FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2012
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Hundreds of Chicago Workers and Community Groups March Through City Hall, Telling Mayor Emanuel to Stop Putting Millionaires First
Chicago— Hundreds of Chicago workers and faith and community groups marched through City Hall today with a simple message for Mayor Rahm Emanuel: stop putting millionaires and big corporations ahead of the working families who elected you.
The protestors asked Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council to hold a hearing on the Responsible Bidders Ordinance, which would go a long way towards protecting our City’s working families from poverty and unemployment. The Mayor says that Chicago’s economy is booming, but the protestors disagree. Corporations may be booming—but the Millionaires’ Mayor is eliminating good, middle class jobs that families and communities depend on while giving millions of our tax and TIF dollars to profitable corporations.
“Chicago is becoming a city where you stay poor if you’re born poor, no matter how hard you work. Corporations and their millionaire CEOs are profiting at the expense of everyone else. That’s not what prosperity looks like,” said Ewa Miklewicz, a janitor in downtown Chicago.
The protestors delivered a letter signed by dozens of community groups in support of the Responsible Bidders Ordinance, which would ensure that the City awards contracts to companies that provide good jobs and quality services.
“As leaders of labor, community and faith-based organizations across Chicago, we are deeply concerned about the well-being of those who work for our city,” the letter states. “The work performed by dedicated service workers at our public institutions is critical. We believe that public contracting should not lead the race to the bottom… Public work should set the standard for the kind of responsible employment practices that help build a robust economy rather than further deplete it.”
SEIU Local 1 unites 50,000 property service workers in the central United States, including janitors, security officers and residential doormen. Together we work to build strength for all working people, on the job and in our communities.