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Biden’s $15 wage proposal: Job killer or a boon for workers?

The administration has cast its campaign to raise the minimum as a way to lift up millions of the working poor, reduce America’s vast financial inequality and help boost the economy.

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US employers add just 49K jobs, underscoring virus’ damage

The unemployment rate fell sharply in January from 6.7% to 6.3%, the Labor Department said Friday.

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US jobless claims drop; still at 847,000 as pandemic rages

Last week’s claims dropped by 67,000, from 914,000 the week before, the Labor Department said Thursday. Before the virus hit the United States hard last March, weekly applications for jobless aid had never topped 700,000.

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U.S. layoffs remain elevated as 803,000 seek jobless aid

The latest figure, released Wednesday by the Labor Department, shows that many employers are still cutting jobs as the pandemic tightens business restrictions and leads many consumers to stay home.

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As nation fights systemic racism, report finds pattern of exclusion in Illinois trade unions

Activists called it a "No Labor Day" event, as they unveiled a report Monday finding appalling diversity statistics within apprenticeship programs run by Illinois trade unions.

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Nonprofit provides free online legal services on immigration issues

Immigrants Like Us says it will do "90% of work that lawyers do" — and won’t charge for anything. Co-founder Jonathan Petts said he wants to make immigration as accessible as possible.

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What to know about Chicago’s new Fair Workweek Ordinance

Workers in several industries in Chicago will have new rights that protect them from sudden changes to their work schedule.

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Skyrocketing meat prices force Pilsen sandwich shop to close indefinitely

The Jibarito Stop in Pilsen had done steady business during the pandemic. But a meat shortage due to outbreaks at packing plants nationwide has made it too difficult to stay open.

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Illinois companies report layoffs of 14,100 workers in March

Monthly report identifies job cuts at more than 190 business locations.

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How to apply for unemployment benefits if you are out of work during Illinois’ COVID-19 shutdown

Workers laid off temporarily — and even parents caring for children home from school — can qualify for unemployment benefits under the state’s recently adopted emergency rules.

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Pandemic ‘monumentally worse’ than 2008 financial crisis: out-of-work United Center worker

Stagehands, custodial workers, pharmacists describe the struggles of putting food on the table — and staying safe — during the coronavirus outbreak.

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How a wide swath of workers are seeing their pocketbooks hit hard by the coronavirus: ‘We are all so connected’

The struggles of domestic workers and stand-up comics, Uber drivers and wedding bands shows the impact of COVID-19 across the city’s economy.

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Pot profs, cannabis clinicians and lawyers among white-collar workers flocking to marijuana jobs

"I never thought I’d be using cannabis as a medication," said Dr. Rahul Khare, a former emergency physician at who now runs a clinic in Lincoln Park that certifies medical pot patients.

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Activists say too many Amazon employees are getting hurt on job

In 2018, 40 workers at Amazon’s Monee plant were injured so badly they were unable to return to work, according to the activists.

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Ford’s workers in Chicago oppose four-year UAW deal

But the other U.S. factories, including Chicago Heights, are backing the proposed contract.

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As strikes loom, CPS parents may find few Park District options for their kids

More than 2,500 Chicago Park District employees may be striking at the same time as the city’s teachers. With that possible work stoppage on the horizon, the district is planning on scaling back resources and activities.

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U of C Medical Center nurses strike

"We are disheartened that we had to get to this point," the hospital president said in a video message Thursday night.

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Chicago police OT surging again, despite 10-year high in manpower and all-time high in technology

The overtime surge angered Inspector General Joe Ferguson, who concluded nearly two years ago that Chicago was wasting millions on police overtime because of "inefficient management."

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The labor movement has deep roots in Illinois — here’s why

Illinois is home to five of the most significant figures and events in the history of the nation’s labor movement, including the strike that led to the creation of Labor Day.

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Job opportunity offered in impoverished communities in Chicago: Gut fish in Alaska

"The hardest part is going to be getting on an airplane. I’ve never been on a plane."

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Study of polls finds most now consider women as intelligent as men

The study credits women’s increased participation in the workforce as a reason they’re viewed as more competent.

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In new #MeToo novel ‘Whisper Network,’ women rebel against a boss who’s a Bad Man

Set against a real-world backdrop, author Chandler Baker offers a spirited take on the rage that simmers below the surface for many women in the workplace.

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When can I buy pot in Illinois? How much can I buy? Your questions answered 

Illinois lawmakers voted to legalize recreational weed Friday. Here’s what you need to know about the bill Gov. Pritzker says he will sign.

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‘Seal of approval’ sought to curb abuses at temporary staffing firms

Workers’ rights advocates say campaign would reward best practices.

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Job fair offers young adults makeovers, haircuts and 2nd chances

"It’s about hope and opportunity. ... In my opinion, it’s about making people feel they’re assets to Chicago, and not liabilities."

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UIC full-time faculty reach tentative contract deal with school, averting strike

About 93 percent of UIC United Faculty members voted to authorize a strike earlier this month after nearly a year of contract negotiations.

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No degree? Fed’s study says Chicago is a tough place to work

In Chicago and other areas with plenty of college graduates, there’s evidence employers make that a prerequisite even for jobs that don’t need it.

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Fact-check: Downstate Republican wrong about wage hike costing 50,000 jobs

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, however, show Illinois added — rather than lost — roughly 48,000 jobs overall in 2007.

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Union says WBBM-AM won’t help its minimum-wage workers

The employees, members of the Writers Guild of America, East, said management has held fast against demands for raises for assistant producers.

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City Colleges of Chicago workers on the picket lines

Clerical and technical staff at the City Colleges of Chicago went on strike Wednesday.

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Fact-check: Congress hopeful’s paycheck claim bounces

Newman’s claim accurately reflects the single survey she is relying on, but it appears to be an outlier among similar polls.  

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Fact-check: Pritzker-allied group’s claim about other states’ income tax unfair

With nearly half of income-taxing states not charging higher rates to the wealthy, it’s clear the ad’s claim is off base.