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ULA, machinists workers union agree on new contract 2018-05-21 [Spaceflight Insider]

Workers walk out on strike against Colorado-based rocket company 2018-05-08 [Denver Post]

Workers on strike against rocket company 2018-05-08 [AP]

Phillip Tutor: Why Alabama teachers are not going on strike 2018-04-20 [Anniston Star]

Fast-food workers challenge federal minimum wage ruling 2018-04-16 [WHNT]

Inside Alabama’s Auto Jobs Boom: Cheap Wages, Little Training, Crushed Limbs 2018-01-17 [Bloomberg]

Unions see Doug Jones's win as a victory for organized labor 2017-12-16 [Guardian]

Working People Propel Doug Jones to Historic Alabama Senate Victory 2017-12-13 [AFL-CIO]

Vote for unionizing Auburn’s GE Aviation off following request withdrawal 2017-04-12 [OANOW]

Alabama immigration: crops rot as workers vanish to avoid crackdown 2017-03-24 [The Guardian]

One Of The Most Conservative States Could Soon Offer Equal Pay 2017-01-23 [Huffington Post]

Birmingham police refuse to arrest Fight For $15 protesters 2016-12-01 [WIN]

Mercedes workers can distribute union literature at Ala. plant, U.S. court rules 2016-10-05 [Automotive News]

Hundreds of Hyundai employees to be screened for tuberculosis 2016-08-30 [WSFA 12]

Walter Energy defeats union bid to save contracts and benefits 2016-05-20 [Reuters]

Prison Labor Strike in Alabama: “We Will No Longer Contribute to Our Own Oppression” 2016-05-08 [CounterPunch]

Prison Labor Strike: We Will No Longer Contribute to Our Own Oppression 2016-05-06 [Solitary Watch]

Workers Sue Over State Wage Law, Citing Civil Rights 2016-04-30 [WSJ]

Republican governor guts state services, gives his staff 80% pay raises for doing it 2016-03-21 [Daily Kos]

Airbus, unionized in Europe, wants no such thing in Mobile 2016-03-20 [Seattle Times]

Seafood company to pay back wages to migrant workers 2016-03-18 [Albany Times Union]

Republican introduces bill to eliminate overtime pay 2016-01-11 [Warm Southern Breeze]

Coal Co. Walter Energy Can Cancel Labor Contract, Retiree Benefits: Federal Bankruptcy Judge For more info 2015-12-30 [IBT]

Judge grants Walter Energy's request to stop paying retiree benefits 2015-12-29 [Tuscaloosa News]

Company Settles Complaint Over Indian Workers After Katrina 2015-12-19 [AP]

Food drive & concert for laid off workers 2015-12-05 [ABC]

Vote Is Rare Win in the South for the U.A.W. 2015-09-25 [NYTimes]

Workers at auto parts plant in Alabama join UAW 2015-09-24 [NY Times]

Workers at Auto-Components Plant Vote for Union: Commercial Vehicle Group employees cite wage caps, health-care costs as reasons to join United Auto Workers 2015-09-24 [Wall Street Journal]

At Southern Factory, Workers Try Again To Unionize 2015-09-23 [NPR]

Airbus Draws Union Interest as It Opens First U.S. Factory 2015-09-15 [Reuters]

Piedmont workers plan union vote 2015-09-09 [Anniston Star]

Birmingham's civil rights movement was strengthened by organized labor 2015-09-06 [AL]

Boeing's Biggest Union Kicks Off Effort to Organize Airbus in Mobile, Ala. 2015-07-22 [The Street]

Machinists Union opens field office to organize Airbus, suppliers in Alabama 2015-07-22 [Assembly Magazine]

Hyundai hit with petition citing unsafe conditions at Alabama suppliers 2015-06-26 [OC Register]

It's Not Just About Jobs, Hyundai, It's About Quality Jobs 2015-06-22 [AFL-CIO]

NLRB approves union at Golden Dragon plant 2015-06-03 [Montgomery Advertiser]

NLRB Certifies USW representation for workers at Golden Dragon Copper 2015-05-30 [USW]

Hyundai supplier disputes safety allegations, blames union 2015-04-19 [ABC]

Hyundai Supplier Hit with Federal Restraining Order over Firing, Harassing Safety Whistle-Blowers 2015-04-18 [AFL-CIO]

Best Spot News Story--Alabama Public Radio 'UAW versus Mercedes Benz 2015-03-31 [APR]

Resolution from 1963 NYC firefighters presented Thursday in Birmingham 2015-02-13 [FOX]

State speaker accuses US labor board of organizing unions 2015-01-17 [Beaumont Enterprise]

UAW versus Mercedes Benz 2014-12-30 [APR]

61 workers will lose jobs at Robbins rubber-mixing plant in Muscle Shoals by early 2015 2014-12-12 [AL.com]

UAW presses Daimler at auto plant after NLRB victory 2014-12-04 [Reuters]

UAW presses Daimler at auto plant after NLRB victory 2014-12-02 [Reuters]

NLRB: Mercedes violated labor law at Alabama plant 2014-12-02 [AP]

Golden Dragon Copper Tubing plant unionizes in spite of Gov Bentley’s warnings that it could kill jobs 2014-11-18 [Yellow Hammer]

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]