Sunday, April 26, 2009

Plans for May Day 2009 in Chicago...


Here are all the details about plans for May Day 2009. First is info on the immigrant rights march...

Call to March and Endorsements:

10am: Rally in Union Park (Ashland and Washington)
11:30am: March to Federal Plaza*

In commemoration of the International Day of the Working Class, this May 1st, march for jobs and the right to unionize for all workers, and the legalization of more than 12 million undocumented immigrant workers in the U.S.

Join us to stand up against the attempts to make immigrants and working families pay for the economic crisis and war. We demand greater and equal access to education, healthcare, affordable housing and jobs for all! We demand an end to raids and deportations!

The March 10th Committee welcomes everybody to march behind our banner: “Without Legalization There Can Be No Equal Labor Rights”. In the spirit of making our march lively and energizing we have gathered a few props that we invite you to look for at Union Park. We’ll have giant puppets from The Backbone Campaign, Korean Drummers from KRCC, a sound truck that will lead the contingent and 1,500 signs with the same slogan as our banner.

How To Donate: To donate for the May Day events, write checks payable to Comite 10 de Marzo, and contact Victor Cortez at

For more info about the march and rally call 312-738-6100.

For a flyer click below...

For a Spanish version, click below...

* Due to talks with the City of Chicago we had to start the march earlier; we must leave promptly at 11:30 am.

Also happening on May Day...
May Day Rally
May 1, 2009 - 4:00 p.m.
Haymarket Square (Randolph & Desplaines Streets, Chicago)
A representative from the national AFL-CIO will attend to speak and to present a plaque to be installed on the Memorial.
Co-sponsored by Chicago Federation of Labor and Illinois Labor History Society.

At 4:00 PM, workers, trade unionists and others will gather at the Haymarket memorial at Randolph and DesPlaines for the annual May Day Commeration. For more on that event you can contact the Illinois Labor History Society (ILHS) at (312) 663-4107 or President of ILHS, Larry Spivak at (312) 641-6060. Or checkout ILHS web page were you can download a flyer...

And don't forget, one week later on March 9th, the Labor Notes Workers School...

Please join us for the 2009 Chicago Troublemakers School

Layoffs. Concessions. Benefit cuts. Corporate America has created the biggest crisis for workers in decades, and we are paying the price.

How do keep what we've got while building power to fight for more?

If you've already registered for this one-of-a-kind event, thank you. If you haven't, register today!

When: Saturday, May 9
9 am to 4:30 pm

Where: Malcolm X College
1900 W. Van Buren
Chicago, IL. 60612

Frequently updated information available at

Opening plenary: Fighting Through the Economic Crisis in Chicago
Labor activists are digging in their heels as the economy pelts workers with everything its got. Get equipped with an analysis of the economic crisis, and hear from workers throughout the city who are fighting cuts and concessions.

Closing plenary: You Gotta Fight to Win: Building on Our Victories
Chicago taught the nation a lesson this winter when Republic Windows and Doors workers reminded us that we can't win if we don't fight. Celebrating the victory of the sit-down, along with other victories in Chicago, we'll look at how we won, what to do to win more, and lessons for the day after a victory.

Workshops include:

Organizing in the Crisis
The need for organizing is greater than ever as unorganized workers feel some of the harshest effects of the economic crisis. What new pitfalls and opportunities has the economic crisis presented for workers’ organizing efforts? Is the crisis making workers more or less likely to organize? Is it changing what they are fighting for? Worker centers and labor unions will discuss the lay of the land for organizing and tactics and strategies for organizing in the crisis.

Changing your Union
How can you get involved in shaping the future of your union? Does your union leadership need some "encouragement" from the members? Hear from union members who are taking charge of their unions through union reform caucuses, and those that have run for office--and won. Reformers will discuss how to build support among members and will share some of the tough lessons learned from reformers in office.

Fighting Back in the Pubilc Sector
As the recession hit, falling tax revenues have lead to cuts in government spending and services. Hear from union activists who are fighting cuts by saving city run Mental Health clinics, workers resisting speed ups at UIC Medical Center, and teachers and community organizers that rallied to save 25 schools from the Chicago Public Schools’ restructuring plan, and others. Developing community-labor alliances will be discussed as a strategy.

Also: Lessons from labor's history, Defending immigrant workers, Preparing a grievance for possible arbitration, and more.


Go to to register online, or call 313-842-6262.

For a flyer click below...

For a spanish flyer, click below...


  1. Great flyer! Do you have also have a pdf available of it in Spanish? I want to invite some of my ESL students..

  2. Hi KF, I have added Spanish versions of the immigrant rights march flyer and the Workers School flyer on the blog. Sorry I left those out before, I was trying to get the stuff up quickely in time for last night's Labor Express Radio program. Unfortunately I don't think there is a Spanish flyer for the 4 PM event.