Chicago’s Growing Low-Wage Workforce

Chicago's Growing Low-Wage Workforce | Marc Doussard, Ph.D

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The COVID Jungle: Chicagoland’s Essential Food Workers and the Need for Vaccination Priority

On Tuesday January 12, 2020, worker justice organizations released "The COVID Jungle: Chicagoland’s Essential Food Workers and the Need for Vaccination Priority." Chicagoland is home to the country’s second largest food economy. Food production and warehousing in its suburbs make up a who’s who of major food corporations including Mars Wrigley, Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, Skinny Pops, McDonalds and more. This first-of-its-kind report shows how essential food workers, who have made quarantining possible during the pandemic, could be overlooked for life-saving vaccine priority because they’re temporary workers. The report is a result of 90 worker interviews in food production, distribution, and logistics currently working in the Chicago area throughout the pandemic, and includes first-hand worker testimonies. 

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Raise the Floor Alliance Receives National Grant for Just Cause Anti-Retaliation Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

September 7, 2020 

Media Contact: Kara Rodriguez, Raise the Floor Alliance  

Phone: 847.868.2510 /  krodriguez[at]raisetheflooralliance[dot]org  / @RaisetheFloor   

Raise the Floor Alliance Receives National Grant for Just Cause Anti-Retaliation Legislation  

Chicago, IL — Raise the Floor Alliance is among nine recipients of a national grant by Clean Slate for Worker Power to advance labor law reform. The $47,200 award will help Raise the Floor Alliance to advance anti-retaliation legislation to implement state-wide just cause standards for terminating employees. 

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$2 Million IDHS Project Becomes First of State-Run COVID Relief program for IL Undocumented Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

PRESS RELEASE FOR JUNE 8, 2020 

Media Contact: Kara Rodriguez, Raise the Floor Alliance  

Phone: 847.868.2510 /  krodriguez[at]raisetheflooralliance[dot]org  / @RaisetheFloor 

 

$Million IDHS Project Becomes First of State-Run Cash Relief program for IL Undocumented Families Impacted by COVID-19 

Advocates say more relief could be on the way after IDHS immigrant services and welcoming centers receive $89 million 

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The Steal: The Urgent Need to Combat Wage Theft in Retail

The Steal: The Urgent Need to Combat Wage Theft in Retail | (Demos) Amy Traub 2017 

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Press Release: Challenging the Business of Fear Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESS RELEASE FOR MAY 18, 2017 

Media Contact:     Kara Rodriguez, Raise the Floor Alliance

Phone: 847.868.2510 /   krodriguez[at]raisetheflooralliance[dot]org  / @RaisetheFloor

WIDESPREAD WORKPLACE VIOLATIONS IN ILLINOIS BREEDING A CLIMATE OF FEAR AND ILLEGALITY

Workers Release New Report and Call on Local, State Reps to Act in Trump Era

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RTF Brochures on ECA, Discrimination, and Chicago Minimum Wage

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