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Union Givebacks & $1 Billion in New Taxes Key to Lamont Budget 2019-02-21 [NBC]

Spinnaker projects in New Haven stir debate on labor issues, community input 2019-02-20 [New Haven Register]

Labor leaders call for tax hikes for the wealthy and other ‘alternatives to austerity’ 2019-02-12 [Hartford Courant]

Courant journalists seek to form a union 2019-02-12 [Hartford Courant]

MLK Invoked In Call For Yale Local Hiring 2019-01-23 [New Haven Democrat]

Did the new Democratic governor just say that unions must give back more? 2019-01-13 [CTPost]

Tech workers to rally to keep India outsourcing firm out of CT 2018-12-29 [Stamford Advocate]

Unions reject blueprint: Proposal to shore up state budget calls for tax cuts, state employee givebacks 2018-12-01 [Jrnl Inquirer]

Bridgeport cops win workers’ comp fight 2018-11-30 [CTPost]

Breaking with peers, Yale reaffirms opposition to Local 33 2018-11-27 [Yale News]

Norwich utilities labor union withdraws complaints involving Bilda 2018-11-20 [The Day]

Citing poor work conditions, Stamford Sheraton workers push for union 2018-11-20 [Stamford Advocate]

New Haven non-union workers forced to take furloughs 2018-11-06 [Yale Daily News]

Governor Campaigns Making Final Overtures For more info 2018-11-05 [NBC Connecticut]

Yankee Institute Exclusive Spurs SEIU 1199 Lawsuit 2018-10-31 [Yankee Institute]

Amalgamated Transit Union surveys bus drivers over lack of bathroom breaks 2018-10-20 [WTNH]

State Board May Approve Two New Charter Schools Wednesday For more info 2018-10-03 [The Courant]

Local labor unions react to Amazon raising minimum wage 2018-10-03 [FOX]

State workers loyal to unions despite right to end dues 2018-09-30 [The Post]

Judicial eliminates Supreme Court police, including position held by union president 2018-09-26 [CT Mirror]

Complaint: General Manager John Bilda threatened NPU union leader 2018-09-26 [Bulletin]

Close to 200 aerospace workers go on strike 2018-09-19 [New Haven Register]

Without agreement, union striking at United Tech Corp in Cheshire 2018-09-17 [My Record Jrnl]

NLRB Orders Fired Terex Corp Workers Reinstated In Union Row 2018-08-23 [Law360]

State employees receive $2,000 bonuses For more info 2018-07-23 [The Courant]

Jewish Community Unites In Support of Unionizing Hotel Employees at Stamford Hilton 2018-07-11 [The Forward]

Teachers’ union files labor complaint 2018-07-10 [CTPost]

State AFL-CIO Backs Outsiders at State Political Convention 2018-06-23 [Hartford Courant]

Advocates to rally for higher wages, anti-poverty programs 2018-06-11 [Bristol Herald Courier]

Advocates to rally for higher wages, anti-poverty programs 2018-06-10 [SFChronicle]

Lawmakers fail to vote on minimum-wage hike 2018-05-11 [WTNH]

Republicans propose amendment to roll back union dominance 2018-05-10 [Yankee Institute]

Union calls off threatened strike after Senate passes raise 2018-05-07 [WTNH]

Female night custodians demand safer work conditions, greater University accountability 2018-05-04 [The Daily]

Thousands of CT health care workers could go on strike 2018-05-04 [News12]

To avert a strike, CT House boosts money for care of the disabled 2018-05-03 [CTMirror]

Black Robe Backlash against Gov's nominees for the bench​​ For more info 2018-04-23 [WTNH-TV Channel 8 News]

New England SEIU Pres: Workers have postponed strike — for now 2018-04-22 [CT Mirror]

Foxwoods cleaning, maintenance workers vote to join union 2018-04-21 [The Day]

Union election at Foxwoods as CT tribes push back against federal labor laws 2018-04-20 [CTMirror]

Union Workers Who Help Disabled Seeking Raises 2018-04-14 [Hartford Courant]

Business, Unions Face Off Over *Captive Audience* Workplace Meetings 2018-04-11 [Hartford Courant]

AFSCME local 3144 in New Haven puts contract vote on hold, demands explanation of medical benefits, fines 2018-04-08 [New Haven Register]

The Women on the Front Lines of Unionization at the Stamford Hilton Hotel 2018-04-06 [Truth Out]

It's hard fighting billionaires, but I'm sticking with the union 2018-03-29 [Hartford Courant]

Labor offers harsh critique of CEO-led commission report 2018-03-21 [Hartford Biz]

Blue educators protest recommended Norwalk Public Schools staff cuts For more info 2018-03-21 [Nancy on Norwalk]

Workers at Porcelen Specrail in Hamden strike for fair wages and benefits 2018-03-10 [New Haven Register]

Homecare Workers Seek A Living Wage 2018-03-08 [CT News Junkie]

Non-Essential State Workers To Be Sent Home Starting At Noon 2018-03-07 [CBS Connecticut]

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]