FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Conference: October 23, 1973, 9:15
am, 189 W. Madison Street, Suite 900
At the press conference Ms. Bates will discuss:
Ms. Bates is employed by the City of Chicago as a janitress. For 21 years she has worked side by side with janitors who do work equivalent to that of the women but are paid over $1000 more per year. In addition, women workers receive unequal pension benefits and are denied equal hiring and promotional opportunities.
Ms. Bates has been carrying out a campaign against the City of Chicago for over 1 year. Through the City budget hearing she attempted to have the discriminatory job titles (janitor and janitress) changed to one category, custodial worker, with a corresponding equalization in pay and benefits. The Citys response was to come up with the equally discriminatory classifications of custodial worker (men) and custodial assistant (women).
Thus far Ms. Bates case has received the endorsement of District Council 19 Of AFSCME the AFL-CIO State Womens Caucus, and Black Labor Leaders of Operation PUSH. The support given to Ms. Bates case by these Black and labor organizations indicates the importance of her case to working women in Chicago.