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Adjunct faculty, Elmhurst College at odds over union vote 2017-12-13 [The Daily Herald]

Graduate Student and Non-Tenure Faculty Unions Stage Sit-in for Union Recognition 2017-12-12 [Loyola Phoenix]

Memorial to Mother Jones at Route 66 2017-12-11 [Irish Examiner]

Pritzker brings pro-union message to Galesburg 2017-12-11 [The Register-Mail]

O’Hare restaurant workers vote to strike, but timing of a walkout is unclear 2017-12-08 [The Tribune]

Strike at Columbia College Chicago Spotlights Problems for Part-Time Faculty 2017-12-05 [Hperallergic]

Graduate, Library Unions Face Uncertain Fate at Trump NLRB 2017-12-05 [Chicago Maroon]

Workers At Intermodal Rail Company Vote To Join Teamsters Local 710 2017-12-05 [Teamsters]

Teamsters 'March On The Boss' To Demand XPO Logistics Start Contract Talks 2017-12-01 [Teamsters]

IFT/CTU: Students win when teachers are supported 2017-12-01 [Chicago Tribune]

Chicago bakery loses 800 workers after immigration raid 2017-11-29 [WGN]

Chicago First Student Bus Drivers Vote Overwhelmingly to Join Teamsters 2017-11-29 [Teamsters]

Chicago immigration raid leaves bakery scrambling to rehire after 800 workers lost 2017-11-29 [Chicago Tribune]

Columbia College part-time faculty set to strike this week over wages, benefits 2017-11-28 [The Tribune]

State workers rally with hopes of getting back to bargaining table 2017-11-27 [BND]

Strike nears third week at Pecatonica food processing plant 2017-11-25 [The Star]

Report: Multiple DCFS workers in Illinois attacked 2017-11-24 [ABC]

Report says multiple DCFS workers attacked 2017-11-23 [Seattle Times]

Union workers protest for fair contract 2017-11-22 [Rochelle News-Leader]

NIU employees protesting, fight for new contract 2017-11-21 [WREX]

Fledgling Unions Continue Fight for Status, Benefits 2017-11-21 [The Maroon]

Union Members March On Campus, Escalate Wage Battle With Northern IL Univ 2017-11-21 [NPR]

Staffing same at Dept Labor but funding has plummeted 2017-11-21 [Canton Daily Ledger]

DCFS workers face violence on the job 2017-11-20 [Chicago Tribune]

State union workers protect the vulnerable 2017-11-19 [The News-Optimist]

Publican O’Hare Workers Walk Out In Labor Dispute 2017-11-18 [Eater]

Second City Has Been a Comedy Mecca for Decades. Now Its Workers Are Voting to Form a Union. 2017-11-16 [In These Times]

Bay Valley Foods employees continue strike 2017-11-16 [WIFR]

Second City service staff to hold union election 2017-11-14 [People's World]

Hotel Workers Union Celebrates Anti-Harassment Ordinance 2017-11-14 [CBS]

Nearly 100 Bay Valley Foods employees strike against contract negotiations 2017-11-13 [WIFR]

Judge: KapStone illegally disciplined employee 2017-11-11 [TDN]

CityLift union to hold strike authorization vote Sunday 2017-11-10 [Jrnl-Star]

Appeals court: State must give union workers their pay raises while negotiating new contract 2017-11-08 [Madison-St.Clair Record]

No walkout planned yet after Univ IL Urbana grad student union authorizes strike 2017-11-04 [News-Gazette]

Danville Teamsters Ratify Newest Contract With First Student 2017-11-01 [Teamsters]

District 15 strike ends; workers to return Monday 2017-10-30 [Daily Herald]

Palatine school staff return to work without a contract after 2 weeks on strike 2017-10-30 [WGN]

Right to work zones here? Not so fast 2017-10-28 [News Tribune]

All support staff can picket in Palatine Dist. 15, judge rules: Judge rules in favor of union, lifts temporary restraining order 2017-10-25 [Daily Herald]

Grad students at Univ Chicago become the latest to unionize 2017-10-24 [Daily Pennsylvanian]

School Support Staff Strike Continues In Palatine; ‘Absolutely No Progress’ On Deal 2017-10-23 [CBS]

Weekend Video: Union Maids 2017-10-22 [Rank and File]

Univ Chicago grad students, after being told their labor was not work, vote on union. 2017-10-22 [Daily Kos]

Plaque dedicated in Woodstock honors union leader Eugene V. Debs 2017-10-22 [NWHerald]

University of Chicago Graduate Workers Affirm Union 2017-10-21 [AAUP]

Union cries foul after Palatine school district cuts benefits to striking workers 2017-10-21 [Chicago Tribune]

Judge orders District 15 nurses, aides back to work 2017-10-18 [Daily Herald]

Grad Student United Rallies Before Unionization Vote 2017-10-17 [Chicago Maroon]

Bernie Sanders Lends Support to U. Chicago Grad Students Unionization Effort 2017-10-17 [Wash Free Beacon]

This month in labour history

1-12-1955 Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus, sparking the Montgomery bus boycott. [more]

5-12-1955 The two main union federations in the USA merge to form the AFL-CIO, electing George Meany as president, [more]

6-12-1907 The worst mining disaster in American history occurs when an explosion in a Monongah mine in West Virginia kills 361 miners. [more]

8-12-1886 The American Federation of Labor (AFL) is founded by 26 craft unions. Samuel Gompers is elected president. [more]

13-12-1924 Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor, dies. [more]

14-12-1995 Boeing machinists in the US win a pay rise and an imporved health plan after a 69 day strike. [more]

19-12-1907 A group of 239 coal miners die during a mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania. [more]

21-12-1916 Emma Tenayuca, Mexican-American labour leader, is born. [more]

21-12-1919 Emma Goldman is deported to Russia as part of a post-war crackdown on union and left-wing activists. [more]

23-12-1908 AFL officers are found in contempt of court for urging a labor boycott of Buck's Stove and Range Co. in St Louis. [more]

24-12-1913 The Italian Hall Disaster in Calumet, Michigan, results in the death of 73 Christmas party goers held by striking miners. [more]

24-12-1913 Seventy three striking miners and their families die in a stampede at the Italian Hall in Calumet, Michigan, after an unknown man enters shouting 'Fire!' [more]

26-12-1877 First national convention of the Socialist Labor Party, the first Marxist party founded in the USA. [more]

30-12-1936 The United Auto Workers union stages its first sit-down strike. [more]

30-12-1936 The most famous of the Depression-era "sit down" strikes in the US begins at GM's Fisher Body plant in Flint, Michigan. [more]

31-12-1969 Rank-and-file UMWA activist Jock Yablonski is murdered along with his family by hitmen acting on the orders of union president. [more]