Thursday, August 16, 2007

Cygnus Strikers WIN on Chicago’s far South Side…

UPDATE: VIEW THE LABOR BEAT VIDEO ON THE CYGNUS STRIKE VICTORY AT... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8bW-6kIIts


After a two week strike, the immigrant workers at the Cygnus soap factory in the Chicago suburb of Riverdale, have convinced the management not to fire workers because of Social Security “no match” letters. Cygnus management had threatened workers who had asked for a wage increase, with dismissal, using Social Security “no match” letters as an excuse. As a result, the vast majority of the factory’s over 120 workers walked off the job on July 30th, demanding that all employees keep their jobs. The Cygnus workers were not union, but strong organizing by worker leaders in the plant ensured few crossed the picket line. They have since joined the IAM (International Association of Machinists).

Today it was announced that management had conceded to the workers demands and the workers agreed to return to work next Monday. Proving what immigrant workers can accomplish when the fight back.

For more tune into this Sunday’s Labor Express Radio program – 7:00 P.M. on 88.7 FM – WLUW.

1 comment:

  1. Just want to say I appreciate your dedication to the LaborExpress radio show and to worker issues. I try to listen every Sunday evening.

    Doug Smiley
    Teamsters Local 135
    Indianapolis, IN

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