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University of Illinois Hospital workers rally snarls traffic in the Loop

Nurses at the University Illinois Hospital have been on strike since the weekend, calling for better pay and COVID-19 projections.

The Illinois Nurses Association marches outside University of Illinois Hospital on the first day of the strike Saturday morning, Sept. 12, 2020.
The Illinois Nurses Association marches outside University of Illinois Hospital on the first day of the strike Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020.
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A rally in support of nurses and essential workers Friday morning tied up traffic in the Loop near Millennium Park.

About 100 people gathered about 7:50 a.m. in the first block of South Michigan Avenue for the protest, according to Chicago police.

Nurses at the University Illinois Hospital have been on strike since the weekend, calling for better pay and COVID-19 projections. Other hospital support staff and members of Service Employees International Union Local 73 joined the strike Monday.

Rainbow PUSH Coalition posted a video on its Facebook page Friday morning of a crowd gathered near the park demanding fair contracts.

Standing with Nurses, the essential workers, during downtown Chicago rally. What do we want? Fair contracts!

Posted by Rainbow PUSH Coalition on Friday, September 18, 2020