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After Visit From AFGE Delegation, GOP Congressman Under Fire for Most Racist Office Display Ever 2019-02-14 [Root]

MARTA to seek court action to end bus driver ‘sick-out’ 2019-01-29 [AJC]

Local federal workers hold rally urging end to shutdown 2019-01-20 [Augusta Chronicle]

Voter-suppression lawsuit against GA by group representing domestic workers is filed 2018-12-01 [Am Prospect]

It hasn't benefited us a dime: Georgia steelworkers verdict on Trump tariffs 2018-11-12 [Guardian]

More than 100 years ago, black domestic workers in Georgia rose up for better pay. Now they’re getting out the vote for Stacey Abrams 2018-11-06 [NYTimes]

Suit says GA State Univ workers pressured to remove low test scores 2018-11-01 [Atlanta Jrnl-Constitution]

How 25 Georgia workers died on the job in less than a year 2018-10-02 [Atlanta Biz Jrnl]

Bull Moose Tube lockout continue; workers still unemployed 2018-09-14 [WRCB]

Atlanta sanitation workers who went on strike reach tentative deal 2018-08-19 [AJC]

Atlanta sanitation workers end strike with hopes of new contract 2018-08-11 [AJC]

Teamsters Authorize Strike at Republic Services in Atlanta 2018-08-09 [Teamsters]

Union program helps refine transactions 2018-05-14 [Automotive News]

2 workers hurt in train fire at Six Flags Over Georgia 2018-05-14 [AP]

Workers Memorial Day gathering honors Macon County residents who have died on the job 2018-04-28 [Herald&Review]

Bulldog 93.3 refuses to advertise Univ GA union, criticized by community 2018-02-20 [Red &Black]

Healthcare workers to protest Dignity mega-merger Tuesday at Mercy Hospital Southwest 2018-02-20 [Bakersfield]

Emory Univ Bon Appetit Workers Vote Against Union 2018-02-07 [Emory Wheel]

Univ GA CWA local announces official charter 2018-01-22 [Red&Black]

Program for injured workers regularly in the red 2018-01-06 [AJC]

Atlanta Workers Excited About Possible Amazon Headquarters 2017-12-21 [Atlanta Patch]

City council approves ATL airport concessions worker retention measure 2017-12-05 [The Journal-Constitution]

Wage cut rollout leads Univ. of Georgia workers to launch union drive 2017-12-05 [People's World]

Atlanta weighs airport concessions worker retention measure 2017-11-30 [The Journal-Constitution]

Kumho Tire fires union leader: USW to challenge election results in Macon 2017-10-23 [IndustiALL]

“Outrage”: Kumho Tire In Georgia Fires Union Organizer After Narrow Union Election 2017-10-23 [Workers Independent News]

Kumho Tire fires union leader in USA 2017-10-18 [IndustriALL]

Kumho Tire Fires Union Activist Following Union Election Defeat in Georgia 2017-10-18 [Payday Report]

Kumho Tire fires union leader in USA 2017-10-18 [IndustriALL]

Employees at Macon’s newest manufacturer to vote whether to join union 2017-10-06 [The Telegraph]

Kumho Tire workers face crucial union vote 2017-10-05 [IndustriALL]

Anti-union campaign ahead of union recognition election at Kumho Tire Georgia, U.S.A 2017-09-28 [Labor Today Korea]

Are Georgia firms cheating 1,000s of workers out of benefits, health care? Yes! 2017-08-13 [PolitiFact]

Rep. Stacey Evans is right: many workers classified incorrectly 2017-08-13 [AJC]

Nestlé’s Makes the Very Best? Georgia Workers Vote To Unionize 2017-04-11 [In These Times]

Nestle workers in Georgia win a union voice 2017-04-07 [RWDSU]

XPO Logistics Settles Teamster Labor Complaint - Listen To What Georgia Cops Did 2017-03-16 [WIN]

Laney Students Pursue Unionization 2017-02-15 [Emory Wheel]

Workers grieve, neighbors shocked after construction worker dies on site 2017-01-06 [WRDW]

Hospitals are threatening the jobs of healthcare workers who refuse the flu vaccine 2016-12-22 [Natural News]

Longshoreman dies is waterfront accident 2016-09-09 [Savannah Now]

5 Workers Hurt in Explosion at Aluminum Plant 2016-06-30 [ABC]

Plant Vogtle workers look to inspire new crop of women engineers 2016-02-26 [Augusta Chronicle]

Lawmakers Could Crack Down on Misclassification 2016-02-17 [Construction Citizen]

Labor to focus on contractors, sick leave in legislature this year 2016-01-17 [Atlanta Progressive]

Shoppers, workers react after shots fired at mall 2015-12-27 [WTSP]

Fort Benning Union Workers stage rally at post's gates Monday 2015-12-08 [WTOC]

Tax breaks, plummeting wages, and the American Dream 2015-09-05 [AJC]

Time to Stop ALEC’s War on Public Schools and Teachers 2015-08-29 [Diane Ravitch]

 VIDEO Local AT&T workers gather downtown, demand new contracts 2015-08-16 [WXIA]

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]