|MEDIA ADVISORY FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018
Workers at 10 Chicago-area Y Locations Joined by Elected and Faith Leaders and Parents as They Hit the Picket Line
CHICAGO—Nearly 130 child care workers with YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago will launch an historic unfair labor practice strike Thursday morning at 10 locations across the city.
After experiencing repeated unfair labor practices on the job, including threats of retaliation against workers for participating in union actions and failure of YMCA management to provide information necessary to bargaining, workers announced the widespread strike at a press conference last Wednesday attended by elected and faith leaders, parents and community supporters.
Workers will hit the strike lines at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, and hold several public speak-out events throughout the day open to the public and media, with the largest being a press conference with elected officials and candidates including Gubernatorial candidates Daniel Biss and Chris Kennedy planned for 12 noon at the YMCA headquarters at 1030 W. Van Buren.
Striking workers, supportive parents, elected leaders and community allies will speak out at press events about the unfair labor practices which led to the strike decision and call out the YMCA for failing to live up to its stated commitment to “disrupt the cycle of poverty” as it pays many of its child care workers poverty-level wages.
130 YMCA child care and early learning workers on strike and walking the picket line, joined by elected officials, parents and community leaders.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Early Morning Strike Line Speak-Outs
South Side YMCA
6330 S Stony Island Ave,
Chicago, IL 60637
2700 S Western Ave,
Chicago, IL 60608
***Press Conference and Rally:***
YMCA of Metro Chicago Headquarters
1030 W. Van Buren
State Senator Daniel Biss
Gubernatorial Candidate Chris Kennedy
Alderman Jason Ervin
State Representative Candidate Delia Ramirez
Leafleting of YMCA Gym Members and Speak-Out
3333 N Marshfield Ave,
Chicago, IL 60657
YMCA child care workers are taking the historic step of engaging in an unfair labor practice strike due to multiple unfair labor practices they’ve experienced including threats of retaliation against workers for participating in union actions and failure of YMCA management to provide information necessary to bargaining.
The workers are currently in collective bargaining with the YMCA, who during negotiations called the worker’s proposal for living wages a “fantasy.” The YMCA’s poverty wages create a short-staffing crisis at YMCA-run child care centers that provide care for low-income families. There are currently 50 unfilled child care positions at the YMCA due to high turnover and low wages.