On April 3, Hannah Steinkopf-Frank, contributing writer with In These Times Magazine spoke with America’s Work Force about an on-going strike at University of Illinois.
Steinkopf-Frank talked about the teaching assistants and graduate assistants at the University of Illinois who are on strike for a 24 percent salary hike over the next three years, among other benefits. She said since the strike began, there has been no progress made at the negotiation table but the teaching assistants and graduate assistants are not giving up. Teachers have been standing by their students and joined them on the pickett line and have been marching with them. Steinkopf-Frank also spoke about Lori Lightfoot, the first African-American woman to be elected mayor of Chicago.
Mary Dale Walters, vice president of consumer sales and marketing for Allsup, talked to America’s Work Force about business hiring individuals with disabilities and the benefits that come with it. She also discussed the Secure Work Coalition, which aims to help beneficiaries of disability programs return to work. Lastly, Walters spoke about the 4,725 disabled workers who found employment opportunities in Ohio in 2018.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about equal pay day, held on April 2, as well as the paycheck fairness act.