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California Bill Could Transform the Lives of Gig Workers. Silicon Valley Wants Labor Help To Stop It 2019-07-19 [Intercept]

California union contracts targeted in new lawsuit challenging how workers quit paying dues 2019-07-19 [Sac'to Bee]

Uber and Lyft drivers were paid up to $100 to protest a bill that could make them employees 2019-07-16 [The Times]

Legislature passes bill to protect sex workers' rights 2019-07-16 [The Hill]

85,000 Kaiser workers ready strike in 7 states; health giant cites progress in contract talks 2019-07-15 [Sac Bee]

RNs applaud signing of Hospital Inspection Bill that protects patients, nurses 2019-07-14 [NNU]

4,000 California mental health workers reject Kaiser contract offer by wide margin 2019-07-13 [Fresno Bee]

Former Tesla workers claim they were fired for using maternity and sick leave 2019-07-09 [The Guardian]

CA is the latest state to help millions of workers join retirement savings plans 2019-07-05 [CNBC]

Hundreds of union workers at LAX march for better wages, healthcare 2019-07-05 [FOX]

Uber co-founder buys record-breaking LA mansion for $72.5m as drivers fight for wages 2019-07-04 [Guardian]

LAX workers at two unions rally at terminals to demand union jobs 2019-07-04 [OCRegister]

Tech Companies Absent From Roundtable On Contracted Workers Rights 2019-07-04 [SFGate]

 VIDEO CA AB5 UBER, Lyft, Independent Contractors, Labor and Social Benefits For more info 2019-07-03 [LVP]

CA grocery workers gain support from other labor groups 2019-07-02 [LATimes]

Union leaders endorse possible grocery strike 2019-07-02 [KESQ]

 VIDEO SF PRIDE 2019 'One Job Is Enough!' Unite Here Local 2 & Free Chelsea & Assange For more info 2019-06-30 [LVP]

After a few big California unions held talks to limit labor rights for Uber and Lyft drivers, other unions balk 2019-06-30 [NY Times]

1 Hour ULP Strike By SF ILWU Local 6 VCA Workers: Mars VCA Is Breaking The Law! 2019-06-28 [indybay]

 VIDEO SF ILWU Local 6 VCA Workers Have 1 Hour ULP Strike: Mars VCA Is Breaking The Law! For more info 2019-06-28 [LVP]

San Diego Grocery Store Workers Vote to Authorize Strike, Local Union Says 2019-06-28 [NBC]

SF veterinary workers walk off the job 2019-06-28 [Mission Local]

San Diego grocery workers say yes to strike authorization vote 2019-06-27 [Union-Tribune]

UFCW grocery workers vote on strike authorization 2019-06-25 [Press-Enterprise]

 VIDEO The Arnautoff Murals, The Working Class and Erasing History At SF George Washington High For more info 2019-06-24 [LVP]

Southern California grocery workers could vote to authorize a strike 2019-06-23 [abcnews10]

Grocery strike rocked Southern California 16 years ago. It may happen again soon 2019-06-22 [LATimes]

High-profile charter network dismisses three teachers active in union push 2019-06-21 [Mercury News]

Heated battle over automation and jobs at Port of L.A. moves to City Council 2019-06-21 [LATimes]

Assembly Bill 539 would protect working families 2019-06-20 [Californian]

Facebook Bikeshare Workers Organize Against Anti-Union Campaign 2019-06-11 [Shadowproof]

 VIDEO On Juneteenth, SF City Workers Demand Firing Of HR Director Micki Callahan For more info 2019-06-20 [LVP]

Dozens of farm workers exposed to pesticides in South Valley. 3 sent to the hospital 2019-06-19 [Fresno Bee]

New workers’ compensation battle on horizon 2019-06-18 [CALmatters]

Hundreds Of Food Service Workers At SFO Prepared To Strike 2019-06-18 [CBS]

San Francisco airline food workers OK strike over health care, wages: As many as 1,500 employees could take part if there is a work stoppage 2019-06-17 [Mercury News]

 VIDEO Oakland Port Privatization Scam By Billionaire John Fisher, Demos & Union Officials For more info 2019-06-17 [LVP]

Union stands behind counsellor punished for advocating for students 2019-06-16 [NEA Today]

SFO Airline Catering Workers Vote *Yes* to Authorize Strike 2019-06-15 [KQED]

KCRW Workers Choose SAG-AFTRA As Their Union 2019-06-15 [Deadline]

Strippers Are Turning To Old-School Union Tactics To Fight For Fair Wages 2019-06-13 [Huff Post]

Oakland budget fight turns harsh as workers file unfair labor claim against city 2019-06-13 [SFChronicle]

Kaiser Permanente mental health workers call off threatened strike 2019-06-11 [LATimes]

City Council sides with labor unions against pension reform plan 2019-06-11 [FOX]

Same Union Behind Prolonged Marriott Walkout Threatens Strike Against SFO Airline Food Contractors 2019-06-11 [KQED]

Hundreds Of Doctors, Nurses And Other ‘Medicare For All’ Advocates Rally In Front Of American Medical Association Meeting 2019-06-10 [ KHN]

New Haven School District Teachers Ratify New Contract, Ending Strike 2019-06-10 [KPIX]

Union Representing Kaiser Mental Health Workers Calls Off Strike 2019-06-10 [SF Gate]

San Diego must decide whether to continue legal fight for 2012 pension cuts 2019-06-09 [San Diego Union-Tribune]

California Teachers Association on Thurmond’s Charter Task Force Report 2019-06-08 [Diane Ravitch]

This month in labour history

4-07-1840 Tenants in upstate New York issue a 'Declaration of Independence', beginning a five-year Anti-Rent War [more]

5-07-1934 Two strikers are killed fighting police, scabs, and the National Guard during the San Francisco longshoremen's strike [more]

6-07-1892 Striking workers defeat and force the surrender of Pinkerton agents during the Homestead Strike in Pennsylvania [more]

8-07-1966 The largest strike in aviation history begins, shutting down 60 per cent of the US airline industry for six weeks [more]

10-07-1902 112 miners die in an explosion in the Rolling Mill Mine in Pennsylvania [more]

12-07-1933 The Screen Actors Guild holds its first meeting. Among those attending: future horror movie star and union activist, Boris Karloff. [more]

15-07-1959 Half a million steelworkers across the country strike for a pay increase in their new contract [more]

16-07-1934 The San Francisco Labor Council calls a city-wide general strike in support of longshoremen, which succeeds in winning most of the workers' main demands after four days. [more]

18-07-1969 African American hopsital workers in South Carolina win union recognition after a 113-day strike [more]

20-07-1899 Newsboys in New York go on strike against press giants Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst [more]

21-07-1877 The government attempts to violently suppress the great railroad strike in Pennsylvania [more]

22-07-1916 A bomb was is set off during a parade in San Francisco, killing 10 and injuring 40. Labour organizer Tom Mooney,and Warren Billings, a shoe worker, were convicted of the crime, but both were pardoned 23 years later [more]

25-07-1907 Trotskyist labor organizer and leader of the 1934 Minneapolis teamsters' strike Farrell Dobbs is born [more]

26-07-1877 Thirty workers are killed in the Battle of Halsted Street Viaduct during the railroad strike in Chicago. [more]

29-07-1970 The United Farm Workers sign their first collective bargaining agreement with California grape growers [more]

30-07-1975 Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa disappears from a parking lot in Oakland County and is never seen again [more]