Chicago: Starbucks Workers Move To Form Union

By John McPhaul, The Chicago Times

January 4, 2022

CHICAGO – Workers at a Loop area Starbucks are pushing to unionize, joining a growing trend in North America for the coffee chain.

Last week, 14 workers at a Loop area store submitted signed cards to join the Service Employees International Union and have now requested a vote.

According to letter penned on behalf of workers to Starbucks President and CEO Kevin Johnson, workers pleaded for upper management to hear their concerns.

“We believe forming a union will truly support all partners, allowing us to complete our duties to the best of our abilities. Many of us at store 63483 have invested significant time and energy into Starbucks and want it to be a sustainable career. By seeing improvement in security, wages and labor hours, we know we’d be able to brew our best. Despite our differences- the bottom line is we both want to see our store succeed, which we know we can achieve through supporting and listening to one another.”

The Loop area Starbucks is the first store in the Midwest to move towards unionization, now joining other Starbucks stores located in the United States.  Starbucks is opposed to the unionization and believes its direct relationship with employees, without union interference, has been the key to both corporate and employee success for the past 50 years.  Starbucks operates about 8,900 corporate stores and 6,000 franchises in the United States.

Amazon To Add 450 Corporate And Technology Jobs

By Sloan T. Wilson, The Chicago Times

December 22,2021

CHICAGO – As Amazon’s presence in Illinois grows, the retail giant plans to add corporate and technology jobs in downtown Chicago.

In a statement Tuesday, Amazon said it will hire 450 people over the next few years to work in its Loop office.  Amazon will lease 67,000 square feet at 222 W. Adams St., adding to the 140,000 square feet it occupies at 227 W. Monroe St.

According to the statement “These 450 new roles will join the more than 1,000 corporate and technology employees already working here in Chicago.  Chicago’s many amenities and proximity to outstanding academic institutions continue to attract and develop an incredible talent pipeline. We look forward to continue investing in Chicago and creating exciting career opportunities as we build on our strong relationships with the local community and its leaders.”

As the dominance of Amazon delivery grows, warehouse workers organized as Amazonians United Chicagoland plan a walkout Wednesday morning at Amazon facilities located in Cicero and the Gage Park neighborhood. Ted Miin, an Amazon employee who supports the walkout, said management has not responded to worker requests for a $3-per-hour raise.

Loop L Stop Stabbing

by J. J. Quincannon, The Chicago Times

November 25, 2021

CHICAGO — A 30-year-old man was murdered at a Loop L stop during an altercation with another man Wednesday night.

According to Chicago police, two 30-year-old men were in an altercation at the Clark/Lake L stop at 100 West Lake Street at approximately 8 p.m. when the one of the men stabbed the other in the back.

The victim was able take the knife from the attacker and stabbed him in the neck. The man stabbed in the neck was taken to Northwestern Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The victim stabbed in the back was taken to Rush Hospital in good condition.

CPD is investigating.

CHAOS IN CHICAGO STREETS: 61 PEOPLE ARRESTED AFTER HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE SWARM LOOP SUNDAY

by James R. Scott, The Chicago Times

July 5, 2021

CHICAGO — Hundreds of people were arrested by Chicago police on Sunday night as a large group began taking over the Loop, setting off fireworks and dancing on police cars.  Reports indicate the chaos started at Wabash and Washington injuring two officers.

According to CPD, 61 people were arrested, the majority of whom were young adults and minors charged with battery, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

CPD reports individuals in the crowd were throwing bottle rockets at officers, jumping on police cars, and refusing to disperse.

During a scuffle with an offender, one officer was hit in the ear with a bottle rocket and another sustained an ankle injury.

No comment from the Mayor.

POLICE ALERT: VIOLENT BIKE ROBBERIES IN THE LOOP

by The Chicago Times Staff

June 19, 2021

CHICAGO — Two violent bike robberies occurred in the Loop on Wednesday, prompting police to issue a warning.  According to a community advisory from Chicago Police, perpetrators approached a lone, unsuspecting victim on the street and grabbed the victims’ bicycle with force.

According to authorities, both incidents occurred in the late evening.  The first occurred around 11:20 p.m. on the 100 block of North Wabash Avenue, and the second occurred at 11:35 p.m. on the 100 block of North Dearborn St.  According to authorities, the robbers are characterized as black men between the ages of 15 and 20 years old.

CPD advises citizens to follow these guidelines:

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times
  • If you must be out at night alone, stay in well-lit areas
  • Pay special attention to suspicious individuals loitering in the area
  • Report suspicious activity immediately
  • If you are confronted by an assailant, remain calm
  • Call 911 immediately if you are a victim or witness to a crime and provide a detailed description of the offender(s) including any physical/clothing identifiers in addition to any vehicle description and license plate information
  • If approached by a witness to an incident, request they remain on scene when possible or obtain contact information
  • Never pursue a fleeing assailant, provide the information to the police

Anyone with information on the bike robberies should contact the Bureau of Detectives Area 3 Detective Division at (312) 744-8263.