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Today's news - Illinois

Letter: Auto mechanics strike about more than money 2017-08-23 [NW Herald]

O'Hare Airport Security Firm Must Rehire Fired Union Workers 2017-08-22 [Courthouse News Service]

Illinois farms welcome foreign workers amid a tight labor market 2017-08-21 [Tribune News Service]

Buona Beef Buonavolantos Charged With Battery In Beverly After Harassing and Spraying IBEW Union Picketers With Garden Hose 2017-08-19 [DNA Info]

Gov. Rauner vetoes taxpayer accountability bill 2017-08-19 [AFSCME Council 31]

Buona Beef partners charged in clash with labor protesters 2017-08-18 [Crain's]

Unic Chicago Graduate Students may Vote on Union this Fall 2017-08-17 [Chicago Maroon]

How union stakes in ailing papers like the Chicago Sun-Times may keep them alive 2017-08-17 [The Conversation ]

Federal judge orders Advocate Health Care to recognize IL Nurses Assn 2017-08-15 [Modern Healthcare]

MCHS program Sept 10: Steel and Solidarity in Granite City 2017-08-13 [Telegraph]

Court orders Advocate to recognize nurses union 2017-08-12 [Crain's]

Univ Chicago grad students get green light to hold election to vote on union 2017-08-11 [Hyde Park Herald]

Rahm Emanuel Chicago Public Schools layoffs reveal his racist duplicity 2017-08-09 [Mike Klonsky]

Nearly 2,000 mechanics strike at Chicago-area car dealerships 2017-08-04 [ABC]

Show Your Support for IAM Chicago-area Striking Auto Mechanics 2017-08-04 [IAM]

Ruling bars pension boost to substitute teacher for a day 2017-07-29 [Times]

Northwestern University refuses to bargain with non-tenured faculty union, SEIU, due to contested ballots 2017-07-29 [Daily NWern]

Pushing back against budget cuts 2017-07-29 [Chicago Teachers Union]

Streator Elementary School District union files complaint against district for changing employee health insurance without union approval 2017-07-28 [MyWebTimes]

Chicago Sun-Times is purchased by investor group that involves organized labor 2017-07-14 [NY Times]

Unions Join With Private Investors To Keep Chicago Sun-Times Out Of Hands Of Tribune Owner 2017-07-14 [Workers Independent News]

Union-backed investors snatch Chicago Sun-Times from Tronc 2017-07-14 [CJR]

New Chicago Sun-Times owners promise no union interference 2017-07-14 [Robert Feder]

Teamsters leader John Coli Sr. indicted on extortion charges 2017-07-14 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Labor Group Buys Chicago Sun-Times 2017-07-13 [WTTW]

CTA Rail Operators Favor Strike in Preliminary Union Vote 2017-07-11 [NBC Chicago]

CTA train operators show support for strike; CTA: contract says no 2017-07-11 [Chicago Sun-Times]

CTA train operators vote in favor of strike 2017-07-11 [abc7chicago]

Made in America: Nabisco/Mondelēz bakery in Chicago 2017-07-10 [BCTGM]

CTU member claims she was fired in retaliation over activism 2017-07-08 [Chicago Tribune]

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel averts airport living wage showdown 2017-06-28 [Chicago Sun-Times]

McHenry County Board approves prevailing wage, ending three years of protest votes 2017-06-26 [NW Herald]

District 308 notifies teachers of layoffs, citing budget, enrollment 2017-03-08 [Aurora Beacon-News]

Case renews right-wing attack on unions 2017-06-19 [Canton Daily Ledger]

Chicago: 1000 Teachers at 32 Charter Schools Vote to Join the Chicago Teachers Union 2017-06-18 [Diane Ravitch]

Union group offers details of potential bid for Chicago Sun-Times 2017-06-17 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Chicago inspector general offers blueprint to reduce collective bargaining payouts 2017-06-14 [IL News Network]

Charter School Educators Just Voted to Join the Most Militant Teachers’ Union in the Country 2017-06-13 [In These Times]

Student workers at the University of Chicago’s library vote to unionize 2017-06-12 [Inside Higher Ed]

Univ Chicago Student Library Employees Vote to Unionize 2017-06-10 [Chicago Maroon]

In Uber era, Chicago’s taxicab industry disappearing, study finds 2017-06-06 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Unite Here Local 1 Chicago workers create ringtone to curb immigrant deportation 2017-06-06 [KWQC]

Springfield Proposes Jobs Initiative to Combat Violence 2017-06-06 [AP]

Charter school teachers to vote on proposal to merge with Chicago Teachers Union 2017-06-05 [Chicago Tribune]

Rauner vetoes prohibition on private prison health workers 2017-06-04 [SJR]

Lawmakers pass workers compensation measures 2017-05-28 [News&Observer]

First charter school teachers' strike averted 2017-05-28 [In These Times]

Thousands of protesters brand McDonald's the 'Trump of corporations' 2017-05-27 [The Guardian]

Univ Chicago College Council Votes to Support Unionization Vote 2017-05-27 [Chicago Maroon]

Senate approves workers’ comp changes 2017-05-27 [SJR]

This month in labour history

3-08-1981 The PATCO strike begins, effectively shutting down air travel in the US. 2 days later President Reagan fired 11,000 air traffic controllers and broke the union. [more]

4-08-1997 185,000 members of the Teamsters begin a successful 15-day strike at UPS. [more]

7-08-1890 Birth of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, IWW organiser and founder of the ACLU. [more]

7-08-1919 Actors Equity becomes a recognised union after stagehands honour actors' picket lines. [more]

10-08-1935 Transport workers in New York descend on a courthouse with money from their own pockets to bail out Mike Quill, their president, arrested after attending a picket line. [more]

17-08-1918 95 members of the IWW were jailed for resistance to the First World War. [more]

25-08-1925 The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, led by A. Phillip Randolph, is founded. [more]

25-08-1950 President Truman ordered the federal government to seize control of the railroads in order to prevent a planned strike by 1.7m union members. [more]

29-08-1921 West Virginia miners marching to free their imprisoned comrades face state forces and private detectives in the five-day "Battle of Blair Mountain." [more]