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Journalists' house raided by police 2019-05-20 [IFJ]

ITF dockers and seafarers unions honour ILWU longshoreman killed in fatal incident in Los Angeles 2019-05-20 [ITF]

New Haven teachers stage first ever strike 2019-05-20 [KPIX]

California legislators expect companies to let workers join a union. So why not their own staff? 2019-05-20 [Sac Bee]

Bernie Sanders Used His Campaign Data To Drive Turnout On Strike Picket Lines 2019-05-18 [Huff Post]

Teachers union delays May 22 strike at Sacramento City Unified 2019-05-17 [Sac Bee]

Striking workers: UC Davis ‘trying to do a bait-and-switch’ with new Aggie Square hospital 2019-05-17 [Sacto Bee]

UC Medical Center Workers to Stage 1-Day Strike 2019-05-16 [NBC]

UC Davis Health residents, fellows can have union representation, state labor board says 2019-05-16 [Becker's Hosp Rev]

Union workers strike at 10 campuses, 5 hospitals in California university system 2019-05-16 [UPI]

 VIDEO Whose Selling Whom? The A's Stadium, The Destruction of Howard Terminal In The Port Of Oakland and The Battle In Labor For more info 2019-05-15 [LVP]

 VIDEO Maritime, Labor and The A's Stadium At The Port Of Oakland Press Conference For more info 2019-05-14 [LVP]

A Union That Strikes Wins: NUHW 10 Years On 2019-05-11 [Counter Punch]

I Delivered Packages for Amazon and It Was a Nightmare 2019-05-10 [The Atlantic]

Descendants Honor Chinese Workers On Transcontinental Railroad's 150th Year 2019-05-10 [Capital Public Radio]

 VIDEO ILWU 10 Speakers Protest John Fisher A's Stadium On Howard Terminal At Oakland Port Commission For more info 2019-05-10 [LVP]

Postal Carriers Plan Food Drive Saturday 2019-05-09 [Oakdale Leader]

 VIDEO Drivers United Will Never Be Defeated! UBER/LYFT Global Day Of Action At UBER In San Francisco For more info 2019-05-09 [LVP]

 VIDEO UBER Blowback With Author Steve Hill For more info 2019-05-08 [WWR]

California health care union to protest Joe Biden fundraiser 2019-05-08 [ABC]

AFSCME announces May 16 strike in protest of labor outsourcing at Univ CA 2019-05-07 [Daily Bruin]

Here’s when 39,000 UC workers plan their 5th walkout. This time, it’s over outsourcing 2019-05-06 [Sac Bee]

Gig economy workers deserve basic protections that come with employee status 2019-05-06 [CALmatters]

UC employee union files unfair labor charges against university 2019-05-06 [Daily Californian]

 VIDEO On May Day 2019 Oakland Education Association Pres Keith Brown On The Stadium, Port, ILWU and Public Education For more info 2019-05-06 [LVP]

Forestville teachers vote to strike over terms in new contract proposal 2019-05-04 [Press Democrat]

 VIDEO This Is Our Port! May Day 2019 Speakers At Oakland Howard Terminal For more info 2019-05-03 [Labor Video Project]

Cedars-Sinai employees accuse hospital of overpricing, unfair labor practices, excessive CEO pay 2019-05-02 [Becker's Hosp Rev]

 VIDEO Whose Dock Is This? Our Dock! CWA AFA Pres Sara Nelson At Oakland Howard Terminal May Day 2019 For more info 2019-05-02 [LVP]

Campus workers' union rallies in White Plaza 2019-04-12 [Stanford Daily]

Crane that collapsed and killed 4 in Seattle was working on Google campus 2019-04-29 [LATimes]

Meet the warehouse workers challenging Amazon and Walmart 2019-04-27 [NELP]

Port workers rally against automation 2019-04-27 [KPCC]

Majority of Californians supports teachers striking over wages, poll finds 2019-04-25 [SacBee]

Hollywood's Labor Force Has Always Had to Fight for Workers' Rights 2019-04-24 [Teen Vogue]

Google 'retaliating against harassment protest organisers' 2019-04-24 [BBC]

Organizers of the Google Walkout Say They’ve Been Threatened With Demotion 2019-04-23 [Slate]

Ten L.A. port drivers awarded $1.2M in misclassification suit 2019-04-23 [Landline Mag]

Bitter Dispute Between Employees and Sanitation Agency Stalls Contract 2019-04-21 [Univ Times]

AFSCME calls upon UC commencement speakers to boycott 2019-04-20 [Daily Nexus]

WorkWeek On Former OSHA Med Director Dr. Larry Rose On DIR Christine Baker Corruption Scandal & The State Of Workers Comp and Health/ Safety In California For more info 2019-04-20 [WWR]

Uber settles driver lawsuit for $20 million 2019-04-19 [L&S]

 VIDEO 'It's Insane!' ILWU Longshore Workers And Truckers Challenge Oakland A's Billionaire Owner John Fisher’s Land Grab Of Howard Terminal In The Port Of Oakland For more info 2019-04-19 [Labor Video Project]

California College of the Arts Campus Consolidation Spurs Union Effort 2019-04-18 [KQED]

Truck Drivers Who Haul Imports for Best Buy, Puma, and Lowe’s Awarded More Than $1.2 Million 2019-04-18 [AJot]

 VIDEO WorkWeek On Assange Getting Union Backing, ILWU May Day Action and Gentrification And CA DIR Baker Corruption Scandal For more info 2019-04-18 [WWR]

AFSCME Strikes Following Unfair Labor Charge Against UC 2019-04-15 [UC Guardian]

Charter-mageddon: State Lawmakers Advance Raft of Union-Back Charter School Restrictions 2019-04-12 [KQED]

University of California workers union strikes for improved contract, workers’ rights 2019-04-12 [Daily Californian]

A union show of force: Teachers from around California rally with Sacramento educators 2019-04-12 [Sacto Bee]

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]

6-05-1935 The Works Progress Administration is established by executive order - it will provide work for millions of Americans. [more]

6-05-1937 Four hundred tobacco workers, earning just $3 per week, stage a walkout in Richmond, Virginia [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]

29-05-1941 Disney Studios animators in LA strike for union recognition. 16 were fired. [more]

29-05-1946 The Rochester general strike ended after just one day with victory for the workers. They won reinstatement for hundreds of city workers who had been sacked for forming a union, dropping of all charges, and recognition of the union. [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]