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Today's news - Illinois

Governor signs bill banning RTW zones 2019-04-15 [WMAQ 5]

Republican Governor Thinks $40,000 Is Too Much To Pay Teachers, Vetoes Minimum Salary 2019-04-15 [Labor 411]

CTU members threaten strike at 5 more charter schools 2019-04-11 [Sun-Times]

Illinois manufacturing workers locked out and fired for one-hour strike 2019-04-08 [Salon]

U of Illinois Chicago Grad Assistants End Strike 2019-04-08 [Inside Higher Ed]

UIC graduate workers end strike after 2 weeks on picket line 2019-04-06 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Burgerville Workers Union Says Company Is Rescinding Disciplinary Actions on Workers at the Convention Center Restaurant 2019-03-26 [Wilamette Week]

As Strike Nears Second Week, UIC Graduate Workers Issue Open Letter To Gov. Pritzker 2019-03-25 [Beachwood Reporter]

“We Demand Food for Thought”: Univ IL Chicago Grad Workers on Strike for Living Wages and Respect 2019-03-24 [TruthOut]

IL lawmaker: Pay disabled workers full minimum wage 2019-03-23 [IL News Network]

Univ IL Chicago teaching assistants, graduate assistants go on strike 2019-03-19 [ABC]

IL lawmakers again vote to criminalize local RTW measures 2019-03-17 [MDJ online]

Two Chicago Trans Authority Employees Have Been Attacked On The Job In The Past Week 2019-03-17 [CBS]

Chicago Symphony Goes on Strike Over Pension Plan 2019-03-12 [NY Times]

SOUL Calls on Undergrads to Support Unionization Efforts 2019-03-11 [Chicago Maroon]

On Strike: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Musicians 2019-03-11 [CBS]

In wake of Decatur child death, unions says staffing, budget issues still haunt DCFS 2019-03-09 [Herald & Review]

Up to 5 socialists could join city council after election success Tuesday 2019-02-28 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Chicago Teachers Union suspends city's second charter school strike after winning pay increases 2019-02-18 [Chicgo Tribune]

IL Labor Lawsuit Seeks to Hold Big Pharma Accountable for the Opioid Crisis 2019-02-15 [EC&M]

Symphony musicians authorize strike if no deal by March 10 2019-02-15 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Chicago charter school teachers launch city's latest strike after stalled contract negotiations 2019-02-05 [The Tribune]

A Bad Day for Hoffa: Chicago Teamster Leader Joins Opposition Slate 2019-02-04 [Labor Notes]

And the women shall lead: Female laborers led the charge in Chicago's massive garment workers strike of 1910 2019-01-18 [The Tribune]

Chicago Teachers Union Weighs in on Race for Mayor 2019-01-12 [WTTW]

A Labor Strike at a Chicago Charter School? For more info 2019-01-08 [The Nation]

Chicago teachers hold first U.S. charter school strike 2018-12-22 [UFT]

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]

This month in labour history

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

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

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

15-04-1973 housands of members of the United Farm Workers union walked out on strike. They were battling the Teamsters union over the right to represent farm workers. The dispute ended with victory for the UFW. [more]

15-04-1916 The newspaper of the Industrial Workers of the World union announced the formation of its Domestic Workers Union in Denver. [more]

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

16-04-1970 A white foreman at a Chrysler plant in Detroit threatened to murder a black worker. When the worker complained Chrysler sacked him. 1,000 workers, white and black, walked out on strike in protest until management backed down. [more]

17-04-1944 Members of the militant machinists' union Lodge 68 in San Francisco began an overtime ban in pursuance of a new contract. They ended up fighting the employer, the government and even the Communist Party. [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]

21-04-1894 A nationwide strike of coal miners against pay cuts began. 145,000 miners walked out, and despite violent repression and facing starvation they held out for weeks and won some concessions. [more]

21-04-1920 The Anaconda Road massacre took place in Butte, Montana, when mine guards employed by the Anaconda company shot 17 striking miners, killing one. All were shot in the back as they tried to flee. No one was charged for the killing. [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]