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Farmers seek help to protect immigrant workers under Trump 2017-05-22 [Southern Illinoisan]

SB 1905 designed to ban local RTW 2017-05-21 [IL Policy]

Chicago North Side charter school teachers set strike date 2017-05-20 [Chicago Tribune]

Unfair Labor Practice Strike Thursday By Security, Fire and Safety Officers at Navy Pier 2017-05-18 [Teamsters Local 727]

Political cowardice on workers compensation is destroying blue-collar jobs 2017-05-17 [IL Policy]

Cook County Jail in Chicago goes on lockdown after 200 workers absent on Mother's Day 2017-05-15 [Cleveland]

Univ of Chicago student workers file petitions to unionize 2017-05-11 [Hyde Park Herald]

Two Student Groups File for Unionization 2017-05-09 [Chicago Maroon]

Univ of Chicago Student Library Workers Formally Announce Plans to Unionize 2017-05-09 [Chicago Maroon]

Univ Illinois Springfield labor talks to resume Sunday as final exams loom 2017-05-07 [SJR]

District 214 teachers join larger union 2017-05-05 [Daily Herald]

Thousands expected in Chicago for May Day rallies, marches 2017-05-01 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Four Whiting refinery workers hurt in power distribution center incident, BP says 2017-04-30 [Chicago Tribune]

Union asks state to halt rebranding of Chicago airport cops as security 2017-04-27 [Chicago Tribune]

Community Groups Call for Labor Stoppage on May Day 2017-04-22 [Lawndale News]

While Rauner picks at workers' comp, 2 grand bargains fade 2017-04-20 [Chicago Tribune]

Stakes are high for workers, businesses as minimum wage hike is considered 2017-04-16 [Chicago Tribune]

Richmond Baking labor complaints dismissed 2017-04-13 [Pal-Item]

Last stand for union prison nurses jobs 2017-04-12 [Pantagraph]

Theology Department Excluded from Loyola Faculty Union Ruling 2017-04-06 [Loyola Phoenix]

Chicago Teachers Union won’t strike on May 1 but might if CPS imposes more furloughs 2017-04-06 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Supreme Court denies Rauner's request to expedite AFSCME appeal 2017-04-05 [IL News Ntwk]

The War On Labor, Union Solidarity And Lessons From Our Past For more info 2017-04-03 [LVP]

Education Workers At University Of Ilinois Urbana/Champaign Speak Out For Worker Rights And Against Union Busting For more info 2017-03-30 [LVP]

A simple workers comp fix could save lives 2017-03-24 [IL Policiy]

Rauner seeks to replace prison tower guards with cameras 2017-03-23 [Albany Times Union]

Hundreds of unionized nurses get layoff notification 2017-03-23 [illinoishomepage]

Fair share fees lawsuit tossed; plaintiffs say 'desired result,' allowing appeal to SCOTUS 2017-03-22 [Cook Cty Record]

124 Illinois prison nurses get layoff notices 2017-03-22 [SJR]

Rockford IL School Employees Return To Work - For Now 2017-03-20 [WIN]

Rauner Takes AFSCME Union Fight to Illinois Supreme Court 2017-03-19 [WJBD]

Lindbom teachers are taking action 2017-03-17 [Chicago Teachers Union]

Strike, Day 2: Teachers union objects to staff filling in for striking workers 2017-03-17 [RRStar]

UPDATE: Three day strike begins for Rockford Public Schools employees 2017-03-17 [23WIFR]

900 Strike Rockford Schools Over Starvation Wages 2017-03-16 [WIN]

Rockford Public Schools strike: What parents need to know 2017-03-14 [RRStar]

Labor Experts Unsure of Future if Illinois Workers Strike 2017-03-11 [US News and World Report]

If state workers strike, can scabs become permanent? 2017-03-11 [SJR]

Union membership last year matches historic low 2017-03-11 [My WebTimes]

Chicago Teachers Union Considers One Day Strike 2017-03-09 [WBEZ]

Chicago Teachers May Launch Nation’s Largest Charter School Union 2017-03-07 [Am Prospect]

Union membership last year matches historic low 2017-03-06 [Sauk Valley]

Illinois needs a People's Agenda, not another 'bad bargain' 2017-03-04 [Chicago Teachers Union]

Noble charter school teachers take a step toward forming a union 2017-03-04 [Chicago Tribune]

Nearly a year after layoffs, former Oreo plant workers struggle to find their way 2017-03-04 [Chicago Tribune]

Rauner looks for scabs amid strike threat 2017-03-01 [Chicago Tribune]

81% Of AFSCME Illinois Members Authorize Strike 2017-02-28 [WIN]

Rauner Crushes Prospect of Further Union Negotiations 2017-02-25 [WTTW]

AFSCME members authorize leaders to call strike 2017-02-24 [Journal Star]

AFSCME members vote to authorize strike 2017-02-24 [Our Quad Cities]

This month in labour history

4-05-1886 A bomb is thrown during a demonstration against police violence in Haymarket Square, Chicago. The ensuing police riot and trials of anarchists, known as the Haymarket affair, eventually give birth to May Day as international workers' day. [more]

5-05-1886 Nine striking workers are shot dead by the National Guard at the Rolling Mills Steel Factory in Bay View, Milwaukee [more]

6-05-1935 The Works Progress Administration is established by executive order - it will provide work for millions of Americans. [more]

6-05-1937 Four hundred tobacco workers, earning just $3 per week, stage a walkout in Richmond, Virginia [more]

8-05-1926 A. Philip Randolph founds the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. [more]

9-05-1913 The garment workers strike at Cohoes could become an international incident after it emerges that Italian migrant workers are being forced to break the strike. [more]

11-05-1894 Three thousands Pullman railroad workers in Chicago begin a wildcat strike. [more]

12-05-1902 John Mitchell of the UMWA cals for a national strike, beginning the Anthracite Coal Strike which will last five months. [more]

13-05-1893 Western Federation of Miners formed in Butte, Montana. [more]

13-05-1980 Douglas Fraser of the UAW becomes the first union representative on the board a major US corporation after Chystler's stockholders vote him on. [more]

19-05-1920 A gun battle between the people of Matewan and Baldwin Felts detectives leaves ten people dead. [more]

22-05-1942 In Cleveland the Steelworkers Organizing Committee voted to become a union: the United Steelworkers of America [more]

25-05-1946 President Truman comes within three minutes of drafting the nation's railroad workers into the army to suppress a proposed strike, but the union leaders and employers settle just before the presiden't ultimatum comes into effect. [more]

26-05-1937 UAW organisers are attacked and beaten by Ford security men in Dearborn, Michigan, in an incident which greatly increases support for the union. [more]

28-05-1946 Workers in Rochester, New York, stage a successful one day general strike for the right to form unions. [more]

29-05-1990 The Justice for Janitors strike of ISS cleaners in Los Angeles begins. [more]

30-05-1937 Ten workers are shot dead by Chicago police during a strike at the Republic Steel Mill. [more]

31-05-1921 The Sacco and Vanzetti trial begins in Dedham, Massachusetts. [more]