Fast Food Workers to Strike with Chicago Teachers and Join With Transit Workers and International Unionists to Speak Out

Transit workers and international unionists to speak out at McDonald’s next to Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus garage.

 

CHICAGO, IL — Chicago teachers and other educators will be striking and leading a Day of Action of the Chicago working class on April 1, 2016. Transit workers will also be joining this Day of Action by speaking out with striking McDonald’s and other fast food workers fighting for $15/hr wages and a union.

Chicago area workers will be holding a press conference joined by union leaders from around the world, including:

Ho-Joon Song, a former railway worker leader with the Korea Railway Workers Union KRWU and now the General Secretary of the Seoul Confederation of Trade Unions KCTU.

Herbert Claros da Silva, the Vice President of the Metalworkers Union in San Jose, Brazil. Claros de Silva is responsible for international relations of the National Labor Federation CSP-Conlutas which represents many unions in Brazil.

The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 241 Executive Board member for North Park Garage, Erek Slater, and co-workers will be speaking about their difficult working conditions and anti union retaliation by the CTA. Slater, a 10 year veteran driver, was fired recently for defending the workers’ contract.

Striking teachers and students will be marching from area public schools to join this action. Faculty and students on strike at nearby Northeastern Illinois University will also be speaking out, then leading the group to a rally at their University several blocks away. 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten will speak at this event. Shuttle buses will then take participants from the University to a 4 p.m. downtown mass-rally and march from the Thompson Center led by the Chicago Teachers Union.

There will be a 9:00 a.m. rally April 1st, followed by a 9:30a.m. press conference at McDonald’s,  3154 W. Foster / North Park CTA bus garage at 3112 W. Foster, consisting of Striking McDonalds workers, striking teachers, students, university faculty. Transit workers and other community allies, with the following unionists from around the world:

Ho-Joon Song, General Secretary of the Seoul Confederation of Trade Unions KCTU.

Herbert Claros da Silva, Vice President of the Metalworkers Union in San Jose, Brazil.

Erek Slater, Executive Board member for CTA North Park garage, Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 241