INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: WORKING WOMEN DEMAND R-E-S-P-E-C-T

By | Mar 12, 2012

March 8 was International Women’s Day – and women workers around the Chicago area used the occasion to demand a few of the basics: safe working conditions, living wages, and protection from sexual assault on the job…

In Joliet, women members of Warehouse Workers for Justice held a hearing to speak out about sexual harassment and assault – including a young woman who was fired and prosecuted for “filing a false police report” after reporting a sexual assault by her supervisor.

Hyatt Hotel workers around the country protested brutal speed-up and other hazardous working conditions.   In Chicago, they were joined by medical students and doctors from Rush and UIC.

And women janitors from SEIU Local 1 rallied at the Board of Trade to protest the low wages paid by CME Group, which received millions in tax breaks after threatening to move the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to Indiana.   Union contracts for 4,000 downtown janitors expire April 8th.


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