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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]

Rauner’s Toyota claim a misleading, false promise 2018-10-02 [WJBC]

List of striking hotels remains at 10; Hyatt calls union uncooperative 2018-10-02 [Chicago Tribune]

Fast food workers to strike for union rights in Detroit, Flint 2018-10-02 [Crain's Detroit Biz]

Hotel workers rally outside downtown Hyatt Regency 2018-10-02 [Chicago Sun-Times]

More Hotel Workers End Strike, Ratify New Contract 2018-10-01 [NBC]

Hilton workers approve new deal as strike continues at 11 more hotels 2018-09-30 [Chicago Sun-Times]

7th Circuit says local RTW laws invalid, creating split 2018-09-29 [Reuters]

Workers at Hotel Allegro, Hotel Palomar reach agreement to end strike 2018-09-25 [WLS Chicago]

More Than A Dozen Chicago Hotel Workers On Strike For Third Week 2018-09-24 [2 CBS Chicago]

Chicago: Kimpton hotel workers ratify contract, leaving 17 hotels where workers are still on strike 2018-09-25 [Chicago Tribune]

Striking workers approve new contract with two more hotels 2018-09-23 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Building Bridges: #MeToo: McDonald’s Workers Strike to End Sexual Harassment For more info 2018-09-22 [WBAI Radio]

Workers ratify new contract with 7 downtown hotels; strike drags on at 19 more 2018-09-21 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Conferences relocate to show solidarity with striking Chicago hotel workers 2018-09-14 [Chicago Tribune]

Strike expands to 26 Chicago hotels: Cambria workers walk off the job 2018-09-12 [Chicago Tribune]

Workers at 26 Chicago hotels go on strike 2018-09-09 [Chicago Tribune]

Workers on strike at 26 Chicago hotels, including two owned by the Pritzker family 2018-09-09 [Capitol Fax]

Hundreds of Hotel Workers on Strike in Downtown Chicago 2018-09-08 [NBC]

McDonald’s to spend $2 million on helping young workers in Chicago 2018-08-23 [USAToday]

Chicago Hotel Workers Authorize Strike 2018-08-22 [M&C]

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]

This month in labour history

2-10-2007 Starbucks Workers Union baristas at an outlet in East Grand Rapids, Mich., organized by the Wobblies, win their grievances after the National Labor Relations Board cites the company for labor law violations, including threats against union activists. [more]

3-10-1932 The state militia is called in after 164 high school students in Kincaid, Ill., go on strike when the school board buys coal from the scab Peabody Coal Co. [more]

9-10-2003 Chicago sanitation workers end a nine-day strike, winning a 28% pay rise. [more]

9-10-1888 United Hebrew Trades founded in New York by socialist shirt-maker Morris Hillquit. [more]

10-10-1933 Pixley, CA: 18,000 cotton workers strike & ultimately win a pay raise; 4 workers killed during the strike. [more]

10-10-1933 Four workers are killed by cotton growers during a strike in Pixley, California. [more]

11-10-1873 The Miners’ National Association is formed in Youngstown, Ohio, with the goal of uniting all miners, regardless of skill or ethnic background. [more]

12-10-1898 The Battle of Virden massacre takes place in Illinois, as striking United Mine Workers fight scabs & guards. 11 killed. [more]

13-10-1934 American Federation of Labor votes to boycott German good to protest Nazi policies. [more]

15-10-1914 President Woodrow Wilson signs the Clayton Antitrust Act, often referred to as "Labor’s Magna Carta,"establishing that unions are not conspiracies under the law. [more]

16-10-1859 John Brown leads anti-slavery raid on Harper's Ferry. [more]

17-10-1939 Labor activist Warren Billings is released from California's Folsom Prison. Along with Thomas J. Mooney, Billings had been pardoned for a 1916 conviction stemming from a bomb explosion during a San Francisco Preparedness Day parade. [more]

18-10-1927 IWW Colorado Mine strike; first time all coal fields are out. [more]

18-10-1648 Shoemakers & coopers in Boston form guilds, first American workers orgs, though they focus on work quality not work conditions. [more]

19-10-1980 The J.P. Stevens textile company is forced to sign its first union contract after a 17-year struggle in North Carolina and other southern states. [more]

20-10-1926 Eugene V. Debs, leading American Socialist and trade unionist, dies. [more]

21-10-1902 In the United States, a five-month strike by United Mine Workers ends. [more]

22-10-1887 John Reed, the author of Ten Days That Shook the World, is born. [more]

22-10-1981 The US Federal Labor Relations Authority votes to decertify the Air Traffic Controllers Organization for its previous strike. [more]

24-10-1892 Black & white teamsters, salesmen & packers strike in New Orleans. Quickly turns into general strike for 10hr work day. [more]

25-10-1934 Strike by 23,000 silk dye workers in Paterson, NJ. [more]

25-10-2011 Workers at Bonus Car Wash in Santa Monica, CA, win a union contract for pay rises & improved benefits after a 2 year struggle. [more]

25-10-1949 Longshore workers in Hawaii win a strike for pay parity with their colleagues on the mainland. [more]

27-10-1951 The National Negro Labor Council is formed in Cincinnati to unite black workers in the struggle for full economic, political and social equality. [more]

30-10-1986 Ed Meese, attorney general in the Ronald Reagan administration, urges employers to begin spying on workers "in locker rooms, parking lots, shipping and mail room areas and even the nearby taverns" to try to catch them using drugs. [more]

31-10-1891 Tennessee sends in leased convict laborers to break a coal miners strike in Anderson County. The miners revolted, burned the stockades, and sent the captured convicts by train back to Knoxville [more]