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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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November 3 - The Greensboro Massacre
11/03/2020
November 3 - The Greensboro Massacre

November 3 - The Greensboro Massacre

On this day in Labor History the year was 1979. That was the day that became known as the Greensboro massacre. Members of the Ku Klux Klan and American Nazi party shot and killed five participants in a demonstration held by the Workers Viewpoint Organizat...

November 2 - Sixteen Tons
11/02/2020
November 2 - Sixteen Tons

November 2 - Sixteen Tons

On this day in Labor History the year was 1955. That was the day that the song “Sixteen Tons” first made an appearance on the Billboard country music chart. It would reach the top spot and stay there for ten weeks. Sixteen Tons told the story of the har...

Sean Connery -- he played more than James Bond.
11/01/2020
The Molly Maguires (film) - Wikipedia

Sean Connery -- he played more than James Bond.

The Molly Maguires is a 1970 American historical drama film directed by Martin Ritt, starring Richard Harris and Sean Connery.[2] It is based on a 1964 novel by Arthur H. Lewis.[3]

November 1 - Deadly Consequences of Scabbing
11/01/2020
November 1 - Deadly Consequences of Scabbing

November 1 - Deadly Consequences of Scabbing

On this day in Labor History the year was 1918. That was the day that bringing in a scab driver to run an elevated train in Brooklyn, New York ended in tragedy. Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers were out on strike against the Brooklyn ...

music to vote by!
10/31/2020
Friday's Labor Folklore : videos to vote by

music to vote by!

Friday's Labor Folklore Con Carbon, the Minstrel of the Mine Patch Women Vote! Lynn Marie Smith with the DC Labor Chorus Produced by the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) Vote Dammit! John McCutch

October 31 - Happy Union Made Halloween
10/31/2020
October 31 - Happy Union Made Halloween

October 31 - Happy Union Made Halloween

On this day in Labor History ghosts and goblins are going door to door to gather up candy. But did you know that some of that candy is made by union workers? In Hershey, Pennsylvania, tagged the Sweetest place on earth you’ll find the nation’s chocolate ...

A well done essay on Dorthea Lange and the power of documentary photography.
10/30/2020
Things as They Are

A well done essay on Dorthea Lange and the power of documentary photography.

In 1966 the Museum of Modern Art held a retrospective devoted to Dorothea Lange—its first-ever solo exhibition of work by a female photographer. Lange’s

October 30 - Wall Street Lays an Egg
10/30/2020
October 30 - Wall Street Lays an Egg

October 30 - Wall Street Lays an Egg

On this day in Labor History the year was 1929. On that Wednesday morning, people across the United States woke up to newspaper headlines informing them that something had gone horribly wrong on Wall Street the day before. Black Tuesday, as the day came t...

October 29 - Alice Doesn’t Day
10/29/2020
October 29 - Alice Doesn’t Day

October 29 - Alice Doesn’t Day

On this day in Labor History the year was 1975. That was the day that the National Organization for Women, or NOW, called for a strike by women across the nation. They called the action, “Alice Doesn’t Day.” This referred to a critically acclaimed movie...

October 28 - The Pony Express
10/28/2020
October 28 - The Pony Express

October 28 - The Pony Express

On this day in Labor History the year was 1861. That was the day that the Pony Express made its last run and passed into legend. The mail delivery service had lasted only a year-and-a-half, until it folded under competition from the newly completed trans...

October 27 - The 1948 Donora Smog
10/27/2020
October 27 - The 1948 Donora Smog

October 27 - The 1948 Donora Smog

On this day in Labor History the year was 1948. That was the day that a thick yellow fog rolled over the town of Donora, Pennsylvania just south of Pittsburgh. Donora was a mill town, nestled in a valley on the bank of the Monongahela River. By 1948, th...

October 26 - America’s Florence Nightingale
10/26/2020
October 26 - America’s Florence Nightingale

October 26 - America’s Florence Nightingale

On this day in Labor History the year was 1837. That was the day that Louisa Lee Schuyler was born in New York City. She was dedicated to the causes of public health and welfare, especially for the poor. This led her to help found the Bellevue Training S...

October 25 - NY Daily News on Strike
10/25/2020
October 25 - NY Daily News on Strike

October 25 - NY Daily News on Strike

On this day in Labor History the year was 1990. That was the day that eight of the ten unions at the New York Daily News went out on strike. The paper had had one of the highest daily circulations in the United States. The New York Daily News was owned b...

October 24 - Eight Hours for Work, Eight Hours for Rest, Eight Hours for What We Will!
10/24/2020
October 24 - Eight Hours for Work, Eight Hours for Rest, Eight Hours for What We Will!

October 24 - Eight Hours for Work, Eight Hours for Rest, Eight Hours for What We Will!

On this day in Labor History the year was 1940. That was the day that the federally mandated 40-hour work week went into effect for U.S. workers. The 40-hour week had been passed as part of Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938. Making five days of eight hou...

October 23 - A New Voice for Labor
10/23/2020
October 23 - A New Voice for Labor

October 23 - A New Voice for Labor

On this day in Labor History the year was 1995. That was the day that the AFL-CIO Convention convened in New York City. At the convention John Sweeney was elected president of the federation. It was the first contested election for president in AFL-CIO ...

October 22 - Pretty Boy Floyd is Gunned Down
10/22/2020
October 22 - Pretty Boy Floyd is Gunned Down

October 22 - Pretty Boy Floyd is Gunned Down

On this day in Labor History the year was 1934. That as the day that the bank robber known as Pretty Boy Floyd was gunned down by federal agents in Ohio. He was born Charles Arthur Floyd in 1904 in Georgia. His family moved to Oklahoma when he was a boy...

October 21 - Through Rain, Sleet, Snow and Terrorism
10/21/2020
October 21 - Through Rain, Sleet, Snow and Terrorism

October 21 - Through Rain, Sleet, Snow and Terrorism

On this day in Labor History the year was 2001. That was the day that Thomas Morris Jr. died from breathing in anthrax. A week earlier he had been exposed to the deadly poison when an envelope containing the powdery substance was opened at the mail distr...

October 20 - Remembering Debs
10/20/2020
October 20 - Remembering Debs

October 20 - Remembering Debs

On this day in Labor History the year was 1926. That was the day that one of the great labor leaders in U.S. history, Eugene V. Debs, died in Elmhurst, Illinois. In 1894, Debs gained national attention when his American Railway Union launched a boycott i...

October 19 -Tragedy on the Tracks
10/19/2020
October 19 -Tragedy on the Tracks

October 19 -Tragedy on the Tracks

On this day in Labor History the year was 2013. That was the day that two workers on California’s Bay Area Rapid Transit, or BART as it is more commonly called, were struck and killed by a train. Christopher Sheppard was a BART track engineer. Laurence D...

October 18 - The Voice of an Era
10/18/2020
October 18 - The Voice of an Era

October 18 - The Voice of an Era

On this day in Labor History the year was 1945. That was the day that Paul Robeson received the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP. The award was given annually to the African American with the “highest achievement.” Robeson certainly fit that criteria. He ...

October 17 - Fighting to End Poverty
10/17/2020
October 17 - Fighting to End Poverty

October 17 - Fighting to End Poverty

On this day in Labor History the year was 1987. That was the day that more than 100,000 people gathered in Paris to stand up against poverty and hunger. The gathering was inspired by Father Joseph Wresinski, a French Catholic Priest. He founded the All T...

Review: Forty Years of Working-Class Films
10/16/2020
Review: Forty Years of Working-Class Films

Review: Forty Years of Working-Class Films

If you search for films about labor, one makes every list: Norma Rae. This most iconic of union movies was a critical and box office smash when it came out in 1979, the same year Labor Notes published its first issue. At that moment, when more Americans than ever before were union members, it wasn.....

October 16 - Thank a Farmer
10/16/2020
October 16 - Thank a Farmer

October 16 - Thank a Farmer

On this day in Labor History the year was 1979. That was the day that the United Nation’s established the idea of holding an annual “World Food Day.” The aim of the day is to bring global attention to the problem of hunger and to build international soli...

October 15 - Meager Compensation for the Loss of Life
10/15/2020
October 15 - Meager Compensation for the Loss of Life

October 15 - Meager Compensation for the Loss of Life

On this day in Labor History the year was 1990. That was the day that President George H. W. Bush signed the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act. Worker safety at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site had been sacrificed during the Cold War era, as the United Sta...

10/14/2020
Mary Harris "Mother Jones" Elementary School dedication, 2003

A little history throw back -- school children reflect on the dedication of the Mother Jones Grade School in Adelphi MD in 2003.

This film celebrates the opening of Mary Harris "Mother Jones" Elementary School in Adelphi, MD, which opened on August 26, 2002. The film features footage f...

October 14 - Marching for Equality
10/14/2020
October 14 - Marching for Equality

October 14 - Marching for Equality

On this day in Labor History the year was 1979. That was the day that the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights took place in Washington D.C. Estimates of marchers ranged from as few 75,000 to as many as 200,000. The year of the march w...

October 13 - We Whipped the Ivy League and You Can Too!
10/13/2020
October 13 - We Whipped the Ivy League and You Can Too!

October 13 - We Whipped the Ivy League and You Can Too!

On this day in Labor History the year was 1985. That was the day that clerical and support staff at Columbia University went out on strike. More than 1,000 staff members were represented by United Auto Workers District 65. The workers wanted improvement...

October 12 - Workers Begin to Come Together
10/12/2020
October 12 - Workers Begin to Come Together

October 12 - Workers Begin to Come Together

On this day in Labor History the year was 1845. That was the day that the first Industrial Congress of the United States met in New York. People interested in the problems facing working people—including long hours, low pay and unsafe conditions gathered ...

October 11 - Born into Privilege, But...
10/11/2020
October 11 - Born into Privilege, But...

October 11 - Born into Privilege, But...

On this day in Labor History the year was 1874. That was the day that Mary Heaton Vorse was born in New York City. She grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts in a well-off family. She traveled across Europe with her parents, receiving her education and lear...

October 10 - With the Push of a Button, Oceans are Joined
10/10/2020
October 10 - With the Push of a Button, Oceans are Joined

October 10 - With the Push of a Button, Oceans are Joined

On this day in Labor History the year was 1913. At 2:02 in the afternoon President Woodrow Wilson at the White House touched of an explosion at the Gamboa Dike in Panama. With that touch of a button the last barrier to joining the waters of the Atlantic ...

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Let's make history this Nov. Vote Yes & Organize others! The Illinois General Assembly has approved the official ballot language for the Fair Tax, as well as the arguments for and against the amendment that will be mailed to voters. Here is how the ballot language will read: The proposed amendment grants the State authority to impose higher income tax rates on higher income levels, which is how the federal government and a majority of other states do it. The amendment would remove the portion of the Revenue Article of the Illinois Constitution that is sometimes referred to as the “flat tax,” that requires all taxes on income to be at the same rate. The amendment does not itself change tax rates. It gives the State the ability to impose higher tax rates on those with higher income levels and lower tax rates on those with middle or lower income levels. You are asked to decide whether the proposed amendment should become a part of the Illinois Constitution.
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To all those who hard work and dedication are represented today in ALL jobs across the country, Happy Labor Day!! https://youtu.be/erSJGrpfnOI
This event is little over a week away - I hope you can join us! https://www.facebook.com/events/348909962391919/
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If you're in Champaign-Urbana this Friday, join The University of Illinois Rare Book & Manuscript Library and Illinois History and Lincoln Collections for a talk about Illinois labor history! You'll also get the chance to see items from both collections related to labor history (letters from Mother Jones, first printing of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, and more).
Still looking for a few more extras for filming bar scene on July 28, 2018 11 am. No pay. Food, copy, and IMDB credit. No experience necessary. Just dress as close to photos as you can and practice saying, "Long live the social revolution." See update 8 on GoFundMe page for pics. Email [email protected] for details. #haymarket #haymarketsquareriot #albertparsons #lucyparsons #womenshistory #chicagohistory
Ludlow, CO - On June 23, a commemoration of the Ludlow massacre took place, sponsored by labor unions, local officials and Greek and Greek-American civic and religious organizations. They gathered here to unveil a remarkable memorial: a new statue of strike organizer and Ludlow martyr Louis Tikas.
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