Thursday, February 27, 2014

Luis Arroyo Jr. Endorsements, Nine Major Unions, Arroyo's Priorities, Raise Minimum Wage, Affordable Healthcare, Protect Employees Benefits, Vote Luis Arroyo Jr., Chicago Cable Access, George "Lester" Fortier, "Toys For Tots"

August Sallas & Luis Arroyo Jr.
ENDORSEMENTS: This week Luis Arroyo Jr., a Democratic candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 8th District, won the endorsements of NINE major labor groups. Arroyo Jr. continues to solidify his support from organized labor; with many union members committed to join his campaign. “Organized labor believes Arroyo Jr. will be a strong voice for workers”, said August Sallas, President, Hispanic American Labor Council.
      ARROYO Jr. won the endorsements of the following unions and the Hispanic American Labor Council:
  • Teamsters Joint Council 25
  • Teamsters Local 700
  • Automobile Mechanics 701
  • Iron Workers Local 1
  • I.B.E.W. Local 134
  • Carpenters Union Local 9
  • Journeymen Plumbers Local 130 UA
  • International Union of Operating Engineers  Local 150
  • Stationary Engineers Local 399
          ARROYO Jr., a member of the Teamsters for 18 years, has pledged to fight to raise the minimum wage in Illinois. “I’m proud to be a Union member will be honored to be the voice of organized labor,” said Luis.
          RELATIVE, to Cook County government, Luis has taken the following stance:
  • “Cook County must live up to the agreements it has made with workers. I am open to exploring all potential solutions and opportunities that result in the elimination of layoffs, shutdown days and furlough days for frontline county employees, including but not limited to reductions of management at all levels,” said Arroyo Jr.
  • “Affordable healthcare for all is one of my priorities as Cook County Commissioner. We must examine the Cook County annual budget carefully to find cost savings to ensure our county workers receive fair and quality healthcare,” said Arroyo Jr. “The erosion of employee’s benefits is a critical issue in my platform. I support every worker being paid a fair and living wage and I will fight to ensure they do not see their wages reduced,” Arroyo Jr. concluded.

Luis Arroyo Jr. campaigning in the snow
 wearing his Teamster's jacket.
             ARROYO JR. is a lifelong public servant, community leader and resident of Chicago’s Northwest Side. He has served as chairman and co-founder of the Illinois Council for the Advancement of Latino Leadership, working to cultivate leadership skills and networks among young Latinos. As a member of the Chicago Park District Advisory Council for Shabbona Park in the Portage Park community, Arroyo Jr. and has been working tirelessly with other local leaders to procure a half million dollars in government funding. The funding will support the construction of a new playground for Shabbona Park.
             LUIS SERVES on the 3rd Representative District Steering Committee, with his father Illinois State Rep. Luis Arroyo, Sr. and worked on issues relating to crime prevention; increasing awareness of programs and services that are available to the public; solutions to the foreclosure crisis; public education and public health.
          HE IS currently working towards completing his Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies University Without Walls Program at Northern Illinois University. Arroyo Jr. lives with his wife, Desiree, and their two-year old son, Jaiden. Luis’ daughter, Jocelyn, is pursuing her undergraduate studies at the University of Central Florida.
       ARROYO JR. is committed in being a full time Cook County Commissioner. As Cook County Commissioner of the 8th District, Arroyo Jr. will be representing the neighborhoods of Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Hermosa, Montclair, Kelvyn Park, Ukrainian Village, Portage Park, Irving Park, Kilbourn Park and Palmer Square.
          HOTLINE TV: George “Lester” Fortier, President of Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade, and its members, are asking all of their supporters to contact their Alderman [write/e-mail/phone/tweet/Face book] seeking support for CAN-TV. The City of Chicago Aldermen is presently in negotiations with Comcast to continue their financial support of CAN TV channels.
          “WE NEED them [Comcast] to continue to support our access to public television, as it is a small price to pay for doing business in Chicago, thereby maintaining public access to you, our viewers affordably,” said Lester Fortier.
          “HELP us make sure Comcast does the right thing in Chicago by financially supporting Chicago’s CAN TV channels,” said Robert “Cooch” Kuczera, former President of Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle parade.
          CHICAGOLAND Toys for Tots organization have been reaching viewers citywide since 1999 by producing a CAN TV/Channel 21 Hotline live show. The show educates all of Chicago about their Toys for Tots parade which helps thousands of local children throughout the year. The programming also helps maintain the strength of their motorcycle club membership.
          MORE information or questions contact “Toys For Tots” President George "Lester" Fortier or former President Robert "Cooch" Kuczera at :  or TFT Hot Line number: 708/598-4909.