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Illinois Labor Journeys with Mike Matejka

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Illinois Labor Journeys with Mike Matejka

  • McLean County Museum of History 200 North Main Street Bloomington, IL, 61701 United States (map)

Illinois Labor Journeys with Mike Matejka
Sat Jun 16 13:30:00 2018

As part of the continuation of programs to celebrate the Bicentennial of Illinois, the Museum is pleased to welcome Mike Matejka, labor historian and Governmental Affairs Director, Great Plains Laborers’ District Council and editor of Grand Prairie Union News, for a program exploring Illinois’ labor history. This free, public program will be held in the Museum’s second floor Governor Fifer Courtroom on Saturday, June 16 at 1:30 p.m.

With 19th century industrialization and economic expansion, how did workers win a voice on the job, and obtain safer working conditions and decent treatment?This illustrated program will demonstrate how Illinois was in the forefront of labor struggles, with stories that had a national impact. From Chicago’s Haymarket Square to the Pullman Works, Illinois coal mines to the street car strikes right here on the streets of downtown Bloomington.

Mike Matejka is the Governmental Affairs Director, Great Plains Laborers District Council representing LiUNA locals in central Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.For the past 38 years he has edited the Grand Prairie Union News for the Bloomington & Normal Trades & Labor Assembly.In 2000 the ILHS published his book, “Fiery Struggle: Illinois Fire Fighters Build a Union.“He speaks frequently on labor topics, does regular local radio commentaries and is always digging up Illinois labor history nuggets.He serves on numerous local agency and other boards in central Illinois, including as past President of the McLean County Historical Society.

For more information about this program, please contact the Education Department at or 309-827-0428. Free parking is available on the Museum Square and surrounding streets or at the Lincoln Parking Deck located on Front Street.