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Today's news - California

2019 Oakland OEA Teacher Strike: Day One 'We Shut It Down'! For more info 2019-02-21 [LVP]

Broke-Ass City: The best way to beat the devil is to support a union 2019-02-21 [SF EXAMINER]

Why Oakland teachers are going to strike 2019-02-21 [SF Chronicle]

NLRB affirms disbanding USC hospital union 2019-02-21 [Becker's Hosp Rev]

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

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

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

Oakland Teachers Are on the Verge of a Strike: Just look for the billionaire! 2019-02-17 [Jacobin]

KPFA Evening News Covers Support For Julian Assange By San Francisco Labor Council For more info 2019-02-17 [KPFA]

Oakland teachers set strike for Thursday 21/2 2019-02-17 [Mercury News]

Union Time At Anchor Brewing-ILWU Raises The Anchor In SF! For more info 2019-02-16 [LVP]

SFSU CFA Defends AMED Arab & Muslim Ethnicities & Diasporas Program From Attacks For more info 2019-02-15 [LVP]

Public school strikes revive clash with Teach for America 2019-02-14 [FourStates]

Anchor Brewing fights for unionization due to poor conditions under Sapporo USA 2019-02-13 [Vinepair]

WorkWeek Radio On CWA AFA Rallies, SF SEIU 1021 Issues And 1919 Seattle General Strike With Robert Orvetz For more info 2019-02-13 [WorkWeek Radio]

Memorial for farm worker killed during a local strike 2019-02-10 [NBC]

One of the World's Most Iconic Craft Breweries Is Unionizing 2019-02-07 [Splinter]

“There Are So Many Things That We Can Learn From This Strike” 2019-02-09 [Jacobin]

Tech workers using Silicon Valley-company mission statements to hold their CEOs accountable 2019-02-08 [TNR]

One of the world's most iconic craft breweries is unionizing 2019-02-08 [Splinter]

Tell your Congressional reps farm workers deserve overtime 2019-02-08 [UFW]

California child care providers renew push for collective bargaining rights 2019-02-07 [SacBee]

Sacramento City teachers ask state schools chief to investigate district, superintendent 2019-02-07 [SacBee]

WorkWeek On CWA AFA Pres General Strike Call, Chicago Bus Drivers Weather Danger and Mexican Labor Strike Wave For more info 2019-02-06 [WWR]

OSHA WPP Whistleblower and Lawyer Darrell Whitman On OSHA DOL OSC Corruption For more info 2019-02-05 [WWR]

Workers and LGBTQ Allies Protest at Freehand Hotel After Alleged Offensive Remark 2019-02-05 [UNITE-HERE]

‘On call’ workers must be paid, L.A. court rules 2019-02-05 [SFGate]

LA Teacher Strike is Over but the Fight Continues 2019-02-03 [Dissent]

WorkWeek On CTA ATU 241 Bus Driver Erek Slater On Weather Emergency and Labor For more info 2019-02-02 [WWR]

'We have exhausted all our options': Oakland teachers may be the next to strike 2019-02-01 [The Intercept]

Follow The Money: SF Hunters Point Shipyard Contamination Cover-up and Obstruction of Justice For more info 2019-02-01 [LVP]

Success of Los Angeles Teachers Strike Rocks Charter Schools, and Rich Supporter Eli Broad 2019-01-31 [NY Times]

WorkWeek On Charters, Privatization, Labor And Public Education With Education Lawyer Kathy Carroll For more info 2019-01-29 [WWR]

Marriott Sued by Housekeeper Over Guest Sexual Misconduct 2019-01-29 [Bloomberg]

Hotel workers ‘on the brink’ of joining wave of strikes 2019-01-29 [The Guardian]

LA teachers win big and beat back privatizers 2019-01-28 [Labor Notes]

AFGE Workers With Airline Workers and Labor Protest At Oakland Airport End The Shutdowns Or 'We'll Really Shut It Down'! For more info 2019-01-26 [LVP]

LA Teachers Claim Victory After Week-Long Strike 2019-01-25 [TruthOut]

What LA teachers won, and how they won it 2019-01-25 [The Nation]

LA teachers showed us how it's done 2019-01-25 [Labor Notes]

Los Angeles: Charter Teachers’ Strike Continues, Board of Charter Threatens to Close Schools For more info 2019-01-24 [Diane Ravitch]

Oakland OEA Teachers, Students and Parents Protest Closure Of Roots International Academy and Role Of Charters For more info 2019-01-24 [LVP]

L.A. teachers celebrate their victories as union and district reach a deal 2019-01-23 [L.A. Times]

WorkWeek 1/22/19 On UTLA Settlement, MLK Labor And Support For General Strike Against Slave Labor For more info 2019-01-23 [WWR]

Tentative agreement reached in Fresno County Superior Court workers strike 2019-01-23 [Your Central Valley]

Los Angeles teachers head back to school after reaching deal 2019-01-23 [AP]

Firefighters march in support of striking LA teachers 2019-01-23 [660 News]

Gov Newsom, Cancel The Tetra Tech Contract After Whistleblowers Fired and Criminal Fraud At SF Hunters Point Shipyard For more info 2019-01-22 [LVP]

Stop Privatization and Slave Labor On MLK Day 2019 In SF Workers Speak Out! For more info 2019-01-22 [LVP]

Talks seeking to end Los Angeles teachers strike enter fourth day 2019-01-21 [Reuters]

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]