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Over 100 Kaneland School District teachers and other members of the community rallied outside of Harter Middle School on Monday

They were there supporting the Kaneland Education Association as they continue to negotiate a new contract before their current one expires at the end of the month.

They wore all red, and held up signs with slogans like “Teachers need more than apples."

Raney Good is the Kaneland Education Association’s president.

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Striking Chicago hotel workers spent a fifth day on picket lines as the walkout grew to 26 downtown hotels.

 

 

 

The strike has targeted large chains including Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott. The Chicago Tribune reports employees at the Cambria Chicago Magnificent Mile joined the strike Tuesday.

 

Some visitors say hotels have scrambled to clean rooms and check in guests.

 

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Graduate student workers at the University of Illinois have gone on strike after 11 months of unsuccessful talks with administrators on a new contract.

Picket lines started Monday morning on the Urbana-Champaign campus, with a few hundred people gathering for a midday rally. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports some undergraduate classes were canceled or moved to buildings away from picketing.

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Tenured and tenure-track faculty at the University of Illinois Springfield went on strike Tuesday, saying 20 months of negotiations with the administration have resulted in little progress.

More than 160 tenured and tenure-track professors represented by University Professionals of Illinois have been negotiating almost two years in an effort to get personnel policies included in a contract. 

Union President Lynn Fisher, a professor of sociology and anthropology, says the University of Illinois has a history of resisting such demands.

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Back when it was called Sangamon State University, the Springfield campus had a faculty union.

But since joining the University of Illinois system, professors have been without a bargaining unit. For more than a year, they’ve been trying to get an agreement that would retain the rights they had before.

Now, frustrated by the slow pace of talks, they’ve voted to authorize a strike.

Kristi Barnwell, a history professor, says negotiations have thus far been more about grievance procedures and tenure, than dollars and cents.

United Auto Workers members have resoundingly rejected a four-year contract with Fiat Chrysler. Workers at the plant in Belvidere were among the last in the nation to vote on the deal union leaders had worked out with the automaker: like most Fiat Chrysler plants nation-wide, they overwhelmingly vote "no."

65% of the Belvidere plant's 3000 UAW members voted against the proposal. It's considered a rebuke of their union leaders who supported the deal.

Rock Valley College

Rock Valley College faculty members rejected a mediator's proposal that could have ended their strike.  Union members gathered to review the latest five year contract from the school and voted to reject it at a meeting Sunday night at the Unitarian Universalist church in Rockford.. 

The two sides met for 10 hours Friday and were given a plan to consider by a mediator working on the contract dispute.

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Update, Friday 6:22 pm: Contract negotiations continue between striking Rock Valley College faculty members and the school's bargaining representative. They've been negotiating all day.

Classes are canceled for a second day at Rock Valley College because of a faculty strike. Now the college’s president is making a plea for them to return to work.

Rock Valley College Teachers Begin Strike

Sep 16, 2015
Rock Valley College

Rock Valley College faculty members went on strike today after negotiators for the college declared an impasse Tuesday night without responding to the faculty association’s latest proposal on a five-year wage increase plan.

Following a meeting to plan specific strategy, faculty members started picketing at all three entrances of the college.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

During a closed meeting Thursday, members of the Kishwaukee College Education Association (KCEA) overwhelmingly voted for a work stoppage to begin on Wednesday, January 21st. 

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Spring semester starts today for Kishwaukee College students. And it appears a teacher strike is less likely, after last night’s negotiations between the union and administrators. 

Dixon Athletics

Teachers in Dixon plan to strike Thursday.  In an open letter to the community, the Dixon Education Association says unresolved issues include continued salary freezes and staffing shortages.

Strike Ends In Carpentersville School District

Dec 5, 2012

A teachers strike in a northern Illinois school district is over. More than 20,000 students in District 300 will be back in class Wednesday. That's after teachers and the school district reached a tentative agreement, ending the one-day walkout.

Rockford Teachers Vote to Strike

Mar 26, 2012
WNIJ

Members of the Rockford Education Association voted Monday night to go on strike Thursday, March 29th unless there is a contract agreement before then.