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Labor unions solidly behind one of their own in Wisconsin governor race 2018-05-18 [1410WIZ]

La Crosse honors Wisconsin workers killed or injured across the state 2018-04-29 [WXOW]

First-ever political campaign staff to unionize? Randy Bryce says yes 2018-04-25 [PoliticFact]

Union wants vote on Kimberly-Clark bill: Senate says not yet 2018-04-19 [WBAY]

When Milwaukee's telephone switchboards were a labor battleground 2018-04-11 [Jrnl Sentinel]

Worker misclassification nets $1.4 million 2018-04-10 [Biz Insurance]

Worker Misclassification Crackdown Nets $1.4 Million 2018-04-05 [Work Comp Cntrl]

Foundries, union sign workplace safety agreement 2018-03-29 [WBAY]

MLK Vignettes: Univ WI student met Martin Luther King on 1962 campus visit 2018-03-24 [Jrnl Sentinel]

Bill prohibits collective bargaining on apprenticeships in certain situations 2018-03-24 [Jrnl Times]

Worker-misclassification fight nets $1.4M 2018-03-17 [Daily Reporter]

Union workers stand up to Northwestern Mutual over job security concerns 2018-03-14 [WDJT]

Office workers union at Northwestern Mutual HQ resists use of temps, change in bargaining rights 2018-03-14 [Biz Journal]

Unions sue to overturn collective bargaining law 2018-02-27 [Chicago Tribune]

Businesses turning to older workers 2018-02-26 [CBS]

State activists gather at Capitol steps Saturday to fight for worker’s rights 2018-02-26 [Daily Cardinal]

Public employees are fewer, paid less in WI than most U.S. states 2018-02-16 [WI Watchdog]

Randy Bryce's campaign isn't just pro-union it's unionized 2018-02-12 [The Nation]

State Supreme Court Rules Against Madison Teachers Inc 2018-02-08 [WORT]

Public worker payroll 4 percent less than national average 2018-02-07 [WI Gazette]

GOP Proposal Would Cut Back Required Family, Medical Leave 2018-02-06 [WPR]

Mercury Marine, labor union agree to new collective bargaining agreement 2018-02-05 [FDL Reporter]

Union Membership Up In Wisconsin After Years Of Decline 2018-01-22 [NPR]

State mulls limiting pro-worker local ordinances 2018-01-11 [Star-Telegram]

GOP Bill Would Prevent Cities and Counties From Enforcing a Wide Variety of Worker Protections 2018-01-11 [WPR]

State mulls limiting pro-worker local ordinances 2018-01-11 [WPXI]

Worker who brought cooler with KKK sticker to city contract site fired, says American Sewer Services 2017-12-12 [Jrnl-Sentinel]

Unions adjust to right-to-work reality 2017-12-11 [Biz Times]

There’s going to be a rally to condemn that shitty city contractor with a KKK sticker on his cooler 2017-12-10 [Milwaukee Record]

American Red Cross pushes its workers too far 2017-12-09 [In These Times ]

Here is what happened to teachers after Wisconsin gutted its unions 2017-11-21 [CNN]

New study highlights the dire teacher shortage created by Walker’s anti-union law 2017-11-20 [Mother Jones]

Company disputes fine in explosion that killed five workers 2017-11-18 [Albany Times Union]

Union workers face possible cuts to pension plans 2017-11-13 [NBC]

Appeals court rules against Milwaukee County in retirement dispute with more than 600 workers 2017-11-10 [Journal Sentinel]

Wisconsin Juvenile Prison Failing Both Workers And Inmates 2017-11-06 [Workers Independent News]

Prisons shed temporary workers after limits are put on their pay 2017-11-04 [Jrnl Sentinel]

Organizations ready for strike if immigration bill continues through legislature 2017-11-03 [WMTV]

Can ironworker Randy Bryce really take down Paul Ryan? 2017-10-30 [Mother Jones]

Even with plethora of job openings, some workers struggle to find employment 2017-10-16 [WI State Jrnl]

Teachers granted a “Lifetime” of Deprofessionalization 2017-10-02 [BustED]

Labor Union Asks Gov Walker To Ditch Immediate Repeal Of Prevailing Wage Law 2017-09-21 [WI PR]

State Appeals Court Upholds Right To Work Law 2017-09-20 [Opposing Views]

The Fox-CON: lots of money from taxpayers with no guarantees for workers 2017-09-06 [WIZM]

Milwaukee union workers rally at Laborfest, express solidarity 2017-09-05 [FOX]

Why most of Three Square Market's employees jumped at the chance to wear a microchip 2017-08-13 [CNBC]

AFL-CIO: Three-Billion Dollar Foxconn Deal Must Work for Wisconsin’s Workers 2017-08-08 [Workers Independent News]

Ironworker Challenging Paul Ryan, Randy Bryce, Sees Path To Victory Through Working People For more info 2017-08-07 [Huffington Post]

Foxconn Hearing Draws Packed House in Madison 2017-08-04 [WUWM]

Foxconn CEO compared workers to animals, had zoo director give management tips 2017-08-04 [Jrnl Sentinel]

This month in labour history

1-05-1896 Between 300,000 to half a million workers went on strike and rallies were held throughout the United States, with the cry, "Eight-hour day with no cut in pay". [more]

2-05-1843 "Mill girls" – overwhelmingly female textile workers – walked out on strike in Massachusetts for better conditions. [more]

2-05-1968 4,000 workers in the Hamtramck auto plant in Detroit walked out against speed up. Several black strikers met in a bar opposite and founded the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement to organise black workers. [more]

4-05-1886 A bomb is thrown during a demonstration against police violence in Haymarket Square, Chicago. The ensuing police riot and trials of anarchists, known as the Haymarket affair, eventually give birth to May Day as international workers' day. [more]

5-05-1886 Nine striking workers are shot dead by the National Guard at the Rolling Mills Steel Factory in Bay View, Milwaukee [more]

6-05-1937 Four hundred tobacco workers, earning just $3 per week, stage a walkout in Richmond, Virginia [more]

6-05-1935 The Works Progress Administration is established by executive order - it will provide work for millions of Americans. [more]

7-05-1912 New York City waiters and waitresses walked out on strike [more]

8-05-1926 A. Philip Randolph founds the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. [more]

9-05-1913 The garment workers strike at Cohoes could become an international incident after it emerges that Italian migrant workers are being forced to break the strike. [more]

11-05-1894 Three thousands Pullman railroad workers in Chicago begin a wildcat strike. [more]

12-05-1902 John Mitchell of the UMWA cals for a national strike, beginning the Anthracite Coal Strike which will last five months. [more]

13-05-1893 Western Federation of Miners formed in Butte, Montana. [more]

13-05-1980 Douglas Fraser of the UAW becomes the first union representative on the board a major US corporation after Chystler's stockholders vote him on. [more]

15-05-1946 489 city workers in Rochester, NY were sacked for organising a union. They protested the next day, and sympathy strikes began, growing to a general strike, when bosses caved and reinstated the sacked workers. [more]

15-05-1935 Folk singer, labor organiser and IWW member Utah Phillips is born. [more]

16-05-1934 Minneapolis Teamsters went on strike, shutting down almost all commercial transport in the city. The dispute lasted over three months, ending with most of the workers’ demands being met in a landmark win. [more]

17-05-1946 The US govt seized the nation's railroads to stop a nationwide strike. Workers walked out anyway and only the President's threat to draft the strikers and call up the army to run the railroads forced them back to work. [more]

18-05-1928 "Big Bill" Haywood, former mineworker and founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World revolutionary union, dies in Moscow. [more]

19-05-1920 A gun battle between the people of Matewan and Baldwin Felts detectives leaves ten people dead. [more]

21-05-1945 The US government took over the bituminous coal mines to try to break a six-week miners' strike. The miners held out, forcing the govt to grant workers' demands which had been unacceptable to the operators. [more]

22-05-1942 In Cleveland the Steelworkers Organizing Committee voted to become a union: the United Steelworkers of America [more]

25-05-1946 President Truman comes within three minutes of drafting the nation's railroad workers into the army to suppress a proposed strike, but the union leaders and employers settle just before the presiden't ultimatum comes into effect. [more]

26-05-1937 UAW organisers are attacked and beaten by Ford security men in Dearborn, Michigan, in an incident which greatly increases support for the union. [more]

28-05-1946 Workers in Rochester, New York, stage a successful one day general strike for the right to form unions. [more]

29-05-1990 The Justice for Janitors strike of ISS cleaners in Los Angeles begins. [more]

30-05-1937 Ten workers are shot dead by Chicago police during a strike at the Republic Steel Mill. [more]

31-05-1921 The Sacco and Vanzetti trial begins in Dedham, Massachusetts. [more]