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Viscofan union workers go on strike 2019-06-22 [FOX]

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot moves to reform infamous Chicago workers’ comp program 2019-06-22 [IL Policy]

The latest campus battle: Univ Chicago Grad students are fighting to unionize 2019-06-08 [NBC]

We wanted a union then, and we deserved a union then: University of Chicago grad student workers go on strike 2019-06-04 [Chicago Tribune]

College Students: Join the Picket Line 2019-06-04 [Chicago Maroon]

AFSCME strikes tentative contract deal with Pritzker 2019-06-01 [ABC]

Illinois College Unions Protesting for Wages, Job Security 2019-06-01 [U. S. News]

Illinois lawmakers file bill to limit union member withdrawals after Janus case 2019-06-01 [Cherokee Trib & Ledger-News]

Unions at Work: Illinois Grad Students on Verge of Labor Rights 2019-05-28 [Bloomberg]

Strikes — and near-strikes — at Illinois universities 2019-05-27 [Chicago Tribune]

McDonald*s Workers March For Better Wages 2019-05-24 [NBC]

Workers who died in an Illinois plant blast alerted colleagues before the explosion, officials say 2019-05-07 [CNN]

Another body found at Waukegan silicone plant rocked by blast; confirmed death toll 3 2019-05-06 [FOX]

Three Chicago Charter Schools on Strike. Three 2019-05-05 [Deutsch29]

Chicago’s historic charter school strike wave keeps on winning 2019-05-05 [Salon]

2nd person dies from explosion at Illinois plant 2019-05-05 [Albany Times Union]

Three workers missing after Chicago-area plant explosion 2019-05-05 [Reuters]

Strike temporarily shuts down Utica U.S. Silica 2019-05-04 [News Tribune]

Graduate Student Workers Across Chicago Ramp Up Unionization Efforts 2019-04-27 [Chicago Maroon]

PHOTOS: Workers' Memorial's lack of names is a good sign 11 hrs ago 0 2019-04-27 [Herald&Review]

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]

This month in labour history

3-06-2016 A federal judge ruled that women's soccer players could not go on strike, despite their collective bargaining agreement (which included a no-strike clause) having expired. The women were in dispute over pay discrimination. [more]

3-06-1900 The International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union is founded in New York City. [more]

4-06-1912 Massachusetts becomes the first US state to establish a minimum wage [more]

4-06-2012 When National Football League referees failed to agree to a new contract, which included big pension cuts, the NFL locked them out and began hiring scabs to replace them. Bosses came up with a revised offer which was agreed on 26 September. [more]

9-06-1865 Helen Marot, campaigner for working women, is born. [more]

11-06-1913 Police shoot at maritime workers on strike at United Fruit Co. in New Orleans, killing one. [more]

12-06-1904 Defying AFL's Samuel Gompers, 50,000 members of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen walk off their jobs. [more]

16-06-1918 Railroad union leader and socialist Eugene Debs makes his famous speech against capitalism in Canton, OH, which will land him in jail. [more]

19-06-1912 The eight-hour day is adopted for Federal employees [more]

20-06-1947 President Truman vetoes the anti-union Taft-Hartley Act, but his veto is overturned by Congress three days later. [more]

23-06-1999 Workers at Fieldcrest Cannon textile plants in North Carolina vote for union recognition after a 25 year struggle [more]

26-06-1894 American Railway Union members begin to refuse to run trains including Pullman cars, until the strike at Pullmans is settled [more]

27-06-1905 The Industrial Workers of the World, later popularly known as the Wobblies, is founded in Chicago with the aim of uniting all workers in One Big Union [more]

29-06-1894 Over 125,000 workers on two dozen railroads have joined the boycott of Pullman cars [more]

30-06-1918 Socialist anf labor leader Eugene Debs is arrested under the Espionage Act for making an anti-war speech in Canton, Ohio [more]