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Today's news - Virginia

Virginia Beach to become first city in region where workers get paid maternity leave 2017-11-25 [Virginian-Pilot]

How A Literal Shock Inspired A Former Marine To Run For Office As A Democratic Socialist 2017-11-12 [Huff Post]

How a Socialist Beat One of Virginia’s Most Powerful Republicans 2017-11-09 [New Republic]

Worker Action Leads To Firing Of Abusive Manager At Virginia Target Store 2017-09-12 [Workers Independent News]

Victory for Target wildcat strike as abusive manager is fired 2017-09-09 [libcom.org]

Target Workers in Rural Virginia Just Launched a Wildcat Strike 2017-09-02 [In These Times]

Behind the Christiansburg Target strike: an interview from the shopfloor 2017-09-01 [libcom.org]

Workers strike, protest outside Christiansburg Target 2017-08-27 [VA First]

Goodyear: Union ratifies new five-year contract 2017-08-25 [Godanriver]

Christiansburg Target workers wildcat strike against sexual harassment and racial discrimination 2017-08-23 [libcom.org]

Lipton Tea workers organize union in Suffolk for the first time in 60 years 2017-08-19 [VA-Pilot]

Nurses condemn white supremacy, racism in Charlottesville violence 2017-08-14 [National Nurses United]

UFCW success at Unilever US 2017-07-27 [IUF Global Uniom]

Lipton Tea workers in Suffolk vote on first labor contract after unionizing last year 2017-07-25 [The Virginia. Pilot]

Frontier, CWA agree to extend labor contract negotiations 2017-07-24 [Fierce Telecom]

Despite GOP criticisms, new study finds Metro worker pay and benefits are typical for industry 2017-07-22 [Wash Post]

Rebuilding a transit union under right-to-work 2017-07-13 [Rank and File]

Vigorous campaign revives transit union in RTW state 2017-06-05 [Labor Notes]

Steelworkers union honors dead, raises safety concerns 2017-04-29 [Daily Press]

Farmers await Trump action on visas for temporary workers 2017-04-08 [Washington Post]

Disability benefits program backlogged in Roanoke, judges say 2017-04-03 [Roanoke Times]

Trump Winery looking for foreign workers 2017-03-23 [KIRO]

Eric Trump's winery is hiring foreign workers because U.S.-born workers don't want the job For more info 2017-03-22 [Daily Kos]

Trump Winery seeks more foreign workers 2017-03-22 [FOX]

AT&T and CWA Union agree to extend deadline to agree to new contract 2017-02-12 [WCYB]

Labor unions rally in support of Atlantic Coast Pipeline 2017-01-31 [Augusta Free Press]

Rally to show union support for Atlantic Coast Pipeline 2017-01-29 [News Virginian]

August death probe may bring additional fines, citations against Goodyear 2017-01-15 [Go Dan River]

Trump winery hopes to hire foreign workers 2016-12-26 [WTVR]

Fairfax Connector workers take to the streets for better wages 2016-12-24 [Fairfax Cty Times]

Contract workers at National, Dulles airports vote to strike 2016-12-09 [Washington Post]

'We can't lay down and say it's all over.' Dan Duncan, President of N. VA Labor Federation 2016-12-07 [WIN]

Voters reject RTW amendment hailed by lawmakers, criticized by union officials 2016-11-11 [Go Dan River]

Unions Defeat Right-To-Work Amendment 2016-11-09 [Huffington Post]

Right-to-Work Amendment Falters in Virginia, Handing Unions a Victory 2016-11-09 [Heat Street]

Voters will decide on anti-labor-union amendment 2016-11-08 [Galx Gazette]

Constitutional question stirs strong debate on state's right-to-work law 2016-11-03 [WDBJ]

Legislators rally for right-to-work amendment 2016-11-02 [News Virginian]

Ballot question would enshrine state's right-to-work law in the Virginia Constitution 2016-11-02 [Fredericksburg]

Amendments on ballot could put right-to-work, survivors’ benefits in state Constitution 2016-10-30 [GoDanRiver]

Unions provide much-needed voice for workers 2016-10-17 [News Leader]

‘Right-to-work’ is hot election issue between unions, business 2016-10-15 [Wash Post]

Goodyear fined $1 million for worker deaths, plant safety failures in Virginia 2016-10-14 [WDBJ-7]

Local unions oppose right-to-work amendment on November ballot 2016-10-11 [Roanoke Times]

Howell: Right-to-work amendment is a trick 2016-10-09 [Roanoke Times]

A Union Is Brewing at Lipton Factory 2016-09-28 [Labour Notes]

Right-to-work amendment will be on ballot in this November 2016-09-19 [Roanoke Times]

Building Bridges; Rev. Dr. Barber's #FightFor15 Convention Speech For more info 2016-09-15 [WBAI Radio]

Lipton Tea plant votes to unionize 2016-09-06 [In These Times ]

Lipton Tea factory workers in Suffolk vote to join union 2016-08-29 [Virginian-Pilot]

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]