WBEZ | Illinois unions http://www.wbez.org/tags/illinois-unions Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Dusty Grooves ending dance party http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-05-21/morning-shift-dusty-grooves-ending-dance-party-112066 <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/yozza.jpg" style="height: 400px; width: 600px;" title="Flickr/yozza" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/206553777&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">McDonalds protest continues</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Thousands of minimum wage workers from across the country gathered at the site of McDonalds corporate Oak Brook headquarters Wednesday in protest of current wages. The protests are slated to continue Thursday. WBEZ&#39;s Yolanda Perdomo returns to the site and joins us from action.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/yolandanews" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); outline: 0px;">Yolanda Perdomo</a>&nbsp;is a WBEZ reporter.</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/206553774&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Riot Fest moving</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">The music festival Riot Fest will have a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2015-05/riot-fest-moves-another-park-112060">new home</a> later this summer. After setting up in Humboldt Park on Chicago&rsquo;s West Side for the past three years, the 26th Ward alderman Roberto Maldonado told organizers they weren&rsquo;t welcome back. So the music fest and carnival is heading straight south across Interstate 290, to Douglas Park where the Riot Fest Website said the neighborhood is welcoming them with open arms. We talk with 12th Ward alderman George Cardenas about the move to the park in his Ward, and hear from residents about whether they think it&rsquo;s a good idea for the neighborhood.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/aldcardenas">George Cardenas</a> is the Alderman of Chicago&#39;s 12th Ward.</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/206553770&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Senator says he&rsquo;s working with Puerto Rican governor</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">After <a href="http://interactive.wbez.org/puertoricochicagopipeline/">WBEZ broke the story</a> of Puerto Rican heroin addicts being sent to Chicago under sometimes false pretenses of treatment, officials started to ask for answers on why this was happening. One of those officials is State Senator William Delgado whose 2nd District includes areas where many of these addicts end up. Sen. Delgado on Wednesday announced a partnership between Illinois&rsquo; substance abuse agency and their Puerto Rico&rsquo;s counterpart. We talk with Delgado about what this means for the addicts here, and ask him why Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro GarcĂ­a Padilla&rsquo;s office has refused to make the governor available for an interview with WBEZ.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/SenDelgado">William Delagdo</a> is Senator of Illinois&#39; 2nd District.&nbsp;</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/206555387&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Study looks at union participation in Illinois</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has already taken aim at unions at state agencies by allowing workers to gain union benefits without having to pay dues. He&rsquo;s also pushing right-to-work zones that would allow municipalities and even wards to vote for a similar provision for public and private workers. And while <a href="http://illinoisepi.org/countrysidenonprofit/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/State.of_.the_.Unions.2015_ILEPI.LEP_.SSA_.pdf">a new report</a> shows overall union membership in Illinois has gone down by almost 100,000 over the last decade, the report argues the labor movement is still a force to be reckoned with. We talk with one of the <a href="http://illinoisepi.org/countrysidenonprofit/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/State.of_.the_.Unions.2015_ILEPI.LEP_.SSA_.pdf">report</a>&rsquo;s authors, University of Chicago&rsquo;s Virginia Parks, about some of the reasons behind the shifting numbers in union membership and what it means for the governor&rsquo;s efforts in Illinois.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em>Virginia Parks is a <a href="https://twitter.com/UofC">University of Chicago</a> professor.&nbsp;</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/206553762&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Dusty Grooves ending dance party</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><a href="https://twitter.com/CobraLounge">Cobra Lounge</a> on Chicago&rsquo;s near west side is known as a rockbar. But five years ago, classic soul took over Cobra on Thursday nights. They called it Dusty Grooves, and it grew into a destination dance party with people crammed to the rafters. This Thursday is the final &ldquo;Dusty Grooves.&rdquo; They&rsquo;re going out while they&rsquo;re still on top. Johnny Walker, the man behind the wheels of steel, joins us to talk about the rise and demise of a Soul night in the city.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="http://do312.com/artists/dj-johnny-walker">Johnny Walker</a> is the DJ and brainchild behind <a href="http://www.cobralounge.com/2012/02/27/dusty-grooves/">Dusty Grooves.</a>&nbsp;</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/206553760&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Reclaimed Soul</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">This week, Reclaimed Soul host Ayana Contreras spotlights one 1960&rsquo;s pop song, and the various versions it spurred in genres ranging from jazz, soul, and Latin boogaloo.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/ReclaimedSoul">Ayanna Contreras</a> is the host of Reclaimed Soul on Vocalo.</em></p></p> Thu, 21 May 2015 08:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-05-21/morning-shift-dusty-grooves-ending-dance-party-112066 History of protests in Illinois labor talks http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-09/history-protests-illinois-labor-talks-83456 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//SEIU Getty-Tim Boyle.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Much attention has focused on how the Illinois state legislature might be prepared to take on public employee benefits &ndash; either to solve its budget deficit or change the way government works. But what about the other side of the equation? How ready are unions and their allies should benefits or rights be challenged?<br /><br />Illinois has played a role in the recent events in Wisconsin - the state&rsquo;s provided safe harbor to some of the runaway Democratic legislators. But no large scale protests have yet been hosted in the Prairie State. So is Illinois down for the count or ramping up for a fight?<br /><br />University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professor <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ler.illinois.edu/faculty/fp_ashby.html">Steven Ashby</a> joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to assess the history and future of protesting in Illinois.</p></p> Wed, 09 Mar 2011 15:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-09/history-protests-illinois-labor-talks-83456