At In These Times, David Moberg covers this year’s Labor Notes conference, held once again in Chicago during a weekend of strikes and marches. He begins:
Every two years since 1981, the Detroit- and Brooklyn-based monthly newsletter Labor Notes has rallied union members and wannabe members, as well as some union staff and elected leaders, to join in a long weekend of sharing stories, strategies and wisdom gained in their workplace skirmishes.
They are the sort of people that bosses everywhere — and a few union officials — might call “troublemakers,” and they have adopted the moniker as a badge of honor (including holding “troublemaker schools” and producing tactical handbooks for do-it-yourself organizers).
Last weekend, around 2,200 labor activists, from diverse age groups, industries, personal experiences and nations (about 150 visitors from 22 countries), gathered in Chicago for a packed line-up of workshops and plenary sessions in the largest of these conferences.
South Side Trauma Center
A very good two part article on the politics and economics that leveraged the University of Chicago Medical Center to re-establish an adult trauma center was published at Crain’s Chicago Business. Note that while advocates deserve a pat on the back, it ain’t really over until the trauma center is open for patients. Until then, it’s bait.
The Chicago Police Department’s “black site”, Homan Square, wasn’t simply a venue where arrestees were “disappeared” for a time, but, according to the Chicago Police Department’s own records, a place where arrestees were mistreated, injured, tortured, according to a new report published in The Guardian.