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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]

 VIDEO '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]

 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 month in labour history

1-05-1886 Between 300,000 to half a million workers went on strike and rallies were held throughout the United States, with the cry, "Eight-hour day with no cut in pay". [more]

2-05-1843 "Mill girls" – overwhelmingly female textile workers – walked out on strike in Massachusetts for better conditions. [more]

2-05-1968 4,000 workers in the Hamtramck auto plant in Detroit walked out against speed up. Several black strikers met in a bar opposite and founded the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement to organise black workers. [more]

3-05-1895 Eugene V. Debs and 6 other union railroad leaders are sentenced to 6 months in prison for contempt of court during a hearing over a strike at the Pullman luxury car manufacturing plants. [more]

4-05-1886 A bomb is thrown during a demonstration against police violence in Haymarket Square, Chicago. The ensuing police riot and trials of anarchists, known as the Haymarket affair, eventually give birth to May Day as international workers' day. [more]

5-05-1886 Nine striking workers are shot dead by the National Guard at the Rolling Mills Steel Factory in Bay View, Milwaukee [more]

6-05-1935 The Works Progress Administration is established by executive order - it will provide work for millions of Americans. [more]

7-05-1912 New York City waiters and waitresses walked out on strike [more]

8-05-1926 A. Philip Randolph founds the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. [more]

9-05-1913 The garment workers strike at Cohoes could become an international incident after it emerges that Italian migrant workers are being forced to break the strike. [more]

11-05-1894 Three thousands Pullman railroad workers in Chicago begin a wildcat strike. [more]

12-05-1902 John Mitchell of the UMWA cals for a national strike, beginning the Anthracite Coal Strike which will last five months. [more]

13-05-1980 Douglas Fraser of the UAW becomes the first union representative on the board a major US corporation after Chystler's stockholders vote him on. [more]

13-05-1893 Western Federation of Miners formed in Butte, Montana. [more]

15-05-1946 489 city workers in Rochester, NY were sacked for organising a union. They protested the next day, and sympathy strikes began, growing to a general strike, when bosses caved and reinstated the sacked workers. [more]

15-05-1935 Folk singer, labor organiser and IWW member Utah Phillips is born. [more]

16-05-1934 Minneapolis Teamsters went on strike, shutting down almost all commercial transport in the city. The dispute lasted over three months, ending with most of the workers’ demands being met in a landmark win. [more]

17-05-1946 The US govt seized the nation's railroads to stop a nationwide strike. Workers walked out anyway and only the President's threat to draft the strikers and call up the army to run the railroads forced them back to work. [more]

18-05-1928 "Big Bill" Haywood, former mineworker and founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World revolutionary union, dies in Moscow. [more]

19-05-1920 A gun battle between the people of Matewan and Baldwin Felts detectives leaves ten people dead. [more]

20-05-1926 The first federal legislation asserting workers' right to form unions takes effect today in the rail industry. [more]

21-05-1945 The US government took over the bituminous coal mines to try to break a six-week miners' strike. The miners held out, forcing the govt to grant workers' demands which had been unacceptable to the operators. [more]

22-05-1942 In Cleveland the Steelworkers Organizing Committee voted to become a union: the United Steelworkers of America [more]

23-05-1903 Some 100,000 textile workers, including more than 10,000 children, are on strike in the Philadelphia area protesting against 60-hour weeks including night hours imposed on children. [more]

24-05-1995 After 10 months on strike against 12-hour shifts and wage increases linked to productivity, 2300 workers from 5 Bridgestone-Firestone factories resign themselves to going back to work without a collective agreement. [more]

25-05-1946 President Truman comes within three minutes of drafting the nation's railroad workers into the army to suppress a proposed strike, but the union leaders and employers settle just before the presiden't ultimatum comes into effect. [more]

25-05-1805 A Philadelphia shoemakers' strike was broken when workers were arrested and accused of violating an English law proclaiming criminal any conspiracy to force a collective increase in wages. [more]

26-05-1937 UAW organisers are attacked and beaten by Ford security men in Dearborn, Michigan, in an incident which greatly increases support for the union. [more]

28-05-1946 Workers in Rochester, New York, stage a successful one day general strike for the right to form unions. [more]

29-05-1946 The Rochester general strike ended after just one day with victory for the workers. They won reinstatement for hundreds of city workers who had been sacked for forming a union, dropping of all charges, and recognition of the union. [more]

29-05-1941 Disney Studios animators in LA strike for union recognition. 16 were fired. [more]

29-05-1990 The Justice for Janitors strike of ISS cleaners in Los Angeles begins. [more]

30-05-1937 Ten workers are shot dead by Chicago police during a strike at the Republic Steel Mill. [more]

31-05-1921 The Sacco and Vanzetti trial begins in Dedham, Massachusetts. [more]