To Chicago hotel workers on strike, year-round health insurance is essential

As business slows at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel every winter, Chiquitta Rivers, 26, a house attendant, is laid off and loses her health insurance. Rivers lives with diabetes and being uninsured makes obtaining medicine difficult. “When I get laid off, I don’t have health insurance and I can’t take my insulin,” she said. “I can’t see my endocrinologist. It is really hard for me to [pay] out of pocket for my medicine, especially if I’m not working.” On Sept. 7, she went on strike with hotel workers across Chicago, demanding year-round health insurance, healthier work conditions and increased wages.

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Cab drivers group drafts proposal to ‘level the playing field’ and regulate ride-shares in Chicago

The influx of ride-shares like Lyft and Uber is to blame for the taxi industry’s financial decline, says the United Taxi Drivers Community Council (UTCC), an organization advocating for the rights of taxi drivers in Chicago. Determined to curb these companies’ seismic impact on the livelihood of taxi drivers, the group is calling on the city to level the playing field by increasing regulations on ride-shares.

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