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Univ TN faculty say outsourcing won't work 2017-10-17 [Knoxville News Sentinel]

Worker fired for sitting during the national anthem 2017-10-11 [Salon]

“A Huge Victory”: Tennessee Electrolux Workers Secure First Contract 2017-09-24 [Workers Independent News]

First union contract for Memphis Electrolux plant includes raises, worker safeguards 2017-09-21 [USA Today]

This Labor Day, Remember That Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign Was for Workers’ Rights 2017-09-04 [Common Dreams]

Hundreds of Cold War nuclear plant workers seek medical compensation info 2017-08-18 [Knoxville News Sentinel]

Central Labor Council of Nashville endorses Wendy’s Boycott 2017-08-17 [CIW]

Communications Workers Protest Tennessee, JLL Privatization Scheme 2017-08-10 [Workers Independent News]

Decades Later, Sanitation Workers Rewarded For Role In Civil Rights Movement 2017-07-31 [NHPR]

Forty years after Memphis sanitation strike, workers finally win pension boost 2017-07-26 [NY Times]

Former contract workers key in Mississippi Nissan union vote 2017-07-25 [The Financial Post]

Amid Trump's immigration crackdown, demand for migrant workers increases in Tennessee 2017-07-18 [Tennesseean]

Nissan, UAW agree on union vote at southern US auto plant 2017-07-18 [Yahoo]

1968 issues still haunt Memphis sanitation workers union 2017-07-17 [The Commercial Appeal]

UAW says Supreme Court action bolsters Volkswagen case 2017-06-24 [ABC]

Transit Workers Take the Driver's Seat in 'Right-to-Work' Tennessee 2017-06-23 [Labor Notes]

UAW says Supreme Court action bolsters Volkswagen case 2017-06-23 [Daily Progress]

National Union Leader to have intervention with Memphis VA Medical Center 2017-06-13 [FOX]

Memphis will help workers pay off their student loans 2017-06-10 [FOX]

Chattanooga VW plant impacted by bill seeking to reverse micro-unions 2017-05-27 [Times Free Press]

NLRB files complaint against VW over practices at Tennessee plant 2017-05-13 [Reuters]

Unfair labor practices charged at Volkswagen’s US plant 2017-05-13 [Washington Post]

UAW tells shareholders that Volkswagen must stop union busting 2017-05-11 [IndustriALL]

Tell Volkswagen to Stop Its Anti-Union Campaign 2017-05-09 [AFL-CIO]

UAW accuses VW of stalling on labor negotiations 2017-04-27 [Detroit News]

Global support for workers at VW Chattanooga plant 2017-04-25 [IndustriALL]

Non-tenure track faculty move forward with petition to unionize 2017-04-18 [Vanderbilt Hustler]

Global support for workers at VW Chattanooga plant 2017-04-13 [IndustriALL]

Local workers rights advocates protest actions by Nissan 2017-04-02 [WKRN]

Unions lead protest outside Nissan dealership in Nashville 2017-04-02 [Tennessean]

City workers protest impasse ordinance 2017-03-19 [Commercial Appeal]

Memphis City Employee Unions Rally 2017-03-19 [Local Memphis]

Protesters support workers fired over immigration strike 2017-03-09 [Fox]

Fight For $15 Sues Memphis PD For Illegal Surveillance, Intimidation 2017-03-03 [WIN]

Scores of Workers Fired After Participating in ‘Day Without Immigrants’ Protest 2017-02-22 [Fortune]

Workers fired after participating in *A Day Without Immigrants* strike 2017-02-19 [NBC]

Workers seek to bring union to Nissan's U.S. plants 2017-01-30 [USA Today]

Campus Workers Unmask Scheme To Privatize All Public State Property 2016-10-04 [Labor Notes]

NLRB issues labor complaint against TN-based Community Health Systems 2016-10-01 [Becker's]

Electrolux workers in Memphis vote for union representation 2016-10-01 [AP]

Electrolux workers in Memphis vote for union representation 2016-09-29 [Daily Progress]

Workers at Electrolux Memphis factory vote for union 2016-09-28 [Commercial Appeal]

Anti-union union falters at VW 2016-09-25 [Labor Notes]

Business-Backed ‘Anti-Union Union’ Falters at Volkswagen 2016-09-25 [Labor Notes]

Non-union union at Volkswagen plant loses certification 2016-09-23 [Detroit Free Press]

Anti-UAW worker group at VW Tennessee plant loses representation 2016-09-23 [Reuters]

VW Appeals NLRB Ruling Ordering Collective Bargaining With UAW Local 42 2016-09-02 [Workers Independent News]

Volkswagen files appeal of UAW ruling 2016-09-02 [Albany Times Union]

VW ordered to bargain with UAW, skilled-trades workers at U.S. plant 2016-09-02 [Automotive News]

NLRB:Volkswagen Must Bargain With Local 42 In Chattanooga 2016-09-01 [Workers Independent News]

This month in labour history

2-10-2007 Starbucks Workers Union baristas at an outlet in East Grand Rapids, Mich., organized by the Wobblies, win their grievances after the National Labor Relations Board cites the company for labor law violations, including threats against union activists. [more]

3-10-1932 The state militia is called in after 164 high school students in Kincaid, Ill., go on strike when the school board buys coal from the scab Peabody Coal Co. [more]

9-10-2003 Chicago sanitation workers end a nine-day strike, winning a 28% pay rise. [more]

9-10-1888 United Hebrew Trades founded in New York by socialist shirt-maker Morris Hillquit. [more]

10-10-1933 Four workers are killed by cotton growers during a strike in Pixley, California. [more]

11-10-1873 The Miners’ National Association is formed in Youngstown, Ohio, with the goal of uniting all miners, regardless of skill or ethnic background. [more]

13-10-1934 American Federation of Labor votes to boycott German good to protest Nazi policies. [more]

15-10-1914 President Woodrow Wilson signs the Clayton Antitrust Act, often referred to as "Labor’s Magna Carta,"establishing that unions are not conspiracies under the law. [more]

16-10-1859 John Brown leads anti-slavery raid on Harper's Ferry. [more]

17-10-1939 Labor activist Warren Billings is released from California's Folsom Prison. Along with Thomas J. Mooney, Billings had been pardoned for a 1916 conviction stemming from a bomb explosion during a San Francisco Preparedness Day parade. [more]

18-10-1927 IWW Colorado Mine strike; first time all coal fields are out. [more]

19-10-1980 The J.P. Stevens textile company is forced to sign its first union contract after a 17-year struggle in North Carolina and other southern states. [more]

20-10-1926 Eugene V. Debs, leading American Socialist and trade unionist, dies. [more]

21-10-1902 In the United States, a five-month strike by United Mine Workers ends. [more]

22-10-1887 John Reed, the author of Ten Days That Shook the World, is born. [more]

25-10-1949 Longshore workers in Hawaii win a strike for pay parity with their colleagues on the mainland. [more]

27-10-1951 The National Negro Labor Council is formed in Cincinnati to unite black workers in the struggle for full economic, political and social equality. [more]

30-10-1986 Ed Meese, attorney general in the Ronald Reagan administration, urges employers to begin spying on workers "in locker rooms, parking lots, shipping and mail room areas and even the nearby taverns" to try to catch them using drugs. [more]

31-10-1891 Tennessee sends in leased convict laborers to break a coal miners strike in Anderson County. The miners revolted, burned the stockades, and sent the captured convicts by train back to Knoxville [more]