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Today's news - Tennessee

With new center in Nashville, painters union hopes to recruit Latino construction workers 2018-03-19 [Tennessean]

TVA investigating after two contract workers burned at Sequoyah Nuclear Plant 2018-03-19 [WRCB]

How to grow a union in an anti-union state 2018-02-27 [Marketplace]

Activists march to Memphis City Hall for $15 minimum wage 2018-02-13 [Commercial Appeal]

Fight For $15: Fast food workers protest for higher minimum wage in Memphis 2018-02-13 [WREG]

Workers vow to continue the fight for higher wages and union rights 2018-02-12 [WXYZ]

The Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike 2018-02-08 [Missed in History Class]

Worker centers show a new way for immigrants to score wins 2018-02-07 [Catholic Philly]

Ellison, Local 120 Join Together to Honor Waste Workers 2018-02-02 [Teamsters]

Sanitation Workers Took Trucks Off The Road To Honor 2 Killed 50 Years Ago In Memphis 2018-02-02 [NPR]

Moment of silence set to honor Memphis sanitation workers 2018-01-31 [The Times-Union]

Trump’s Labor Board Likely to Strip Auto Workers of Southern Victory 2018-01-14 [Labour Notes]

Unemployment insurance rates drop 2018-01-05 [Times Free Press]

Court sends VW Chattanooga case back to Trump labor board for *reconsideration* 2017-12-27 [Times Free Press]

Volkswagen, labor union clash over request involving Chattanooga plant 2017-12-23 [Times Free Press]

Music City Unions Mobilize against ALEC 2017-12-23 [Labor Notes]

Santas on strike! Protesters say Walmart is a Grinch 2017-12-19 [KING5]

New labor ruling could impact Chattanooga Volkswagen plant 2017-12-19 [Times Free Press]

17 Workers Sickened at Metal Fabricater Plant 2017-12-16 [Insurance Jrnl]

Memphis sanitation workers break ground on strike memorial 2017-12-12 [WATE]

Union plans to protest CARTA working conditions Tuesday 2017-12-05 [WTVC]

Campus Workers Foil Billionaire Governor's Outsourcing Scheme 2017-11-23 [Labor Notes]

800 Oak Ridge workers reject medical center contract 2017-11-14 [WVLT]

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]

This month in labour history

6-03-1913 Joe Hill's song "There is Power in a Union" first appeared in the @_IWW union's Little Red Song Book. [more]

7-03-1932 Unemployed workers stage a hunger march to the Ford complex at Dearborn, demanding workers be rehired. Police shoot at the demonstration, killing 4 and injuring 60 [more]

8-03-1942 Lucy Parsons, founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and powerful orator for women, working people, and political prisoners died. [more]

8-03-1926 Fur & Leather Workers Union (mostly women) went on strike in NYC, enduring beatings by police. They won a 10% raise and a five-day week. [more]

9-03-1910 Westmoreland County Coal strikes begins, ending in 1911. It is known as the 'Slovak strike', as 70% of the miners are Slovakian. 16 people are killed. [more]

11-03-1950 TWU members at American Airlines win 11-day national strike, gaining what the union says was the first severance pay clause in industry. [more]

12-03-1929 Lupe Anguiano, women's rights activist and labour organizer, is born. [more]

12-03-1912 The Bread and Roses strikers won all their demands. The strike was organized by mostly women workers and the Industrial Workers of the World and included 20,000 workers. [more]

13-03-1830 The term “rat,” referring to a worker who betrays fellow workers, first appears in print in the New York Daily Sentinel [more]

18-03-1937 New York City police arrested striking Woolworth's store clerks - mostly women - who had occupied stores demanding a 40-hour workweek. [more]

31-03-1927 Cesar Chavez, Mexican-American labour leader, is born. [more]