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The Reader’s 2023 Holiday Gift Guide

1 Chicago stepping lessons from award-winning south sider Shaun Ballentine of Effortless Stepping. —Salem Collo-Julin Open group lessons Wednesdays at 7 PM, Effortless Stepping Studio, 1850 E. 79th. $20 per person, 21+ only. For private lesson rates or information about having Ballentine do a stepping class at your event, message through Instagram or Facebook.  2 […]

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Howard Brown and Berlin Nightclub workers escalate fights for fair contracts

Editor’s note: On November 21, the union representing Berlin workers announced that the bar’s owners told the union on November 20 of their intent to permanently close, effective November 19. “The boycott is happening as long as it takes. It will continue until we get a contract that is what we’re looking for, and that […]

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Gratuity included

Editor’s note: On September 20, the Workforce Development Committee voted 9–3 to advance the ordinance ending Chicago’s subminimum wage to the full city council. A proposed ordinance moving through the complicated world of city council committees would require businesses to pay their tipped employees—like bartenders, bussers, and servers—at the statewide $15.80-per-hour minimum wage instead of […]

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‘That land was promised to us’

One morning in late August, 20 renters and public housing advocates marched in a circle in front of the Chicago Housing Authority’s (CHA) headquarters, holding signs and chanting to protest the agency’s recent decision to sell land meant for public housing to private companies. “Mayor Johnson!” the chant-leader yelled through a megaphone. “Stop CHA!” responded […]

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Best three-day-long workers strike from employees of one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ organizations

From January 3 to 5 this year, the freshly unionized members of Howard Brown Health Workers United (HBHWU) staged day-long strikes at seven different Howard Brown clinic locations in the city. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was an excess of government funds that LGBTQ+ -focused health system could access, but as those […]