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Tech Workers Got Paid in Company Stock. They Used It to Agitate for Change 2018-12-18 [NYTimes]

Kaiser Permanente mental health workers end 5-day strike 2018-12-16 [Becker's Hosp Rev]

Thousands of Teachers March in LA as Strike Looms 2018-12-16 [NBC]

Thousands of teachers march in Los Angeles as strike looms 2018-12-16 [Elko Daily Free Press]

Tesla Employee Claims It's Still Preventing Union Organising 2018-12-15 [Gizmodo]

Mental health workers strike outside of Kaiser 2018-12-14 [Downey Patriot]

Santa Rosa mental health workers strike at Kaiser, asking for more support 2018-12-13 [Press Democrat]

As workers and students struggle, food banks are becoming a necessity 2018-12-13 [SFChronicle]

UBER LYFT We Made You! Drivers Rally and Speak Out In San Francisco For more info 2018-12-12 [LVP]

Justice For Kaiser Patients & NUHW Workers! Stop The Suicides From Profiteering and Cost Shifting For more info 2018-12-11 [LVP]

Kaiser Permanente mental health employees strike: Need to Know 2018-12-11 [ABC]

Hotel workers ready to strike as early as Wednesday in Southern California 2018-12-11 [Post Bulletin]

Thousands of nurses, behavioral health workers picket Kaiser statewide over patient care 2018-12-11 [Sac Bee]

Why Elon Musk's latest legal bout with the United Auto Workers may have ripple effects across Silicon Valley 2018-12-10 [CNBC]

Hospitality workers at 24 Southern California hotels poised to strike 2018-12-09 [LADaily News]

Riverside Cty Board Set to Impose Last, Best Offer on SEIU Local 721 2018-12-08 [MyNewsLA]

Building Bridges: California Should Take OverCommercial Utility PG&E for Climate Justice For more info 2018-12-08 [WBAI Radio]

San Francisco Is A Union Town! ILWU 6 VCA Workers Rally For A Contract For more info 2018-12-07 [LVP]

Los Angeles teachers planning January strike 2018-12-06 [Washington Post]

Middle-class workers are victims of Silicon Valley tech boom 2018-12-05 [FOX]

Should the Supreme Court reduce or alter pension benefits for California public employees? 2018-12-05 [KPCC]

Nearly 8,000 workers at the SF hotel giant agree to settlement that includes increased wages and improved working conditions 2018-12-05 [NYTimes]

Marriott strike yields 40 percent pay hike for Westin housekeepers 2018-12-05 [SD Union-Trib]

Marriott workers just ended the largest hotel strike in US history: Housekeepers in San Francisco will get a $4 hourly raise 2018-12-05 [Vox]

LA teachers meet with School District today, but vow to strike in January if there's no deal 2018-12-04 [LA Taco]

Marriott Workers End Historic 60-Day Strike With Contract Agreement: The tentative agreement would offer better pay, benefits, and job security 2018-12-04 [Eater]

Union Workers Ratify Deal With Marriott After 2-Month Strike 2018-12-04 [SFGate]

Marriott and SF hotel workers reach agreement to end strike 2018-12-04 [SFChronicle]

Los Angeles teachers poised to strike in January 2018-12-02 [UFT]

Student worker union holds protest over frustration with UCPath system 2018-12-02 [Daily Bruin]

Striking Marriott Workers Rally in Downtown San Francisco With Talks Set to Resume 2018-12-02 [CBS]

Striking SF Hotel Workers Hold Downtown Rally 2018-12-02 [SFGate]

Shaken, angry Amtrak workers seek answers to shutdown, relocation 2018-12-02 [Press-Enterprise]

'Choose Healthcare Or Wages' Marriott Bosses Tell SF Striking Unite Here Local 2 Hotel Workers For more info 2018-12-02 [LVP]

Menial Tasks, Slurs and Swastikas: Many Black Workers at Tesla Say They Faced Racism 2018-12-01 [NYTimes]

Google staff pledge cash to striking workmates 2018-12-01 [BBC]

Google employees are so angry about how Google handled plans for a censored Chinese search engine, some are talking about a strike 2018-11-30 [CNBC]

'We Are Getting Stronger' SF Unite Here Local 2 Marriott Marquis Workers Joined By Teachers On Day 56 For more info 2018-11-29 [LVP]

Seven hotel strikes settled but more labor unrest is possible in L.A. and Orange counties 2018-11-29 [LATimes]

Union, SLO County agree ‘essential employees’ won’t go on strike 2018-11-27 [KSBY]

Cal Expo cop’s lawsuit targets union lock on state worker paychecks 2018-11-25 [SacBee]

Strike Day 50: SF Marriott hotel workers have Thanksgiving on picket line 2018-11-24 [FOX]

Striking Marriott workers eat Thanksgiving dinner on the picket line 2018-11-24 [The Examiner]

University of California Workers Strike for Racial Justice 2018-11-22 [Labor Notes]

San Jose student delivers air masks to farm workers 2018-11-22 [KTVU]

University of California Workers Strike for Racial Justice 2018-11-21 [Labour Notes]

As contract negotiations drag out, Marriott workers struggle to pay bills For more info 2018-11-18 [SFExaminer]

Hazing, humiliation, terror: Working in prison while female 2018-11-18 [The Spectator]

Columbia College Faculty Union Anticipates Two Day Strike 2018-11-17 [My Mother Lode]

Construction workers toil away in SF Toxic Air 2018-11-16 [Wired]

This month in labour history

1-12-1946 130,000 Oakland, USA workers go on general strike. [more]

1-12-1955 Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus, sparking the Montgomery bus boycott. [more]

4-12-1970 Cesar Chavez sentenced to 20 days in jail for not calling off United Farm Workers boycott of lettuce grower Bud Antle Inc. [more]

5-12-1955 The two main union federations in the USA merge to form the AFL-CIO, electing George Meany as president, [more]

6-12-1907 The worst mining disaster in American history occurs when an explosion in a Monongah mine in West Virginia kills 361 miners. [more]

7-12-1896 In Chicago, 11 activists found the National Union of Steam Engineers of America; the forerunner of International Union of Operating Engineers. [more]

8-12-1886 The American Federation of Labor (AFL) is founded by 26 craft unions. Samuel Gompers is elected president. [more]

8-12-2001 230 jailed teachers in Middletown Township, NJ, ordered freed after agreement to end 9day strike & enter mediation. [more]

8-12-1916 Bernice Fisher born. US civil rights activist, union organizer, original founder of Congress of Racial Equality. [more]

13-12-1924 Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor, dies. [more]

14-12-1995 Boeing machinists in the US win a pay rise and an imporved health plan after a 69 day strike. [more]

14-12-1852 American Socialist Daniel De Leon born. Trade union organiser, journalist and Marxist theoretician who died in 1914. [more]

19-12-1983 Greyhound bus strike ends when members of Amalgamated Transit Union ratify a contract that slashes wages & benefits by 15% [more]

19-12-1907 A group of 239 coal miners die during a mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania. [more]

21-12-1916 Emma Tenayuca, Mexican-American labour leader, is born. [more]

21-12-1919 Emma Goldman is deported to Russia as part of a post-war crackdown on union and left-wing activists. [more]

23-12-1908 AFL officers are found in contempt of court for urging a labor boycott of Buck's Stove and Range Co. in St Louis. [more]

24-12-1913 Seventy three striking miners and their families die in a stampede at the Italian Hall in Calumet, Michigan, after an unknown man enters shouting 'Fire!' [more]

24-12-1913 The Italian Hall Disaster in Calumet, Michigan, results in the death of 73 Christmas party goers held by striking miners. [more]

25-12-1904 Philip Vera Cruz, labour leader & activist in Asian American civil rights movement, is born. Co-founder of United Farm Workers' Union. [more]

25-12-1910 Bomb destroys part of the Llewellyn Ironworks in Los Angeles where a bitter strike is ongoing. [more]

26-12-1877 First national convention of the Socialist Labor Party, the first Marxist party founded in the USA. [more]

27-12-1943 President Roosevelt seizes railroads to avoid a national strike. [more]

29-12-2006 More than 15,000 United Steel Workers members at 16 Goodyear Tire & Rubber plants end an 86-day strike, ratify three-year contract. [more]

30-12-1936 The most famous of the Depression-era "sit down" strikes in the US begins at GM's Fisher Body plant in Flint, Michigan. [more]

30-12-1936 The United Auto Workers union stages its first sit-down strike. [more]

30-12-1899 In the back room of Behrens’ cigar shop in Sedalia, Missiouri, US, 33 railroad clerks form Local Lodge Number 1 of the Order of the Railroad Clerks of America. [more]

31-12-1969 Murder of Joseph Yablonski, United Mine Workers labor leader, by killers hired by a union political opponent. [more]

31-12-1969 Rank-and-file UMWA activist Jock Yablonski is murdered along with his family by hitmen acting on the orders of union president. [more]