Labor News

Officials use budget woes to attack public unions

State officials around the country are using state and local budget woes as a smokescreen for campaigns against public unions.

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No enthusiasm gap at jam-packed union phone bank

CHICAGO - By noon Oct. 29, union members were close to having called 500,000 people in Illinois about the Nov. 2 elections, here at what the Operating Engineers say is the nation's biggest, most state-of-the-art phone bank.

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Navistar workers say voting Nov. 2 is about good paying jobs

MELROSE PARK, Ill. - "We need to elect leaders that are friendly to labor and understand that what we need is more jobs, because without jobs, this country can't operate," said Ralph Porter, longtime Navistar worker.

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Rehire all laid-off teachers, rally demands

"I'm carrying my purse, because they are trying to steal from us. I'm not wearing my earrings because we are in a fight!" declared Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.

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Warehouse workers suffer while Wal-Mart rakes in cash

Tory Moore, from Kankakee, Ill., worked as a temp warehouse worker for six years before he was fired in December 2009, after standing up for his rights.

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Thousands descend on City Hall to stop teacher layoffs

Over 4,000 teachers, parents and students surrounded City Hall and stopped traffic here May 25 demanding no teacher layoffs or funding cuts for the city's public schools.

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Voices silenced in 1887 heard louder than ever this May Day

CHICAGO - "Like those guys," said former Starbucks worker Joe Tessane, pointing to the Haymarket monument behind him, "I'm not giving up."

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Don’t do business at Congress Hotel, strikers urge

"We're here to ask your support in our strike against the Congress Hotel - our families have been suffering for seven long years."

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New Chicago trend: charter school teachers unionize

One hundred teachers at four Chicago charter schools filed for union recognition March 19, joining 123 others who won their first contract last year.

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Housekeepers march in support of ‘Hyatt 100’

CHICAGO - Hundreds of women, members of Unite Here Local 1, marched and rallied at the Hyatt hotel, telling the mega-chain to rehire 100 housekeepers it fired in Boston.

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