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Walmart charts new course by steering workers to high-quality imaging centers 2019-05-20 [Seattle Times]

Ford will lay off 7,000 white-collar workers 2019-05-20 [CNN Wire]

Caregivers and takers: investigation uncovers widespread exploitation of workers who tend to the elderly. 2019-05-20 [Center for Investigative Reporting]

Video Game Developers Power Up a High-Stakes Unionizing Campaign 2019-05-20 [Bloomberg]

Government workers were kept in the dark about their toxic workplace 2019-05-20 [Natl Catholic Reporter]

Unemployment Is At A 50-Year Low. But Not Everybody's A Winner 2019-05-20 [WBUR]

House Passes Bill to Permanently Codify Protections for LGBTQ Feds 2019-05-20 [Gov Exec]

Bernie Sanders rolls out education plan that cracks down on for-profit anti-union-charter schools 2019-05-19 [Vox]

Trump's NLRB: Inflatable rats illegal 2019-05-18 [ucommblog]

Bernie Sanders will call for ban on for-profit charter schools 2019-05-18 [CNN]

New Perk for Fast-Food Workers: Finish a Shift, Get Cash to Go 2019-05-18 [Bloomberg]

Arconic, USW contract talks stalled 2019-05-18 [Daily Times]

Rest In Power, Larry Hanley 2019-05-18 [Labour Notes]

Bernie Sanders used his campaign data to drive turnout on strike picket lines 2019-05-17 [Huff Po]

The couple behind the viral AOC ad plans a streaming channel for socialists 2019-05-17 [Yahoo!]

Dumping, Again, on the Lowest-Paid Folks 2019-05-17 [Bacon's Rebellion]

2020 Democrats’ battle for union support, explained 2019-05-17 [Vox]

Freezing Executive Salaries to Pay Entry-Level Workers a Better Wage 2019-05-17 [Kottke]

Trump Labor Board Reversal of Obama Era Policies: Uber Drivers Are Not Employees. What This Means for Other Gig Workers 2019-05-17 [Inc.]

Foreign-Born Workers Make Up Highest Percentage of U.S. Employment Since 1996 2019-05-17 [WSJ]

Macy*s RI and MA Employee Strike Averted With Tentative Contract 2019-05-17 [Patch]

AFL-CIO Budget Is a Stark Illustration of the Decline of Organizing 2019-05-17 [Splinter]

A tried and true way to fix inequality in America: unions 2019-05-17 [CNN]

Rewriting the Rules of Employment: How the Misclassification of Workers Undermines Workers’ Rights 2019-05-16 [ILRF]

RN's applaud reintroduction of federal safe staffing bills mandating nurse-to-patient ratios 2019-05-16 [National Nurses United]

Machinists union calls for US government to investigate Delta Air Lines 2019-05-16 [ITF]

Video Game Workers See Power in a Union 2019-05-16 [The New Republic]

Labor Law Safeguards for Worker Lawsuits Imperiled at Trump NLRB 2019-05-15 [Bloomberg]

Uber Drivers Are Contractors, Not Employees, Says Trump [anti-] Labor Board 2019-05-15 [NYTimes]

Sanders Support for Inmate Voting Rights a Mistake, TWU Head Says 2019-05-15 [The Chief]

Uber, Lyft driver Hit latest move to Arrange gig Employees 2019-05-13 [Mayfield Recorder]

IAM Campaigns Strike a Nerve with Delta Bosses 2019-05-13 [IAM]

Delta to Employees: Who Needs a Union When You Can Have an Xbox? 2019-05-13 [Vice]

Delta urges workers to pay for video games, not union dues 2019-05-13 [NBC]

Delta Airlines staff told 'don't unionise, buy video games' 2019-05-13 [BBC]

Video Games and Drinks, or Union Dues? Delta’s Pitch Draws Fire 2019-05-13 [New York Times]

Delta Airlines Argues that Gaming is More Important Than Unions 2019-05-13 [Bleeding Cool]

Twitter tears into Delta for its tone-deaf anti-union, pro-video game poster 2019-05-13 [TNW]

Delta Air Lines Was Known For Being Kind and Thoughtfulloght. Then It Showed Its Shockingly Nasty Side 2019-05-13 [Inc.]

Join a union or buy an Xbox? Delta’s anti-union campaign inspires Twitter backlash 2019-05-13 [Tampa Bay Times]

Delta tried to convince employees videogames better than unions 2019-05-13 [Variety/Reuters]

Steven Greenhouse: Dear Delta Airlines, Video games and beer cannot compete with joining a union 2019-05-13 [Guardian]

Dear Gamers of Delta Air Lines, You Have Nothing to Lose But Your Chains 2019-05-11 [New York]

2020 Democrats court organized labor as unions bide their time on endorsements 2019-05-11 [ABC]

The way we view public servants in this country is a disgrace 2019-05-11 [The Hill]

Strike All You Want: Uber Won’t Pay a Living Wage 2019-05-11 [NYTimes]

Uber, Lyft driver strike latest move to organize gig workers 2019-05-11 [AP]

Trump NLRB: Unfair labor practice charges down 11%, and some unions forego, withdraw cases to avoid pro-business rulings 2019-05-11 [Bloomberg]

Home Care Workers are the Latest Vulnerable Group Under Attack by the Trump Administration 2019-05-11 [Teen Vogue]

Head of workers’ union speaks out against Amazon’s one-day shipping plan 2019-04-30 [Consumer Affairs]

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]

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

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

29-05-1941 Disney Studios animators in LA strike for union recognition. 16 were fired. [more]

29-05-1946 The Rochester general strike ended after just one day with victory for the workers. They won reinstatement for hundreds of city workers who had been sacked for forming a union, dropping of all charges, and recognition of the union. [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]