Last September, a very twenty-first-century type of story appeared on the company blog of the ride-sharing app Lyft. “Long-time Lyft driver and mentor, Mary, was nine months pregnant when she picked up a passenger the night of July 21st,” the post began. “About a week away from her due date, Mary decided to drive for a few hours after a day of mentoring.
They come from places like Vietnam, China, Mexico and Guatemala, lured by promises of better-paying jobs and legal immigration. Instead, they're smuggled into the U.S., forced to work around the clock as bussers, wait staff and cooks, and housed in cramped living quarters.
On April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs.
The McLean County gathering will be at 6 a.m. on Friday, April 28, at the labor-donated pavilion at Bloomington’s White Oak Park (off Cottage Avenue).
After deliberation, the Trades & Labor and the Building & Trades delegates voted to endorse these candidates for Normal Town Council.
Mayor Chris Koos
Mayor Koos has strongly pushed construction and infrastructure upkeep in Normal, with a strong vision for a growing and sustainable community. He has been very supportive of worker rights.