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

 VIDEO 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]

Instacart Workers Win Historic Union Election 2020-02-04 [Vice]

Skokie: Instacart Workers Win Historic Union Election 2020-02-03 [Vice]

UAW aims to unionize Rivian workers 2020-02-01 [Week.com]

 VIDEO UAW Corruption At The Top, Government Take-over and Union Democracy With Scott Houldierson For more info 2020-01-31 [LVP]

A report shows Instacart union-busting 2020-01-30 [Mother Jones]

Women's March Chicago draws thousands of peoples in Downtown 2020-01-22 [Patch]

Marijuana workers in Joliet vote to join union 2020-01-16 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Illinois Nurses Association files labor complaint over closing of Walgreens clinics 2020-01-16 [Herald-News]

100 Joliet cannabis workers at Cresco Labs join union 2020-01-15 [Herald-News]

Unions want to organize Illinois’ marijuana industry 2020-01-15 [JG-TC]

Workers at Cresco Labs marijuana grow facility in Joliet look to unionize 2020-01-14 [Chicago Tribune]

Graduate students can form unions 2020-01-13 [Northen Star]

City won’t give in to union in fight over veteran teacher pay, mayor says 2020-01-11 [Chicago Sun-Times]

'I Expect to Die Because of a John:' Local Sex Workers Fear For Safety But Wary Of Asking For Help 2020-01-10 [WGLT]

Federal employee union starts contract negotiations with Trump’s EPA 2020-01-08 [Chicago Sun Times]

New CPS-CTU fight over veteran teacher pay reignites labor strife from historic strike 2020-01-08 [Sun Times]

Only 5% of welders are females. This young woman from Union County is joining the ranks of women who weld 2020-01-02 [Southern Illinoisan]

Workers, businesses talk minimum wage increases 2019-12-30 [WGEM]

Rochester teachers rally against ‘Christmas massacre’ layoff plan 2019-12-09 [WXXI]

458 Workers Won Wage Claims In Illinois In Past 2 Years; 75% Still Haven’t Been Paid What They’re Owed 2019-12-07 [CBS]

What other unions can learn from the historic gains won in the Chicago Teachers Strike 2019-12-01 [In These Times]

University of Chicago Medical Center reaches tentative deal with nurses union, strike canceled 2019-11-24 [ABC]

Chicago Teachers Union Members Endorse New Contract 2019-11-16 [Diane Ravitch]

Chicago Teachers Divided Over Strike Settlement 2019-11-13 [CounterPunch]

Could CPS teachers go back on strike? That’s possible if the union ratification vote fails 2019-11-11 [Chicago Tribune]

Chicago Teachers Union To Vote Next Week On Tentative Contract Agreement With Chicago Public Schools 2019-11-05 [CBS]

TA union files unfair labor practice charges against Decatur district 2019-11-05 [WAND]

CTU didn't win everything, but they've transformed the City and the labor movement 2019-11-04 [In These Times]

Strike-ending deal will shape Chicago schools for years 2019-11-03 [Wash Post]

The 11-day teachers strike in Chicago paid off 2019-11-02 [Vox]

Chicago Teachers Celebrate End of Historic Strike After 11 Days 2019-11-02 [TruthOut]

Chicago Teachers Strike Ends! Weingarten Explains What Happened 2019-11-02 [Diane Ravitch]

“This is a win for our city”: Chicago teachers celebrate end of historic strike after 11 days 2019-11-01 [Democracy Now]

Triton mid-managers set to strike Nov. 6; seek back pay, reject extra work hours 2019-11-01 [Chicago Tribune]

After 11 Days, Chicago Teachers Strike to End as Union, Mayor Reach Deal 2019-11-01 [USNews]

Chicago teachers strike continues into 11th day over one last demand: Make up strike days 2019-10-31 [USA Today]

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

In 'Classless' act, striking teachers spat on in Chicago Board of Trade 2019-10-26 [Block Club]

As the Strike Approached in Chicago, Teachers Taught Labor 2019-10-25 [Atlantic]

Mendota teachers accuse district of unfair labor practices 2019-10-24 [WIFR]

On the picketline with CPS teachers, school nurses and counselors say they're stretched too thin: It's a lot, these kids need somebody 2019-10-19 [Chicago Tribune]

Chicago Teachers Union: The Status of the Strike 2019-10-18 [Diane Ravitch]

This month in labour history

6-03-1913 Joe Hill's song "There is Power in a Union" first appeared in the @_IWW union's Little Red Song Book. [more]

7-03-1860 Some 6,000 shoemakers, later joined by 20,000 other workers, are on strike in Lynn, Massachussets. They get wage increases but not recognition for their union. [more]

7-03-1920 “Hunger march” by the unemployed to the Ford factories in Dearborn, asking for help and hiring. Police shoot at crowd, killing 4 and injuring 60 people. [more]

7-03-1932 Unemployed workers stage a hunger march to the Ford complex at Dearborn, demanding workers be rehired. Police shoot at the demonstration, killing 4 and injuring 60 [more]

8-03-1926 Fur & Leather Workers Union (mostly women) went on strike in NYC, enduring beatings by police. They won a 10% raise and a five-day week. [more]

8-03-1942 Lucy Parsons, founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and powerful orator for women, working people, and political prisoners died. [more]

9-03-1910 Westmoreland County Coal strikes begins, ending in 1911. It is known as the 'Slovak strike', as 70% of the miners are Slovakian. 16 people are killed. [more]

11-03-1950 TWU members at American Airlines win 11-day national strike, gaining what the union says was the first severance pay clause in industry. [more]

12-03-1912 The Bread and Roses strikers won all their demands. The strike was organized by mostly women workers and the Industrial Workers of the World and included 20,000 workers. [more]

12-03-1929 Lupe Anguiano, women's rights activist and labour organizer, is born. [more]

13-03-1830 The term “rat,” referring to a worker who betrays fellow workers, first appears in print in the New York Daily Sentinel [more]

15-03-1917 The Supreme Court approves the 8-hour day law as rail workers threaten national strike. [more]

15-03-1948 National strike by bituminous coal miners demanding pensions. [more]

18-03-1937 New York City police arrested striking Woolworth's store clerks - mostly women - who had occupied stores demanding a 40-hour workweek. [more]

31-03-1927 Cesar Chavez, Mexican-American labour leader, is born. [more]