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450 S Michigan Ave, AUD 1851
Chicago IL 60605
United States


Illinois Labor History Society

Affiliate Your Union Today

2018 Membership Drive

Renew your membership today to help keep labor history alive!

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Join the Illinois Labor History Society.

Membership dues are $250.00 per year for unions with more than 200 members.

Dear Union Brothers and Sisters,

As you are aware, there is a coordinated and well-financed campaign to discredit unions in the eyes of the American people and to blame organized labor for America's economic woes. This shameful campaign is designated to ensure that our story is NOT told about how workers and unions built the middle class.

Founded in 1969, the Illinois Labor History Society (ILHS) has successfully carried out its mission to preserve the state's labor history and to educate students, union members and the general public about the important contributions that unions have made to our nation. ILHS has accomplished much over the last 49 years. We have played a key role in winning National Landmark status for the Union Miners Cemetery in Mt. Olive which honors the grave-site of Mother Jones, the Great Stone Gate of the Chicago Stockyards and the world's most important labor history site, the Haymarket Martyrs Memorial Monument in Forest Park for which the ILHS is the deed holder and caretaker.

The ILHS was founded in part to achieve recognition of the fight for the Eight Hour Day that played out in Haymarket Square in Chicago in 1886. Finally, in 2004, 35 years after our founding, we were successful in helping secure that recognition with the dedication of the statue at the very site of the Haymarket Tragedy. We are excited to announce that the statue is back at Haymarket Square where we will be holding our May Day celebration this year as we have each year with plaque dedications from labor federations from around the world.

We want to thank IEA for its support of ILHS. The IEA has consistently joined the Labor History Society and supported its programs. Many individual IEA members, staff, local associations and Region Council have also joined ILHS in the past.

We ask that you share this communication you Region Council at the next meeting. Individuals can join for only $30. Local associations can affiliate for $250.00; locals with less then 100 members only pay $100.00. I hope that your locals will become members in America's premier labor history society. A renewal form is included in this mailing along with an invoice for your records.

Please help us tell OUR story, the greatest American story ever told!

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The Illinois Labor History Society (ILHS) was formed on August 5, 1969 in the office of the late Joseph M. Jacobs, attorney for the Chicago Teachers Union, Meatcutters, and other labor organizations. Over the years, the ILHS has advocated for the protection of important Illinois labor history sites, published guidebooks by the later Professor William Adelman, and provided labor history programs and tours for thousands of union members, students, teachers, and members of the general public.

The ILHS can organize a truly memorable labor history tour of Chicago for your next union outing our convention, class outing, our group event.  Walk down the streets of historic Pullman, and learn about the lives and struggles of the workers who built the famed Pullman Sleeping Cars.  Visit the cemetery that is the final resting place of the Haymarket Martyrs and see the Monument that draws visitors from across the globe.  Stand at the stockyard gate and imagine the sights, the sounds, and smells of the place that once produced eighty-percent of the meat sold across the nation. Our guides will help bring this history to life and introduce you to some of the most significant figures in Chicago labor history.

The ILHS regularly provides speakers and leads workshops for union meetings and conventions, steward and apprentice training, library programs, college courses, and other community events.  Our director and board members can speak on a variety of subjects relating to labor history, and are enthusiastic to tell the stories of the working people that built Illinois.