Their contract with ArcelorMittal expired September 1; the union is staying on the job in hopes of a fair contract, but are ready to fightback in what are very tough negotiations.
In other words: To make money for the shareholders, workers have to go without; to keep the banks happy, public schools have to tighten their belts.
United Steelworkers (USW) union members and allies demonstrated this past week in two separate rallies for a fair contract for workers who produce steel.
Rauner also failed to deny reports that he is considering calling on the Illinois National Guard to replace state workers in the event of a lockout or strike.
The case, Friedrichs v. CTA (California Teachers Association), involves a challenge supported by far right anti-union groups.
Gov. John Kasich has yanked collective bargaining rights from 10,000 Ohio home health care and child care workers.
The automobile mechanics strike here at Al Piemonte Chevrolet, now over 30 weeks long, has deteriorated into a lock-out situation.
The first scheme they plan to stop is any Republican effort to impose a so-called "right to work" law in the Land of Lincoln.
No union can survive without being able to win contracts and thus being able to make substantial changes in wages and conditions.
On January 17, 1962, President John Kennedy signs Executive Order 10988, recognizing the right of federal employees to bargain collectively.