Black Workers Matter is an Austin neighborhood-based, independent movement of workers fighting racism in hiring and on the job in west side & near west suburban TIF industrial districts.


Work Safe During COVID-19!

This is a reporting tool to keep track of workplace safety during COVID -19 and after the global pandemic.

Esta es una herramienta de informes para realizar un seguimiento de la seguridad en el lugar de trabajo durante el COVID -19 y después de la pandemia global.

News Stories

Organizers said the building should be used to benefit the community if Amazon is going to let it sit vacant. Amazon officials said the warehouse will be operational by the fall.

9:57 AM CDT on Jun 2, 2023

By CBS Chicago Team

Get to Work, Inc., Black Workers Matter, and allies said they’re disappointed in Amazon for backing away from promises to hire residents of the West Side.

Giant facility on Division will open in 2023 is latest promise

by Ankur Singh / Contributing Reporter

January 30, 2023

Upset after union pulled grievance complaint

by Ankur Singh / Contributing Reporter

January 27, 2023

John Sheehan holds signs at a protest on Jan. 19, 2023, outside an unopened Amazon fulfillment center on West Division Street in West Humboldt Park. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Tribune

Credit: Trey Arline/Block Club ChicagoTeamsters Local 705 and Black Workers Matter members and officials called on Amazon to be more transparent about the future of its West Humboldt Park center.

By Trey Arline 

Some Chicago residents are voicing their frustration that Amazon has not delivered on opening its new distribution center in West Humboldt Park.

Thursday, January 19, 2023 7:54PM


Edie Jacobs (left) and Anthony Stewart (right) speak about Amazon’s failure to open to the warehouse during a news conference as community members and union members stand outside of a yet-to-open Amazon warehouse near the corner of Division and Kostner in West Humboldt Park.

Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times
Jan 19, 2023, 6:06pm CST

Black Workers Matter and allies held a news conference to support LGBTQ+ Hostess workers who are accusing their supervisors of segregation and discrimination by race, sexual orientation and gender identity. Anthony Stewart reads a statement outside a Hostess plant in Chicago alleging discrimination on Aug. 31, 2022. (Erin Hooley / Chicago Tribune)

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

West Side-based group Black Workers Matter is pushing to dismantle what it calls “segregation-for-profit.”

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 

“Black Workers Matter organized a pop-up vaccination site to provide COVID-19 vaccines for Cicero workers.”

 Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Members of Black Workers Matter protested outside Amazon’s Cicero warehouse, vowed to continue pressure until working conditions improve

Friday, April 2, 2021

When an essential food worker reports unsafe conditions, there are few protections from employer retaliation. One organizer group has a solution.

Thursday, December 10th, 2020 

Black Workers Matter says Bimbo, employer of many West Siders, has not adequately protected them against COVID-19

Thursday, July 2, 2020 

Trabajadores afroestadounidenses aseguran que varios compañeros han sido despedidos por denunciar violaciones a protocolos de seguridad sanitaria en las líneas de producción. “Por mucho tiempo se han dado prácticas discriminatorias que también afectan a los empleados latinos”, señala Vanessa García, activista comunitaria.

Thursday,  June 18,  2020 

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