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Today's news - Texas

VA employees stage protest rally on understaffing 2017-12-10 [The Journal]

Kroger changing contractors, warehouse workers in Keller may lose jobs during holiday season 2017-11-29 [WFAA]

Houston Exploiting Undocumented Day Laborers Post Harvey 2017-11-29 [tele]

Immigrant Day Laborers Confront a Perfect Storm of Exploitation in Hurricane Harvey Cleanup 2017-11-14 [The Intercept]

City of Austin and EMS union didn't reach deal on contract 2017-11-02 [FOX]

HPD union officials are offering a “catastrophic” warning ahead of Houston’s Election Day 2017-10-29 [Rare]

Who will protect the workers cleaning up Houston? 2017-10-24 [Guardian]

The End of Value-Added Measures for Teacher Termination in Houston 2017-10-12 [Vamboozled]

Jerry Jones Prompts Response From Labor Union, NAACP 2017-10-11 [CBS]

Charges Against Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Filed to the National Labor Relations Board by Players Union 2017-10-11 [WBAP]

Houston Struggles To Find Workers To Help Rebuild After Harvey 2017-09-10 [NHPR]

Kroger Clinches Dallas Union Deal 2017-09-08 [Progressive Grocer]

Harrington: Labor Day: Looking to workers to rebuild 2017-09-04 [Houston Chronicle]

Austin fast food workers plan to join nationwide Labor Day strike 2017-09-04 [Spectrum News]

Lax Environmental, Health And Safety Standards Made Houston More Vulnerable to Harvey 2017-09-04 [Workers Independent News]

San Antonio Catholic Cemeteries buck Catholic teaching, strip workers of union rights 2017-09-02 [Catholic Labor Network]

Texas Working People Step Up in Worst Storm Ever 2017-08-30 [AFL-CIO]

Anti-immigrant legislation sparks summer of resistance for educators 2017-08-26 [NEA]

Employee Retirement System of Texas lowers expectations, worrying workers 2017-08-24 [TX Tribune]

Machinist and aerospace union strikes at Wyman-Gordon 2017-08-22 [Houston Chronicle]

Farmers Cannot Find Workers Due to Immigration Crackdown 2017-08-15 [WOAI]

Thousands of American Airlines employees plan to picket carrier at DFW Airport 2017-07-27 [Dallas News]

American Airlines Employees Picket at DFW 2017-07-27 [Aviation Pros]

Tired of tiers: Municipal bus line workers authorize strike 2017-07-27 [NewsReview]

American Airlines mechanics, ground crews picket to protest contracts, outsourcing (Video) 2017-07-27 [Dallas Biz Jrnl]

At D/FW Airport, American Airlines Workers Protest Over Salary, Outsourcing 2017-07-27 [KERA]

Teamsters Mark Victory Against Executive Pay at Drug Titan McKesson 2017-07-27 [Street]

Bill targeting public employee union dues advances to full Senate 2017-07-24 [Statesman]

Workers' rights group seeks to highlight the other side of NAFTA 2017-07-18 [Texas Tribune]

State aims to crack down on union due collections 2017-07-13 [Hays Free Press]

Cannery workers reach contract agreement, end strike 2017-07-04 [Benito Link]

Dallas board votes to withhold pay from teachers 2017-06-20 [Citizens' Voice]

S.B. 4 Is an Attack on All Working People 2017-06-08 [AFL-CIO]

Rice Univ Police Dept votes against unionizing after urging from Rice administration 2017-05-21 [Rice Thresher]

AFT Kills VAM in Houston! Major Victory for Common Sense 2017-05-05 [Diane Ravitch]

State GOP Bundles Bills to Protect Kids from Sex Offenders and Labor Unions 2017-04-30 [PJ Media]

Firefighters tap union for negotiations 2017-04-02 [Texarkana Gazette]

Corpus Christi rallies to celebrate Cesar Chavez 2017-04-02 [Caller]

Senate Approves Ending Public Payroll Union Deductions 2017-04-01 [KURV]

Union Activism Saves 700 Jobs at Red River 2017-03-06 [AFL-CIO]

Southwest Airlines Says Union Workers Avoiding Overtime 2017-02-18 [CBS]

Asti Suspends Lunch After Employees Leave In Light of Immigration Raids 2017-02-15 [Austin Eater]

Union dues bill to get a new hearing in Austin 2017-02-13 [Houston Chronicle]

Austin medics stay busy during Women’s March 2017-01-22 [Statesman]

Two workers severely burned in Xcel Energy building accident 2017-01-22 [Amarillo]

Two workers electrocuted, in critical condition 2017-01-22 [CBS]

Representatives from state labor federation meet to seek higher minimum wage 2017-01-13 [NBC]

State representative announces legislation to allow Texans to vote on minimum wage 2017-01-13 [CBS]

Southwest Airlines pilots union bashes company’s choice for labor chief 2017-01-12 [Dallas Biz Jrnl]

Hotel Worker Gets $13K in Back Pay 2017-01-12 [DOL]

This month in labour history

1-12-1955 Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus, sparking the Montgomery bus boycott. [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]

8-12-1886 The American Federation of Labor (AFL) is founded by 26 craft unions. Samuel Gompers is elected president. [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]

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 The Italian Hall Disaster in Calumet, Michigan, results in the death of 73 Christmas party goers held by striking miners. [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]

26-12-1877 First national convention of the Socialist Labor Party, the first Marxist party founded in the USA. [more]

30-12-1936 The United Auto Workers union stages its first sit-down strike. [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]

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]