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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]

Debs to Be Recognized With Marker at Woodstock Sheriff House 2017-05-25 [Woodstock Independent]

McDonald’s Workers Take 'Fight for $15' to Shareholders 2017-05-25 [teleSUR]

Thousands of protesters brand McDonald's the 'Trump of corporations' 2017-05-24 [Guardian USA]

Farmers seek help to protect immigrant workers under Trump 2017-05-22 [Southern Illinoisan]

SB 1905 designed to ban local RTW 2017-05-21 [IL Policy]

Chicago North Side charter school teachers set strike date 2017-05-20 [Chicago Tribune]

Unfair Labor Practice Strike Thursday By Security, Fire and Safety Officers at Navy Pier 2017-05-18 [Teamsters Local 727]

Political cowardice on workers compensation is destroying blue-collar jobs 2017-05-17 [IL Policy]

Cook County Jail in Chicago goes on lockdown after 200 workers absent on Mother's Day 2017-05-15 [Cleveland]

Univ of Chicago student workers file petitions to unionize 2017-05-11 [Hyde Park Herald]

Two Student Groups File for Unionization 2017-05-09 [Chicago Maroon]

Univ of Chicago Student Library Workers Formally Announce Plans to Unionize 2017-05-09 [Chicago Maroon]

Univ Illinois Springfield labor talks to resume Sunday as final exams loom 2017-05-07 [SJR]

District 214 teachers join larger union 2017-05-05 [Daily Herald]

Thousands expected in Chicago for May Day rallies, marches 2017-05-01 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Four Whiting refinery workers hurt in power distribution center incident, BP says 2017-04-30 [Chicago Tribune]

Union asks state to halt rebranding of Chicago airport cops as security 2017-04-27 [Chicago Tribune]

Community Groups Call for Labor Stoppage on May Day 2017-04-22 [Lawndale News]

While Rauner picks at workers' comp, 2 grand bargains fade 2017-04-20 [Chicago Tribune]

This month in labour history

4-07-1840 Tenants in upstate New York issue a 'Declaration of Independence', beginning a five-year Anti-Rent War [more]

5-07-1934 Two strikers are killed fighting police, scabs, and the National Guard during the San Francisco longshoremen's strike [more]

6-07-1892 Striking workers defeat and force the surrender of Pinkerton agents during the Homestead Strike in Pennsylvania [more]

8-07-1966 The largest strike in aviation history begins, shutting down 60 per cent of the US airline industry for six weeks [more]

10-07-1902 112 miners die in an explosion in the Rolling Mill Mine in Pennsylvania [more]

12-07-1933 The Screen Actors Guild holds its first meeting. Among those attending: future horror movie star and union activist, Boris Karloff. [more]

15-07-1959 Half a million steelworkers across the country strike for a pay increase in their new contract [more]

16-07-1934 The San Francisco Labor Council calls a city-wide general strike in support of longshoremen, which succeeds in winning most of the workers' main demands after four days. [more]

18-07-1969 African American hopsital workers in South Carolina win union recognition after a 113-day strike [more]

20-07-1899 Newsboys in New York go on strike against press giants Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst [more]

21-07-1877 The government attempts to violently suppress the great railroad strike in Pennsylvania [more]

22-07-1916 A bomb was is set off during a parade in San Francisco, killing 10 and injuring 40. Labour organizer Tom Mooney,and Warren Billings, a shoe worker, were convicted of the crime, but both were pardoned 23 years later [more]

25-07-1907 Trotskyist labor organizer and leader of the 1934 Minneapolis teamsters' strike Farrell Dobbs is born [more]

26-07-1877 Thirty workers are killed in the Battle of Halsted Street Viaduct during the railroad strike in Chicago. [more]

29-07-1970 The United Farm Workers sign their first collective bargaining agreement with California grape growers [more]

30-07-1975 Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa disappears from a parking lot in Oakland County and is never seen again [more]