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Join us in celebrating the life of Mollie West on October 3.

A reception will be held at Piper Hall, on the campus of Loyola University Chicago, on Saturday, October 3 to celebrate the life of Mollie West. Longtime leader of both the Chicago Labor Movement and the Illinois Labor History Society, Mollie West passed away at the age of 99, on August 7.

The reception will be held from noon to 3 p.m, with a program beginning at 1 p.m. Those who knew Mollie are invited to share a two minute testimony of a memory of her.

For more information on the event, you may view and download the program invitation.


Please R.S.V.P. for the reception to 312-341-2247 or ilhs@prodigy.net.


As a young woman, Mollie West took part in the demonstration in support of Republic Steel strikers, where ten died in the Memorial Day Massacre of 1937. She was a proud member of the Chicago Typographical Union No. 16. Mollie served as a delegate to the Chicago Federation of Labor, and the Illinois State AFL-CIO and as Secretary of the Illinois Labor History Society. She was a founding member of the Chicago Coalition of Labor Union Women. In 2002, Mollie was inducted into the ILHS’s Union Hall of Honor.

To learn more about the life and accomplishments of Mollie West, see the finding aid for her collection held here at the WLA.