Arise Chicago builds partnerships between faith communities and workers to fight workplace injustice through education and organizing and advocating for public policy changes. Its Worker Center is a community resource for workers, both immigrant and native-born, to learn about their rights and join fellow workers to improve workplace conditions.
Releases by this organization
Friday, February 01, 2013
After Spontaneous Strike to Protest Wage Issues, Textile Workers' Partnership with Community Organization and Union Leads to Victory
The mostly Latino immigrant packers and machine operators of Artistic Stitches, Inc., an embroidery company with contracts with some of Chicago's largest businesses like Chase Bank, declared victory Thursday after a job walkout in protest of wage issues and an innovative community organization/union partnership led to a successful union drive. At a time when American union rates have reached their lowest in nearly a century, the campaign shows the potential for the labor movement's revitalization with innovative new organizing strategies.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Ordinance to Revoke Business Licenses of Wage-Stealing Employers Passes Chicago City Council Unanimously
As a result of months of collaboration between interfaith workers' rights organization Arise Chicago and Alderman Ameya Pawar (47th ward), today the City of Chicago passed an ordinance stating that, should a business owner be found guilty of wage theft, the owner's business license could be revoked. The ordinance, held up by the National Employment Law Project as one of the strongest actions a municipality can take to combat wage theft, will benefit all workers of licensed businesses and their families in Chicago.