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Today's news - Alaska

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]

Union members rally for higher minimum wage 2014-08-25 [Juneau Empire]

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]