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"Out of The Jungle" labor activist Les Orear dies at age 103

Leslie Fray Orear was a union organizer for the United Packinghouse Workers of America, editor of its newspaper and co-founder and president emeritus of the Illinois History Society.

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Today in labor history: Anti-Monopoly Party founded

There were 200 delegates from 16 states at the convention, including 61 from Illinois and Michigan.

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Oct. 8 in Labor History: The Great Chicago Fire

In addition to 300 dead there were 100,000 left homeless. When the fire destroyed the waterworks, the city's water supply was cut off and the firefighters were forced to give up.

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As groups converge on Chicago, watchdogs expose ALEC slush fund

ALEC is running a secret, multi-million dollar slush fund that pays for lavish junkets for state lawmakers and has lied to the IRS.

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Survey: Majority backs public schools over alternatives

 The U.S. public still strongly supports public schools and wants to improve them - and is willing to pay to do so.

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Union protests Obama's nomination of Pritzker

Saying Hyatt Hotel magnate Penny Pritzker destroys jobs,  Unite Here members crowded into the back of a Senate hearing room to show the union opposes her nomination as U.S. Commerce Secretary.

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Taken for a ride: temp agencies and ‘raiteros’ in immigrant Chicago

Temp agencies and their corporate giant clients continue to profit off of low-wage, immigrant workers as this investigative report from ProPublica shows.

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Chicago retail and fast food workers rally for $15

Hundreds of Chicago's retail and fast food workers rallied at St. James Cathedral last night after having walked off their jobs early in the day.

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Chicago fast food and retail workers walk out

They've dubbed their push The Fight for $15 campaign after their aim of winning $15 an hour for workers.

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Today in labor history: Lucy Parsons leads march in Chicago

Parsons was described by the Chicago Police Department as "more dangerous than a thousand rioters."

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