20

Dec

2013

Will County launches jobs program for veterans

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A three-year pilot program to put Will County veterans to work was kicked off recently with the first of three $50,000 checks from Waste Management to the county.

The Lee Addleman/Will County Veterans’ Employment Advocacy Project will help vets land jobs through employer-based internships and will be administered by the county’s Workforce Services Division. Addleman was a Vietnam veteran and longtime official of Waste Management.

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31

Aug

2013

Labor, Then and Now

Author: Editor

On Thursday, the day after the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, thousands of fast-food workers in 60 cities walked off their jobs, the latest in an escalating series of walkouts by low-wage workers demanding higher pay and the right to organize without retaliation.

The parallels, though inexact, are compelling. A half-century ago, the marchers called on Congress to increase the minimum wage from $1.15 an hour to $2 “so that men may live in dignity,” in the words of Bayard Rustin, one of the chief organizers of the march. Today, the fast-food workers also seek a raise, from the $9 an hour that most of them make to $15.00 an hour. That’s not much different from what the marchers wanted in 1963; adjusted for inflation, $2 then is $13.39 an hour today.

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