Illinois Labor History Society

Illinois Labor History Society Nation's oldest popular labor history society, devoted to Illinois worker history. The Illinois Labor History Society (ILHS) was formed on August 5, 1969 in the office of the late Joseph M.
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Jacobs, attorney for the Chicago Teachers Union, Meatcutters, and other labor organizations.

Jacobs, attorney for the Chicago Teachers Union, Meatcutters, and other labor organizations.

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August 2 - Teamsters 574 Defy Martial Law
08/02/2021
August 2 - Teamsters 574 Defy Martial Law

August 2 - Teamsters 574 Defy Martial Law

On this day in labor history, the year was 1934. That was the day striking Teamsters in Minneapolis defied martial law. They stopped scab trucks, forcing the release of their strike leaders. Armed with bayonets and machine guns, the National Guard had pa...

A column I had today in the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph....
08/01/2021

A column I had today in the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph....

A column I had today in the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph....

August 1 - Teamsters 574 Fighting for a Future
08/01/2021
August 1 - Teamsters 574 Fighting for a Future

August 1 - Teamsters 574 Fighting for a Future

On this day in labor history, the year was 1934. That was the day National Guard troops in Minneapolis raided Teamsters local 574 headquarters. Over 150 were arrested, including top strike leaders Bill Brown and the Dunne Brothers, who were imprisoned in...

July 31 - The Battle of East 140th Street
07/31/2021
July 31 - The Battle of East 140th Street

July 31 - The Battle of East 140th Street

On this day in labor history, the year was 1939. That was the day striking autoworkers in Cleveland, Ohio defended their picket lines in what is known as “The Battle of East 140th Street.” Members of UAW Local 45 at GM’s Fisher Body plant had been on stri...

why study labor history?
07/30/2021
Friday's Labor Folklore : why labor history?

why study labor history?

Friday's Labor Folklore Con Carbon, the Minstrel of the Mine Patch Why Labor History? by Juliet Haines Mofford The history of the American labor movement is the story of millions of working people joi

July 30 - The Mechanics Institute Massacre
07/30/2021
July 30 - The Mechanics Institute Massacre

July 30 - The Mechanics Institute Massacre

On this day in labor history, the year was 1866. That was the day known as the Mechanics Institute Massacre. Black and white republicans in New Orleans called a constitutional convention to consider voting rights for African-Americans. It would be another ...

July 29 - Sanitation Workers Strike Charlotte
07/29/2021
July 29 - Sanitation Workers Strike Charlotte

July 29 - Sanitation Workers Strike Charlotte

On this day in labor history, the year was 1969. That was the day AFSCME sanitation workers in Charlotte, North Carolina walked off the job. More than 85% of the sanitation workers were black in this predominantly white Southern city. It was their third ga...

“The Battle of Blair Mountain Centennial events will tell both a historical and contemporary story. We will commemorate ...
07/28/2021
Learn More — #Blair100

“The Battle of Blair Mountain Centennial events will tell both a historical and contemporary story. We will commemorate the significance of the Battle of Blair Mountain in 1921 and the rich history of the southern West Virginia coalfields.

We aim to memorialize the brave men and women who fought for the civil rights of miners and their families, and featuring a range of leaders when possible, including men and women, black, white and immigrant miners and children.

Finally, we will celebrate the spirit of Blair Mountain that was passed on to us today by embracing inclusiveness, diversity, and equity through all programs and events.”

The Battle of Blair Mountain Centennial events will tell both a historical and contemporary story. We will commemorate the significance of the Battle of Blair Mountain in 1921 and the rich history of the southern West Virginia coalfields.

July 28 - The Silent Parade
07/28/2021
July 28 - The Silent Parade

July 28 - The Silent Parade

On this day in labor history, the year was 1917. That was the day more than 10,000 African-Americans marched down New York City’s 5th Avenue in what is known as the Silent Parade. The protest came in the aftermath of the July 2, East St. Louis race riot an...

Make your plans to help open a National Park Service labor site in Illinois!
07/27/2021

Make your plans to help open a National Park Service labor site in Illinois!

Make your plans to help open a National Park Service labor site in Illinois!

July 27 - Ginger Goodwin Murdered
07/27/2021
July 27 - Ginger Goodwin Murdered

July 27 - Ginger Goodwin Murdered

That was the day miner’s president Ginger Goodwin was shot dead in British Columbia. His murder sparked Canada’s first general strike, in Vancouver the following week. Goodwin had arrived in British Columbia 8 years earlier and found work in the Cumberland...

July 26 - Battle of the Halsted Street Viaduct
07/26/2021
July 26 - Battle of the Halsted Street Viaduct

July 26 - Battle of the Halsted Street Viaduct

On this day in labor history, the year was 1877. That was the day striking railroad workers in Chicago clashed with police in the “Battle of the Halsted Street Viaduct.” The Great Railroad Strike had reached the nation’s railroad hub, and began there thr...

July 25 - Pushing Back Against the Wartime No-Strike Pledge
07/25/2021
July 25 - Pushing Back Against the Wartime No-Strike Pledge

July 25 - Pushing Back Against the Wartime No-Strike Pledge

On this day in labor history, the year was 1944. That was the day Local 212, UAW workers at Briggs returned to work. Briggs was directly involved in war production. 3000 workers, on two shifts, made ball turrets for heavy bombers. Workers on both shifts wa...

July 24 - The Great Railroad Strike Reaches Louisville
07/24/2021
July 24 - The Great Railroad Strike Reaches Louisville

July 24 - The Great Railroad Strike Reaches Louisville

On this day in labor history, the year was 1877. That was the day Louisville sewer workers walked off the job. The Daily American reported that, “hundreds of black sewer-men stopped work, and began marching through the streets, armed with picks and shovels...

The historic tropes of white victimhood.
07/23/2021
3 Tropes of White Victimhood

The historic tropes of white victimhood.

Leading conservative pundits today are pounding themes that were popular among opponents of Reconstruction.

July 23 - The 1913 Michigan Copper Miners Strike Begins
07/23/2021
July 23 - The 1913 Michigan Copper Miners Strike Begins

July 23 - The 1913 Michigan Copper Miners Strike Begins

On this day in labor history, the year was 1913. That was the day 9,000 copper miners in the Keweenaw region of Upper Peninsula, Michigan went on strike. Organized by the Western Federation of Miners, the strike raged on for over eight months, witnessed de...

July 22 - Preparedness Day Bombing
07/22/2021
July 22 - Preparedness Day Bombing

July 22 - Preparedness Day Bombing

On this day in labor history, the year was 1916. That was the day a bomb rocked the Preparedness Day parade in San Francisco, killing 10 and injuring at least 40. The Chamber of Commerce and the newly formed Law and Order Committee organized the parade to ...

July 21 - The Great Railroad Strike of 1877 Erupts
07/21/2021
July 21 - The Great Railroad Strike of 1877 Erupts

July 21 - The Great Railroad Strike of 1877 Erupts

On this day in labor history, the year was 1877. That was the day that some of the worst violence of the Great Railroad Strike erupted in Pittsburgh. The strike started days earlier. It is contested as to whether it began in Martinsburg, West Virginia or B...

July 20 - Bloody Friday
07/20/2021
July 20 - Bloody Friday

July 20 - Bloody Friday

On this day in labor history, the year was 1934. That was the day that came to be known as Bloody Friday. Minneapolis Teamsters had been on strike for three days in their third strike of the year. The trucking bosses had reneged on their May settlement. Th...

July 19 - The ‘34 General Strike in San Francisco Winds Down
07/19/2021
July 19 - The ‘34 General Strike in San Francisco Winds Down

July 19 - The ‘34 General Strike in San Francisco Winds Down

On this day in labor history, the year was 1934. That was the day San Francisco’s Central Labor Council voted narrowly to end the general strike, then in its fourth day. It had been one of three historic strikes that turned the tide towards industrial orga...

July 18 - Striking for Dignity
07/18/2021
July 18 - Striking for Dignity

July 18 - Striking for Dignity

On this day in labor history, the year was 1969. That was the day hospital workers in Charleston, South Carolina won union recognition. The 113-day strike reflected all the broader social issues of the day. Led primarily by black women, the strike at the M...

July 17 - Lumber Workers Put Down Their Axes
07/17/2021
July 17 - Lumber Workers Put Down Their Axes

July 17 - Lumber Workers Put Down Their Axes

On this day in labor history, the year was 1917. That was the day 50,000 lumber workers across the Pacific Northwest participated in an industry-wide strike, called by the Industrial Workers of the World. The IWW had been organizing loggers for years aroun...

Helen Keller's radical politics featured in a new documentary..
07/16/2021
Her Socialist Smile

Helen Keller's radical politics featured in a new documentary..

Though her life generated voluminous literature, most people ignore the fact that iconic deaf-blind author Helen Keller (1880–1968) was one of the most passionate socialist advocates of her time. Continuing his work of patient and insightful political filmmaking, director John Gianvito (PROFIT MOT...

Historical Photo of the Day: Construction of a section of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer System in Chicago on January 29...
07/16/2021

Historical Photo of the Day: Construction of a section of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer System in Chicago on January 29, 1923.

Historical Photo of the Day: Construction of a section of the Calumet Intercepting Sewer System in Chicago on January 29, 1923.

Learning about unions, "Futures in History Camp," McLean Co Museum of History, Monday, July 12, Mike Matejka
07/16/2021

Learning about unions, "Futures in History Camp," McLean Co Museum of History, Monday, July 12, Mike Matejka

Learning about unions, "Futures in History Camp," McLean Co Museum of History, Monday, July 12, Mike Matejka

July 16 - Bloody Thursday
07/16/2021
July 16 - Bloody Thursday

July 16 - Bloody Thursday

On this day in labor history, the year was 1934. That was the day fatalities on Bloody Thursday touched off a four-day general strike in San Francisco. It was the first time a general strike had shut down a major U.S. port city. The strike had been raging...

July 15 - The 1959 Steel Strike
07/15/2021
July 15 - The 1959 Steel Strike

July 15 - The 1959 Steel Strike

On this day in labor history, the year was 1959. That was the day half a million steel workers walked off the job in a historic, 116-day strike to defend work rules. It was the largest industry-wide strike and also the last. The strike affected 12 steel co...

AFL-CIO - the rich keep getting richer...
07/14/2021
Executive Paywatch | AFL-CIO

AFL-CIO - the rich keep getting richer...

In 2020, CEOs of S&P 500 companies received, on average, $15.5 million in total compensation. The average S&P 500 company CEO-to-worker pay ratio was 299-to-1.

“By December 2020, the number of strikes (which included walkouts, wildcat strikes, and general strikes) on Payday Repor...
07/14/2021
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Counted Only Eight Strikes in 2020, Payday Report Counted 1,200

“By December 2020, the number of strikes (which included walkouts, wildcat strikes, and general strikes) on Payday Report’s COVID-19 Strike Wave Interactive Map reached nearly 1,200 strikes across the United States – one of the largest strike waves in decades, according to University of Wyoming Professor Mike Duff.

Still, according to the BLS, 2020 was exceptionally low. In fact, BLS said that it had the “third lowest number of major work stoppages since the series began in 1947.”

In the era of COVID and digital movements, strikes look radically different from traditional labor strikes

“Cohen’s and Friedman’s research even showed that the same doctors were significantly less likely to diagnose black lung...
07/14/2021
Black lung, a scourge of the past, still plagues Illinois mines | Energy News Network

“Cohen’s and Friedman’s research even showed that the same doctors were significantly less likely to diagnose black lung if they were hired by a company than if they were hired by the government for that particular case. They also found that there were 64 experts who made negative diagnoses in 95% of their cases, with the vast majority (93%) of them being primarily hired by coal companies. Across all evaluations for black lung, evaluators found the disease in 31% of cases.”

Companies could do more to reduce black lung risk, and miners face bias in getting federal benefits they are due.

July 14 - The Summer of Public Sector Strikes
07/14/2021
July 14 - The Summer of Public Sector Strikes

July 14 - The Summer of Public Sector Strikes

On this day in labor history, the year was 1978. That was the day municipal workers in Cleveland, Louisville and Philadelphia walked off the job. That summer was rocked with public sector strikes, starting with a firefighters strike in Memphis. In Clevelan...

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Today's Labor Quote: Big Bill Haywood A founding member (in Chicago, 1905) and leader of the Industrial Workers of the World, Haywood died in exile in the Soviet Union on this date in 1928. “For every dollar the boss has and didn’t work for, one of us worked for a dollar and didn’t get it.”
Saturday, May 22nd at 11:30 AM CT Tinyurl.com/SOARMemorialDay Virtual Event on YouTube commemorating the The Memorial Day massacre an incident in 1937 in which Chicago police attacked strikers of steel companies that had refused to enter into written contracts of any type with SWOC / the Steel Workers Organizing Committee, an affiliate of the CIO. HISTORY https://libcom.org/history/memorial-day-massacre
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Independent Voters of Illinois Supports Passage of New Organized Labor Law Charles Paidock, Chair, National Affairs Committee Press Release http://www.iviipona.org/Independent-Voters-of-Illinois-Supports-Passage-of-New-Organized-Labor-Law.html
AFL-CIO / Friday: PRO Act Call-In Day Call Your Senators—Pass the PRO Act! The House passed the PRO Act on March 9, 2021, sending the bill to the U.S. Senate. Use this form and we’ll connect you to your U.S. senators: Tell them to vote “yes” on the PRO Act.
Special May Day Speaker The Entire History of Work in ½ Hour College of Complexes Saturday, May 1st at 6:00 PM CT, Zoom Meeting # 3,614 - labor activist Charles Paidock the story of the human activity termed labor from the cavemen to computers, from working for yourself on the farm, to working for another in a factory Special May Day Speaker The Entire History of Work in ½ Hour College of Complexes Main Page www.collegeofcomplexes.org Facebook https://www.facebook.com/collegeofcomplexes/ To Join the Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81216467150 Passcode 094136 Mobile phone +13126266799,,81216467150# US (Chicago) Landline +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) Meeting ID: 812 1646 7150
From the area that Mother Jones gave her heart and soul to. It is also the exact place the Hatfield McCoy feud took place.
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Illinois Labor History fans, please check out this fascinating conversation on Charles H. Kerr Publishing: "History Against Misery" with David Roediger and Penelope Rosemont.