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 Several hundred Chicago labor union members and friends join HERE Local 1 on the picket line.  Including Tim Leahy, Secretary Treasurer of the Chicago Federation of Labor (center).
   
 A picket line is also an opportunity to trade political gossip...  SEIU was there, but then, you knew that!
   
 AFSCME Council 31 leader and Debs - Thomas - Harrington Awardee Rose Daylie was there (left foreground).  Charles and Marilyn Nissim-Sabat (left foreground), DSA members among their other affiliations.
   
 AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director and Debs - Thomas - Harrington Awardee Henry Bayer (left) was there.  John Cameron (left background), AFSCME Council 31 Political Director, plots the future of the Illinois legislature.
   
 Part of the occasion for this rally on Wednesday, July 2, was the first distribution of strike benefit checks. In order to receive the maximum amount, members need to spend 25 hours a week on the line. A sign in table is visible (sort of) on the lower left.  Jim Duffet (far left, blue shirt), Executive Director of the Campaign for Better Health Care, walks the line.

 HERE Local 1 strike benefits are about enough to cover most rents and utilitiies though just barely if you have a family. Nor are the union's pockets endlessly deep. If you'd like to support the strike, checks may be made out to HERE Local 1 Strike Fund with "Congress Strike" placed in the memo line. Send it to HERE Local 1, 55 W. Van Buren, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60605.

(Strike ended after 10 years!)

 Photos by Robert Roman

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