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Secure Jobs, Safe Workplaces, And Stable Communities: Ending At-will Employment In Illinois

New data, prepared in partnership with the National Employment Law Project (NELP), shines a light on the grim reality of unjust and arbitrary firings in Illinois.

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End Unjust Firings: New Legislation to Establish Job Protections for Illinois Workers

Under COVID, our fights for worker dignity and safety are even more dire. Black, brown, and migrant workers have always been the first to experience unsafe conditions, wage theft, discrimination, retaliation, and mistreatment. Throughout the pandemic, their lives have been on the line while navigating these issues, unable to speak up without endangering their jobs AND their safety. Black workers in particular are more likely than others to be in front-line jobs, yet are simultaneously the hardest hit by the unemployment crisis.

Our communities depend on jobs to support our families. However, under Illinois’ arbitrary at-will employment standard, employers have extreme discretion to legally fire workers without care, and those who speak up for their rights at work are often the targets. New data shows that more than a third of fired workers have had been fired or let go for unfair reasons. These firings deeply undermine our public health efforts to protect the Black and brown communities that have suffered due to loss of life and financial instability.

The Secure Jobs Act, which was crafted by and for Black and brown working families, would ensure job stability by establishing clear termination standards to end the practice of unjust and arbitrary firings. Retaliation thrives with job instability, while our communities are hardly surviving COVID.

Read the new report "Secure Jobs, Safe Workplaces, And Stable Communities: Ending At-will Employment in Illinois."

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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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