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Chicago Teachers Win First Charter Strike in History 2018-12-15 [Labour Notes]

Old Town School of Folk Music teachers plan to unionize 2018-12-12 [ABC]

Why a historic strike by Chicago charter school teachers matters 2018-12-12 [The Guardian]

Old Town School Of Folk Music Teachers File For Union Representation, Tuesday Rally Planned 2018-12-11 [Block Club Chicago]

Teachers at Acero charter school network in Chicago reach tenative contract, end two-day strike 2018-12-10 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Union says tentative deal reached to end Acero strike, return to class Monday 2018-12-10 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Chicago Charter School Strike Off After Teachers Reach Deal, Union Says 2018-12-09 [Radio]

Privately owned charter school network, Acero Schools, asks state labor board to put an end to teachers strike 2018-12-08 [Chicago Tribune]

The Charter-School Teachers’ Strike in Chicago Was ‘Inevitable’ 2018-12-07 [Atlantic]

Teachers at Chicago charter schools strike, in a first for charter movement 2018-12-06 [Wash Post]

Chicago Teachers Launch First Charter Strike in History 2018-12-05 [Labor Notes]

Nation’s First Teachers’ Strike at Charter Network Begins in Chicago 2018-12-05 [NYTimes]

Chicago: First Charter Chain Strike in History! Sad for Waltons and Reformers! 2018-12-05 [Diane Ravitch]

Nation's first teachers' strike at Charter network begins in Chicago 2018-12-04 [NY Times]

Support our Acero charter CTU members as they prepare for Dec. 4 strike! 2018-12-04 [CTU]

IL Supreme Court Rules Pension Changes Unconstitutional 2018-12-02 [Law360]

Teachers reject pact, authorize strike 2018-12-01 [Daily Jrnl]

Marriott employees strike in IL Medical District over union contact 2018-11-29 [Chicago Sun-Times]

128 Chicago school workers out after background check review 2018-11-21 [FOX]

Temporary hotel workers file lawsuit, say they weren't paid for work during strike 2018-11-19 [ABC]

Local 150 union workers set to protest Algonquin Township highway commissioner 2018-11-14 [NWHerald]

As reform gains traction, Chicago police union pushes back 2018-11-06 [Chicago Tribune]

It was just a huge boom. The house shook: Chicago Metra worker dies, another badly hurt during Northwest Side explosion 2018-11-04 [Chicago Tribune]

Chicago could see first charter school teachers' struke 2018-11-03 [NY Magazine]

Teachers at four more Chicago charter schools join strike threat 2018-11-03 [Sun-Times]

UAW Local offering free rides to polling places in Winnebago and Boone County 2018-11-02 [MyStateline]

UChicago won't recognize grad student union...so members walk out of class 2018-10-30 [Campus Reform]

IUOE Local 150 wants Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser held in contempt of court 2018-10-28 [NWHerald]

Jackson County employees refuse to back down 2018-10-27 [AFSCME Council 31]

Court rules against Rauner in AFSCME contract dispute 2018-10-25 [Island Packet]

AFL-CIO launches “massive” digital ad buy 2018-10-20 [Capitol Fax]

Geneva school board, union continue contract negotiations 2018-10-20 [Daily Herald]

Teamsters hoping for a save to keep union pensions from failing 2018-10-18 [Our Quad Cities]

Top US opera company reaches deal with striking musicians 2018-10-17 [The Post]

Protests continue at McDonald’s headquarters in West Loop 2018-10-16 [The DePaulia]

Lyric Opera of Chicago musicians ratify new contract less than week after strike 2018-10-15 [ABC]

Treasure Island sued again by fired workers; attorneys seek class-action status 2018-10-14 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Lyric Opera says it has reached labor deal with musicians union 2018-10-14 [Chicago Tribune]

Chicago Teamsters Mull Strike at UPS 2018-10-13 [Labor Notes]

Lyric Opera of Chicago Forced to Cancel Performances Amid Contract Dispute with Labor Union Representing Orchestra 2018-10-11 [Opera News]

Chinatown job agency accused of exploiting Latino workers to shut down 2018-10-11 [Chicago Sun-Times]

As Treasure Island closes stores, workers demand pay, threaten legal action 2018-10-10 [Chicago Sun-Times]

This Union Has A Radical Plan To Save Itself: Get To Know Its Members Again 2018-10-04 [Huffington Post]

Striking Chicago hotel workers are getting new contracts and year-round health insurance 2018-10-04 [Think Progress]

Comptroller Susana Mendoza demands Rauner to stop violating court order by holding back pay 2018-10-04 [NBC]

Rauner Seeks Delay On Plan To Pay Union Step Increases 2018-10-04 [CBS]

Union for East Aurora teachers, support and office staff draws closer to strike 2018-10-03 [Beacon-News]

“Right to work zones” struck down again 2018-10-03 [Capitol Fax]

Ambassador Hotel strike ends after workers ratify contract 2018-10-03 [Crain's Chicago Biz]

Chicago Liberty Justice Center to appeal local right-to-work case to U.S. Supreme Court 2018-10-02 [DLN]

This month in labour history

1-12-1946 130,000 Oakland, USA workers go on general strike. [more]

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

4-12-1970 Cesar Chavez sentenced to 20 days in jail for not calling off United Farm Workers boycott of lettuce grower Bud Antle Inc. [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]

7-12-1896 In Chicago, 11 activists found the National Union of Steam Engineers of America; the forerunner of International Union of Operating Engineers. [more]

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

8-12-2001 230 jailed teachers in Middletown Township, NJ, ordered freed after agreement to end 9day strike & enter mediation. [more]

8-12-1916 Bernice Fisher born. US civil rights activist, union organizer, original founder of Congress of Racial Equality. [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]

14-12-1852 American Socialist Daniel De Leon born. Trade union organiser, journalist and Marxist theoretician who died in 1914. [more]

19-12-1983 Greyhound bus strike ends when members of Amalgamated Transit Union ratify a contract that slashes wages & benefits by 15% [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 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]

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

25-12-1904 Philip Vera Cruz, labour leader & activist in Asian American civil rights movement, is born. Co-founder of United Farm Workers' Union. [more]

25-12-1910 Bomb destroys part of the Llewellyn Ironworks in Los Angeles where a bitter strike is ongoing. [more]

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

27-12-1943 President Roosevelt seizes railroads to avoid a national strike. [more]

29-12-2006 More than 15,000 United Steel Workers members at 16 Goodyear Tire & Rubber plants end an 86-day strike, ratify three-year contract. [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]

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

30-12-1899 In the back room of Behrens’ cigar shop in Sedalia, Missiouri, US, 33 railroad clerks form Local Lodge Number 1 of the Order of the Railroad Clerks of America. [more]

31-12-1969 Murder of Joseph Yablonski, United Mine Workers labor leader, by killers hired by a union political opponent. [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]