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Bus drivers, allies make a case for putting D.C. Circulator under city control 2018-05-14 [Wash Post]

Graduate students amplify unionization efforts amid continued University opposition 2018-04-30 [GW Hatchet]

GW Univ Graduate student unionization efforts deserve to be heard by administrators 2018-04-24 [Hatchet]

No, Janus Is Not a Trojan Horse 2018-04-20 [Jacobin]

Prosecutors invoke union and IWW membership to criminalize Inauguration Day protesters 2018-04-17 [Shadow Proof]

Georgetown Graduate Student Union Reaches Voluntary Election Agreement 2018-04-09 [The Heights]

Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees Celebrate Union Vote Agreement 2018-04-05 [The Hoya]

Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees (GAGE) and University Agree to Union Election 2018-04-03 [Georgetown Voice]

Georgetown University agrees to allow graduate students to vote on unionizing 2018-04-03 [Wash Post]

Federal workers spill on life in Trump’s Washington 2018-03-31 [Politico]

AFGE warns anti-union drive at education dept. could spread to other feds 2018-03-28 [dclabor.org]

Students, administrators need to support graduate student unionization 2018-03-26 [GW Hatchet]

Make it a union St Patrick*s Day 2018-03-17 [DC AFL-CIO]

Let My People Vote -- Focus of labor seder 2018-03-17 [DC AFL-CIO]

Teachers support student walk-outs 2018-03-17 [DC Labor]

Healthcare workers at Chase Brexton votes to ratify their first contract nearly 18 months after the union was formed 2018-03-09 [AFL-CIO Metro Wash Council]

Union leaders protesting DeVos are left out in the cold 2018-02-10 [NY Times]

Georgetown Univ Begins Negotiating Union Election For Grad Students 2018-02-05 [Georgetown Voice]

Labor Board Inspector General to probe conflict-of-interest allegations against Trump appointee William Emanuel 2018-02-02 [ProPublica]

Labor Board's William Emanuel under fire for conflict of interest 2018-01-31 [ProPublica]

The Government Shut Down With AFGE Sec-Treas Hudson and AFGE NPS Council Pres Fitzpatrick For more info 2018-01-19 [WW Radio]

Georgetown Must Recognize Graduate Student Union 2018-01-17 [Georgetown Voice]

Georgetown Hints at Grad Assistant Union Election Agreement 2018-01-11 [Inside]

USPS workers brave frigid temperatures in D.C. as winter storm hits area 2018-01-05 [WJLA]

CAIR wins first round in fight against union organizing bid 2018-01-03 [The Examiner]

Fired track inspectors may see relief under binding arbitration 2017-12-24 [The Post]

Hundreds of workers go on strike at Reagan National and Dulles 2017-12-21 [WTOP]

Contract workers strike at Dulles Airport 2017-12-21 [The Times-Union]

Close to 200 Dulles Airport workers to go on strike in busy days leading up to Christmas 2017-12-20 [WJLA Washington DC]

Contracted Airport Workers at Dulles to Announce Potential Strike that Could Impact Holiday Travel 2017-12-19 [Aviation Pros]

Georgetown graduate students to file with NLRB in unionization fight For more info 2017-12-16 [Wash Examiner]

After DOL-ordered election do-over, Jackie Jeter still re-elected Metro's union president 2017-12-08 [Washington Post]

Georgetown University graduate students rally to unionize 2017-12-08 [WUSA]

Georgetown University refuses to recognize graduate student union 2017-12-07 [Washington Post]

Grad students protest Georgetown Univ position on unions 2017-12-07 [Inside Higher Ed]

Georgetown Univ will not recognize grad student union 2017-12-06 [The Hoya]

University chooses not to recognize graduate student worker union 2017-12-06 [The Voice]

D.C. May Seek To End Private Contracts For Public Transit 2017-12-01 [WAMU]

United Medical Center nurses union accuses D.C. mayor of breaking their contract 2017-11-13 [Washington Business Journal]

Graduate students at Georgetown University seek voluntary recognition of union 2017-11-02 [Washington Post]

Georgetown Grad Assts Seek Union Recognition 2017-11-02 [Inside Higher Ed]

Transit Union Threatens Safety Stand-Down, Could Delay Service 2017-10-28 [WAMU]

DCNA votes 'no confidence' in United Medical Center leadership 2017-10-04 [Washington Business Journal]

The Crisis of Democracy Conference 2017-09-30 [Al Shanker Inst]

Riders endure slow commute as Metro and its union go at it over new safety lapse 2017-09-22 [Washington Post]

 VIDEO Union Tensions Disrupt WMATA Services 2017-09-22 [The Hoya]

Metro union decries transit officials’ ‘lazy’ response to recent rise in assaults on bus drivers 2017-09-16 [Wash Post]

D.C. public school teachers approve pact including 9 percent raise over three years 2017-09-10 [Washington Post]

A. Philip Randolph monument is Hidden in Plain Sight Outside a Starbucks 2017-08-22 [History Stories]

Flawed System Lets Contractors Cheat Workers on Federal Building Jobs 2017-08-21 [NBC]

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]

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

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

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]