The End of the Longest Strike in America



The longest strike in America ended yesterday, with UNITE HERE Local 1, the union representing Chicago hospitality workers, deciding to end their strike at the Congress Hotel in downtown Chicago after a decade. The strike was a fixture of the Chicago landscape, almost like a living landmark. I wrote some reflections about its end, which you can read here.

Chicago Teachers Union Overwhelmingly Re-Elects Karen Lewis’s CORE Caucus

I’ve got a story up at The Nation about the re-election of Karen Lewis’s CORE caucus and the spread of similar social justice caucuses in teachers unions across the country. Read it here.

After Fighting Rahm Emanuel on Layoffs, Airport Janitors Demand New Union

After a yearlong battle with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, whose administration’s choice of a nonunion contractor for janitorial services at O’Hare Airport led to almost 300 layoffs of unionized janitors there, the new nonunion janitors demanded union recognition from their employer this week. I wrote about it yesterday for Working In These Times.