To you, the newly elected representatives of Illinois, we the citizens are looking for justice in the matter of jobs in this area. I am talking about the companies, and the temp services providing warehouse workers to them, denying these workers their right to unionize. The “strong-arm” tactics of threatening to fire and the signing away of their rights in order to be considered for employment, has to stop now.
Your predecessors used this particular situation as a means to get newspaper and radio “air-time” for their name recognition only. Not once did they engage in resolving the situation.
That said, we turn to you. We need your help, as we have been forced to live with this for years.
These warehouse jobs should be well above minimum wage, as they require skill-sets above and beyond entry level jobs. Restaurant and retail sales are classified entry-level, warehouse jobs are classified as light industrial.
What good is having a job where you KNOW you are purposely being used, put in harm’s way and neglected performance pay? Isn’t that what a union is all about?
Why should these company benefit from tax incentives, while denying their employees the right to safety, security and a living wage?
Between the temp service and the companies themselves, employees are made to sign paperwork that strictly prohibits them from even talking to representatives of unions. This is illegal. We ask that you take this matter seriously, and bring justice to these workers.
We’re talking about the Herald <spew>News of Oct. 12.
With unemployment near 12%, coupled with the fact that this particular problem has been carried for far too long in the way of photo-ops for our elected officials, the question “what were they thinking?” just screams out to be answered.
I, for one, was under the impression that, at nearly 12% unemployed, ANY story related to jobs in this area would be headline worthy.
And this particular problem, unfair labor practices, as well as low wages, has been mostly ignored by our politicians. The same politicians that pimp us out at minimum wage, to billion dollar companies, write legislation to protect employers while reimbursing them. This gives those companies the money to buy these politicians by way of campaign contributions.
Could it be that the Warehouse Workers for Justice, in causing so much grief for our state representatives, has illuminated the bias of this newspaper? If I remember correctly, the last time this subject was broached, it was in fact the headline, but with our representatives getting all the glory of the front page, complete with pictures.
We here at Will County Watcher, feel that the Warehouse Workers for Justice should have been equally promoted, especially given the fact that they are actually DOING something to improve the lives of the citizens of all of Illinois.
With the mid-term elections close at hand, our local newspapers should be informing their readers of the actions (or in this case, INACTIONS) of state representatives.
Politics and fat cats. American people need to rethink their political decisions and elect more common and middle-class citizens to office because they’ll have a better insight with the haves or have-nots and bring a truly balanced reflection of all the citizens’ needs and concerns.
So much for a change and a higher ethical standard in Washington.
Today I helped my sister and brother-in-law install the cabinets in their house. It wasn’t a hard decision for them I had my own custom shop for fifteen years, I know how to do it right!
So I drive back to Joliet and decide I want to vegetate in front of the tube and relax for the rest of the night and have a few beers (yes I’m just an average guy wanting an average night, few great expectations, few fulfilled). So on the way I stop at Stang-Kelly’s for a 12 pack of the new Bud Ale (they didn’t have it)! Oh well Bud light it is! On the way back to my house in St.Pat’s, I took Washington St. (west) back to Seeser on which I live (great short cut). At Blackman I have to stop, there are 3 young assholes walking in the middle of the street and like a good citizen I wouldn’t run them down like the idiots deserve (I taught my 4 children not to play in the street before they could walk). At any rate here am I in my little convertible sports car stopped in the middle of the street while they walked around me! As they passed one of them said to me “Get the fuck out of the street white bitch”
I get out of the car and ask the young man what he said and he tells me “Fuck you I’ll punch you in your head Bitch”. I reply “Do you have money to bail” he told me “I know where you live, I know your car and your people and your house; I’m going to get you Bitch”! Being the person I am, I call “911” and try to defuse the situation, there are several cars that stop that know the individual and they tell him and his friends to flee while I dial my Phone!
Here is where it gets interesting! I talk to the “911” operator and ask for a squad car immediately because my security and my family’s security has been threatened, her advice “get into your car and wait for the Police”. I told her that I have a convertible so getting into my car is not an option! Her response is “a patrol car is on the way”! I gave her direction of the people and details of them and their attire. I also asked that a squad meet me at my home and gave her the necessary information. I followed one of them to his house (6 Seeser St. he had separated from the others and walked away) and went home and waited for the squad (I was following the law; police take action when citizens ask for it. Citizens don’t deal out street justice)!
Guess what an hour and a half later no response, no squad! I called the non-emergency number which was answered by “operator # 808. I asked for the “Watch Commander” (Lt.Tracton, there was no spelling given by the operator so it may be incorrect). I wasn’t allowed to talk to him. As a matter of fact she said an officer stopped by (it didn’t happen because I waited on my porch for him) this is why I made the second call an hour and a half later. She also told me that there would be extra patrols added to my area for the next 30 days, by my request!
So I tell my wife and 12 year old daughter to go up stairs and go to sleep and I will watch out for the house etc.(I received no help from the JPD what so ever on this). At 12:45 I hear 2 bangs and grab my 12 GA shot gun and run out to my porch and see 2 male Americans of African descent, wearing the same clothes I reported, running south to Allen St. then west. I get a bead on one but didn’t shoot because my neighbor’s cars and houses are viable frag’s and didn’t want to endanger these people or their assets.
Both of my cars had the drivers side windows smashed out with a rock (we found it on the street). These cars are my hobby, the 91 Mercury Capri XR2 (1 of 3500 made) and the 94 Mercury Capri XR2 (1 of 366 made) have non-replaceable parts, there are none available from Mercury period! I belong to a club that preserves these and restores them and the price of spare parts are astronomical, especially glass, it has to be purchased on e-bay or from Australia where the car was made!
Once again I called “911”! I told them what happened. It took 5 min. for a squad to show up!!!!!!
The officer is very nice (I’m familiar with this officer and he is a great asset to the force! Young and not negatively influenced by the incompetence of his leadership)!
It seems that the “Watch Commander” (Lt.Tracton) didn’t alert the oncoming shift of the “911” call or the threat to myself or my family posed and as I see it the City of Joliet Failed me. I feel my life and the lives of my family members are now in danger! I will do whatever it takes to survive and will not be forced out of my house!
My family will leave Joliet tomorrow and go back to New Lenox with family members where they are safe! Tomorrow I go hunting! This city isn’t safe for decent people and I am going to change that!
I demand that Lt, Tracton be relieved of his duties and his job! I also demand the resignetion of the Cheif of Police and the Assistant cheif of Police for gross Negligence for their incompetance in promoting this Idiot! His incompetence is sickening. His irresponsibility and ineptitude is without precedence in the entire state of Illinois! With leadership like this the people of Joliet are left to the drug addled idiots that roam our streets. I won’t put up with this, and you shouldn’t either! Call the Joliet Non Emergency number @ 815-726-2491or the City Council Member # 815.724.3718 or the City Manager # 815.724.3720 or the Deputy City Manager# 815.724.3730 if you have had problems with response times for your calls. Remember we can’t protect our selves in this city or this state without our Police forces, the law is against decent people!. To not have representation from these people is in fact the same as absolute anarchy!
Don’t give me the reason to create Anarchy! I will!
And I will Win!
Phillip Otto Cleary Candidate for Joliet City Council
Where is the politicians going with Joliet, January 1st 2008 we are to obey the new law of “No” smoking in public places.
Now isn’t this something else to make businesses abandon Joliet again. When leaving the Windy City for Joliet, Illinois, You see that Joliet has deteriorated under the current and previous politicians of Joliet Illinois.
Joliet has turned into a dying hole on the map, lately Joliet has added old time gas pumps on street corners to add ambiance of Rt 66 to the non-laughable joke of Joliet being brought back to what it once was in the past.
The commercial areas around the train station have become stagnant as well as most businesses have also, most businesses in Joliet that were family owned are now gone to the winds. What have we become the new generation trash man tax payers at work, “The goal should be to find a way to retrain and sustain Joliet and Will County’s work force,” I say “aggressive training initiative to retrain the work force should be a demand made by Joliet residents.” “In Joliet, we have two hotels and they’re not faring well at all especially in the downtown area. Our motels are inadequate, our restaurants are dying, our taverns, our parking lots, the food vendors, and the real estate values have fallen, all of these things are not in good financial health, yet Joliet is trying to look toward a great influx of money, of people, through a very limited medium of riverboat gambling and future homes that may or may-not be built. Riverboat gambling has not met the criteria set forth by Illinois legislators when they sold this idea to the citizens of Joliet Illinois. “It’s illogical to expect casino customers to leave the premises and spend money in nearby stores, restaurants, or bars.” And this hurts local economy and hurts property owners. The economic development we have seen was marginal at best; it has not spurred economic development. It has not created jobs. It has not boosted tourism, and it certainly has not brought new life to Joliet or Will County.
Bring in a gambling venture, and it sucks the dollars out of other areas of discretionary spending just like the employing of illegals in American businesses do also. But what do I know, I guess my eyes lie to me and my hearing must be defective too when it comes to listening to the bullshit the local politicians are spouting daily, we hear the words of encouragement yet we see nothing coming as proof, Joliet is now viewed as a modern-day Slum and the local politicians are its slumlords trying to put a band-aid on the real problems. No one seems to be thinking about good paying jobs or what we can do to attract businesses to the area; I have been to council meetings and been to web sites like www.willcountyced.com and Joliet – Incentives and Grants “Joliet and Will county government leaders are failing because of technology, market share and City and County reach, increasingly complex moving exponentially faster each day.” The dinosaurs we have in office now are falling behind while other areas are growing and leaving us behind. When you have political leaders that can’t even answer there own email how can the same political leaders bring prosperity to Joliet and Will County?
The city of Joliet or Will County cannot determine the fate of Silver Cross Hospital’s move out of Joliet. The Illinois Health Facilties Planning Board is the only governing body that can make this determination.Illinois Health Facilities Planning Act 20 ILCS-3960 states, “The purpose of this Act is to establish a procedure to reverse the trends of increasing costs of health care resulting from unnecessary construction or modification of health care facilities.”
I am sure the city of Joliet, Will County and Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center will make very influential presentations to the state planning board.
This five-member board appointed by our current governor will make the right decision.
There are three things that make me question any decision the board would make.
First, the data used by the board in analyzing utilization is from the years 2003-05, and takes into account no expansion factors in the Will County area.
Second, the conflict of interest of a board member as reported by “Chicago Business Magazine” on July 1, 2004.
Third, the allegiance of the board to the governor, by which decision will put the governor in good standing with the voters