The Spark

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

Chicago:
Concessions demanded from McCormick Place workers

Jun 7, 2004

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Governor Rod Blagojevich are demanding that the workers who set up shows at McCormick Place give concessions. These two Democratic Party politicians say that attendance for shows at McCormick Place is down and Chicago needs to compete against Atlanta, Orlando and Las Vegas to get more shows.

Six years ago, using the same argument, Daley extracted concessions from unionized workers at McCormick Place. Workers gave up some overtime premiums and some jobs. The two big companies that set up exhibits, Freeman and GES, didn't lower the price they charged the exhibitors. They simply pocketed the increased profits.

The same will hold true this time. Daley and Blagojevich are more than happy to take campaign contributions from numerous unions, claiming to be pro-labor. But their actions show whose side they are on.