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Taken for a ride: temp agencies and ‘raiteros’ in immigrant Chicago

Temp agencies and their corporate giant clients continue to profit off of low-wage, immigrant workers as this investigative report from ProPublica shows.

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Chicago retail and fast food workers rally for $15

Hundreds of Chicago's retail and fast food workers rallied at St. James Cathedral last night after having walked off their jobs early in the day.

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Chicago fast food and retail workers walk out

They've dubbed their push The Fight for $15 campaign after their aim of winning $15 an hour for workers.

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Today in labor history: Lucy Parsons leads march in Chicago

Parsons was described by the Chicago Police Department as "more dangerous than a thousand rioters."

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Today in labor history: Steam boiler operators unionize

Canadian workers joined the union a year after it was formed, at which point it came to be called the International Union of Steam Engineers.

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Today in labor history: 1871 Great Fire ravages Chicago

It burned for three days, killing 200-300 people, destroying 17,450 buildings, leaving 100,000 homeless and causing damages worth an estimated $200 million in 1871 dollars.

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Today in labor history: Air Line Pilots Assocation founded in Chicago

A five-man Central Executive Council was established, dues were set, and the official motto became "Schedule with Safety."

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June 20: American Railway Union is founded in Chicago

It was the largest labor union of its time and one of the first industrial unions in the United States.

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Workers who staged second plant takeover face new challenge

A group of determined Chicago workers who captured the attention of a nation three years ago when they took over their plant.

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Hyatt continues attack on housekeepers

The Hyatt hotel chain seems determined to continue an attack on housekeepers that it began more than a year ago when it fired veteran employees in Boston and replaced them with lower paid temporary workers.

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