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Chicago: This year’s Madison?

Will Chicago, Illinois, be this year’s Madison, Wisconsin?

That’s the question at one workshop taking place Saturday afternoon as part of a huge national conference of labor activists at the O’Hare Crowne Plaza.

A 2 p.m. workshop on Chicago labor asks: “Will Rahm Emanuel be this year’s Scott Walker? His game plan for public sector unions is right out of the austerity playbook, but a growing number of Chicago unions are standing up to Mayor 1%. Are we shaping up for a showdown?”

Panelists include leaders from unions representing teachers, city workers, letter carriers, and nurses, along with a community activist fighting mental health clinic closings.

It’s one of dozens of workshops that will be attended by 1,500 rank-and-file activists and leaders at the national conference of Labor Notes, a magazine that’s advocated labor democracy and militancy for over 30 years.

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