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Today's news - Illinois

“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]

Up to 5 socialists could join city council after election success Tuesday 2019-02-28 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Chicago Teachers Union suspends city's second charter school strike after winning pay increases 2019-02-18 [Chicgo Tribune]

IL Labor Lawsuit Seeks to Hold Big Pharma Accountable for the Opioid Crisis 2019-02-15 [EC&M]

Symphony musicians authorize strike if no deal by March 10 2019-02-15 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Chicago charter school teachers launch city's latest strike after stalled contract negotiations 2019-02-05 [The Tribune]

A Bad Day for Hoffa: Chicago Teamster Leader Joins Opposition Slate 2019-02-04 [Labor Notes]

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]

This month in labour history

6-03-1913 Joe Hill's song "There is Power in a Union" first appeared in the @_IWW union's Little Red Song Book. [more]

7-03-1932 Unemployed workers stage a hunger march to the Ford complex at Dearborn, demanding workers be rehired. Police shoot at the demonstration, killing 4 and injuring 60 [more]

8-03-1942 Lucy Parsons, founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and powerful orator for women, working people, and political prisoners died. [more]

8-03-1926 Fur & Leather Workers Union (mostly women) went on strike in NYC, enduring beatings by police. They won a 10% raise and a five-day week. [more]

9-03-1910 Westmoreland County Coal strikes begins, ending in 1911. It is known as the 'Slovak strike', as 70% of the miners are Slovakian. 16 people are killed. [more]

11-03-1950 TWU members at American Airlines win 11-day national strike, gaining what the union says was the first severance pay clause in industry. [more]

12-03-1929 Lupe Anguiano, women's rights activist and labour organizer, is born. [more]

12-03-1912 The Bread and Roses strikers won all their demands. The strike was organized by mostly women workers and the Industrial Workers of the World and included 20,000 workers. [more]

13-03-1830 The term “rat,” referring to a worker who betrays fellow workers, first appears in print in the New York Daily Sentinel [more]

18-03-1937 New York City police arrested striking Woolworth's store clerks - mostly women - who had occupied stores demanding a 40-hour workweek. [more]

31-03-1927 Cesar Chavez, Mexican-American labour leader, is born. [more]