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Today's news - Illinois

Land Of Lincoln Goodwill Gives Workers with Disabilities Their Jobs Back 2019-07-18 [NPR]

Goodwill head who makes $164,000 fired disabled workers after minimum wage hike 2019-07-18 [CBS]

Chicago airport workers celebrate new work conditions after yearslong battle 2019-07-18 [Yahoo!]

Goodwill pulls paychecks from disabled workers 2019-07-17 [WCIA]

Public-sector unions stay strong, 1 year after ruling in Illinois case banned mandatory fees 2019-07-13 [The Tribune]

Not just salaries: Five sticking points between Team Lightfoot and Chicago Teachers Union 2019-07-09 [Chalkbeat]

Margaret Blackshere, historic force in Illinois labor and politics, dies at 78. Was first woman to head the state AFL-CIO. 2019-07-09 [The Tribune]

The strike that brought teachers unions back from the dead 2019-07-05 [Vox]

Mayor Lori Lightfoot offers CPS teachers a ‘significant’ 14 percent pay raise, but the union says her proposal is ‘not what it seems’ 2019-07-04 [Chicago Tribune]

Union workers at Danville Viscofan plant ratify new contract, end strike 2019-07-02 [NewsTalk]

Danville Viscofan workers go on strike over wage freeze, short-notice overtime 2019-06-25 [Independent News]

Workers at IKEA Distribution Center Vote for a Union 2019-06-25 [BWI]

Ikea workers organize with machinists union 2019-06-25 [Chicago Sun Times]

Viscofan union workers go on strike 2019-06-22 [FOX]

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot moves to reform infamous Chicago workers’ comp program 2019-06-22 [IL Policy]

The latest campus battle: Univ Chicago Grad students are fighting to unionize 2019-06-08 [NBC]

We wanted a union then, and we deserved a union then: University of Chicago grad student workers go on strike 2019-06-04 [Chicago Tribune]

College Students: Join the Picket Line 2019-06-04 [Chicago Maroon]

AFSCME strikes tentative contract deal with Pritzker 2019-06-01 [ABC]

Illinois College Unions Protesting for Wages, Job Security 2019-06-01 [U. S. News]

Illinois lawmakers file bill to limit union member withdrawals after Janus case 2019-06-01 [Cherokee Trib & Ledger-News]

Unions at Work: Illinois Grad Students on Verge of Labor Rights 2019-05-28 [Bloomberg]

Strikes — and near-strikes — at Illinois universities 2019-05-27 [Chicago Tribune]

McDonald*s Workers March For Better Wages 2019-05-24 [NBC]

Workers who died in an Illinois plant blast alerted colleagues before the explosion, officials say 2019-05-07 [CNN]

Another body found at Waukegan silicone plant rocked by blast; confirmed death toll 3 2019-05-06 [FOX]

Three Chicago Charter Schools on Strike. Three 2019-05-05 [Deutsch29]

Chicago’s historic charter school strike wave keeps on winning 2019-05-05 [Salon]

2nd person dies from explosion at Illinois plant 2019-05-05 [Albany Times Union]

Three workers missing after Chicago-area plant explosion 2019-05-05 [Reuters]

Strike temporarily shuts down Utica U.S. Silica 2019-05-04 [News Tribune]

Graduate Student Workers Across Chicago Ramp Up Unionization Efforts 2019-04-27 [Chicago Maroon]

PHOTOS: Workers' Memorial's lack of names is a good sign 11 hrs ago 0 2019-04-27 [Herald&Review]

Governor signs bill banning RTW zones 2019-04-15 [WMAQ 5]

Republican Governor Thinks $40,000 Is Too Much To Pay Teachers, Vetoes Minimum Salary 2019-04-15 [Labor 411]

CTU members threaten strike at 5 more charter schools 2019-04-11 [Sun-Times]

Illinois manufacturing workers locked out and fired for one-hour strike 2019-04-08 [Salon]

U of Illinois Chicago Grad Assistants End Strike 2019-04-08 [Inside Higher Ed]

UIC graduate workers end strike after 2 weeks on picket line 2019-04-06 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Burgerville Workers Union Says Company Is Rescinding Disciplinary Actions on Workers at the Convention Center Restaurant 2019-03-26 [Wilamette Week]

As Strike Nears Second Week, UIC Graduate Workers Issue Open Letter To Gov. Pritzker 2019-03-25 [Beachwood Reporter]

“We Demand Food for Thought”: Univ IL Chicago Grad Workers on Strike for Living Wages and Respect 2019-03-24 [TruthOut]

IL lawmaker: Pay disabled workers full minimum wage 2019-03-23 [IL News Network]

Univ IL Chicago teaching assistants, graduate assistants go on strike 2019-03-19 [ABC]

IL lawmakers again vote to criminalize local RTW measures 2019-03-17 [MDJ online]

Two Chicago Trans Authority Employees Have Been Attacked On The Job In The Past Week 2019-03-17 [CBS]

Chicago Symphony Goes on Strike Over Pension Plan 2019-03-12 [NY Times]

SOUL Calls on Undergrads to Support Unionization Efforts 2019-03-11 [Chicago Maroon]

On Strike: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Musicians 2019-03-11 [CBS]

In wake of Decatur child death, unions says staffing, budget issues still haunt DCFS 2019-03-09 [Herald & Review]

This month in labour history

4-07-1840 Tenants in upstate New York issue a 'Declaration of Independence', beginning a five-year Anti-Rent War [more]

5-07-1934 Two strikers are killed fighting police, scabs, and the National Guard during the San Francisco longshoremen's strike [more]

6-07-1892 Striking workers defeat and force the surrender of Pinkerton agents during the Homestead Strike in Pennsylvania [more]

8-07-1966 The largest strike in aviation history begins, shutting down 60 per cent of the US airline industry for six weeks [more]

10-07-1902 112 miners die in an explosion in the Rolling Mill Mine in Pennsylvania [more]

12-07-1933 The Screen Actors Guild holds its first meeting. Among those attending: future horror movie star and union activist, Boris Karloff. [more]

15-07-1959 Half a million steelworkers across the country strike for a pay increase in their new contract [more]

16-07-1934 The San Francisco Labor Council calls a city-wide general strike in support of longshoremen, which succeeds in winning most of the workers' main demands after four days. [more]

18-07-1969 African American hopsital workers in South Carolina win union recognition after a 113-day strike [more]

20-07-1899 Newsboys in New York go on strike against press giants Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst [more]

21-07-1877 The government attempts to violently suppress the great railroad strike in Pennsylvania [more]

22-07-1916 A bomb was is set off during a parade in San Francisco, killing 10 and injuring 40. Labour organizer Tom Mooney,and Warren Billings, a shoe worker, were convicted of the crime, but both were pardoned 23 years later [more]

25-07-1907 Trotskyist labor organizer and leader of the 1934 Minneapolis teamsters' strike Farrell Dobbs is born [more]

26-07-1877 Thirty workers are killed in the Battle of Halsted Street Viaduct during the railroad strike in Chicago. [more]

29-07-1970 The United Farm Workers sign their first collective bargaining agreement with California grape growers [more]

30-07-1975 Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa disappears from a parking lot in Oakland County and is never seen again [more]