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Salary Council: Federal Workers Make 23% Less than Private Sector Counterparts 2020-10-22 [Gov Exec]

Restaurant Workers Affected By Coronavirus Pandemic Can Get $500 Grant 2020-10-22 [Block Club]

AFT president: We need fair tax, safe learning during Covid, new leadership in DC 2020-10-16 [Chicago Teachers Union]

Mayor's plan to resume November in-school learning is dangerous 2020-10-16 [Chicago Teachers Union]

Mayor, CPS try to strongarm clerks into false choice between safety and livlihood 2020-10-08 [Chicago Teachers Union]

Acero parents outraged at special-ed cuts during pandemic 2020-10-06 [Chicago Teachers Union]

Breonna Taylor and the fight for racial justice 2020-09-23 [Chicago Teachers Union]

CTU argues in landmark civil rights case that CPS practiced systemic racism in lay-offs 2020-09-16 [Chicago Teachers Union]

Abraham Lincoln Taxed the Rich. This Election Day, Illinois Can, Too 2020-10-02 [Jacobin]

Labor coalition joins the fray over Illinois clean energy legislation 2020-09-24 [Energy News]

As they focused on others with COVID-19 and refused to walk away, Illinois health care workers bore the brunt of pandemic’s fury 2020-09-20 [Chicago Tribune]

University of Illinois Hospital workers rally snarls traffic in the Loop 2020-09-20 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Unions form nonprofit to push green jobs, could seek help for nuclear plants 2020-09-15 [Center Square]

Amazon Drivers Are Hanging Smartphones in Trees to Get More Work 2020-09-02 [Bloomberg]

IL Extends Unemployment Benefits By 20 Weeks As Workers Struggle During Pandemic 2020-08-07 [Block Club Chicago]

Workers’ rights advocate to join virtual discussion on nation’s economy 2020-08-07 [SIU News]

CWCR: Reinstate bus driver Erek Slater! 2020-08-07 [Socialist Resurgence]

Chicago Teachers Union to call for strike vote at meeting next week 2020-08-06 [Chicago Sun*Times]

CTU threatened a strike. Hours later Chicago schools went remote 2020-08-06 [Jacobin]

Chicago Teachers Union to call for strike vote at meeting next week 2020-08-05 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Chicago teachers threatened a strike: hours later, Chicago schools went remote 2020-08-06 [Jacobin]

Chicago Public Schools will go fully remote to start the fall 2020-08-05 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Chicago Teachers Union to call for strike vote at meeting next week 2020-08-05 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Chicago Teachers Union to call for strike vote at meeting next week 2020-08-05 [Sun Times]

7/22 car/carvan protest: Safety dictates that schools must re-open remotely this Fall 2020-07-24 [Chicago Teachers Union]

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]

Chicago Unions Demand to Defund Police and Fund Health Care for All 2020-07-08 [Labor Notes]

700 nurses at Joliet hospital go on strike over pay, safety 2020-07-05 [AP]

Judge orders McDonald’s to take steps to protect workers in Chicago 2020-06-27 [Thomson Reuters]

St Xavier U busts faculty union 2020-06-15 [Catholic Labor Network]

Two workers in critical condition after scaffolding cable snaps at Wheeling water tower 2020-06-13 [Daily Herald]

Educators, too must work to upend the roots of racial violence 2020-06-04 [Chicago Teachers Union]

Mayor is either misinformed or dishonest about 'consulting union'on dangerous irresponsible mandates 2020-05-08 [Chiciago Teachers Union]

Gov Pritzker again delaying unemployment benefits for independent contractors, gig workers 2020-05-08 [IL Policy]

100 Illinois Nursing Homes Avert Strike, Reach Deal With 10,000 Union Workers 2020-05-08 [CBS]

DCFS Investigators Demand Protection From COVID-19 Exposure 2020-05-05 [NPR IL]

Workers’ Compensation Commission repeals emergency COVID-19 rule 2020-04-28 [SJR]

Illinois nursing home workers plan to strike May 8 2020-04-28 [PJStar]

SEIU: Fast-food workers are on strike in Chicago. We're demanding PPE, #PaidSickLeave, and more 2020-04-17 [SEIU]

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

Workers walk off the job after coworkers show symptoms for COVID-19 2020-04-07 [Chicago Sun-Times]

'We May Have To Shut It Down' The Fight To Protect Health and Safety For Chicago ATU 241 Members and The Public For more info 2020-04-02 [LVP]

Coronavirus Chicago: With venues closed, thousands of union employees are unemployed 2020-03-20 [ABC]

UAW Workers Angry About Lack Of Safety Protection- Interview With UAW Local 551 Scott Houldierson For more info 2020-03-19 [LVP]

CTU calls for immediate closure of all Chicago public schools 2020-03-14 [Crains]

A Signal To Union Labor Groups That NorthPoint May Not Be The Friendly Collaborator You Think 2020-03-07 [WJOL]

Women Confront Ugly Harassment at Beauty Products Plant 2020-02-24 [Labour Notes]

The Oreo Workers Trump Betrayed 2020-02-18 [In These Times]

Proposed constitutional amendment would ban right to work zones in IL 2020-02-12 [Center Square]

Bernie Sanders Courted The Chicago Teachers Union Endorsement. Here’s Why It Didn’t Happen 2020-02-11 [Block Club Chicago]

This month in labour history

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]

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 The American Federation of Labor votes to boycott all products made in Germany in order to protest Nazi antagonism towards German unions. [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]

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

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

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

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

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