State News
3:04 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

University of Chicago Medical Center nurses set to strike

A union representing more than 1,500 registered nurses is planning a strike at University of Chicago Medical Center to call attention to issues during contract negotiations.  National Nurses United says the strike will start Thursday at 7 a.m. 

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6:54 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

U of I Urbana officials weigh in on Chicago strike

A 2-day strike by faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago isn’t deterring the efforts of some at the school’s flagship campus to unionize:

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1:25 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Fast-food workers strike in Peoria

Fast-food workers in Peoria staged walk-outs for the second time this year to push restaurant chains to pay higher wages.  Employees at McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s also were striking for the right to form a union without retaliation or unfair labor practices.  Delilah Hill works at the Burger King on University.  She says a boost in pay would give employees a higher standard of living:

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:11 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Some Peoria and Bloomington fast food workers striking today

Some fast-food customers in search of burgers and fries Thursday ran into striking workers instead. Thousands of workers around the country staged walkouts, including in Peoria and Bloomington, to push restaurant chains to pay higher wages.

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8:22 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

State AFSCME union talking possible strike

Ill. Governor Pat Quinn (credit:

The state's largest public employees' union is talking more about a strike.  Henry Bayer, Executive Director of the AFSCME union, says contract talks with the governor's office are going nowhere.  IPR’s Sean Crawford reports.  

Bayer says a strike is a real possibility,  and he says Governor Quinn is the catalyst.  Bayer says Quinn's termination of the union's previous contract and his attempts to force cuts in pay and benefits has workers ready to go on the picket line.          

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