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Big wins for social justice at Chicago City Council

         Photo courtesy of Women Employed

         Photo courtesy of Women Employed

The heart that drives our agency was on full display this week with two of our client programs breaking down barriers and creating meaningful change for Chicago residents. On Wednesday, the Chicago City Council voted to approve a landmark earned sick time ordinance and to overturn discriminatory language toward transgender people. Both of these initiatives overcame significant opposition.

Every day our team of dedicated communications counselors works with purpose to help clients develop compelling strategies and stories to meet their goals and achieve results. From message development and media outreach to website design and social media strategy, we work on behalf of our clients to educate and to advocate for programs and campaigns that strengthen communities and improve the quality of life for many people.

The earned sick time ordinance, spearheaded by a coalition including PCI client Women Employed, will ensure that more than 450,000 workers in Chicago have the right to earn up to five days of sick time per year from their employer. As a result of this effort, hardworking women and men will no longer be forced to choose between their health or their family’s wellbeing and their job. Check out the Sick Time Chicago website to learn more about the ordinance and thank the aldermen who passed it.

The vote to overturn discriminatory language toward transgender Chicagoans, advocated for by PCI client AIDS Foundation of Chicago, ensures that all people will be treated with respect and expands access to public spaces, including bathrooms.

As a company born and raised in Chicago, we’re proud to work in a city that respects the dignity of all people. In our 50 plus years of providing thoughtful communications counsel to clients at home and across the nation, we have enjoyed many success stories like these, and we look forward to many more.

Looking for similar results for your upcoming campaign or project? We’d love to hear about it.

Jill Allread, APR is PCI’s Chief Executive Officer and has been an owner of the agency for more than 20 years.