Strike by University of Illinois at Chicago nurses and workers continues, as Illinois Democratic governor threatens to decimate state budget

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      More than 800 nurses at the University of Illinois Hospital (UIH) in Chicago entered their fifth day on strike Tuesday, having been joined Monday by 4,000 staff at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and its medical centers in Chicago, Rockford and Peoria.

      The strikes by nurses and university staff are part of the growing resistance of the working class—including teachers, autoworkers and graduate students at the University of Michigan—to poverty conditions and the dangers of working during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      There has been a virtual blackout of the two strikes in the national press, in an indication of the growing fear in ruling circles over the development of working class opposition in the final weeks before the US elections. The Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times both published only perfunctory reports Monday, with no coverage of the strike at all Tuesday.

      The deeply nervous financial elite, relying on the Democratic Party and their adjuncts in the unions, are working to shut down the strikes as soon as possible, while at the same time preparing a massive escalation of austerity measures and attacks on workers in the midst of an unprecedented social and economic crisis.

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