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

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

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

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]

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

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

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

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]

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

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]

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

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

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]

More workers went on strike than in any year since 1986 2019-02-17 [Lowell Sun]

Stress: This 1 Thing Plagues 64% of Workers Today 2019-02-17 [Motley Fool]

The Ugly Truth About Amazon's $3 Billion Beauty Contest: It Was Never Going to Pay Off 2019-02-16 [Inc.]

AFL-CIO urges game developers to unionize in open letter 2019-02-15 [Gamasutra]

Amazon cancelled its deal with New York City as a warning to communities across the country 2019-02-15 [TNR]

Trumpka: This is not the way to govern 2019-02-15 [AFL-CIO]

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

Fitzpatrick proposes labor rights for nation’s emergency responders 2019-02-15 [Ripon Advance]

BuzzFeed journalists agree to unionize in wake of layoffs 2019-02-14 [Crain's NY Biz]

Union members hold silent protest in DC demanding answers about back pay 2019-02-14 [WUSA]

High number of workers took on side hustle during shutdown 2019-02-14 [NYPost]

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz: Union-busting billionaire mulls a run for president 2019-02-14 [nwLaborPress]

Lawmakers Investigate Back Pay Issues, New Post-Shutdown Clarification on Promotions, and More 2019-02-14 [Gov Exec]

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

T-Mobile, Sprint execs defend merger: CWA predicts job cuts 2019-02-13 [Albany Times Union]

2020 Democrats Try to Woo Back Trump's Union Voters 2019-02-13 [Daily Beast]

It’s ironic that Trump says he is opposed to human trafficking 2019-02-13 [News&Record]

Black Press, United Auto Workers Union Moves to Strengthen Already Solid Relationship 2019-02-13 [Chronicle]

Trump Vet Administration Appeals Ruling That Could Force It to Rehire Fired Workers 2018-11-01 [Gov Exec]

Trump Appointed Labor Relations Authority Chairwoman Decertifies Agency’s Own Union 2019-02-13 [Gov Exec]

Let's Make 2/16 National Stayaway Day 2019-02-13 [Jobs with Justice]

Cher, yes that Cher called for a general strike amid fears of another government shutdown 2019-02-13 [Teen Vogue]

With Another Shutdown Looming, Flight Attendants Plan Demonstrations on February 16 2019-02-12 [New York]

If the shutdown resumes, we urge federal workers to stay away from work and their allies to occupy airports on 2/16 2019-02-12 [The Nation]

US unions bring solidarity to striking Mexican workers 2019-02-12 [AFL-CIO]

Natl Nurses United: More and more, ‘Medicare for All’ is feasible 2019-02-12 [Canton Daily Ledger]

The case for a higher minimum wage 2019-02-12 [Axios]

Think Federal Workers Have It Bad? It's Worse for State and Local Employees 2019-02-11 [Governing]

Trump’s Bedminster resort employed dozens of undocumented workers, Washington Post reports 2019-02-11 [MSNBC]

Half man, half myth, Eugene Debs turned a radical creed into a deeply American one 2019-02-11 [New Yorker]

UAW chief: GM cuts show labor contracts are more essential than ever 2019-02-11 [Detroit Free Press]

66 percent of workers polled want a 4-day workweek—why just 17 percent of their employers offer it 2019-02-11 [CNBC]

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]