Campus workers are on strike at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign after months of contract negotiations with the university's administration yielded little results.
In what he termed "the most difficult budget" in the state's history, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on March 6, called for deep cuts in a wide range of social programs.
The other shoe - the legal one - has dropped in Wal-Mart's constant low pay and bad benefits for its workers.
In a spirited act of civil disobedience, 14 clergy, labor and community leaders were arrested for blocking access to Walmart's midwestern distribution centerin Elwood, Ill.
Thousands of union members overflowed the Illinois Statehouse to defend their pensions and collective bargaining rights.
The union's slogan is "United we bargain, divided we beg."
In the video, Darrel Lillie, president of local 7-669 talks about the last 13 months and the issues involved.
An accident at a uranium-processing plant in Metropolis, Ill, shows the danger of using scab labor in a plant that requires sophisticated and trained workers.
As the nation's top CEOs held a June 14 summit in Chicago, 5,000 angry demonstrators outside chanted, "You got bailed out, we got sold out!"
University employees and students in Chicago and at colleges throughout Illinois are stepping up union campaigns and ready to strike for their collective bargaining rights.