YMCA Labor Demonstration

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A rally Saturday at a Y-M-C-A on the south side where employees and supporters demonstrated for higher wages and a labor contract.  There are nearly 200 early childhood educators who work at the Y-M-C-A teaching young children.  They joined the Service Employees International Union over a year ago and are still trying to gain a contract with the “Y”.

Union members like Kimberly Cotton, a teacher at the Y-M-C-A facility, say most of the employees earn less than 15-dollars per hour and some even less.  They say the wages are not enough to help them pay their bills and pay for an increase in health insurance coverage.

The Y-M-C-A issued a statement that said in part, “We care a great deal about our employees and we will work to secure a contract that protects their interests and the overall interests of the Y-M-C-A of Metropolitan Chicago.”

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  • The Black Rush Limbaugh

    These workers want higher wages, but only want to give a lower quality of work. I have one that works for me ar minimum wage, that spends most of the day, testing on his phone, doing low quality work, and holding conversations with everyone he sees. But he’s always asking me for a raise. If these workers want higher wages, learn a trade, or go back to school to get a real skill. Then they can get higher wages. Most of these workers (not all) are in low to no skill labor jobs, but they want to earn executive pay. It will never happen.