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.”