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The [Wednesday] Papers

"McDonald's fast-food restaurant workers have voted to stage a one-day strike at outlets in 10 US cities next week, in hopes of pressuring the company to take stronger steps against sexual harassment on the job," AP reports.

"Organizers of the action say it will be the first multi-state strike in the U.S. specifically targeting sexual harassment and that they have been emboldened by the #MeToo movement against harassment and sexual assault.

Plans for the walkout - to start at lunchtime on September 18 - have been approved in recent days by committees of female employees at dozens of McDonald's restaurants. Lead organizers include several women who filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in May, alleging pervasive harassment at some of the corporation's franchise restaurants.

Chicago, naturally, is one of the target cities: 11 a.m. in front of the company's new corporate headquarters at 1045 West Randolph Street.

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Here's how Fight for $15 puts it:

"Fed up with McDonald's failure to address groping, lewd comments, propositions for sex and other illegal behavior in its stores, cooks and cashiers in Chicago announced on Wednesday morning they will join the first-ever nationwide strike to combat sexual harassment on Sept. 18.

"Opening up a bold new front in the #MeToo movement, the striking workers will demand the fast-food giant form a committee to address sexual harassment, comprised of workers, representatives from corporate and franchise stores, and leaders of national women's groups. This committee would chart a path forward to make sure nobody who works for McDonald's faces sexual harassment on the job.

"The strike comes four months after McDonald's workers in Chicago and across the country, with support from the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund, filed 10 charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) detailing widespread sexual harassment at the company."

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Also from Fight for $15:

"The upcoming strike will be the first-ever nationwide walkout to protest sexual harassment and the first over the issue since 1912, when garment workers at the Kalamazoo Corset Company walked off their jobs."

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And:

"Nearly 20 leading national women's groups joined the Fight for $15 in an open letter to McDonald's in May, calling on the company to address sexual harassment. In the letter, which ran as a full-page advertisement in Crain's Chicago, the groups wrote that McDonald's faces a choice: combat sexual harassment in its stores or face a rejection of its brand by people of conscience. "

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Hotel Motel Holiday Inn
"At some of the swankiest addresses across downtown this week, people have been waking up to a cacophony of cowbells, gongs, homemade maracas, whistles, pots and pan lids - as striking hotel workers have been trying to make their displeasure known," the Sun-Times reports.

"The main sticking point in negotiations is the year-round health coverage for employees, who can be classified as full-time but lose benefits if they are laid off during the slow winter months."

Maddening and unconscionable. I wonder if the hotel owners support universal health care so they aren't even put in this bind. After all, why should health insurance be their problem?

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"Several guests at the Sheraton Grand and the Wyndham were blunt in their refusal to see things from the workers' perspective.

"I have no sympathy at all," said Steve Evans, who was in town for the week from Vancouver, Canada. "They're ruining holidays for people."

Steve Evans, you are Today's Worst Person Visiting Chicago.

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"Chris Moore, staying in the city on a business trip from Denmark, agreed.

"We're in the 21st Century. This is not the way to demonstrate about workers' rights," Moore said, adding, "Those guy are going to damage their hearing."

Chris Moore, you are runner-up, though it's nice of you to be concerned about the hearing of folks who only have health coverage half the year.

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ChicagoReddit

This might seem like a weird question, but here goes: When Chicago had two NFL teams, was there a North Side-South South rivalry like with the Cubs and Sox? from r/chicago

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Posted on September 12, 2018


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