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Staten Island Amazon workers seek unionization 2018-12-18 [SILive]

Union Demands Help From The City After Pair Of Attacks On EMS Workers 2018-12-15 [CBS]

Organizers working to bring union power to Tesla in Buffalo 2018-12-15 [WBFO]

Rochester officials, employees speak up following latest Xerox layoffs 2018-12-14 [WHEC]

Elected Officials, Global Citizens Urge Wendt Corporation to Resolve Buffalo Workers Rights Issues 2018-12-14 [Workers Freedom Coalition]

Buffalo Tesla employees launch organizing drive with help of nationwide unions 2018-12-14 [WKBW]

Staten Island Workers, Union Push Back Against Amazon at NYC City Hall 2018-12-14 [RWDSU]

Amazon Warehouse Workers Plan to Form Union 2018-12-14 [Democracy Now]

RWDSU Prez: Don’t Call Yourself Pro-Union If You Turn A Blind Eye To Amazon 2018-12-13 [LaborPress]

Amazon Warehouse Workers in New York Announce Plan to Unionize 2018-12-13 [Fortune]

Amazon workers threaten to unionize over hellish working conditions 2018-12-14 [New York Post]

NY already has thousands of Amazon workers — and some are unionizing to demand better conditions 2018-12-13 [Vox]

Amazon warehouse workers push to unionize in NYC 2018-12-13 [Verge]

JLC Head: ‘No Place In The U.S. For Anti-Semitism, Racism And Islamophobia’ 2018-12-12 [LaborPress]

Amazon's treatment of workers is not welcome in New York 2018-12-12 [Crain's New York Business]

Employees at Amazon's New NYC Warehouse Launch Unionization Push 2018-12-12 [Bloomberg]

Schenectady city attorney says workplace bullying charges are properly addressed 2018-12-11 [Albany Times Union]

Student Union Approves Labor Contract, After Months of Negotiation with TNS 2018-12-11 [New School Free Press]

Charter gets another extension as it fights to stay in New York 2018-12-08 [WHEC]

Union workers rally outside Spectrum Headquarters 2018-12-07 [PIX]

Google vendors, temps and contract workers demand higher pay, more respect 2018-12-07 [FOX]

Cuomo, union leaders set to launch campaign against union-busting Spectrum cable 2018-12-04 [NYDaily News]

Amazon's Queens Expansion Reveals Divisions Among NYC Unions 2018-12-04 [Gothamist]

Amazon got a hostile welcome from a New York labor union, which savaged its working conditions as *deadly and dehumanizing* 2018-12-01 [Stamford Advocate]

Amazon slams union report for ‘ignoring facts’, defends hiring practices as Queens HQ2 battle rages on 2018-12-01 [QNS]

Amazon exploits workers, retail union charges in slamming LIC move 2018-11-30 [amNY]

Schenectady employees go public with harassment allegations 2018-11-29 [The Gazette]

Grad Student Union, Columbia Agree On Bargaining Framework 2018-11-29 [Patch]

NY labor leaders: Amazon has record of routinely mistreating workers 2018-11-29 [Guardian]

City of Syracuse gives 12 weeks paid parental leave to non-union workers 2018-11-29 [Syracuse]

Grad student and postdoc unions approve Columbia bargaining framework, forfeiting strike power until 2020 2018-11-28 [Columbia Spectator]

Cuomo meets with union leaders to thank them for the help and talk moving forward 2018-11-27 [NYDaily News]

32BJ SEIU Gives Amazon's NYC HQ a Seal of Approval 2018-11-27 [Cooperator]

Unionized Art Installers and Maintenance Crew Protest Low Wages at MoMA PS1 2018-11-20 [Hyperallergic]

Columbia to bargain with grad student union, ending years-long struggle over union recognition 2018-11-20 [Columbia Spectator]

Columbia Recognizes Graduate Student Union, Ends Long Battle Over Labor Rights 2018-11-20 [USNews]

Labor board has ruled that top FDNY brass retaliated against two emergency medical services lieutenants due to their union activity 2018-11-17 [Firehouse]

BlueCross BlueShield renews labor contract with OPEIU 2018-11-13 [Biz Jrnl]

Burke teachers file complaint against school over benefits 2018-11-11 [Times Herald-Record]

With No Contract Campaign, New York Teachers Wasted the Moment 2018-11-10 [Labor Notes]

NYC teachers ratify new union contract 2018-11-05 [MRT]

Think tank: Last-minute pay increase for major Cuomo union ally 2018-11-03 [Albany Times Union]

Grad student union announces plans for indefinite strike beginning in December 2018-11-02 [Columbia Spectator]

1199 Health Workers: What do they want? Better pay ... and a little help 2018-10-28 [Riverdale Press]

Oversize classes drop again: UFT pressure credited with another step in right direction 2018-10-27 [UFT]

Hundreds of Companies Offering Workers Paid Leave to Vote 2018-10-25 [NYSSCPA]

Union comes out against commercial-rent-control bill 2018-10-20 [Crain's NY Biz]

New York City Council Introduces Resolution In Support Of Count Me In Campaign 2018-10-19 [Mason Tenders District Council]

It is time to stand up and fight for nursing home workers 2018-10-07 [SEIU 1199]

Older health workers are struggling in low-paying jobs 2018-10-07 [NYPost]

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]