Jeff Schuhrke has been a Working In These Times contributor since 2013. He has a Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master’s in Labor Studies from UMass Amherst. Follow him on Twitter: @JeffSchuhrke

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Intelligentsia Workers Vote to Unionize, Fueling the Fire of Coffee Industry Organizing
Workers at the coffee chain have joined fellow baristas at Starbucks and Colectivo in unionizing their workplaces.
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U.S. Railroad Workers Inch Closer to a Possible National Strike
After Biden appointed an emergency board to help resolve the labor dispute, rail workers warn: “We have the ability to stop the trains from moving.”
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Intelligentsia Coffee Workers Join Starbucks and Colectivo in Unionizing
The cafe organizing wave continues to grow as workers at all Intelligentsia stores in Chicago file for a union election.
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Teachers at the Blue Man Group’s "Progressive" School Strike Over Union Busting
The private Blue School in New York teaches labor history. Its teachers just walked off the job.
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The Real Scandal at the Oscars Was When Celebrities Crossed a Picket Line
Forget the Will Smith and Chris Rock altercation—hospitality workers got thrown under the bus when a host of Hollywood elites entered an Oscars night party at a hotel under union boycott.
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For the First Time in History, Public Television Workers in Chicago Are Out on Strike
Technicians for the local PBS affiliate WTTW have walked off the job to make sure their workplace remains a union shop.
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Chicago Teachers Voted to Teach Remotely Amid Omicron Wave—And Were Locked Out
The teachers’ union demanded greater safety measures in classrooms, and in response the school district cancelled classes and locked educators out of online learning platforms.
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Capping Off a Year of Labor Action at Amazon, Warehouse Workers Walk Off the Job in Illinois
For the first time, Amazon is experiencing a multi-site U.S. work stoppage. It comes at the end of a year marked by union organizing and labor militancy at the retail giant.
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Labor Activists Want to Know Why Workers Were Left to Die in Extreme Tornadoes
Grief, anger, and demands for answers after tornadoes kill at least 14 U.S. workers.
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These Tortilla Workers Walked Out and Won a Day Off Work
Gathered outside Chicago's flagship El Milagro taqueria, workers remembered those who died from Covid-19—and celebrated a victory that granted them Sundays off.
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No, the Strike Wave Is Not About Vaccine Mandates
The recent spate of militant labor action has been over workers demanding better pay and working conditions—not opposing Covid vaccine requirements.
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Why Are Major Unions Undermining the Progressive Strategy on Reconciliation?
Labor leaders from the AFL-CIO and AFT are undermining left Democrats in the reconciliation fight. But members are pushing back.
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“It’s Time to Turn This Tortilla Around”: El Milagro Workers Walk Out, Demanding Fair Treatment
Alleging abusive conditions and staff shortages amid the pandemic, workers at the iconic Chicago tortillería walked off the job—only to to be locked out by management.
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An Exhibit of Worker Power: Art Institute of Chicago Workers Join the Museum Union Wave
Employees at the historic museum are organizing for pay fairness and transparency, part of a growing movement to unionize cultural institutions across the country.
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No Justice, No Italian Beef: Workers at Portillo’s Food Chain Walk Out on Strike
A group of non-unionized workers at the Chicago-based chain staged a week-long walk out, part of a growing wave of strikes in the area.
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Chicago Nurses Are Going on Strike—And Management Is Bringing in Scabs Through a Text Blast
Nurses and support staff in the Chicago area are joining other militant healthcare workers across the country by walking off the job, despite attempts by their bosses to hire strikebreakers.
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U.S. Unions Are Voicing Unprecedented Support for Palestine
While some national labor groups remain silent, union locals across the country are speaking out to defend Palestinians from Israeli aggression.
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Just 3 Democrats Stand in the Way of the PRO Act Coming to the Senate Floor for a Vote
Facing pressure, Sens. Joe Manchin and Angus King have signed on to the landmark labor bill, leaving just three Democratic holdouts: Kyrsten Sinema, Mark Kelly and Mark Warner.
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The Movement to End At-Will Employment Is Getting Serious
Unlike much of the world, the U.S. doesn’t ensure “just cause” employment. This coalition in Illinois hopes to change that.
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After Threatening Strike, Chicago Teachers Set “New Standard” With Safer School Reopening Plan
Hard-fought negotiations and a strike threat led to Chicago teachers reaching the “most comprehensive agreement for reopening schools” in the country, potentially setting a model for other districts nationwide.
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Chicago Teachers Are Showing the Country How to Fight an Unsafe Reopening
As the mayor tries to force them back into schools, teachers may be headed into another strike.
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The Labor Movement Has a Game Plan for the Biden Era
This time, unions intend to get something done.
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Chicago Teachers Are Considering a Strike Amid Pandemic Surge
With Covid cases rising, the Chicago Teachers Union and its allies are resisting Mayor Lightfoot's plan to force educators back into the classroom—and could walk off the job.
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“This Strike Is a Fight for Our Lives”: Healthcare Workers Are Walking Off the Job to Demand Pandemic Protections
In Chicago and across the country, a wave of strikes by nursing home aides and other healthcare workers is showing that collective action is necessary for survival.
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Millions of U.S Workers for Walmart, McDonald’s and Other Corporate Giants Rely on Food Stamps and Medicaid
A new report commissioned by Bernie Sanders shows that corporations are soaking up profits—while paying workers so little they depend on government assistance to survive.
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"We Won’t Let Him": Unions Nationwide Are Planning a General Strike If Trump Tries to Steal the Election
President Trump has signaled he’s ready to declare victory before all the votes are counted. These unions are saying "hell no"—by planning massive workplace actions.
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Trump’s Calls for Voter Intimidation Are Already Being Heeded. Here’s How to Respond.
We could see a deluge of Trump-sponsored voter intimidation on Election Day. Protecting our democracy requires stopping it in its tracks.
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The Nightmare Facing the Poor and Working Class If There’s Not Another Stimulus
With time running out and Republicans balking at more Covid relief, U.S. workers are facing a future of financial misery.
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Healthcare Workers Are Leading the Largest Strike Ever at the University of Illinois-Chicago
In the face of a deadly pandemic, UIC’s largely Black and Latino hospital workforce is demanding workplace safety and livable wages.
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OSHA Is Failing Essential Workers. Why Not Let Them Sue Their Bosses?
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Weed That’s Legal and Union: Marijuana Dispensary Becomes First in Illinois to Unionize
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Field Museum Workers Say It’s Time for the CEO to Start Making Sacrifices, Too
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Labor Unions Were Crucial in Bernie Sanders’ New Hampshire Victory
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To Build a Left-Wing Unionism, We Must Reckon With the AFL-CIO’s Imperialist Past
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Why 15,000 Indiana Teachers Just Walked Off the Job
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Elizabeth Warren Says Make the Rich Pay for Striking Chicago Teachers’ Demands
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Chicago Teachers Won Public Support for Their Strike. Here’s How.
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Graduate Workers Are Going to Fight Like Hell to Stop the Trump NLRB’s New Rule
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Did You Get a Text Inviting You to a Picket Line? It Might Be from Bernie Sanders.
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We’ve Been Fighting for $15 For 7 Years. Today I’m Celebrating a Historic Victory.
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When Janus Backfires: A Test Case In Labor Solidarity After Fair Share
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Hyatt Workers Win 4-Week Strike, Hours After Third Coast Audio Festival Refused to Cross Picket Line
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Today Amazon, Tomorrow the Railroad Industry: The Fight for $15 Rolls On
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Thousands of Chicago Workers Are Out On the First Citywide Hotel Strike In Over a Century
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Voters Just Killed Right to Work in Missouri, Proving Labor Still Has Power Under Janus
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Remembering Ed Sadlowski: Labor Activist, Democratic Socialist and Crusader for the Rank-and-File
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After Loyola’s Cinderella NCAA Run, Faculty Are Out On Strike. Where Is Sister Jean?
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In a Historic First, the Chicago Teachers Union and Charter School Teachers Have Joined Forces
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