Chicago Window Washers Win Historic Raise

In July, Local 1 Chicago window washers hit the street on strike! Marching on City Hall, disrupting traffic and even dressing up as superheroes to bring attention to the low wages they earned. Despite the dangerous work they do every day, too many window washers were struggling to support their families and many were forced to rely on public assistance for healthcare.

ABC 7: Window washers dressed as superheroes protest as strike continues

But by sticking together, they won a historic new contract. The agreement guarantees annual raises, brings window washers to a $26 base wage over the life of the five-year contract—representing a historic 27 percent wage hike—and doubles their life insurance from $50,000 to $100,000.

“We put our livelihood on the line and won the biggest wage increase for Chicago window washers in Local 1 history,” said window washer Cruz Guzman. “Higher wages and a better life insurance policy will safeguard my family and help us build a brighter future.”

Chicago Tribune: Striking window washers ratify new contract, win wage increase to $26 hourly over the life of the deal

Chicago window washers, whose contract expired June 30, had been on an industry-wide strike since July 2 fighting for fair compensation for their treacherous work. By coming together and staying strong, they were able to win a better future for themselves and their families.

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