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Today's news - Illinois

Chicago hotel workers vote ‘overwhelmingly’ to authorize strike 2018-08-17 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Chicago hotel workers to take strike authorization vote Wednesday 2018-08-15 [Chicago Sun Times]

Union says Gov. Rauner is dragging feet on illegally withheld step raises 2018-08-01 [SJR]

Carpenter union donates labor for splash pad shelters 2018-07-29 [The News-Tribune]

Striking window washers ratify new contract, win wage increase to $26 hourly over the life of the deal 2018-07-28 [The Tribune]

Local union workers protest hiring of out-of-state labor force for hotel project 2018-07-24 [Stateline]

Mark Janus quits state job for conservative think tank gig after landmark ruling 2018-07-21 [Sun-Times]

Building Bridges: The Janus Attack – Don’t Mourn, Organize and Fightback For more info 2018-07-12 [WBAI Radio]

'Hands off pants on' law aims to make hotel work safer 2018-07-07 [CBS]

Chicago Now Requires Panic Buttons for Hotel Workers 2018-07-05 [NBC]

High-rise window washers go on strike for higher pay, better insurance: ‘You put your life on the ropes every day’ 2018-07-04 [The Journal-Star]

Chicago high-rise window washers go on strike for higher pay, better insurance: *You put your life on the ropes every day* 2018-07-04 [Chicago Tribune]

Evanston IL union reps see little threat from Supreme Court decision 2018-07-03 [Daily Northwestern]

Hotel workers ‘claim our space’ as panic button ordinance takes effect 2018-07-02 [The Sun-Times]

By the numbers: Janus ruling and 873,110 union-covered workers in Illinois 2018-06-28 [Chicago Tribune]

Labor leaders question removing some Gary school unions 2018-06-24 [Chicago Tribune]

Karen Lewis retires from Chicago Teachers Union to battle cancer: I’m not giving up this fight 2018-06-23 [Chicago Sun-Times]

 VIDEO Labor Beat: Larry Duncan - - Leader for Labor Media (Part 2 of 2) For more info 2018-06-19 [Labor Beat TV]

 VIDEO Labor Beat: Larry Duncan - - Leader for Labor Media (Part 1 of 2) For more info 2018-06-19 [Labor Beat TV]

Teamsters: Desperate To Prevent Employees From Exercising Free Speech, American Bottling Resorts To Harassment 2018-06-19 [Longview News-Journal]

Chicago Teachers Union Negotiates Right to Block Tests That Are Not Mandated by the State 2018-06-18 [Diane Ravitch]

IL labor board moves forward with union employee pay raises 2018-06-15 [Sauk Valley]

Landmark Supreme Court Decision Coming, And Illinois is Center Stage 2018-06-14 [WTTW]

Labor board: Taxpayers owe AFSCME union workers $412 million in unpaid step increases 2018-06-14 [WQAD]

State, AFSCME argue over contract impasse 2018-06-14 [SJR]

Chicago labor icon Edward Sadlowski dead at 79 2018-06-11 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Dr Pepper: Its Last, Best And Final Offer To Chicago Teamsters Goes Down In Flames 2018-06-10 [Teamsters]

City of Chicago Requires Airport Service Providers to Enter into Labor Peace Agreements 2018-05-30 [Lexology]

Rauner says Texas is more union job friendly than Illinois 2018-05-25 [PolitiFact]

Teamster Power Amps Up During Unfair Labor Practice Strike 2018-05-24 [Teamsters]

Union to commemorate 1937 'Memorial Day Massacre' on Saturday 2018-05-18 [The Times]

The Southern Illinoisan newsroom votes to form union 2018-05-18 [Southern Illinoisan]

Oreo parent Mondelez sweetens deal, but union is not biting 2018-05-17 [Chicago Tribune]

Illinos House Panel OKs Unionizing for Research Assistants 2018-05-17 [USNews]

Kane County Workers on Strike Face Ultimatum 2018-05-16 [NBC]

Chief judge: Kane County will hire others if striking workers don't return Tuesday 2018-05-15 [Daily Herald]

Local 371 goes on John Deere Road strike 2018-05-04 [QCOnline]

Teamsters Local 371 workers on strike for better wages and pension benefits 2018-05-03 [WQAD]

Remembering the Haymarket Affair and the city's attempts to forget it 2018-05-01 [Chicago Reader]

Workers Memorial ceremony in Springfield honors fallen workers 2018-04-29 [FOX]

Adjunct faculty at Loyola University Chicago ratify first contract 2018-04-28 [Wash Post]

Public Employees Rally for Raises at Statehouse 2018-04-27 [PPR]

State union workers rally to end pay step freezes 2018-04-27 [WAND]

As pay and benefits stagnate, nontenured faculty and graduate students in Illinois, Chicago look to unions 2018-04-19 [Chicago Tribune]

 VIDEO UE Hallcon Drivers Prepare For A Contract For more info 2018-04-16 [LVP]

Kane County probation officers threaten to strike 2018-04-14 [Kane Cty Chronicle]

 VIDEO West Virginia Teachers And The Lessons Of Their State Strike For more info 2018-04-14 [LVP]

 VIDEO Democracy Depends On Journalism, Journalism Depends On The Union-Digital Media Workers Speak Out For more info 2018-04-12 [LVP]

In Historic Move At Labor-Skeptic Chicago Tribune, Newsroom Pushes To Form Union 2018-04-12 [NPR]

Union says O’Hare city contractor discriminates against African-American workers 2018-04-09 [The Sun-Times]

This month in labour history

1-08-1917 Frank H. Little, anti-war activist & IWW organiser is lynched in Butte, Montana. He was on IWW's Exec Board when he was killed. [more]

1-08-1942 American Federation of Musicians strikes against recording companies over royalty payments, most settling within a year. [more]

3-08-1821 Uriah Smith Stephens born. A tailor, he led 9 garment workers in founding the Knights of Labor in 1869. [more]

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]

5-08-1981 President Reagan sacks 11000 federal air traffic controllers for striking and refusing his order to return to work. [more]

7-08-1894 Eugene Debs & three union leaders arrested following the Pullman strike. [more]

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

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

8-08-1881 United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America forms & becomes one of the largest trade unions in the US. [more]

9-08-1890 Knights of Labor strike on the New York Central railroad; ends in defeat due to scab labour. [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]

11-08-1828 Workingmen’s Party, first US labour party, forms in Philadelphia. [more]

11-08-1894 Troops force 1200 jobless workers out of Washington, DC, including Jack London & Big Bill Haywood. [more]

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

18-08-1927 Radio station WEVD - named for IWW labour leader Eugene V Debs – goes on the air in New York City. [more]

19-08-1909 IWW issues first edition of the “Little Red Song Book”. [more]

21-08-1831 Nat Turner's slave rebellion begins, Southampton County, Virginia, 56 slaves executed, 120 killed. [more]

23-08-1970 Led by César Chávez, the Salad Bowl strike, largest farm worker strike in US history, begins. [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]

26-08-1935 United Auto Workers union founded. [more]

28-08-1987 John Sayles's film “Matewan” about attempts to organise a union by coal miners is released. [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]

31-08-1939 Mexican-American women workers walkout at California Sanitary Canning Company, winning a union contract and wage increase. [more]

31-08-1933 Italian-American labour organizer Giovanni Pippan murdered during organizing campaign of bread wagon drivers in Chicago. [more]

31-08-1999 Detroit teachers start 9-day wildcat strike, winning "books, supplies, smaller class sizes" & 4% raise. [more]