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Today's news - Arkansas

Union criticizes Verizon call center closures, including in Little Rock 2018-03-14 [ARTimes]

The more things change — corporate welfare edition 2018-02-12 [AR Times]

How Bill Clinton remade the Democratic Party by abandoning unions 2017-11-25 [LAWCHA]

What Started the Arkansas Sharecropper Massacre of 1919? Trying to Organizing a Union 2017-09-30 [Progressive]

The Waltons Buy Another School for Conversion to a Low-Wage, Non-Union, Short-Term-Employment Charter 2017-08-12 [Diane Ravitch]

Why California Teachers Are Getting Layoff Notices Despite Historic Teacher Shortages 2017-03-18 [HuffPost]

Walmart testing store employee delivery of US online orders ... on their way home 2017-06-02 [Union-Bulletin]

Battery plant locks out employees amid negotiations 2017-04-27 [AP]

New overtime pay rule to affect state universities 2016-11-19 [Albany Times Union]

How Did Walmart Get Cleaner Stores and Higher Sales? It Paid Its People More 2016-10-17 [NYTimes]

Fight For 15 Still Pushing For Increased Minimum Wage 2016-09-13 [KUAR]

Results Good for Letter Carriers Food Drive 2016-05-20 [Clay Cty Times-Democrat]

Biz hysterical abour persuader rule 2016-05-16 [AR Biz]

Oxfam report: Tyson poultry workers forced to wear diapers 2016-05-14 [UPI]

Businesses Sue Department Of Labor To Prevent “Persuader” Rule Regulations 2016-04-01 [KFSM / KXNW]

AR AFL-CIO Decades-Old Contract With State Ends 2016-01-31 [NPR]

Judge orders Walmart to rehire workers it fired for striking 2016-01-27 [Huffington Post]

Judge orders Walmart: reinstate 16 workers fired for striking 2016-01-25 [Popular Resistance]

Court orders Walmart to reinstate workers fired for protest 2016-01-24 [UPI]

Worker Strikes Against Wal-Mart in 2013 Were Lawful, NLRB Judge Says 2016-01-22 [WSJ]

State workforce agency to end jobless assistance contract 2015-12-25 [SFGate]

AFL-CIO out; state now to aid jobless 2015-12-24 [AR Online]

6 migrant farmworkers killed as bus hits bridge 2015-11-07 [The Times-Union]

Wal-Mart to Cut Hundreds of Jobs at Headquarters 2015-10-01 [Reuters]

McDonald's union order extended 2015-07-07 [Arkansas Online]

McDonald's labor hearing set: Board says LR worker fired for union-organizing effort 2015-07-04 [AR Online]

Walmart Adjusts the Thermostat to Warm Worker Relations 2015-06-04 [NYTimes]

The Firing of This Minimum Wage Worker Reveals Why We Need More Labor Reporting 2015-04-03 [The Nation]

Arkansas Gov.'s union organizer son in spotlight 2015-04-02 [Arkansas Gazette]

House passes bill to let teachers exit union at any time 2015-03-21 [NWA Democrat Gazette]

Waltons Lose in Effort to Privatize Little Rock School District 2015-03-18 [Diane Ravitch]

State AFL-CIO against senate cut to scholarships 2015-03-10 [Arkansas Online]

Fort Smith plant lays off 120 employees, suspends manufacturing 2015-01-24 [Bakken]

Minimum wage question on November ballot 2014-10-12 [Log Cabin Democrat]

Southern Tenant Farmers Union to celebrate 80th anniversary 2014-09-09 [Democrat Tribune]

Little Rock McDonald’s Protesters Call For Higher Wages, Unions 2014-08-02 [The Times-Record]

OK Foods Denies Allegations Regarding Union Vote For more info 2014-06-25 [Times Record]

Walmart Strikers March on Home Office 2014-06-08 [AFL-CIO]

Hope bakery accused of unfair labor practices 2014-03-09 [SFGate]

Labor Unions Urge Policy Changes Favoring Corporate Loopholes 2013-12-11 [UALR Public Radio]

Union set to vote on re-worked contract that complicated Cooper Tire takeover 2013-11-20 [KSLA]

This month in labour history

6-03-1913 Joe Hill's song "There is Power in a Union" first appeared in the @_IWW union's Little Red Song Book. [more]

7-03-1932 Unemployed workers stage a hunger march to the Ford complex at Dearborn, demanding workers be rehired. Police shoot at the demonstration, killing 4 and injuring 60 [more]

8-03-1942 Lucy Parsons, founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and powerful orator for women, working people, and political prisoners died. [more]

8-03-1926 Fur & Leather Workers Union (mostly women) went on strike in NYC, enduring beatings by police. They won a 10% raise and a five-day week. [more]

9-03-1910 Westmoreland County Coal strikes begins, ending in 1911. It is known as the 'Slovak strike', as 70% of the miners are Slovakian. 16 people are killed. [more]

11-03-1950 TWU members at American Airlines win 11-day national strike, gaining what the union says was the first severance pay clause in industry. [more]

12-03-1929 Lupe Anguiano, women's rights activist and labour organizer, is born. [more]

12-03-1912 The Bread and Roses strikers won all their demands. The strike was organized by mostly women workers and the Industrial Workers of the World and included 20,000 workers. [more]

13-03-1830 The term “rat,” referring to a worker who betrays fellow workers, first appears in print in the New York Daily Sentinel [more]

18-03-1937 New York City police arrested striking Woolworth's store clerks - mostly women - who had occupied stores demanding a 40-hour workweek. [more]

31-03-1927 Cesar Chavez, Mexican-American labour leader, is born. [more]