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Study overturns economic orthodoxy and shows that unions reduce inequality 2018-05-25 [The Nation]

Unions Are Not a Special Interest Group 2018-05-25 [Daily Intelligencer]

Trump issues executive orders stripping federal workers of many union protections 2018-05-25 [Washington Post]

When the Mailmen Rebelled 2018-05-25 [Jacobin]

Fighting for Better Pay and Workplace Safety: What Working People Are Doing This Week 2018-05-25 [AFL-CIO]

William Burrus, first African American president of American Postal Workers Union, dies at 81 2018-05-25 [The Plain Dealer]

Embattled Hoffa Offers Two-Tier, UPSers Push for a Better Deal 2018-05-25 [Labour Notes]

McDonald’s workers describe sexual harassment and assault on the job 2018-05-25 [Lily]

Stealing From Workers Is a Crime. Why Don’t More Prosecutors See It That Way? 2018-05-25 [The Nation]

A nail in the coffin: What the Supreme Court’s decision this week means for workers 2018-05-25 [Wash Post]

Welcoming progress for poultry workers 2018-05-24 [Oxfam]

Women's Groups Urge McDonald's to Improve Harassment Policy 2018-05-24 [Bloomberg]

Regardless of How the Supreme Court Rules in Janus Case Labor Needs to Get More Militant 2018-05-24 [The Nation]

Will Teacher Strikes Influence the Supreme Court's Union Ruling? 2018-05-24 [Governing]

How the Supreme Court is invoking a 1925 law to restrict workers' rights today 2018-05-24 [LATimes]

Epic Fail: Supreme Court Turns Back the Clock to Strip Workers Of Power 2018-05-24 [PRWatch]

A landmark Supreme Court decision faces extinction 2018-05-24 [Constitution Daily]

Nabisco unilaterally implements its terms on union workers 2018-05-24 [nwLaborPress]

Trump’s War on Labor Now Includes Teens 2018-05-24 [TNR]

Sex Workers Go Mainstream 2018-05-24 [Truth Dig]

Trump’s war on workers continues with US Supreme Court ruling 2018-05-24 [UNI Global Union]

SEIU takes part in the 'Poor People's Campaign' 2018-05-24 [PSI]

Elon Musk blasts labor unions 2018-05-24 [Labor 411]

What's Behind the Teachers' Strikes? 2018-05-23 [Labour Notes]

Company pay ratios: CEP vs. worker pay 2018-05-23 [AFL-CIO]

Will the Largest Teachers Union Lose 10 Percent of Its Members? 2018-05-23 [EdWeek]

AFL-CIO: Support the Restoring Overtime Pay Act 2018-05-23 [AFL-CIO]

UAW Sides With Trump in Calling for NAFTA Reforms 2018-05-23 [Wards Auto]

Dangerous Bank Bailout Bill Important Test for President Trump 2018-05-23 [AFL-CIO]

Should political campaigns be unionized? This one is trying 2018-05-23 [Vice News]

Modern time clocks make it easier than ever to nickel-and-dime workers 2018-05-23 [MarketWatch]

Workers hit McDonald*s with new sexual harassment claims 2018-05-23 [Reuters]

CEOs earn 361 times more than the average U.S. worker - union report 2018-05-23 [reuters]

CEOs earn 361 times more than the average U.S. worker - union report 2018-05-23 [euronews]

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Working People Basic Legal Rights 2018-05-22 [New American Journal]

The Supreme Court Just Declared Open Season on Workers in America: Now it is easier for your boss to steal from you—and is part of a broad anti-union wave 2018-05-22 [Vice]

Symposium: Latest assault against workers by the Supreme Court 2018-05-22 [SCOTUSblog]

McDonald*s Employees File Sexual Harassment Complaints 2018-05-22 [late]

Supreme Court delivers blow to workers rights, making it more difficult to sue employers 2018-05-22 [PBS]

Workers accuse McDonald’s of intimidation tactics straight out of the Jim Crow Era 2018-05-22 [Quartz]

Companies win big at U.S. top court on worker class-action curbs 2018-05-22 [Reuters]

The Supreme Court Just Fucked Over Workers 2018-05-22 [Splinter]

Sanders unveils plan to bolster labor unions 2018-05-09 [The Hill]

Bernie Sanders Has A Plan To Revive Labor Unions 2018-05-09 [Huffington Post]

Supreme Court upholds arbitration that bans workers from joining forces over lost wages 2018-05-22 [L.A. Times]

Supreme Court backs employers over workers in first of two major labor cases 2018-05-22 [USA Today]

Companies win big at U.S. top court on worker class-action curbs 2018-05-21 [Reuters]

SCOTUS delivers blow to workers' rights 2018-05-21 [NPR]

Divided Supreme Court rules for businesses over workers 2018-05-21 [AP]

Uganda Cracks Down on For-Profit Private Schools Run by Westerners 2018-05-21 [Diane Ravitch]

This month in labour history

1-05-1896 Between 300,000 to half a million workers went on strike and rallies were held throughout the United States, with the cry, "Eight-hour day with no cut in pay". [more]

2-05-1843 "Mill girls" – overwhelmingly female textile workers – walked out on strike in Massachusetts for better conditions. [more]

2-05-1968 4,000 workers in the Hamtramck auto plant in Detroit walked out against speed up. Several black strikers met in a bar opposite and founded the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement to organise black workers. [more]

4-05-1886 A bomb is thrown during a demonstration against police violence in Haymarket Square, Chicago. The ensuing police riot and trials of anarchists, known as the Haymarket affair, eventually give birth to May Day as international workers' day. [more]

5-05-1886 Nine striking workers are shot dead by the National Guard at the Rolling Mills Steel Factory in Bay View, Milwaukee [more]

6-05-1937 Four hundred tobacco workers, earning just $3 per week, stage a walkout in Richmond, Virginia [more]

6-05-1935 The Works Progress Administration is established by executive order - it will provide work for millions of Americans. [more]

7-05-1912 New York City waiters and waitresses walked out on strike [more]

8-05-1926 A. Philip Randolph founds the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. [more]

9-05-1913 The garment workers strike at Cohoes could become an international incident after it emerges that Italian migrant workers are being forced to break the strike. [more]

11-05-1894 Three thousands Pullman railroad workers in Chicago begin a wildcat strike. [more]

12-05-1902 John Mitchell of the UMWA cals for a national strike, beginning the Anthracite Coal Strike which will last five months. [more]

13-05-1893 Western Federation of Miners formed in Butte, Montana. [more]

13-05-1980 Douglas Fraser of the UAW becomes the first union representative on the board a major US corporation after Chystler's stockholders vote him on. [more]

15-05-1946 489 city workers in Rochester, NY were sacked for organising a union. They protested the next day, and sympathy strikes began, growing to a general strike, when bosses caved and reinstated the sacked workers. [more]

15-05-1935 Folk singer, labor organiser and IWW member Utah Phillips is born. [more]

16-05-1934 Minneapolis Teamsters went on strike, shutting down almost all commercial transport in the city. The dispute lasted over three months, ending with most of the workers’ demands being met in a landmark win. [more]

17-05-1946 The US govt seized the nation's railroads to stop a nationwide strike. Workers walked out anyway and only the President's threat to draft the strikers and call up the army to run the railroads forced them back to work. [more]

18-05-1928 "Big Bill" Haywood, former mineworker and founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World revolutionary union, dies in Moscow. [more]

19-05-1920 A gun battle between the people of Matewan and Baldwin Felts detectives leaves ten people dead. [more]

21-05-1945 The US government took over the bituminous coal mines to try to break a six-week miners' strike. The miners held out, forcing the govt to grant workers' demands which had been unacceptable to the operators. [more]

22-05-1942 In Cleveland the Steelworkers Organizing Committee voted to become a union: the United Steelworkers of America [more]

25-05-1946 President Truman comes within three minutes of drafting the nation's railroad workers into the army to suppress a proposed strike, but the union leaders and employers settle just before the presiden't ultimatum comes into effect. [more]

26-05-1937 UAW organisers are attacked and beaten by Ford security men in Dearborn, Michigan, in an incident which greatly increases support for the union. [more]

28-05-1946 Workers in Rochester, New York, stage a successful one day general strike for the right to form unions. [more]

29-05-1990 The Justice for Janitors strike of ISS cleaners in Los Angeles begins. [more]

30-05-1937 Ten workers are shot dead by Chicago police during a strike at the Republic Steel Mill. [more]

31-05-1921 The Sacco and Vanzetti trial begins in Dedham, Massachusetts. [more]