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Today's news - Illinois

And the women shall lead: Female laborers led the charge in Chicago's massive garment workers strike of 1910 2019-01-18 [The Tribune]

Chicago Teachers Union Weighs in on Race for Mayor 2019-01-12 [WTTW]

A Labor Strike at a Chicago Charter School? For more info 2019-01-08 [The Nation]

Chicago teachers hold first U.S. charter school strike 2018-12-22 [UFT]

Chicago Teachers Win First Charter Strike in History 2018-12-15 [Labour Notes]

Old Town School of Folk Music teachers plan to unionize 2018-12-12 [ABC]

Why a historic strike by Chicago charter school teachers matters 2018-12-12 [The Guardian]

Old Town School Of Folk Music Teachers File For Union Representation, Tuesday Rally Planned 2018-12-11 [Block Club Chicago]

Teachers at Acero charter school network in Chicago reach tenative contract, end two-day strike 2018-12-10 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Union says tentative deal reached to end Acero strike, return to class Monday 2018-12-10 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Chicago Charter School Strike Off After Teachers Reach Deal, Union Says 2018-12-09 [Radio]

Privately owned charter school network, Acero Schools, asks state labor board to put an end to teachers strike 2018-12-08 [Chicago Tribune]

The Charter-School Teachers’ Strike in Chicago Was ‘Inevitable’ 2018-12-07 [Atlantic]

Teachers at Chicago charter schools strike, in a first for charter movement 2018-12-06 [Wash Post]

Chicago Teachers Launch First Charter Strike in History 2018-12-05 [Labor Notes]

Nation’s First Teachers’ Strike at Charter Network Begins in Chicago 2018-12-05 [NYTimes]

Chicago: First Charter Chain Strike in History! Sad for Waltons and Reformers! 2018-12-05 [Diane Ravitch]

Nation's first teachers' strike at Charter network begins in Chicago 2018-12-04 [NY Times]

Support our Acero charter CTU members as they prepare for Dec. 4 strike! 2018-12-04 [CTU]

IL Supreme Court Rules Pension Changes Unconstitutional 2018-12-02 [Law360]

Teachers reject pact, authorize strike 2018-12-01 [Daily Jrnl]

Marriott employees strike in IL Medical District over union contact 2018-11-29 [Chicago Sun-Times]

128 Chicago school workers out after background check review 2018-11-21 [FOX]

Temporary hotel workers file lawsuit, say they weren't paid for work during strike 2018-11-19 [ABC]

Local 150 union workers set to protest Algonquin Township highway commissioner 2018-11-14 [NWHerald]

As reform gains traction, Chicago police union pushes back 2018-11-06 [Chicago Tribune]

It was just a huge boom. The house shook: Chicago Metra worker dies, another badly hurt during Northwest Side explosion 2018-11-04 [Chicago Tribune]

Chicago could see first charter school teachers' struke 2018-11-03 [NY Magazine]

Teachers at four more Chicago charter schools join strike threat 2018-11-03 [Sun-Times]

UAW Local offering free rides to polling places in Winnebago and Boone County 2018-11-02 [MyStateline]

UChicago won't recognize grad student union...so members walk out of class 2018-10-30 [Campus Reform]

IUOE Local 150 wants Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser held in contempt of court 2018-10-28 [NWHerald]

Jackson County employees refuse to back down 2018-10-27 [AFSCME Council 31]

Court rules against Rauner in AFSCME contract dispute 2018-10-25 [Island Packet]

AFL-CIO launches “massive” digital ad buy 2018-10-20 [Capitol Fax]

Geneva school board, union continue contract negotiations 2018-10-20 [Daily Herald]

Teamsters hoping for a save to keep union pensions from failing 2018-10-18 [Our Quad Cities]

Top US opera company reaches deal with striking musicians 2018-10-17 [The Post]

Protests continue at McDonald’s headquarters in West Loop 2018-10-16 [The DePaulia]

Lyric Opera of Chicago musicians ratify new contract less than week after strike 2018-10-15 [ABC]

Treasure Island sued again by fired workers; attorneys seek class-action status 2018-10-14 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Lyric Opera says it has reached labor deal with musicians union 2018-10-14 [Chicago Tribune]

Chicago Teamsters Mull Strike at UPS 2018-10-13 [Labor Notes]

Lyric Opera of Chicago Forced to Cancel Performances Amid Contract Dispute with Labor Union Representing Orchestra 2018-10-11 [Opera News]

Chinatown job agency accused of exploiting Latino workers to shut down 2018-10-11 [Chicago Sun-Times]

As Treasure Island closes stores, workers demand pay, threaten legal action 2018-10-10 [Chicago Sun-Times]

This Union Has A Radical Plan To Save Itself: Get To Know Its Members Again 2018-10-04 [Huffington Post]

Striking Chicago hotel workers are getting new contracts and year-round health insurance 2018-10-04 [Think Progress]

Comptroller Susana Mendoza demands Rauner to stop violating court order by holding back pay 2018-10-04 [NBC]

Rauner Seeks Delay On Plan To Pay Union Step Increases 2018-10-04 [CBS]

This month in labour history

1-01-1966 At 8.02am a transport strike begins across New York City. Strikers will win a 15% pay rise, and other benefits, after 12 days. [more]

2-01-1920 Thousands of US labor activists are arrested in the 'Palmer Raids' during the first Red Scare. [more]

3-01-1917 Trial of labour organizer Tom Mooney begins in San Francisco for Preparedness Day bombing. He was framed & serves 22 years. [more]

4-01-1966 Transport Workers Union of America leader Mike Quill arrested for violating an anti-strike court injunction in 4-day old 35000-member strike. [more]

4-01-1965 Start of victorious 28-day strike by 8000 New York City social workers over better conditions for welfare recipients. [more]

7-01-1920 Five elected members of the New York state assembly belonging to the Socialist Party are refused their seats. [more]

11-01-1912 The 'Bread and Roses' strike began in Lynn Massachusetts. The strike was begun and led by mainly immigrant women. [more]

11-01-1937 Police beat and arrest UAW members during the great sit-down strike in Flint, Michigan [more]

13-01-1874 Mounted police from the NYPD violently attack a demonstration of unemployed workers in Tompkins Square Park. [more]

15-01-1929 Birth of civil rights activist and labor movement supporter Martin Luther King, Jr [more]

17-01-1915 The song 'Solidarity Forever' by Ralph Chaplin is first sung, on a hunger march through Chicago organised by Lucy Parsons. [more]

22-01-1969 Black workers at the Eldon Chrysler plant in Detroit march on the autoworkers' union with a list of grievances. The workers had formed ELRUM - the Eldon Revolutionary Union Movement - and they called a strike the next day. [more]

23-01-1913 Joe Hill's song 'Mr. Block', extolling the virtues of industrial unionism, is first published in the IWW's newpaper. [more]

27-01-1850 Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor, is born. [more]

29-01-1834 Federal troops are used to break a strike for the first time in America, on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal [more]

31-01-1938 12,000 pecan shellers, most of them Hispanic women, strike for higher wages and civil rights in San Antonio, Texas. [more]