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Statement of Solidarity with #NoNewJails against Mass Incarceration 2019-02-20 [GWC-UAW Local 2110]

Tell Lawmakers: CUNY needs funding to stop paying adjuncts poverty wages 2019-02-20 [PSC-CUNY]

After early divisions, organized labor laments loss of Amazon HQ2 deal in Long Island City 2019-02-20 [QNS]

Amazon abandons New York headquarters rather than respect worker rights 2019-02-19 [ITF]

32BJ SEIU Pres Hector Figueroa: Amazon pullout will be bad for the very workers that opponents of the deal claim to care about 2019-02-17 [NYDaily News]

So Why Did Amazon Withdraw From the NYC Deal? 2019-02-17 [NTD]

Fired for not smiling enough? US fast-food workers fight unfair dismissals 2019-02-17 [The Guardian]

Amazon held last-minute negotiations with union and local officials before canceling New York HQ2 plans 2019-02-15 [CNBC]

Amazon, unions were in talks for neutrality agreement before company pulled the plug 2019-02-15 [NY Times]

Asbestos contamination closes Adirondack mineral plant 2019-02-15 [Adirondack Explorer]

UPDATES: Amazon Cancels Plan To Open NYC Campus In Queens 2019-02-15 [Gothamist]

Amazon will not build new HQ in NYC 2019-02-15 [Wired]

New Era reaches severance deal with CWA union workers 2019-02-13 [WGRZ]

Nurses Open Contract Campaign With Calls for Upgraded Care for the Poor 2019-02-12 [The Chief]

Sign here! Fight Austerity! Help Ensure Full Funding for SUNY & CUNY! 2019-02-12 [NYS United Teachers]

Actors' Equity and Broadway League end five-week strike; agreement gives actors and others share in profits when they workshop 2019-02-09 [NY Times]

Norman Seabrook, long-time head of 20,000 member Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, jailed on corruption charges 2019-02-09 [NY Times]

Report: Amazon reconsidering Long Island City HQ 2019-02-09 [Long Island Business News]

De Blasio Believes New York Will Turn Amazon Into Union-Friendly Company 2019-02-05 [Wall Street Journal]

Force labor-busting Amazon to change course: Their hostility to unions should be the last straw breaking the back of this rotten deal 2019-02-06 [Daily News]

NY Joins Movement to Abandon Use of Student Tests in Teacher Evaluations 2019-02-02 [NYTimes]

Amazon Is Dividing (and Conquering?) New York City's Unions 2019-02-01 [Splinter]

No union, no deal, NYC labor leaders tell Cuomo and de Blasio about Amazon's new HQ 2019-01-28 [Daily News]

The experts tell us what’s wrong with the Amazon deal 2019-02-01 [The Amsterdam News]

City Council Grills Amazon On Runaway Subsidies And Anti-Union Stance 2019-02-01 [Gothamist]

New York labor leaders join mounting resistance to Amazon HQ2 2019-01-31 [GeekWire]

No union, no deal, NYC labor leaders tell Cuomo and de Blasio about Amazon's new HQ 2019-01-31 [NYDaily News]

Amazon boss tells City Council the company will oppose unionization bids in New York City 2019-01-31 [NYDaily News]

NYC City Council Attacks Amazon as Anti-Union Ahead of Arrival 2019-01-31 [Bloomberg]

Construction in NYC safer than statewide, union-backed study finds 2019-01-31 [Crain's NY Biz]

Teamsters join union forces opposing Amazon’s $3B HQ deal 2019-01-30 [New York Post]

Stanely Hill, African American who led NYC's largest public union for 12 years, dies 2019-01-30 [NY Times]

No union, no deal, NYC labor leaders tell Cuomo and de Blasio about Amazon's new HQ 2019-01-29 [Daily News]

Syracuse TSA airport screeners receive 5,000 pounds of food, supplies while they wait for their checks 2019-01-29 [Syracuse]

12 immigrant workers at Trump golf course in Briarcliff Manor fired even though their legal status has been known for years 2019-01-27 [Lohud]

New Museum Workers Draw Up Union Contracts to Combat Low Pay 2019-01-26 [Bloomberg]

The Federal Employee Civil Relief Act would shield workers against eviction, foreclosure and financial penalties 2019-01-21 [AM NY]

Rochester hotel workers cheer new union contract 2019-01-20 [KTTC]

C-Fac and Columbia Univ ramp up negotiations 2019-01-20 [Chronicle]

Court upholds decision in Cayuga Medical Center retaliation suit 2019-01-18 [Ithaca Jrnl]

Quill Day 2019-01-18 [Irish Echo]

New Museum Staff Launches Campaign to Unionize, Urging “Critical Changes” 2019-01-13 [Hyperallergic]

Labor Department confirms active probe into NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital 2019-01-13 [Lohud]

The New Museum’s Staff Is Pushing to Unionize—and Top Leadership Is Not at All Happy About It and Hires Union-busting Firm 2019-01-12 [Artnet]

CWA blasts ATnT decision to close 150-worker Syracuse call center 2019-01-11 [Syracuse]

Exhibit celebrates strides of domestic workers advocacy group 2019-01-11 [Caribbean Life]

City Council bill aims to impose prevailing wage on all city-subsidized projects 2019-01-09 [City&State]

Broadway actors’ union strikes over developmental labs 2019-01-09 [Naples Herald]

Actors' Equity members refuse work in 'development labs' as contract negotiations stall 2019-01-08 [NY Times]

#NotALabRat Actors’ Equity Association Has Declared a Strike 2019-01-08 [Times Square Chronicles]

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]