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IFT Locals Answer the Call on Labor Day

9/02/2014

IFT members proudly joined with their union brothers and sisters around Illinois this Labor Day weekend to honor the men and women who fought to improve the working conditions, benefits, and protections U.S workers enjoy today.


In Peoria, Local 780 members were a sea of IFT blue as they showed their solidarity with the union movement during the “America Needs a Raise” parade. Tom McLaughlin, a former local union leader and retired IFT field service director, served as grand marshal for the annual event.


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Members of Local 4408, IFT staff, and their families marched under the union banner in the Springfield Labor Day parade.


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IFT President Dan Montgomery, IFT Vice President and Local 1274 President Steve Grossman, members of the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago ACTS,
and leaders of community and religious organizations spent the weekend taking action. A crowd rallied in Skokie on Saturday to support 93 Teamsters workers in their month-long strike against Golan Moving & Storage. Employees were forced to strike last month when the company refused to bargain in good faith with the union to resolve unfair working conditions and illegal paycheck deduction concerns.


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In Belleville, Local 434 members and their families (and pets!) joined fellow union members in the town's annual Labor Day parade.


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An article in Champaign’s News-Gazette on Monday explained what Labor Day means to union members, in their own words. Dorothee Schneider, a member of Local 6546, the IFT’s newest local, said:

"I've been a historian and university teacher for over thirty years now. During the past year, I've helped with organizing Local 6546 AFT/IFT, Champaign County's newest union. Our group of non-tenure-track faculty at the U of I is building a community of professionals who want to improve higher education. We have come a long way in the last year and that is what I'm celebrating on Labor Day 2014."



In light of the increasing attacks on teachers, public employees and all workers, this Labor Day weekend was also a call to action for union members and Illinois citizens. We must work together and make our voices heard at the ballot box on November 4 to fight against billionaire gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner and his anti-union, anti-middle class agenda. Learn more about what is at stake in this election and how you can help support the effort to protect collective bargaining rights, education, and our communities.


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