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PA hospital shortchanges workers paychecks 2019-02-21 [Hosp CFO Report]

GE Transportation workers question conditions of Wabtec merger 2019-02-21 [Pittsburgh Biz Time]

Union could authorize strike against Erie GE Saturday 2019-02-21 [Your Erie]

Union calls for strike authorization vote at GE Transportation 2019-02-21 [Go Erie]

New sewer board members say they're open to union representation 2019-02-17 [News-Item]

Rally held in Pittsburgh for non-paid federal workers amid the government shutdown 2019-01-20 [WTRF]

University of Pittsburgh Faculty File for Union Election 2019-01-18 [USW]

Airport Workers Trying to Get by During Longest Government Shutdown in US History 2019-01-14 [WNEP]

Federal workers protest government shutdown in Philly 2019-01-08 [Inquirer]

Wins and losses for Philly labor in 2018 2018-12-29 [Inquirer]

IBEW Local 98 re-emerges with new tactics for a new year, as a federal probe lingers 2018-12-28 [Inquirer]

Educators at Pittsburgh Charter School Win Union 2018-12-28 [AFT]

Nurses inspired by teachers’ strikes to ‘fight the same fight’ 2018-12-22 [The Guardian]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Union Members Protest Health Care Cuts 2018-12-13 [NPR]

Pay freeze proposed for city of Erie’s non-union workers 2018-12-02 [Go Erie]

Pennsylvania’s forgotten Socialist history and the revolution that almost was: That time Socialists took over Reading 2018-11-25 [Incline]

Schuylkill County’s commissioners committed unfair labor practice over firing of 2 employees, Pa. court rules 2018-11-15 [Penn Live]

Mt. Pleasant Area teachers to urge school board to support contract recommendations 2018-11-11 [Trib Live]

Happy Hour Battle Cry: Unionization at Univ Pitt-Greensburg 2018-11-11 [Insider]

Mid-Term Elections Prove Win For Pennsylvania Workers, says Pennsylvania AFL-CIO 2018-11-08 [PA AFL-CIO]

How the future of labor in Pennsylvania could be shaped by the governor’s race 2018-11-06 [Incline]

How Pa. unions are using new tactics to influence the midterm elections 2018-11-03 [Inquirer]

Union protesters return to Villanova campus with infamous inflatable rat 2018-11-01 [Villanovan]

Tragedy Has Come To Western Pennsylvania, PA AFL-CIO Responds 2018-10-28 [PA AFL-CIO]

Marriott Workers File Class Action Over Credit Union 2018-10-26 [Bloomberg]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette violated labor law, judge rules 2018-10-18 [Trib Live]

Local firefighters union Allentown 302 president speaks against PTSD 2018-10-14 [WFMZ]

Pittsburgh's UPMC hospital workers demand right to form a union 2018-10-07 [Trib Live]

UPMC workers set to strike in Pittsburgh 2018-10-05 [Becker's]

Philadelphia Parking-Lot Attendants Launch Union Campaign 2018-09-24 [LaborPress]

Why parking-lot attendants across Philadelphia have launched a campaign to unionize 2018-09-13 [Philadelphia Inquirer]

UPMC workers to participate in one-day strike on Oct. 4 2018-09-25 [Pittsburgh City Paper]

Labor groups treat local veterans to cookout 2018-09-23 [Citizens' Voice]

Local Sheet Metal Workers’ Union Pickets at BEP Site 2018-09-21 [Phoenix]

Koch-Backed GOP Pennsylvania Candidate’s Firm Violated Labor Law, New Documents Show 2018-09-19 [HuffPost]

Pa. Natural Gas Co. Hit With Worker Misclassification Suit 2018-09-14 [Law360]

United Steelworkers around the country give thumbs up for strike authorization 2018-09-11 [Pittsburgh Biz Times]

USW locals nationwide approve strike authorization 2018-09-10 [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Potential for steelworker strike looms as remaining locals cast authorization vote 2018-09-09 [Trib Live]

Clairton Coke Works union votes to authorize a strike 2018-09-07 [Action News]

Union workers at all 3 U.S. Steel mills in Western Pa. ready to strike 2018-09-07 [Trib Live]

U.S. Steel, United Steelworkers at impasse, strike authorization votes coming 2018-09-05 [Pittsburgh Biz Jrnl]

Steelworkers union members rally and march in Clairton, with US Steel contract soon to expire 2018-08-31 [WTAE]

Postal workers rally in Pittsburgh to fight privatization 2018-08-23 [Trib Live]

GOP-gov-candidate Wagner says he does not want workers knowing what he makes at his non-union waste-hauling business 2018-08-23 [ABC]

'Sad Day' for Pittsburgh Workers as Creighton Glass Plant Closes 2018-08-21 [USNews]

Kittanning ACMH Hospital workers set to strike Aug. 30 2018-08-21 [Becker's ]

Allegheny Valley Hospital workers give OK for strike authorization 2018-08-17 [TribLive]

Twitter Email In Philly, union members protest immigration policy 2018-08-16 [WHYY]

Pittsburgh Hospital Interfered With Union Drive, Labor Board Says 2018-08-07 [BNA]

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]