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 Media Releases

March 27 | Unions Demand Decisive Action from Cook County Criminal Justice System to Protect Workers Against Threat of COVID-19

March 11 | UIC Workers Demand Above Market Rate Increase in Pay

January 24 | SEIU Illinois Members Endorse, Pledge to Get-Out-The-Vote for Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx

January 16 | UIC Workers Disrupt Board of Trustees Meeting

December 18 | UIC Workers Without Contracts to Sing Carols & Deliver Petition to HR Director

November 15 | Members Elect New Officers at SEIU Local 73

October 30 | SEIU Local 73 Congratulates Chicago Teachers Union

October 30 | 7,500 Chicago Public Schools Support Staff with SEIU Local 73 Win Economic Justice and Better Schools in Contract with CPS

October 30 | Chicago Public School Staff Announce Tentative Agreement Voting Results

October 28 | SEIU Local 73 Reaches Tentative Agreement with Chicago Public Schools

October 28 | Chicago Public Schools Staff Reach Tentative Agreement with CPS

October 25 | Credit Union Offers Strike Loan of $1,000 to Striking Local 73 Members

October 24 | President of SEIU Local 73 Sends Letter to Mayor Lightfoot Inviting Her to Come to the Bargaining Table

October 23 | Chicago Public School Staff Host Bus Tour and Town Hall to Highlight CPS’ Poverty Wages

October 22 | Chicago Public Schools Bus Aides to Host a Bus Tour of Tax Increment Financing Locations

October 21 | SEIU Local 73 Bargaining Update: 16 Months. No New Proposals. No Contract. CPS Needs to Take Bargaining Seriously. 

October 21 | SEIU Local 73 to provide update on negotiations and respond to Mayor Lightfoot’s false claims about bargaining

October 21 | SEIU Strike Day 3: Bargaining for the More Than 7,500 Chicago Public School Staff Resumes

October 18 | No Meetings. No Deal. 7,500+ Chicago Public Schools Staff Represented by SEIU Local 73 on STrike for 2nd Day

October 17 | More than 7,500 Special Education Classroom Assistants, Custodians, Bus Aides, and Security Officers to Strike for Second Day

October 17 | For the First Time in History, More than 7,500 Chicago Public Schools Staff Strike with Teachers

October 16 | On Last Day of Bargaining Chicago Public School Staff Workers Reject CPS Contract Proposal

October 16 | Chicago Park District Workers to Announce Results from Bargaining

October 14 | Days Before October 17 Strike, Hundreds of Teachers, Staff, and Park Workers to Hold Rally and March

October 11 | Less Than a Week Before October 17 Strike, Chicago Public School Custodians to Rally & March

October 9 | A Week Before October 17 Strike, Public School Support Staff and Park Workers To Tell Mayor Lightfoot; Stop Disrespecting & Neglecting Us

October 3 | Over 2,500 Park District Workers to Strike October 17

October 1 | Chicago Public School Staff and Chicago Park District Workers to Deliver Strike Notices to Mayor Lightfoot



Media Clips

Sheriff Tom Dart Attacks Pritzker For Refusing New Inmates


Shannon Heffernan

March 27, 2020


Voters in Illinois, Arizona, Florida Trickle Into Polls

Bloomberg News

Ryan Teague Beckwith, Shruti Singh, Tyler Pager

March 17, 2020


The coronavirus toll in Illinois

Chicago Tribune

John Byrne, Ryan Ori, Hannah Leone, Morgan Greene

March 11, 2020


UIC Contract Fight


The Santita Jackson Show

February 21, 2020


CPS workers mad they’re still waiting to see raises won during strike: ‘Pay up. It’s time’

Chicago Sun-Times

Nader Issa

December 19, 2019


A New Deal for Chicago’s Jewish Federation

Jewish Currents

Mari Cohen

December 19, 2019


For Union Bus Aide, 11-Day Strike Took A Financial Toll And She’s Pleading For Help


Dana Kozlov

December 6, 2019


Marie Newman picks up SEIU endorsement in Illinois House Race

Chicago Sun Times

Lynn Sweet

December 3, 2019


Reduced paychecks hit school support workers hard after strike : ‘It’s been a struggle’

Chicago Sun Times

Nader Issa

November 21, 2019


CPS strike: CPS support workers union votes to ratify deal with CPS

Chicago Sun Times

Jake Wittich

October 30, 2019


SEIU Local 73 members vote in favor of new contract with CPS


October 30, 2019


Chicago gets tentative staff deal as teachers stay on strike


Kathleen Foody

October 29, 2019


Chicago schools reach tentative deal with a union.  But teachers are still on strike.


Holly Yan and Christina Maxouris

October 28, 2019


Strike Day 8: Deal at hand with SEIU, not CTU

Crain’s Chicago Business

A.D. Quig

October 28, 2019


Chicago Teachers Strike: CPS, CTU negotiations continue, classes cancelled Tuesday; city reaches deal with SEIU


Liz Nagy and John Garcia

October 28, 2019


CPS support workers make tentative deal to end strike but won’t cross teachers picket lines

Chicago Sun Times

Nader Issa and Jacob Wittich

October 27, 2019


On strike, too, in Chicago: The desperation of schools’ lowest-paid workers


Ariel Cheung

October 23, 2019


‘Have your popcorn ready’: School strikers plan to rally outside Lightfoot’s budget reveal

Crain’s Chicago Business

A.D. Quig

October 22, 2019


CPS, striking school support staff return to bargaining table, but meeting lasts just 12 minutes

Chicago Sun Times

Nader Issa and Fran Spielman

October 21, 2019


School unions rally in Hyde Park on Day 3 of strike

Hyde Park Herald

Samantha Smylie

October 21, 2019


We’re on strike for good jobs and great schools for all Chicago families

Chicago Sun Times

Dian Palmer

October 20, 2019


Chicago Public Schools strike isn’t about money for teachers. It’s for aides living off less than $35,000 a year

USA Today

Grace Hauck

October 18, 2019


Union bigwigs fly in for solidarity rally as clock ticks down to CPS strike date

Crain’s Chicago Business

A.D. Quig

October 18, 2019


SEIU Local 73 CPS workers begin strike Thursday; union agrees to deal with Chicago Park District


October 17, 2019


Chicago Teachers Strike for a Better City

New York

Sarah Jones

October 17, 2019


Chicago Park District workers reach contract agreement, averting what would have been historic walkoff 

Chicago Tribune

Elvia Malagón

October 16, 2019


SEIU announces deal with Chicago Park District


October 16, 2019


With focus on possible CPS teacher strike, school support staff and parks workers say their contract demands need more attention too

Chicago Tribune

Javonte Anderson and Gregory Pratt

October 10, 2019


Chicago Educators Are Poised to Strike


Lois Weiner

October 10, 2019


3 Chicago unions, including CPS teachers, could soon go on strike together in ‘an extraordinarily disruptive moment’

Chicago Tribune

Hannah Leone

October 2, 2019


Chicago Teachers Union & SEIU Local 73 Set Oct. 17 Date for Strike If No Deal Reached


Brandis Friedman

October 2, 2019


Miles de trabajaores de CPS y del Distrito de Parques de Chicago dicen estar listos para irse a huelga

Univision Chicago

Jesse Echeverria

October 1, 2019


SEIU turns up heat on Lightfoot, says contract dispute could leave parents without safe alternative if teachers strike

Chicago Sun Times

Fran Spielman

October 1, 2019


CPS Staff, Park District Staff Deliver Strike Notice Tuesday


Mugo Odigwe

October 1, 2019


Chicago Park District workers, seeking raises and benefits for part-timers vote to strike

Chicago Tribune

Morgan Greene

September 25, 2019


Chicago Park District employees vote in favor of a strike

Chicago Sun Times

Nader Issa

September 25, 2019


Sanders fires up friendly crowd as teachers union starts strike votes

Crain’s Chicago Business

A.D. Quig

September 24, 2019


Support staff at Chicago schools inch closer to strike

Chicago Tribune

Nader Issa

September 16, 2019


Chicago Schools Are on the Verge of Two Strikes

Jacobin Magazine

Alan Mass

September 12, 2019


Interview with Susana Ibañez and Larry Alcoff about Chicago Public School Contract Fight

WCPT 820

The Santita Jackson Show

September 11, 2019


Congressment, activists look to overturn Citizens United decision

Gazette Chicago

Igor Studenkov

September 6, 2019


Facing $838 million city budget shortfall, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot holds first town hall: ‘We actually value your opinion’

Chicago Tribune

Gregory Pratt and John Byrne

September 6, 2019


More CPS Workers May Strike

The Jam on WCIU

Diana Gutierrez

September 5, 2019


Teachers, custodians, aides, guards all prep for possible strikes as school year begins in Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Tribune

Hannah Leone and Javonte Anderson

September 3, 2019


Chicago Teachers Union knocks CPS $7 billion spending plan as a ‘Rahm budget,’ but school board passes it 6-0

Chicago Tribune

Hannah Leone

August 28, 2019


Mayor, Labor Groups Push for $15 Minimum Wage by 2021


Paris Schutz

August 22, 2019


Strike Averted on U of I Campus, As Food & Building Service Workers Vote To Approve New Contract

Illinois Public Media

Christine Herman

August 20, 2019


UI food, building workers serve notice of intent to strike on move-in day

The News-Gazette

Julie Wurth

August 9, 2019


CPS custodians, security officers, aides vote to authorize strike after a year without a contract

Chicago Tribune

Hannah Leone

July 16, 2019


Union representing CPS support staff overwhelmingly approves strike authorization

Chicago Sun Times

July 15, 2019


Union Representing Special Education Aides, Bus Aides and custodians wins strike authorization

Chalkbeat Chicago

Yana Kunichoff

July 13, 2019


Majority of U of I food, building service workers vote yes for a strike

FOX Champaign News

Haydee Clotter

July 1, 2019


Update: U of I Dining & Building Service Workers Vote To Authorize Strike

Illinois Public Media

Christine Herman

July 1, 2019


U of I Food Building Service Workers Holding Strike Authorization Vote

FOX Champaign News

Haydee Clotter

June 28, 2019


Janus anti-labor Supreme Court ruling one year later: Illinois government unions doing OK

Chicago Sun Times

Lynn Sweet

June 26, 2019


UI food-, building-service workers set to vote on authorizing strike

The News-Gazette

Debra Pressey

June 26, 2019


Workers & SEIU Local 73 Demand Equal Pay at Chicago Parks

Tim Hogan Blog

Tim Hogan

May 8, 2019


God and Mammon at Loyola

Jacobin Magazine

John Wilmes

May 7, 2019


University of Chicago Labor Council Draws Crowds at May Day March

The Chicago Maroon

Adrian Mandeville

May 2, 2019


Graduate Student Workers Across Chicago Ramp Up Unionization Efforts

The Chicago Maroon

Lee Harris

April 26, 2019


Graduate Students Continue the Fight for Union Contract in Lake Shore Campus Demonstrations

Loyola Phoenix

Katie Anthony and Sasha Vassilyeva

April 24, 2019


Should Graduate Students Be Paid Like Employees? Students Across Campuses Push For Living Wage


Jenni Fink

April 19, 2019


Chicago Police Arrest Loyola Grad Workers Protesting Unfair Wages

Democracy Now!

April 16, 2019


U46 food service workers to receive annual 3% raises in first two years of the new three-year contract

The Courier-News

Rafael Guerrero

April 8, 2019


Former Sparc workers say firings were retaliation for unionizing effort

The State-Journal Register

Dean Olsen

February 8, 2019


City Lets Crossing Guards Go Home After A Cold Morning

CBS Chicago

Roseanne Tellez

January 30, 2019


Graduate, teaching assistant unions forming to fight for higher wages

The Alestle

JoAnn Weaver

January 24, 2019



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