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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]

Loyola defies NLRB ... Pontius Pilate for Provost! 2018-04-08 [Loyola Phoenix]

 VIDEO Former Dep. Secretary Of Labor Jordan Barab At OSHA Say Termination Of OSHA Whistleblower Darrell Whitman Is Still A “live case' For more info 2018-04-08 [LVP]

 VIDEO UAW 551 VP Scott Holdierson On Uniting The Working Class At RWU Convention For more info 2018-04-07 [LVP]

I'm a proud member of the Chicago Teachers Union. Here's why 2018-04-06 [The Tribune]

Adjunct faculty at Chicago-Loyola stage walkout over contract dispute 2018-04-05 [Washington Post]

Adjunct faculty at Loyola University Chicago stage walkout over contract dispute 2018-04-05 [Wash Post]

Adjunct faculty at Loyola University Chicago stage walkout over contract dispute 2018-04-05 [The Post]

Loyola nontenured faculty members stage one-day strike 2018-04-04 [Chicago Tribune]

Rauner conflict with organized labor expands to vacant lot next to governor*s mansion 2018-03-31 [Chicago Tribune]

Lincolnshire Right-to-Work Case Has National Implications 2018-03-28 [Inside Sources]

Court: State worker union to get automatic pay hikes despite Rauner freeze 2018-03-28 [WQAD]

State Supreme Court won’t take up Rauner’s appeal of step pay case 2018-03-23 [SJR]

Labor leader accuses city contractor of not paying prevailing wage 2018-03-20 [SJR]

Chicago UPS drivers fight to keep talking 2018-03-14 [Labor Notes]

U of I Provost Apologizes for Behavior During Strike 2018-03-14 [NPR]

Campaign Workers Guild Pushes To Unionize Illinois Staff 2018-03-13 [NPR]

Grad students: Pritzker absent in union fight 2018-03-13 [IL Home Page]

Relieved that strike is over, Univ IL grad workers overwhelmingly approve proposed contract 2018-03-12 [Herald-Review]

Univ IL grad workers approve new contract 2018-03-11 [WAND]

Grad workers ratify contract; strike over 2018-03-10 [The News-Gazette]

Chicago UPS Drivers Fight to Keep Talking 2018-03-09 [Labor Notes]

Grad students, Univ IL reach tentative contract agreement to end strike 2018-03-09 [Chicago Tribune]

Pension promises exploded over 30-yr period 2018-03-07 [Heartland Institute]

Univ IL graduate student workers strike to enter 2nd week as mediation effort fails 2018-03-05 [Chicgo Tribune]

University of Illinois Graduate Workers Strike 2018-03-03 [NPR]

YMCA childcare workers strike in Chicago 2018-03-02 [WGN]

Illinois union workers speak out against IL case at Supreme Court 2018-03-02 [KFVS]

Picketers' ranks growing as UI GEO's strike enters fourth day 2018-03-01 [The Post-Gazette]

Chicago area YMCA workers taking part in 1-day strike 2018-03-01 [ABC]

U Of I Graduate Workers Strike 2018-02-28 [NPR]

After talks break down, Univ Ill graduate workers set to strike Monday 2018-02-26 [News-Gazette]

Lincolnshire man sues village over use of tax dollars to lobby against labor unions 2018-02-23 [Chicago Tribune]

Local unions plan talk on Supreme Court's pending ruling on fair-share fees 2018-02-17 [News-Gazette]

Grassroots Democratic Congressional Challenger Pledges to Fight Trump Republicans War on Working Class 2018-02-16 [Daily Telescope]

Univ IL grad-student union threatens strike over bombshell on tuition waivers 2018-02-08 [News-Gazette]

Fire union disputes city contention 2018-02-06 [MyWebTimes]

Union-backed Democratic Congressman Rejects $15/hr Minimum Wage 2018-01-30 [intercept]

Democratic governor candidate Bob Daiber talks prevailing wage, right to work 2018-01-30 [Telegraph]

West Chicago High School teachers authorize strike 2018-01-27 [Daily Herald]

Catholic Bishops Back Labor Unions in Big Supreme Court Case 2018-01-25 [Millennial ]

Neo-Nazis Get Millions from Billionaires and Rightwing Politicians To Attack & Terrorize University Professors, Lecturers & Workers For more info 2018-01-25 [WW Radio]

Chicago will give hotel workers panic buttons to prevent sexual assault 2018-01-23 [Apolitical]

Ford Workers Accuse Auto Union of Ignoring Sexual Harassment in Chicago 2018-01-12 [NewsMax]

This month in labour history

10-04-1930 Dolores Huerta, Mexican-American labour leader, is born. [more]

11-04-1934 Frank Norman is murdered by the Ku Klux Klan for organising citrus workers irrespective of their race. [more]

11-04-1974 United Mine Workers President W. A. “Tony” Boyle is found guilty of first-degree murder, for ordering the 1969 assassination of union reformer Joseph A. “Jock” Yablonski. Yablonski, his wife and daughter were murdered on December 30, 1969. [more]

14-04-1939 'The Grapes of Wrath', John Steinbeck's classic novel about itinerant labor, strikes and the Great Depression, is published. [more]

15-04-1889 Birth of labour and civil rights leader A. Phillip Randolph [more]

20-04-1914 As many as 25 miners and family members, including women and children, are massacred by company guards during a strike in Ludlow, Colorado. [more]

21-04-1967 New York Governor Rockefeller signs the Taylor Law, allowing unions in the public sector, but banning strikes. [more]

24-04-1999 The ILWU halts shipping on the West Coast in solidarity with Mumia Abu-Jamal. [more]