To Do For All That Which No One Can Do For Oneself

The Social Security Administration has closed 80 field offices in the past few years, and it has big plans for closing even more. Click to download a shocking graph of closures: Graph of Office Closings FY-10-14

In-person service is critical to ensuring complex questions are answered and that customers receive the benefits they earned. That’s why over 43 million Americans visited SSA field offices last year. Do your part to stop office closures – write your members of Congress today!

Click here for the AFGE Petition.


Saturday July 26, 2014Great-America                    Great-America


  • FREE all-u-can-eat lunch
  • FREE water park admission
  • FREE games with prizes during lunch
  • FREE 2014 THRILL PASS (visit day of  picnic & get every day through September 7, 2014 FREE!)

Tickets Available 6/20-7/18.  Tickets are limited and non-refundable


Click on link below for details!

Great America Trip-flyer-2014

  NEW this year ..GOLIATH…World’s Tallest, Steepest and Fastest Wooden Roller Coaster


June 9th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)



Leslie Fray Orear

05/11/11 – 05/31/14


Leslie Fray Orear, a union organizer for the United Packinghouse Workers of America, editor of its newspaper and co-founder and president emeritus of the Illinois Labor History Society, died peacefully in his home surrounded by family in the early hours of May 30, 2014. He was 103 years old.


Les Orear was born in Marshall, Missouri, on May 11, 1911, and grew up in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Because of the Great Depression, he left college at the Alexander Meiklejohn Experimental College at the University of Wisconsin (1929-31) prematurely to get a job and help support his family. He went to work in the stockyards for Armour & Co. in 1932, earning 32.5 cents an hour tying strings on hams.


Hearing about the CIO’s growing success organizing autoworkers in Detroit, Orear and a group of co-workers began to organize the packinghouse workers, sneaking in leaflets and CIO sign-up cards in their boots. Their union, which became known as Packinghouse Workers Organizing Committee in 1937, promised equality for all members — white and black, men and women — making it one of the most progressive unions in the country. Orear was editor of the PWOC edition of the CIO News as well as an organizer. PWOC became United Packinghouse Workers of America in 1943, and Orear worked to organize plants in Topeka and Kansas City, Mo., from 1940 to 1946.


He was the editor of the UPWA’s newspaper, The Packinghouse Worker, from 1952 to 1968. He also edited several photojournalistic books depicting workers’ lives, including Out of the Jungle in 1968 and On the Job in Illinois: Then and Now in 1976, which included some of his own photographs. Orear spoke at hearings before Congress in support of the Wholesome Meat Act of 1967, a landmark in consumer protection that amended the Meat Inspection Act of 1906 inspired by Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle.


In 1969, he co-founded the Illinois Labor History Society with the late Bill Adelman and Studs Terkel, and he served as its president until age 98 and president emeritus until his death. Orear dedicated his retirement to ILHS, where he helped preserve the state’s rich labor history and bring that history to the public and to generations of local students. He was instrumental in preserving the Union Stock Yard Gate and helped secure the Haymarket Monument and the Martyrs’ Monument. He developed and guided many tours of important labor history sites in the Chicago area. He was the first and loudest to belt out “Solidarity Forever.”


Orear served as a trustee of the Illinois State Historical Library from 1974 to 1977 and was a member of the Illinois Humanities Council from 1978 to 1982, among other community organizations.


He believed in and lived “truth, beauty and love” and fought for justice and equality for all races and classes. He believed firmly in democracy and dedicated his life to the Common Good.


In his personal life he raised three children with Hermine Orear and made sure they camped in many US National Parks and that they all completed Antioch College. He climbed the Grand Teton in 1952 with his mountaineering half-brother Jay Orear, now a retired physics professor at Cornell. He is survived by his children, Linn Orear, Leslie Orear Jr. and Radha Jill Richmond-Covey; his son-in-law, Robert Covey; grandchildren Riva Richmond, Matt Covey and Mark Covey; and half-brothers Jay and Crag Orear.


Leslie and Hermine Orear were members of the Beverly Unitarian Society of Chicago and were given keys to the castle for their work restoring its historic building.


A memorial service will be held, details of which will be forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made to:


Illinois Labor History Society

430 S. Michigan Avenue

13th Floor Room AUD 1361

Chicago, IL  60605

TEN (10) $500 Scholarships will be awarded
to eligible dependents of employees of: CMS, SSA & SSA Field Offices.
Hurry! Deadline is June 6, 2014
Click on link for application

net-neutrality-tombstone-620x372The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is in the process of creating new rules that may determine how open the Internet will be, who will profit most from it and whether start-ups will face new barriers that will make it harder for ideas to flourish.


Stamp Out Hunger

May 8th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Events - (0 Comments)
Join the National Association of Letter Carriers as they “Stamp Out Hunger.”
Letter Carriers’ 22nd Annual Food Drive
Saturday, May 10, 2014
There are two ways to participate:
·         Leave non-perishable food at any Post Office location now through Saturday, May 10
·         Leave a bag of food in front of your mailbox on Saturday, May 10
All food donations will go to a local food pantry in your neighborhood.

Hey AFGE Local 1395 members, let’s MOBILIZE! Representatives Gerry Connolly and Jim Moran of Virginia recently introduced an AFGE-backed bill that would give federal employees a 3.3% raise in 2015. The increase would apply both to General Schedule employees and hourly workers. Call your U.S. Rep and ask him/her to sponsor The Fair Act – H.R. 4306. We need sponsors from Illinois! 

May Day 2014

April 11th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Did you know? | Events | Rally | Solidarity | Web - (0 Comments)

union_solidarityDear Chicago Federation of Labor Affiliates and Delegates,

Join the Illinois Labor History Society, the Chicago Federation of Labor and Jobs with Justice for May Day 2014 to celebrate International Workers’ Day and march for workers’ rights.

Thursday, May 1
Haymarket Monument
Corner of Randolph & Des Plaines in Chicago



Letter sent to the House concerning field offices:

Dear Representative:

On December 5th, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that its network of 1250 field offices will no longer provide Social Security Number (SSN) printouts or benefit verification forms to the public. The change, which was scheduled to begin April 1, was delayed by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees because of serious concerns about the harsh impact of this plan on low-income and unemployed Americans, as well as those without computers, printers or computer expertise. It is now scheduled to begin on August 1. (more…)

TPP Rally

January 31st, 2014 | Posted by admin in Events | Rally - (0 Comments)
Brothers and Sisters-
After 20 years, NAFTA is  one of the biggest job and environment killers the US has ever seen. And  the same big corporations are at it again! The Trans-Pacific  Partnership Free Trade Agreement (TPP) is set to become the largest  so-called free trade agreement in the world, yet it has been negotiated  behind closed doors by corporate lobbyists and government bureaucrats.  That’s not democracy! Amazingly, there are a few Democratic Members of  Congress who haven’t committed to opposing Fast Track, including Mike  Quigley. Join us as we demand to have a voice in trade policy and the  Congressman stand up for his constituents!
Saturday February 1st                    
11:30 AM Meet up at Jonquil Park @ Wrightwood and Sheffield near the DePaul Campus
March to Congressman Mike Quigley’s Office
3223 N Sheffield Avenue                    
12:00 PM Rally at Quigley’s Office
Join us to tell Congressman Quigley to do what is right!  Tweet him @RepMikeQuigley: Say No to the TPP!
Susan Hurley, Executive Director of Chicago Jobs with Justice