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Kodiak International Longshore and Warehouse Union claims employer is engaging in unfair practices 2018-08-14 [KTUU]

How the defeat of the bathroom bill shows historic change in Anchorage 2018-04-06 [Anchorage Daily News]

United Steelworkers sues BP after it cut union-represented positions on North Slope 2018-03-12 [Anchorage Daily News]

260 workers to be laid off after BP switches contractors 2018-02-12 [KTUU]

Mostly union force of 261 to be laid off in Prudhoe Bay contract change 2018-02-09 [Anchorage Daily News]

Judge backs Texas company over workers claims of toxic gas exposure in Alaska 2018-01-05 [Anchorage Daily News]

Staff Council broaches topic of unionizing 2017-11-14 [Northern Lights]

 VIDEO Hilton Hotel under fire from labor union after firing longtime employee 2017-10-18 [KTUU]

North Country Services Agrees to Pay $280,000 Fine for Employee Death 2017-10-18 [AK Native News]

Wrangell contract talks end, strike may resume 2017-07-07 [KTOO]

Update: Wrangell prepares for municipal workers’ strike 2017-06-20 [KSTK]

Anchorage firefighters forgo pay raises in new union contract deal 2017-06-07 [ADN]

Some employers could see tighter restrictions on hiring foreign workers 2017-04-24 [ADN]

Anchorage Assembly rejects arbitrator ruling and proposed union contract 2017-03-21 [ADN]

Bill would define independent contractors, reform worker’s compensations system 2017-02-22 [Peninsula Clarion]

AK & ME Voters Overwhelmingly Want Their GOP Senators To Vote Down Puzder 2017-02-15 [WIN]

State OSHA fines North Country Services $280,000 2017-02-10 [Workers Comp]

New apprenticeship programs aim to train workers amid a tough job market 2017-02-05 [ADN]

Taco King, Gallo's restaurants agree to pay workers $835,000 in back wages 2016-12-15 [ADN]

Are foreign students who come here for summer work on a cultural exchange or just low-paid labor? 2016-08-15 [Alaska Dispatch]

Cost-cutters turn attention to state salaries 2016-04-22 [Juneau Empire]

Anchorage mayor's office agrees on new contract with city employee union 2015-12-24 [ADN]

Fairbanks City Council considering labor contract appeal, budgets 2015-12-13 [News Miner]

A self-inflicted contract fiasco: City engaged in unfair labor practices by breaking own rules 2015-12-06 [News Miner]

Labor Relations Agency ruling says city of Fairbanks engaged in unfair practices in contract dispute 2015-12-01 [News Miner]

State AFL-CIO supports PFD voter registration initiative 2015-08-29 [ADN]

Gov. Bill Walker announces merger of two state labor agencies 2015-06-11 [Times Union]

State Labor Relations Agency finds probable cause Fairbanks did not bargain fairly with police officers 2015-05-03 [Times Union]

House, Senate negotiators reach agreement on state budget 2015-04-26 [ADN]

Fairbanks Borough Assembly OKs labor agreements covering most municipal workers 2015-04-17 [News Miner]

Plan to stop pay hike for non-union employees advances in Legislature 2015-04-14 [Alaska Dispatch News]

House panel advances bill to nix state employee pay raises 2015-04-14 [Times Union]

Fairbanks North Star Borough strikes tentative agreement with union 2015-03-26 [News Miner]

Medicaid expansion: A low-risk boost to Alaska's prosperity 2015-03-23 [AK Dispatch]

To fund lobbying effort, sex worker advocates turns to internet 2015-02-04 [KTOO]

City council to vote on union contract 2015-01-05 [Newsminer]

Labor negotiations underway between unions and Fairbanks North Star Borough 2014-12-24 [NewsMiner]

Act Now! Tell Alaska Airlines: Respect Democracy - don't rob our prosperity 2014-11-20 [Airport Workers United]

Safety employees union files complaint against city 2014-11-19 [News Miner]

Anchorage voters favor unions in repealing Mayor Sullivan's labor law rewrite 2014-11-05 [Alaska Dispatch News]

Unions put public safety at core of AO 37 debate; mayor calls claims 'hyperbole' 2014-10-28 [AK Dispatch News]

Working families can't afford Dan Sullivan in the Senate 2014-10-20 [Alaska Dispatch]

 VIDEO Why Dan Sullivan Is Wrong for Alaska's Workers 2014-10-19 [AFL-CIO]

Koch money is pouring into state like never before. Labor unions are going all out to fight back 2014-10-13 [Mother Jones]

Mayor Sullivan, union reps argue Anchorage labor law in televised forum 2014-10-10 [Alaska Dispatch]

Ballot review on Anchorage labor law released online, to be mailed Friday 2014-10-09 [Alaska Dispatch News]

Law enforcement, public safety unions endorse Walker-Mallott ticket 2014-10-07 [Alaska Dispatch]

After opposing it before primary, Sullivan says he'll vote to increase minimum wage 2014-09-16 [Alaska Dispatch News]

Union rallies for Sheraton Anchorage Hotel workers 2014-09-11 [Alaska Dispatch News]

Anchorage labor question on November ballot 2014-09-10 [Times Union]

This month in labour history

1-08-1917 Frank H. Little, anti-war activist & IWW organiser is lynched in Butte, Montana. He was on IWW's Exec Board when he was killed. [more]

1-08-1942 American Federation of Musicians strikes against recording companies over royalty payments, most settling within a year. [more]

3-08-1821 Uriah Smith Stephens born. A tailor, he led 9 garment workers in founding the Knights of Labor in 1869. [more]

3-08-1981 The PATCO strike begins, effectively shutting down air travel in the US. 2 days later President Reagan fired 11,000 air traffic controllers and broke the union. [more]

4-08-1997 185,000 members of the Teamsters begin a successful 15-day strike at UPS. [more]

5-08-1981 President Reagan sacks 11000 federal air traffic controllers for striking and refusing his order to return to work. [more]

7-08-1894 Eugene Debs & three union leaders arrested following the Pullman strike. [more]

7-08-1919 Actors Equity becomes a recognised union after stagehands honour actors' picket lines. [more]

7-08-1890 Birth of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, IWW organiser and founder of the ACLU. [more]

8-08-1881 United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America forms & becomes one of the largest trade unions in the US. [more]

9-08-1890 Knights of Labor strike on the New York Central railroad; ends in defeat due to scab labour. [more]

10-08-1935 Transport workers in New York descend on a courthouse with money from their own pockets to bail out Mike Quill, their president, arrested after attending a picket line. [more]

11-08-1828 Workingmen’s Party, first US labour party, forms in Philadelphia. [more]

11-08-1894 Troops force 1200 jobless workers out of Washington, DC, including Jack London & Big Bill Haywood. [more]

17-08-1918 95 members of the IWW were jailed for resistance to the First World War. [more]

18-08-1927 Radio station WEVD - named for IWW labour leader Eugene V Debs – goes on the air in New York City. [more]

19-08-1909 IWW issues first edition of the “Little Red Song Book”. [more]

21-08-1831 Nat Turner's slave rebellion begins, Southampton County, Virginia, 56 slaves executed, 120 killed. [more]

23-08-1970 Led by César Chávez, the Salad Bowl strike, largest farm worker strike in US history, begins. [more]

25-08-1925 The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, led by A. Phillip Randolph, is founded. [more]

25-08-1950 President Truman ordered the federal government to seize control of the railroads in order to prevent a planned strike by 1.7m union members. [more]

26-08-1935 United Auto Workers union founded. [more]

28-08-1987 John Sayles's film “Matewan” about attempts to organise a union by coal miners is released. [more]

29-08-1921 West Virginia miners marching to free their imprisoned comrades face state forces and private detectives in the five-day "Battle of Blair Mountain." [more]

31-08-1939 Mexican-American women workers walkout at California Sanitary Canning Company, winning a union contract and wage increase. [more]

31-08-1933 Italian-American labour organizer Giovanni Pippan murdered during organizing campaign of bread wagon drivers in Chicago. [more]

31-08-1999 Detroit teachers start 9-day wildcat strike, winning "books, supplies, smaller class sizes" & 4% raise. [more]