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Sex Workers Are Rallying Behind a Democratic Socialist Running for New York Senate 2018-08-20 [The Intercept]

IFJ backs strike by staff at thrillist magazine over living wages 2018-08-20 [IFJ]

Transit union activist compares pro-Cuomo MTA workers to ‘slaves’ 2018-08-16 [NYPost]

Huntington Station Target workers seek union vote 2018-08-15 [Long Island Business News]

Journalists at Thrillist vote to strike for “livable salaries” 2018-08-15 [Vox]

Taylor Law: Public Sector Workers Should Have the Right to Strike 2018-08-14 [Jacobin]

Orleans County farm sued by workers who claim unlawful pay and living conditions 2018-08-13 [Democrat&Chrononicle]

A moving new photo exhibit explores the inner lives of migrant domestic workers 2018-08-13 [Quartz]

Nixon takes heat for proposal to amend the Taylor Law 2018-08-11 [Albany Times Union]

How Columbia's Photography Students Protected the Picket Line 2018-08-11 [VICE]

NYC Caps Uber and Lyft Vehicles in a Crackdown 2018-08-09 [NYTimes]

Building Bridges: ICE Training Officers in Military-Grade Weapons, Chemical Agents For more info 2018-08-09 [WBAI Radio]

Cynthia Nixon says public workers should be able to strike 2018-08-08 [NYPost]

Museum of Modern Art Union Workers Stage Walkout as They Prepare for Contract Negotiations 2018-08-08 [Hyperallergic]

‘We Are MoMA!’: Union Demonstrates as Negotiations With Museum Continue 2018-08-07 [Art News]

MoMA Union Workers Occupy the Museum’s Lobby in Protest as Contract Negotiations Resume 2018-08-07 [artnet]

Strike one! Doormen at 40 Broad St. walk off the job demanding first raise in six years 2018-08-04 [The Downtown Express]

The Met Opera and Two Unions Reach a Deal, Soto Voce 2018-08-04 [NYTimes]

Building Bridges: Howard Bryant: Black Athletes, A Divided America For more info 2018-08-03 [WBAI Radio]

Labor Board requires Hudson Yards unions to stop strikes 2018-08-01 [NY Post]

Gov Cuomo Relationship With Unions Not Always Rosy 2018-08-01 [WSKG]

What the Janus Decision Means for New York’s Private Sector Unions 2018-08-01 [Commercial Observer]

NYPD Police Officers Union Wants to Keep Sexual Misconduct Under Wraps 2018-08-01 [ACLU]

Cuomo's relationship with unions was not always so rosy 2018-07-31 [NPR]

Callahan saluted as 2018 Irish-American labor leader 2018-07-27 [Central]

Rally highlights women’s, families’ call for a living wage in Tompkins County 2018-07-26 [The Voice]

Union and worker organizations rally on the Commons for an increase to the minimum wage 2018-07-25 [The Journal]

Guard Slashed by Inmate at Rikers: Union Calls for More Protections 2018-07-16 [NBC]

Fox 5 Good-Day- New-York workers win union contract, raises 2018-07-13 [NYDaily News]

Bon Secours Community Hospital talks stall; pensions a stumbling block 2018-07-13 [Times Herald-Record]

Port Jervis union workers picket at Bon Secours Hospital 2018-07-13 [Spectrum]

These Union Members Are Going to War with the Largest Private Development Project in U.S. History 2018-07-13 [In These Times]

Suffolk County executive to sign pro-union executive order in the wake of Janus decision 2018-07-09 [NYDaily News]

State AFL-CIO endorses incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo instead of progressive Cynthia Nixon 2018-07-06 [People's World]

Group wants to teach workers how to stop paying union dues 2018-07-06 [NYPost]

Hours After Janus Decision, DeVos-funded Mackinac Center in Michigan Sends Letters to Union Teachers in New York to Leave Union For more info 2018-07-01 [Diane Ravitch]

With One Win, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Emerges as a Political Star 2018-06-29 [NYTimes]

About 100 people demonstrated outside of the H&M flagship in Herald Square Wednesday, calling for a fair contract 2018-06-28 [WWD]

De Blasio announces new contract with civilian union 2018-06-27 [NYPost]

Powerful Public Employees Union Endorses New York Gov. Cuomo 2018-06-26 [USNews]

Teachers in New York State: We will remember which senators voted against our public schools 2018-06-22 [Binghamton Homepage]

Crooked company pays out lost wages to workers, some undocumented 2018-06-19 [NYPost]

Union workers and elected officials hold protest in Long Island City after developer hires nonunion labor 2018-06-19 [QNS]

Drivers' union: Broke NYC yellow cabbie killed himself 2018-06-16 [The Tribune]

Museum of Sex ads driving female MTA bus drivers crazy 2018-06-16 [The Post]

Staten Island nurses and supporters rally for safe staffing 2018-06-11 [Live]

Jordan Health workers in Rochester begin 3-day strike 2018-06-06 [WHEC]

Protect whistleblowers 2018-06-06 [Albany Times Union]

Cuomo 'Embraces' Unions, 8 Years After Vowing to Take Them On 2018-06-05 [NYTimes]

Fed-up commuters assaulting MTA workers more than ever 2018-06-05 [NYPost]

This month in labour history

1-08-1917 Frank H. Little, anti-war activist & IWW organiser is lynched in Butte, Montana. He was on IWW's Exec Board when he was killed. [more]

1-08-1942 American Federation of Musicians strikes against recording companies over royalty payments, most settling within a year. [more]

3-08-1821 Uriah Smith Stephens born. A tailor, he led 9 garment workers in founding the Knights of Labor in 1869. [more]

3-08-1981 The PATCO strike begins, effectively shutting down air travel in the US. 2 days later President Reagan fired 11,000 air traffic controllers and broke the union. [more]

4-08-1997 185,000 members of the Teamsters begin a successful 15-day strike at UPS. [more]

5-08-1981 President Reagan sacks 11000 federal air traffic controllers for striking and refusing his order to return to work. [more]

7-08-1894 Eugene Debs & three union leaders arrested following the Pullman strike. [more]

7-08-1919 Actors Equity becomes a recognised union after stagehands honour actors' picket lines. [more]

7-08-1890 Birth of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, IWW organiser and founder of the ACLU. [more]

8-08-1881 United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America forms & becomes one of the largest trade unions in the US. [more]

9-08-1890 Knights of Labor strike on the New York Central railroad; ends in defeat due to scab labour. [more]

10-08-1935 Transport workers in New York descend on a courthouse with money from their own pockets to bail out Mike Quill, their president, arrested after attending a picket line. [more]

11-08-1828 Workingmen’s Party, first US labour party, forms in Philadelphia. [more]

11-08-1894 Troops force 1200 jobless workers out of Washington, DC, including Jack London & Big Bill Haywood. [more]

17-08-1918 95 members of the IWW were jailed for resistance to the First World War. [more]

18-08-1927 Radio station WEVD - named for IWW labour leader Eugene V Debs – goes on the air in New York City. [more]

19-08-1909 IWW issues first edition of the “Little Red Song Book”. [more]

21-08-1831 Nat Turner's slave rebellion begins, Southampton County, Virginia, 56 slaves executed, 120 killed. [more]

23-08-1970 Led by César Chávez, the Salad Bowl strike, largest farm worker strike in US history, begins. [more]

25-08-1925 The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, led by A. Phillip Randolph, is founded. [more]

25-08-1950 President Truman ordered the federal government to seize control of the railroads in order to prevent a planned strike by 1.7m union members. [more]

26-08-1935 United Auto Workers union founded. [more]

28-08-1987 John Sayles's film “Matewan” about attempts to organise a union by coal miners is released. [more]

29-08-1921 West Virginia miners marching to free their imprisoned comrades face state forces and private detectives in the five-day "Battle of Blair Mountain." [more]

31-08-1939 Mexican-American women workers walkout at California Sanitary Canning Company, winning a union contract and wage increase. [more]

31-08-1933 Italian-American labour organizer Giovanni Pippan murdered during organizing campaign of bread wagon drivers in Chicago. [more]

31-08-1999 Detroit teachers start 9-day wildcat strike, winning "books, supplies, smaller class sizes" & 4% raise. [more]