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The Government Shutdown Ended, But D.C. Is Preparing For The Next One 2019-02-06 [WAMU]

With Federal Workers Locked Out, Where Are Those Right-to-Work Groups? 2019-01-26 [Common Dreams]

D.C. Labor chorus: ‘The musical arm of the resistance’ 2019-01-21 [Wash Post]

Saying *today we face another type of disaster,* chef opens kitchen to feed DC-area federal workers 2019-01-21 [Daily Kos]

In Shadow of Trump Hotel, Unpaid Federal Workers Find Help 2019-01-18 [NYTimes]

Trumpka rallies to reopen the government 2019-01-10 [AFL-CIO]

Nation’s largest union, Columbia chef team up to feed airport workers during shutdown 2019-01-13 [The State]

We’re all in the same boat: Furloughed federal workers flock to Amer Univ for a day of classes and distraction 2019-01-09 [Wash Post]

Government, union leaders fight closure of Catholic hospital serving the poorest in D.C. 2018-12-31 [Natl Catholic Reporter]

American Federations of Teachers building defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti 2018-12-14 [JTA]

Statement on Anti-Semitic Vandalism at AFT 2018-12-13 [AFL-CIO]

Anti-Semitic graffiti sprayed on and around American Federation of Teachers headquarters 2018-12-13 [Washington Post]

Antisemitic graffiti defaces teachers' union building in Washington DC 2018-12-13 [The Guardian]

Georgetown Grad Assistants Form Union 2018-11-13 [Inside Higher Ed]

American Univ worker’s controversial removal from AU position sparks calls for reinstatement 2018-11-06 [Eagle]

AFL-CIO Faces a Strike of Its Own 2018-10-10 [Bloomberg]

Tipped Workers Do Better When They’re Paid the Same as Everyone Else 2018-09-14 [Am Prospect]

Metro must pay $82 million in wage increases to thousands of workers, arbitration panel says 2018-08-16 [Wash Post]

DC Transit Wanted to Give Special Transport for White Supremacists. This Union Said Hell No 2018-08-11 [In These Times]

DC ATU 698 & Pres Jackie Jeter Action To Stop Segregated Cars For Racists For more info 2018-08-08 [WWR]

Transit union forces D.C. officials to scrap special treatment for white nationalists 2018-08-07 [Daily Kos]

Hate group to be provided 3 private Metro rail cars ahead of Unite the Right rally 2018-08-05 [WJLA]

Transit Union Refuses to Bring White Nationalists to 'Unite the Right' Rally 2018-08-05 [Fortune]

Metro reaches agreement with 2nd-largest union; still no word on strike from ATU Local 689 2018-07-31 [The Post]

Metro Strike Authorized, Commuter Chaos Looms (ICYMI) 2018-07-22 [Patch]

With strike threat looming, Metro’s largest union lays out demands in letter to elected officials 2018-07-19 [The Post]

Washington Metro, union leaders meet amid strike threat 2018-07-18 [The National Post]

Metro workers union calls for strike at Washington Metro 2018-07-17 [WBAL]

Washington Metro workers approve strike amid rising tensions 2018-07-17 [WTHR]

Metro workers authorize strike 2018-07-16 [Washington Post]

Thousands of workers vote on Metro union worker strike 2018-07-16 [WUSA]

Metro's Largest Union Votes in Favor of Strike 2018-07-16 [NBC]

With All-Star Week underway, Metro workers weigh possible labor strike 2018-07-16 [Wash Post]

ATU, with two slowdowns already, threatens three-day transit strike in D.C. 2018-07-15 [WTOP]

Metro says worker labor action leads to delays 2018-07-05 [WTOP]

D.C. Voters Back Measure To Raise Minimum Wage For Tipped Workers 2018-06-21 [NPR]

Fight for $15 victory for 'tipped workers' in District of Columbia 2018-06-20 [WTOP]

More than 400 union workers at Washington Post demand raise 2018-06-17 [The Post]

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]

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]