The caregivers' return to work temporarily halts a standoff over the future of health service delivery for the region.
In addition to the 1.3 million who will be immediately cut off, an additional 3.6 million people will lose benefits in the coming year unless Congress acts.
Port unions in 10 nations demonstrated against multinational furniture giant Ikea's lockout of 350 Teamsters workers.
"Over five years workers were shorted overtime and regular pay, they were denied rest breaks and meal breaks as required by the law."
Clergy and community leaders from Chicago and the northwest suburbs delivered a petition today signed by 33 allies supporting employees at the Rivers Casino Des Plaines.
The vote comes on the heels of two Maryland suburbs minimum wage increase votes.
The government's shutdown of 52 intercity and tour bus companies for unsafe conditions is welcome, but does not solve the basic industry ills.
"Because of this agreement, 25 workers will be back to work in time for the holidays."
Support is mounting daily for 800 courageous locked out nurses and tech workers, as the corporation failed to show up for further negotiations.
Union leaders say it unfairly hits the nation's two million federal workers - who have borne the brunt of prior budget cuts.