'New Direction in 1600' caucus formed in Cook County College Teachers union...Part-time City Colleges workers demanding a fair contract, benefits

On Feb. 21, 2013 a protest of the Federation of of College Clerical and Technical Personnel (Local 1708) was held outside the doors of the City Colleges of Chicago downtown headquarters in the Loop. Supporting the protesting part-timers were members of a new caucus formed within the Cook County College Teachers Union (Local 1600 of the Illinois Federation of Teachers).

Jeremy Harrison picketing Chicago City Colleges headquarters on February 21, 2013. Photo by Labor Beat.The February 21 protest was an action to build up to another action on March 7. Local 1708 members held picket signs and gave out handbills calling for "equal pay for equal work" for members of 1708, who are part-time workers. They have been working without a contract since June of 2011. Local 1708 is demanding equal wages, health insurance, sick time and paid time off for their part-timers. The new Chicago City Colleges President was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and has shown hostility towards unions.

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Interviews include Local 1708 President Delores Withers; Jeremy Harrison, 1708 part-timer; Anthony Johnston, Chapter Chair for AFT 1600 at Truman College -- and member of the newly-formed New Direction for 1600 caucus; Brent Michalak, Local 1708 full-timer. Length - 5:01

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