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General Mills USA: Iowa workers vote to join RWDSU 2019-01-21 [IUF]

Cedar Rapids General Mills workers unionize 2019-01-12 [Gazette]

Workers at General Mills plant in Iowa vote to unionize 2019-01-12 [Minneapolis Star-Trib]

Board approves request by Grinnell students to drop union effort 2018-12-25 [Des Moines Register]

Board approves request by Grinnell students to drop union effort 2018-12-24 [Des Moines Register]

Grinnell Student Workers Boost Union Cause by Changing the Narrative 2018-12-19 [NPQ]

Grinnell Students Drop Union Expansion Bid: Fear that Trump NLRB will undo their rights 2018-12-15 [IA PR]

Grinnell College Challenges Vote To Expand Student Workers Union 2018-12-14 [WBUR]

Grinnell Files Federal Appeal Over Vote To Expand Students Union 2018-12-11 [IA PR]

Grinnell Union Workers Vote Not To Authorize Strike 2018-12-09 [IA PR]

Grinnell: An Anti-Union (Liberal) College? 2018-12-07 [Inside Higher Ed]

Grinnell student union members to vote whether to strike Friday after administrators refuse to meet with them 2018-12-07 [Des Moines Register]

Grinnell College president: We won't bargain with student workers union while our appeal is pending 2018-12-06 [The Register]

Grinnell alumni: College should not undermine student union vote 2018-12-04 [Des Moines Register]

Grinnell student workers approve campuswide union; school's move to quash has national implications 2018-12-01 [Des Moines Register]

Grinnell College (Iowa) opposition to a student worker union could hinder organizing efforts nationwide 2018-12-01 [Shreveport Times]

Grinnell student workers approve campuswide union: school move to quash has national implications 2018-11-30 [Des Moines Register]

2 leave Iowa labor agency after hostile workplace complaints 2018-11-27 [Albany Times Union]

Pioneering Undergrad Workers Union Keeps Growing 2018-11-15 [Labour Notes]

University of Iowa faculty have less and less say in decisions, says professor association 2018-11-15 [Iowa City Press-Citizen]

Iowa union workers vote overwhelmingly to keep representation 2018-10-30 [We Are Iowa]

Supporters of Labor Center Urge University of Iowa to Reverse Cut 2018-09-08 [TSPR]

Union shows support for non-union workers 2018-09-08 [The Courier]

Iowa unions face new round of certification votes 2018-09-03 [Sioux City Jrnl]

Closing the University of Iowa Labor Center is a mistake 2018-09-02 [Des Moines Register]

*'Save Our Labor Center* forum will be Wednesday in Bettendorf For more info 2018-08-22 [QCTimes]

Arbitrator: Rockwell Collins violated union contract by outsourcing custodial work 2018-07-20 [The Gazette]

Univ IA to Close Labor Center 2018-07-13 [KIMT]

John L. Lewis museum puts Iowa history in perspective: A foray into coal country 2018-05-27 [Gazette]

Democrats target union workers who regret Trump vote 2018-05-05 [St Louis Post-Dispatch]

Democrats target union workers who regret Trump vote 2018-05-04 [Reuters]

Hy-Vee part-time workers are now eligible for health insurance 2018-05-03 [Des Moines Register]

Officials reverse course on proposed new hurdle for union elections 2018-04-11 [Des Moines Register]

Local leaders in labor come together to study labor history, tackle the present 2018-04-09 [Daily Iowan]

Officials may add new hurdle to union certification elections 2018-04-09 [Des Moines Register]

Democrats cite deaths of Creston family in opposing Iowa bill cutting inspections 2018-03-28 [Des Moines Register]

Union members rally over Iowa state bargaining law 2018-03-27 [KETV]

Union for University of Iowa nurses appeals contract ruling 2018-03-10 [Telegraph Herald]

Union for University of Iowa nurses appeals contract ruling 2018-03-09 [Ledger-Enquirer]

University of Iowa nurses ask state Supreme Court to weigh in on contract negotiation 2018-03-08 [Press-Citizen]

Des Moines workers are the unhappiest in the nation 2018-02-12 [KRNA]

Fast Food Workers to Rally for Increased Wages 2018-02-12 [WHO]

Woodbury County Supervisors approve pay raises for non-union workers and dept. heads 2018-01-31 [Sioux City Jrnl]

Activists push for minimum wage hike 2018-01-10 [The Times]

Pregnant workers could get more protections: ACLU of Iowa introducing bill 2018-01-06 [We Are IA]

Tyson workers suffer severe burns in processing plant accident 2018-01-02 [KCCI]

Year in review: Iowa's collective bargaining rights dwindle 2018-01-01 [The Gazette]

Clarion workers who went weeks without pay receive free gifts and groceries 2017-12-23 [ABC]

DuPont lays off undisclosed number of Iowa workers 2017-12-20 [USA Today]

Chemical exposure results in injuries, pink slips at Iowa wind blade maker, lawsuits claim 2017-12-20 [Des Moines Register]

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]