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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]

The Chicago Teachers Union Goes on the Offense Against Austerity 2019-10-18 [Jacobin]

In Chicago, 25000 teachers on strike and 300000 children out of the classroom 2019-10-18 [Wash Post]

Chicago Teachers Strike: Thousands of teachers hit picket lines across city, CPS classes canceled 2019-10-18 [ABC]

Watch live: Thousands of striking teachers march through downtown Chicago 2019-10-17 [WGNTV]

25,000 Chicago Teachers Union / AFT members strike 2019-10-17 [Washington Post]

Thousands of Chicago teachers vote to strike 2019-10-17 [CBS]

Chicago Teachers Union Will Strike Starting Thursday 2019-10-17 [Diane Ravitch]

Triton College staff vote to OK strike, could walk off job as early as Friday 2019-10-17 [Chicago Tribune]

Chicago teachers are on the brink of a strike. The reasons why come down to politics, time and money 2019-10-16 [Chicago Tribune]

Chicago teachers are fighting for their students' futures 2019-10-15 [The Nation]

Sign here! Tell Chicago Mayor Lightfoot to negotiate a fair contract with CTU Local 1 and SEIU 73! 2019-10-14 [AFT]

Chicago Teachers Union plans downtown rally days before potential strike 2019-10-11 [Chicago Sun-Times]

CTU says union contract negotiations should be livestreamed to the public. It has a point 2019-10-10 [IL Policy]

This month in labour history

1-01-1966 At 8.02am a transport strike begins across New York City. Strikers will win a 15% pay rise, and other benefits, after 12 days. [more]

2-01-1920 Thousands of US labor activists are arrested in the 'Palmer Raids' during the first Red Scare. [more]

3-01-1917 Trial of labour organizer Tom Mooney begins in San Francisco for Preparedness Day bombing. He was framed & serves 22 years. [more]

4-01-1966 Transport Workers Union of America leader Mike Quill arrested for violating an anti-strike court injunction in 4-day old 35000-member strike. [more]

4-01-1965 Start of victorious 28-day strike by 8000 New York City social workers over better conditions for welfare recipients. [more]

7-01-1920 Five elected members of the New York state assembly belonging to the Socialist Party are refused their seats. [more]

11-01-1912 The 'Bread and Roses' strike began in Lynn Massachusetts. The strike was begun and led by mainly immigrant women. [more]

11-01-1937 Police beat and arrest UAW members during the great sit-down strike in Flint, Michigan [more]

13-01-1874 Mounted police from the NYPD violently attack a demonstration of unemployed workers in Tompkins Square Park. [more]

15-01-1929 Birth of civil rights activist and labor movement supporter Martin Luther King, Jr [more]

17-01-1915 The song 'Solidarity Forever' by Ralph Chaplin is first sung, on a hunger march through Chicago organised by Lucy Parsons. [more]

22-01-1969 Black workers at the Eldon Chrysler plant in Detroit march on the autoworkers' union with a list of grievances. The workers had formed ELRUM - the Eldon Revolutionary Union Movement - and they called a strike the next day. [more]

23-01-1913 Joe Hill's song 'Mr. Block', extolling the virtues of industrial unionism, is first published in the IWW's newpaper. [more]

27-01-1850 Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor, is born. [more]

29-01-1834 Federal troops are used to break a strike for the first time in America, on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal [more]

31-01-1938 12,000 pecan shellers, most of them Hispanic women, strike for higher wages and civil rights in San Antonio, Texas. [more]