotiations are stuck on the company’s ability to outsource work to nonunion firms.<br><br>“If they replace me, it doesn’t matter how good the benefits are because I’ll be out of a job,” says Park Hyatt restaurant server Gabriel Carrasquillo, a picket captain. “I’m HIV-positive so I have a lot of medical expenses. Without these health benefits, I wouldn’t be able to have the care that I have today.”<br><br>UNITE HERE says another contentious point is Hyatt’s housekeeping workloads, which the union calls hazardous. The union funded a peer-reviewed study, published last year in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, that placed Hyatt fourth among the top five U.S. hotel chains for workplace safety.<br><br>Hyatt responded by commissioning a critique from an occupational health expert who concluded that the study’s authors “have not disrupted the conventional wisdom that housekeeping tasks are not inherently hazardous.”<br><br>Hyatt accuses UNITE HERE of holding up the Chicago talks to pressure the company to recognize the union at hotels in four other cities. “Instead of acting in the best interests of its members, the union is using them to grow its membership,” says Farley Kern, Hyatt’s vice president of corporate communications.<br><br>The strike was the fourth work stoppage to hit a Chicago-area Hyatt since May 2010. Park Hyatt’s reservations desk said the hotel’s 198 rooms were booked solid Thursday morning. Kern insisted the strike would not affect guests because managers were filling in.<br><br>The company's next bargaining session with UNITE HERE is Monday.</p></p> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 12:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/hyatt-employees-hold-one-day-picket-89447 Joffery Ballet dances toward a last-minute deal in labor negotiations http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-15/joffery-ballet-dances-toward-last-minute-deal-labor-negotiations-89199 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-15/Joffery Ballet.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>To prevent layoffs, Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave unionized city workers two weeks to come up with a cost-saving solution to the city’s budget problems. The deadline is Friday and the mayor is scheduled to hold a press conference today — WBEZ will be there to see if any pink slips are issued.</p><p>Last night the <a href="http://www.joffrey.org/" target="_blank">Joffrey Ballet</a> company did strike an eleventh-hour deal. Late Thursday, dancers and administration reached a tentative deal in the ongoing labor stand-off.<a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/author/meribah-knight/"> Meribah Knight</a> is covering the story for the <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/">Chicago News Cooperative</a> and joined Eight Forty-Eight with the latest details.</p></p> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 14:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-15/joffery-ballet-dances-toward-last-minute-deal-labor-negotiations-89199 Cook County nurses threaten strike http://www.wbez.org/story/budget-cuts/cook-county-nurses-threaten-strike <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/StrogerHospital.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Cook County&rsquo;s health system says it will cut about 300 positions in fiscal 2011. But a nurses union is threatening to strike over the plan. <br /><br />The cash-strapped county&rsquo;s Health and Hospitals System has been shrinking its payroll for years. Now County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is asking for another $83 million in cuts.<br /><br />That&rsquo;s not going over well with National Nurses United. The union represents 800 registered nurses whose county contract expired more than two years ago.<br /><br />&ldquo;We are sick and tired of trying to provide high-quality care in an unsafe and understaffed environment,&rdquo; said union negotiator Dorothy Ahmad, a nurse in the coronary unit of John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital.<br /><br />Talks for a new nurses contract are also stuck on wages.<br /><br />On Wednesday night, the union tallied a vote that authorized a strike.<br /><br />The county&rsquo;s labor negotiators didn&rsquo;t return our calls Wednesday.<br /><br />Health system spokesman Lucio Guerrero says a county shift from inpatient services to primary and preventive care will serve the community.<br /><br />Guerrero says officials are making strike contingency plans that will include &ldquo;partnering with other hospitals to care for our patients.&rdquo;</p></p> Thu, 23 Dec 2010 11:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/budget-cuts/cook-county-nurses-threaten-strike