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Banks, credit unions offer help to federal workers during shutdown 2019-01-09 [Anchorage Daily News]

Alaska Airlines union workers picket for better wages 2018-09-11 [KTOO Public Media]

Union leaders march in solidarity with Fairbanks city workers 2018-08-25 [Daily News-Miner]

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]

This month in labour history

1-02-1864 The Collar Laundry Union was formed in New York, the first women's union in US history, led by Kate Mullany. Over the next few years the women increase their wages from $2 to $14 a week. [more]

4-02-1924 IWW members took on the Ku Klux Klan, patrolling the streets of Greenville, Maine, after the KKK tried to threaten IWW union organisers: “We are going to stick, and if the Klan wants to start something, the IWW are going to finish it” [more]

4-02-1869 IWW and SPUSA leader Big Bill Haywood is born in Salt Lake City, Utah. [more]

4-02-1919 The General Strike Committee meets in Seattle, and makes preparations for an all-out labour stoppage [more]

5-02-1913 17-year-old Ida Braiman is shot dead by a contractor during the garment workers' strike in Rochester, NY. [more]

6-02-1919 A total of 60,000 of Seattle's population of 315,000 join the general strike on its first day [more]

8-02-1919 Workers in Butte, Montana responded to a dollar per day wage cut by launching a general strike. To prevent disunity, workers formed a Workers and Soldiers Council to conduct the strike. [more]

11-02-1937 The 6 week-long sit-down strike at General Motors in Flint Michigan ends as GM agrees to recognize the UAW. [more]

12-02-1968 Sanitation workers in Memphis begin a strike for recognition. During this strike Martin Luther King Jr is murdered [more]

12-02-1968 The Memphis sanitation strike by African-American workers began in protest against mistreatment, discrimination, dangerous working conditions, and the recent deaths of two workers. They held out until April and won. [more]

13-02-1913 82-year-old labour activist Mother Jones was arrested in West Virginia for supporting a coal miners strike. Convicted in a military court she was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Pardoned after serving 85 days. [more]

14-02-1818 Frederick Douglass is born into slavery in Maryland. He will go on to become a titanic figure in the struggle against slavery, and in favour of universal suffrage and women's rights. [more]

14-02-1936 Goodyear workers in Ohio strike. They defy union orders to leave the plant & resist 150 sheriff's deputies. Threatening a general strike if a vigilante army was used, they won after a month. [more]

15-02-1913 A strike of rubber workers in #Akron organised by @_IWW union grew to 3,500 strikers. Earlier that month 300 workers at Firestone walked out and were eventually joined by 20K others but police violence & repression forced them to end it. [more]

18-02-1935 Tens of thousands of New Yorkers were stranded by a wildcat strike of elevator operators in the city. [more]

19-02-1866 The first union in Mississippi was created by African-American washerwomen. [more]

19-02-1986 The Farm Labourers Organizing Committee wins recognition at Campbell's Soup farms after years of struggle [more]

20-02-1919 The Elaine massacre took place in Arkansas. After black farm workers tried to organise for better pay, hundreds of African-Americans were murdered and tortured by white racists and security forces [more]

23-02-1910 Workers at the soon to be infamous Triangle Shirtwaist factory decided to end their five month long strike. They had won higher wages and reduced hours but failed to get union recognition. [more]

24-02-1944 320 men, mostly African-Americans were killed in explosion at the Port Chicago naval base. 50 African-American servicemen who then protested against unsafe conditions were court-martialed and sentenced to 8-15 years hard labour. [more]

24-02-1939 US Supreme Court ruled sitdown strikes illegal. [more]

27-02-1881 African-American laundresses in Atlanta, Georgia, went on strike and were successful in raising wages and establishing a union. [more]

27-02-1939 Supreme Court rules that sit-down strikes violate property owners' rights and are therefore illegal. [more]