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Richmond postal workers push for earlier work day 2018-10-15 [ABC]

Postal workers picket in Hampton to oppose privatization 2018-10-10 [Daily Press]

Amazon’s $15 minimum wage raise to impact Virginia workers 2018-10-04 [VA Biz]

Union: Janitorial workers at Langley Air Force Base says its members are owed four weeks of pay and benefits 2018-09-26 [VA Military News]

In *Hog Wild,* how pork workers took on an anti-union behemoth 2018-09-23 [Virginia-Pilot]

Report says Virginia is worst state for workers 2018-09-08 [NBC]

USW, Yokohama Tire reach tentative labor deal 2018-08-28 [Rubber News]

RPG Enterprise / Planet Direct Mail pays $743,443 in IC misclassification case 2018-08-21 [Staffing Industry]

Vineyards worry about guest worker shortage 2018-08-15 [MoneyWatch]

Virginia forms task force to block worker misclassification 2018-08-13 [Miami Herald]

Amid push for privatization, Metro outsources portion of bus operations 2018-08-13 [Wash Post]

Gov Signs Executive Order Establishing Interagency Task Force On Worker Misclassification And Payroll Fraud 2018-08-11 [Alexandria News]

Union workers protest for better working conditions at Daikin Applied 2018-07-13 [WHSV]

VIDEO: Dramatic rescue of Wilson Bridge construction workers 2018-06-23 [WTOP]

Hundreds of union members show up in Roanoke to protest possible Kroger closing in Norfolk 2018-06-13 [Roanoke Times]

Open Letter to Virginia Democrats: Beware of Union-Jobs Lies Delivered By A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing – A Fossil Fuel Lobbyist Posing as a Friend of Labor 2018-05-15 [Blue Virginia]

200 union workers sign contract with Cascade Valley Hospital 2018-03-10 [Arlington Times]

Frontier Communications workers striking over several issues 2018-03-05 [Bluefield Daily Telegraph]

Frontier Communications Workers in West Virginia and Virginia on Strike to Save Good Jobs and Protect Service Quality 2018-03-04 [CWA]

State House embraces Medicaid expansion in budget 2018-02-19 [Albany Times Union]

For low-wage school workers, lessons in survival 2018-01-29 [The Post]

Labor union partners with Virginia community colleges to train pipeline workers 2018-01-27 [WHSV]

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]

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 Pixley, CA: 18,000 cotton workers strike & ultimately win a pay raise; 4 workers killed during the strike. [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]

12-10-1898 The Battle of Virden massacre takes place in Illinois, as striking United Mine Workers fight scabs & guards. 11 killed. [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]

18-10-1648 Shoemakers & coopers in Boston form guilds, first American workers orgs, though they focus on work quality not work conditions. [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]

22-10-1981 The US Federal Labor Relations Authority votes to decertify the Air Traffic Controllers Organization for its previous strike. [more]

24-10-1892 Black & white teamsters, salesmen & packers strike in New Orleans. Quickly turns into general strike for 10hr work day. [more]

25-10-1934 Strike by 23,000 silk dye workers in Paterson, NJ. [more]

25-10-2011 Workers at Bonus Car Wash in Santa Monica, CA, win a union contract for pay rises & improved benefits after a 2 year struggle. [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]