Losing Fear: Sandra Roman ascends from Treasure Island worker to leader in a labor movement

Sandra Roman is a lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit charging that the abrupt closures of seven Chicago-area Treasure Island stores violate state and federal laws called the WARN Act (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act), which require that companies with over 75 full-time employees provide at least 60 days notice to workers before mass closures and layoffs. When the stores closed, workers lost their accrued paid time off and health care benefits, and never got the severance pay that the law would require.

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Treasure Island workers call for justice and file class-action lawsuit after sudden layoffs

The 700 or so Treasure Island workers who were laid off September 29 received no advance notice that their employment would be terminated. They also lost their health insurance and paid vacation time they had not taken. Now, with the support of Arise Chicago, they are demanding compensation equal to 60 days of work and extended healthcare.

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