Union Crowd Rallies At Daley Plaza

Mike Krauser
February 26, 2018 - 9:17 am

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CHICAGO (NWBBM NEWSRADIO) — A big crowd of union members from throughout the state took part Saturday in what was billed as the “Working People’s Day of Action” at Daley Plaza.

The rally targeted Governor Bruce Rauner and the Illinois case before the Supreme Court.

A major case to heard next week could deal a big blow to public sector union membership.

The sign-waving union members heard from clergy, the president of the Illinois AFL-CIO, the Chicago Federation of Labor, teachers, a firefighter and an amped-up Chicago streets and sanitation laborer named Tommy Chirillo.

“This great city of Chicago was built on union backs. And now that governor wants to strip us of all that we have? Of our livelihood? Not gonna happen,” Chirillo said. “Not on our watch!”

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Jeff Maher is a Galesburg firefighter.

“And our weapon is our vote.”

The rally, one of many across the country, commemorated the upcoming 50th anniversary of  the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Article originally published February 24, 2018.