Hundreds Protest Corporate Bailouts

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    TK
    WMAQ
    From Boston to Washington to Chicago, there was new evidence Thursday of a backlash over bonuses paid to the executives of companies that have received billions of dollars in government bailouts.

    Several hundred workers have protested outside Chicago-area financial institutions, calling for an end to corporate bailouts.

    The Service Employees International Union organized Thursday's protests in Chicago and suburban Oak Brook. Similar events were scheduled in 35 states.

    In downtown Chicago, protesters carrying signs that read "Good Jobs for a Fair Recovery" and other slogans marched toward troubled insurance giant AIG from Bank of America.

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    Demonstrators hope to send a message to Congress that instead of bailouts and bonuses, Americans want banking reforms and national health care.

    In Boston, protestors chanted: "How do you spell corporate greed? A-I-G!"

    Union representative Bill Shipley said workers want an economic recovery plan that's fair for everyone, not just corporations.

    Workers are pushing for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act, legislation that would allow employees to form unions by signing cards instead of holding secret ballot elections.