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El Milagro in Chicago threatened workers for speaking out: NLRB 2023-03-30 [The Sun-Times]

In Chicago mayor race, Brandon Johnson, a former teacher, rises swiftly with Chicago Teachers Union support 2023-03-22 [New York Times]

IL poised to mandate paid leave for nearly all workers 2023-02-20 [WPLG]

The 1937 Flint UWA GM Occupation, The Lessons & Relevance For Today 2023-02-05 [LVP]

UChicago Grad Students Fought for a Union for 15 Years. Now They May Win It. 2023-01-20 [truthout]

'We Won!' UIC Faculty Suspend Strike After Notching Salary Boosts in Tentative Deal 2023-01-23 [Comon Dreams]

Jeep Plant Shutdown Imperils Illinois Town and 1,350 Workers 2022-12-12 [New York Times]

Graduate workers at Northwestern Union seal landslide union vote 2023-01-15 [Evanston Round Table]

Chicago Cops, CTA & ATU 241 Tops Conspire To Stop ATU 241 Pres. Candidate Erek Slater Run For Pres For more info 2023-01-08 [LVP]

Chicago prepared to shut down airport cargo agents in two weeks over labor organizing 2023-01-05 [Freight Waves]

Union Leader: Stellantis Will Send Electric-Vehicle Jobs to Mexico 2022-12-15 [American Prospect]

AFL-CIO: Rail workers win gains, fight for paid sick days far from over 2022-12-06 [AFL-CIO]

As candidates for Chicago mayor jockey for union support, ‘Chuy’ García lands a big labor endorsement 2022-12-01 [Chicago Tribune]

'Hands Off CTA ATU241 Preidential Candidate Erek Slater' Terminations & The Fight For Chicago Transit Workers And The Community For more info 2022-12-01 [LVP]

'Fundamental right' of workers to organize being added to Illinois constitution 2022-11-21 [Chicago Tribune]

Illinois Voters Support ‘Workers’ Rights’ Amendment in Early Returns 2022-11-13 [AFA-CWA]

On the ballot: Illinois voters to decide on Workers' Rights Amendment 2022-10-30 [FOX]

Workers rights amendment would be good for public budgets 2022-10-07 [Chicago Sun-Times]

DOL finds Chicago-area candymaker, Ferrara Candy Co, again exposes workers to amputation from machine hazards at Bellwood facility 2022-09-29 [US DOL]

Construction company accused in scheme to avoid paying workers fairly 2022-09-04 [ABC]

Former barista: Starbucks engaging in 'unprecedented union-busting' 2022-09-03 [ABC]

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

'It's important for those guys to have a voice': Chicago Cubs' Ian Happ weighs in on the movement to unionize minor-leaguers 2022-08-31 [Chicago Tribune]

Workers sue staffing company, client over wages, overtime 2022-08-23 [Chicago Sun-Times]

With new settlement, more Mexican workers at Rivian plant will get owed overtime pay 2022-08-23 [WGLT]

Rank & File Threaten UAW Bureaucracy's Agenda At 2022 Convention: Report By Retired UAW 909 President Frank Hammer For more info 2022-07-31 [LVP]

'We're just looking for a fair contract' | Railroad workers rally Saturday in Galesburg 2022-07-31 [WQAD]


Amazon Joliet warehouse workers file complaints alleging unsafe, hostile working environment 2022-07-28 [ABC]

Chicago construction worker strike over after 7 weeks following unanimous approval of new contract 2022-07-27 [ABC]

Our Chicago: Street outreach workers face danger, violence, study says For more info 2022-07-25 [ABC]

School Support Staff Strike Continues In Palatine; ‘Absolutely No Progress' On Deal 2017-10-23 [CBS]

Made in America: Nabisco/Mondelēz bakery in Chicago 2017-07-10 [BCTGM]

Illinois Auto Mechanics Strike Is “Ringing the Bell To Keep The Middle Class Preserved” 2017-08-28 [Workers Independent News]

Governor Wants To Fine AFSCME $2 Million A Day – Union Says It's Intimidation Effort 2016-12-29 [WORT]

Building Bridges: The Janus Attack – Don't Mourn, Organize and Fightback For more info 2018-07-12 [WBAI Radio]

From Librarians To Barbers, Public-Facing Workers Left Out Of Early Vaccination Rounds: ‘Our Jobs Are Essential But We Are Not' 2021-02-15 [Block Club Chicago]

After Strike, Edgewater Starbucks Workers Still Battling For Better Work Conditions: ‘We Are Unable To Even Call Out Sick' 2022-07-15 [Bloack Club]

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

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

Coronavirus is rewriting teachers' job descriptions — and unions are paying close attention 2020-04-11 [Chalkbeat]

Chicago hotel workers vote ‘overwhelmingly' to authorize strike 2018-08-17 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Hotel workers ‘claim our space' as panic button ordinance takes effect 2018-07-02 [The Sun-Times]

Chicago Teachers Union rejects Chicago Public Schools' ‘last, best, final offer' 2021-02-07 [Crusader]

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]

In the Midst of Bargaining, Workers at Six Infinity Nursing Homes Organized Marches On the Boss: “We are not second class!” 2020-07-13 [SEIU]

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

Chicago teachers host ‘art build' ahead of strike 2019-10-06 [WGN]

Chicago-area mechanics striking to ‘protect the union' reach fourth week without deal 2021-08-26 [WGN]

Teamsters won't deliver across Chicago Teachers Union picket lines: ‘Today it's them, tomorrow it's us' 2019-10-27 [Chicago Tribune]

This month in labour history

This month in labour history

3-04-1968 In a church in Memphis, Tennessee, 10,000 citizens gather to hear what will be the last speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He will stress the similarities between the labour movement and that of civil rights. [more]

8-04-1911 An explosion at the Banner coal mine near Birmingham, Alabama, kills 128 prisoners rented to the company as miners, under a contract with the prison administration. [more]

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]

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

15-04-1973 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]

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]

18-04-1941 After 4 weeks of a boycott, New York bus companies agree to hire 200 black drivers and mechanics [more]

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

21-04-1894 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]

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