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Federal Union Accuses Trump-appointed Federal Labor Relations Authority of Unprecedented Bias Against Labor [Gov Exec] 2019-02-20

Why Organized Labor Must Back Bernie Sanders [Jacobin] 2019-02-20

New York Amazon abandons New York headquarters rather than respect worker rights [ITF] 2019-02-19

New York 32BJ SEIU Pres Hector Figueroa: Amazon pullout will be bad for the very workers that opponents of the deal claim to care about [NYDaily News] 2019-02-17

In 2018, Labor Strikes Had the Largest Increase of the Last Three Decades. Here's Why [Fortune] 2019-02-15

Fight Attendants union president calls for general strike if Trump shuts down government on Saturday [Gritpost] 2019-02-13

Colorado Ten things to watch as Denver teachers go on strike [Chalkbeat] 2019-02-11

How Black Activists Shaped the Labor Movement [Teen Vogue] 2019-02-09

Icelandic Labour Union Draws From Experience In New York To Help Restaurant Workers [Grapevine] 2019-02-08

Bernie responds to Trump SOTU address [Bernie Sanders@SenSanders] 2019-02-07

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Colorado Denver: Immigrant teachers threatened with deportation if they join the strikes 2019-02-21 [The Guardian]

Rand Paul introduces National Right to Work Bill 2019-02-21 [ucommblog]

California 3 Things to know about the Oakland teachers' strike 2019-02-21 [SFWeekly]

West Virginia The New WV Strike Is Not About Pay: It’s About Charters and Vouchers and the Fight for Public Education 2019-02-21 [Diane Ravitch]

Pennsylvania Union calls for strike authorization vote at GE Transportation 2019-02-21 [Go Erie]

How a year of teacher strikes was inspired by the bloody West Virginia Mine Wars 2019-02-21 [USAToday]

California Oakland: Teachers Will Strike Thursday 2019-02-20 [Diane Ravitch]

 VIDEO  West Virginia teachers strike to continue Wednesday 2019-02-20 [CNN]

West Virginia WV teachers to continue strike, in charter schools fight 2019-02-20 [WSAU]

Federal Union Accuses Trump-appointed Federal Labor Relations Authority of Unprecedented Bias Against Labor 2019-02-20 [Gov Exec]

Fired for not smiling enough? US fast-food workers fight unfair dismissals 2019-02-20 [Popular Democracy]

Payless plans to close during its second bankruptcy, costing 16,000 workers their jobs 2019-02-20 [CNN]

New York Statement of Solidarity with #NoNewJails against Mass Incarceration 2019-02-20 [GWC-UAW Local 2110]

New York Tell Lawmakers: CUNY needs funding to stop paying adjuncts poverty wages 2019-02-20 [PSC-CUNY]

West Virginia The Latest: Teachers to strike a 2nd day in West Virginia 2019-02-20 [Charlotte Observer]

California What is a union? Here is what you need to know 2019-02-20 [The Aggie]

West Virginia Despite demise of anti-union bill, W.Va. teachers to strike for 2nd day 2019-02-20 [KXNET]

Rhode Island Health center, union reach a deal, avert strike 2019-02-20 [Providence Jrnl]

Trumka: Now that government is funded, here is what workers want to see 2019-02-20 [The Hill]

Connecticut Spinnaker projects in New Haven stir debate on labor issues, community input 2019-02-20 [New Haven Register]

Home Care Firm Pushes for Arbitration of Union Worker’s Claims 2019-02-20 [Bloomberg]

New York After early divisions, organized labor laments loss of Amazon HQ2 deal in Long Island City 2019-02-20 [QNS]

Why Organized Labor Must Back Bernie Sanders 2019-02-20 [Jacobin]

West Virginia West Virginia Teachers Strike Again 2019-02-20 [Jacobin]

West Virginia Striking West Virginia teachers push lawmakers to drop measures expanding charter schools and private school vouchers 2019-02-19 [Washington Post]

 VIDEO West Virginia W.Va. union leaders holding news conference to announce next move after bill killed 2019-02-19 [WCHS]

Ohio Striking Parma charter school teachers seek better teaching and learning conditions 2019-02-19 [The Plain Dealer]

How Well Is The Gig Economy Working For Gig Workers? 2019-02-19 [Forbes]

When Federal Employees Can Expect to See Their 1.9 Percent Pay Raise 2019-02-19 [Gov Exec]

West Virginia WV teachers unions call for strike over education bill 2019-02-19 [ABC]

Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Presidential Run 2019-02-19 [NYTimes]

New York Amazon abandons New York headquarters rather than respect worker rights 2019-02-19 [ITF]

West Virginia W.Va. teachers’ unions call for strike over education bill they view as retaliation 2019-02-19 [Washington Post]

West Virginia Union leaders announce teachers strike 2019-02-19 [WTRF]

Marriott workers class-action says inconsistent schedules and credit union loans are a predatory mix 2019-02-18 [The Inquirer]

Senator Robert Casey introduces bill to protect older workers 2019-02-18 [Abington Journal]

Florida Meet Harv: Agricultural workers may soon be replaced by harvesting robots 2019-02-18 [Washington Post]

Ohio 411 jobs lost by abrupt closure of 90-year-old Kroger bakery in Columbus 2019-02-18 [AP]

Many states still don't have protections for LGBTQ workers 2019-02-18 [Marketplace]

Colorado Few Colorado workers get paid time off to care for a new baby or sick family member. Changing that is a key goal for Democrats. 2019-02-18 [Colorado Sun]

West Virginia Have You Heard The Buzz? Displaced Coal Workers Follow In Tradition of Appalachian Apiculture 2019-02-18 [Clean Technica]

AFL-CIO writes an open letter to game developers, urging them to unionize for fair treatment at work 2019-02-18 [Packt]

Illinois Chicago Teachers Union suspends city's second charter school strike after winning pay increases 2019-02-18 [Chicgo Tribune]

Wisconsin WI Town Can Prohibit Union's Inflatable Rat Display, Appeals Court Rules 2019-02-18 [Route Fifty]

More Workers Are Quitting Their Jobs For Flexibility 2019-02-18 [Motley Fool]

Wave of teacher strikes pressure states, school boards to change tune 2019-02-17 [ABC]

New York 32BJ SEIU Pres Hector Figueroa: Amazon pullout will be bad for the very workers that opponents of the deal claim to care about 2019-02-17 [NYDaily News]

Alabama Trump tariffs have helped steel companies. But workers are still waiting 2019-02-17 [CNN]

New Mexico NM Unions Distribute 3,750 Pounds Of Groceries To Families Recovering From Government Shutdown 2019-02-17 [Los Alamos Daily Post]

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This month in labour history

1-02-1864 The Collar Laundry Union was formed in New York, the first women's union in US history, led by Kate Mullany. Over the next few years the women increase their wages from $2 to $14 a week. [more]

4-02-1924 IWW members took on the Ku Klux Klan, patrolling the streets of Greenville, Maine, after the KKK tried to threaten IWW union organisers: “We are going to stick, and if the Klan wants to start something, the IWW are going to finish it” [more]

4-02-1869 IWW and SPUSA leader Big Bill Haywood is born in Salt Lake City, Utah. [more]

4-02-1919 The General Strike Committee meets in Seattle, and makes preparations for an all-out labour stoppage [more]

5-02-1913 17-year-old Ida Braiman is shot dead by a contractor during the garment workers' strike in Rochester, NY. [more]

6-02-1919 A total of 60,000 of Seattle's population of 315,000 join the general strike on its first day [more]

8-02-1919 Workers in Butte, Montana responded to a dollar per day wage cut by launching a general strike. To prevent disunity, workers formed a Workers and Soldiers Council to conduct the strike. [more]

11-02-1937 The 6 week-long sit-down strike at General Motors in Flint Michigan ends as GM agrees to recognize the UAW. [more]

12-02-1968 Sanitation workers in Memphis begin a strike for recognition. During this strike Martin Luther King Jr is murdered [more]

12-02-1968 The Memphis sanitation strike by African-American workers began in protest against mistreatment, discrimination, dangerous working conditions, and the recent deaths of two workers. They held out until April and won. [more]

13-02-1913 82-year-old labour activist Mother Jones was arrested in West Virginia for supporting a coal miners strike. Convicted in a military court she was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Pardoned after serving 85 days. [more]

14-02-1818 Frederick Douglass is born into slavery in Maryland. He will go on to become a titanic figure in the struggle against slavery, and in favour of universal suffrage and women's rights. [more]

14-02-1936 Goodyear workers in Ohio strike. They defy union orders to leave the plant & resist 150 sheriff's deputies. Threatening a general strike if a vigilante army was used, they won after a month. [more]

15-02-1913 A strike of rubber workers in #Akron organised by @_IWW union grew to 3,500 strikers. Earlier that month 300 workers at Firestone walked out and were eventually joined by 20K others but police violence & repression forced them to end it. [more]

18-02-1935 Tens of thousands of New Yorkers were stranded by a wildcat strike of elevator operators in the city. [more]

19-02-1866 The first union in Mississippi was created by African-American washerwomen. [more]

19-02-1986 The Farm Labourers Organizing Committee wins recognition at Campbell's Soup farms after years of struggle [more]

20-02-1919 The Elaine massacre took place in Arkansas. After black farm workers tried to organise for better pay, hundreds of African-Americans were murdered and tortured by white racists and security forces [more]

23-02-1910 Workers at the soon to be infamous Triangle Shirtwaist factory decided to end their five month long strike. They had won higher wages and reduced hours but failed to get union recognition. [more]

24-02-1944 320 men, mostly African-Americans were killed in explosion at the Port Chicago naval base. 50 African-American servicemen who then protested against unsafe conditions were court-martialed and sentenced to 8-15 years hard labour. [more]

24-02-1939 US Supreme Court ruled sitdown strikes illegal. [more]

27-02-1881 African-American laundresses in Atlanta, Georgia, went on strike and were successful in raising wages and establishing a union. [more]

27-02-1939 Supreme Court rules that sit-down strikes violate property owners' rights and are therefore illegal. [more]