The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Crossing Guards Left out in the Cold

Feb 4, 2019

Chicago’s crossing guards were told to report to work during the dangerous cold snap. Mind, their job is outside, at the coldest time of day. But were they given extra equipment? Were measures taken to keep them safe? No–just reminders to “wear hats, layers and drink warm beverages.” So helpful! Not!

School had been canceled two days in advance–but management wanted to ensure safety for any children who showed up. Guards who showed up reported no one out on the streets in the dangerous weather. A firefighter allowed them to stay in his car to keep warm.

Management at first ordered the guards to come back out for the afternoon shift. But they saw the light after some guards went on CBS News, and they got a call from the union.