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Mural depicting labor history being torn down 2019-08-12 [My Jrnl Courier]

Scabby the giant inflatable protest rat faces extermination 2019-08-12 [Herald and News]

First payments made to workers owed back step raises 2019-08-10 [SJR]

IL State Univ Union Workers Continue 13 Months Without New Contracts 2019-08-02 [WGLY]

Sears Couldn’t Eject Union Within Its First Year, NLRB Says 2019-07-31 [Bloomberg]

Amazon warehouse workers in Chicago say the company cheated them of overtime hours 2019-07-27 [Vox]

Labor unions announce new alliance with Chicago African American community 2019-07-24 [Chicago Crusader]

Laborers Union Hall Mural Demolished But Not Forgotten 2019-07-22 [WGLT]

UChicago Med Nurses are Rallying Outside the Hospital on Monday 2019-07-21 [Chicago Maroon]

Road construction workers fight to beat the heat 2019-07-21 [WIFR]

A downstate Goodwill CEO resigns after threatening to stop paying disabled workers, sparking outrage across Illinois 2019-07-19 [Chicago Tribune]

Airport workers at O’Hare and Midway sought better pay and working conditions for years. They just got them 2019-07-19 [Chicago Tribune]

Land Of Lincoln Goodwill Gives Workers with Disabilities Their Jobs Back 2019-07-18 [NPR]

Goodwill head who makes $164,000 fired disabled workers after minimum wage hike 2019-07-18 [CBS]

Chicago airport workers celebrate new work conditions after yearslong battle 2019-07-18 [Yahoo!]

Goodwill pulls paychecks from disabled workers 2019-07-17 [WCIA]

Public-sector unions stay strong, 1 year after ruling in Illinois case banned mandatory fees 2019-07-13 [The Tribune]

Not just salaries: Five sticking points between Team Lightfoot and Chicago Teachers Union 2019-07-09 [Chalkbeat]

Margaret Blackshere, historic force in Illinois labor and politics, dies at 78. Was first woman to head the state AFL-CIO. 2019-07-09 [The Tribune]

The strike that brought teachers unions back from the dead 2019-07-05 [Vox]

Mayor Lori Lightfoot offers CPS teachers a ‘significant’ 14 percent pay raise, but the union says her proposal is ‘not what it seems’ 2019-07-04 [Chicago Tribune]

Union workers at Danville Viscofan plant ratify new contract, end strike 2019-07-02 [NewsTalk]

Danville Viscofan workers go on strike over wage freeze, short-notice overtime 2019-06-25 [Independent News]

Workers at IKEA Distribution Center Vote for a Union 2019-06-25 [BWI]

Ikea workers organize with machinists union 2019-06-25 [Chicago Sun Times]

Viscofan union workers go on strike 2019-06-22 [FOX]

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot moves to reform infamous Chicago workers’ comp program 2019-06-22 [IL Policy]

The latest campus battle: Univ Chicago Grad students are fighting to unionize 2019-06-08 [NBC]

We wanted a union then, and we deserved a union then: University of Chicago grad student workers go on strike 2019-06-04 [Chicago Tribune]

College Students: Join the Picket Line 2019-06-04 [Chicago Maroon]

AFSCME strikes tentative contract deal with Pritzker 2019-06-01 [ABC]

Illinois College Unions Protesting for Wages, Job Security 2019-06-01 [U. S. News]

Illinois lawmakers file bill to limit union member withdrawals after Janus case 2019-06-01 [Cherokee Trib & Ledger-News]

Unions at Work: Illinois Grad Students on Verge of Labor Rights 2019-05-28 [Bloomberg]

Strikes — and near-strikes — at Illinois universities 2019-05-27 [Chicago Tribune]

McDonald*s Workers March For Better Wages 2019-05-24 [NBC]

Workers who died in an Illinois plant blast alerted colleagues before the explosion, officials say 2019-05-07 [CNN]

Another body found at Waukegan silicone plant rocked by blast; confirmed death toll 3 2019-05-06 [FOX]

Three Chicago Charter Schools on Strike. Three 2019-05-05 [Deutsch29]

Chicago’s historic charter school strike wave keeps on winning 2019-05-05 [Salon]

2nd person dies from explosion at Illinois plant 2019-05-05 [Albany Times Union]

Three workers missing after Chicago-area plant explosion 2019-05-05 [Reuters]

Strike temporarily shuts down Utica U.S. Silica 2019-05-04 [News Tribune]

Graduate Student Workers Across Chicago Ramp Up Unionization Efforts 2019-04-27 [Chicago Maroon]

PHOTOS: Workers' Memorial's lack of names is a good sign 11 hrs ago 0 2019-04-27 [Herald&Review]

Governor signs bill banning RTW zones 2019-04-15 [WMAQ 5]

Republican Governor Thinks $40,000 Is Too Much To Pay Teachers, Vetoes Minimum Salary 2019-04-15 [Labor 411]

CTU members threaten strike at 5 more charter schools 2019-04-11 [Sun-Times]

Illinois manufacturing workers locked out and fired for one-hour strike 2019-04-08 [Salon]

U of Illinois Chicago Grad Assistants End Strike 2019-04-08 [Inside Higher Ed]

This month in labour history

1-08-1917 Frank H. Little, anti-war activist & IWW organiser is lynched in Butte, Montana. He was on IWW's Exec Board when he was killed. [more]

1-08-1942 American Federation of Musicians strikes against recording companies over royalty payments, most settling within a year. [more]

3-08-1821 Uriah Smith Stephens born. A tailor, he led 9 garment workers in founding the Knights of Labor in 1869. [more]

3-08-1981 The PATCO strike begins, effectively shutting down air travel in the US. 2 days later President Reagan fired 11,000 air traffic controllers and broke the union. [more]

4-08-1997 185,000 members of the Teamsters begin a successful 15-day strike at UPS. [more]

5-08-1981 President Reagan sacks 11000 federal air traffic controllers for striking and refusing his order to return to work. [more]

7-08-1894 Eugene Debs & three union leaders arrested following the Pullman strike. [more]

7-08-1919 Actors Equity becomes a recognised union after stagehands honour actors' picket lines. [more]

7-08-1890 Birth of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, IWW organiser and founder of the ACLU. [more]

8-08-1881 United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America forms & becomes one of the largest trade unions in the US. [more]

9-08-1890 Knights of Labor strike on the New York Central railroad; ends in defeat due to scab labour. [more]

10-08-1935 Transport workers in New York descend on a courthouse with money from their own pockets to bail out Mike Quill, their president, arrested after attending a picket line. [more]

11-08-1828 Workingmen’s Party, first US labour party, forms in Philadelphia. [more]

11-08-1894 Troops force 1200 jobless workers out of Washington, DC, including Jack London & Big Bill Haywood. [more]

17-08-1918 95 members of the IWW were jailed for resistance to the First World War. [more]

18-08-1927 Radio station WEVD - named for IWW labour leader Eugene V Debs – goes on the air in New York City. [more]

19-08-1909 IWW issues first edition of the “Little Red Song Book”. [more]

21-08-1831 Nat Turner's slave rebellion begins, Southampton County, Virginia, 56 slaves executed, 120 killed. [more]

23-08-1970 Led by César Chávez, the Salad Bowl strike, largest farm worker strike in US history, begins. [more]

25-08-1925 The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, led by A. Phillip Randolph, is founded. [more]

25-08-1950 President Truman ordered the federal government to seize control of the railroads in order to prevent a planned strike by 1.7m union members. [more]

26-08-1935 United Auto Workers union founded. [more]

28-08-1987 John Sayles's film “Matewan” about attempts to organise a union by coal miners is released. [more]

29-08-1921 West Virginia miners marching to free their imprisoned comrades face state forces and private detectives in the five-day "Battle of Blair Mountain." [more]

31-08-1939 Mexican-American women workers walkout at California Sanitary Canning Company, winning a union contract and wage increase. [more]

31-08-1933 Italian-American labour organizer Giovanni Pippan murdered during organizing campaign of bread wagon drivers in Chicago. [more]

31-08-1999 Detroit teachers start 9-day wildcat strike, winning "books, supplies, smaller class sizes" & 4% raise. [more]