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Johns Hopkins Hospital accused of retaliating against unionizing nurses, including firing one 2019-02-15 [Baltimore Sun]

Johns Hopkins accused of retaliating over nurses union effort 2019-02-15 [Wash Post]

Unions are important — but they won’t end UMD’s unethical treatment of workers: The fight for labor rights must go further 2019-02-15 [Diamondback]

Celebrating the Legacy of Rosa Parks with Transit Equity Day 2019-02-12 [Sierra Club]

Maryland lawmakers look for ways to protect federal workers 2019-01-29 [WTOP]

‘Never seen it like this’: In a town of low-paid federal workers, the shutdown stings 2019-01-21 [Wash Post]

TSA Shutters Baltimore Airport Security Checkpoint Over ‘Excessive Callouts’ 2019-01-20 [Huff Post]

Transit union, Maryland Dem offering free meals to furloughed federal workers 2019-01-13 [The Hill]

Baltimore Teachers Union addresses violent student attacks 2018-12-26 [The Grio]

Baltimore Teachers Union starts school safety taskforce after reported attacks on teachers and school staff 2018-12-01 [FOX]

Federal labor board finds further evidence of Johns Hopkins interfering in nurse unionization effort 2018-11-15 [Balto Sun]

Two workers have died at an Amazon warehouse in Baltimore: Officials said a 50-foot wall collapsed during a storm 2018-11-04 [Recode]

Federal labor board finds Johns Hopkins Hospital tried to deter nurses from forming union 2018-11-01 [Baltimore Sun]

Health workers tell of poor building conditions 2018-10-28 [Albany Times Union]

MD state workers demand increased staffing, pay 2018-10-27 [Albany Times Union]

Workers rally in Annapolis for higher pay; Hogan administration calls event a setback in negotiations 2018-10-26 [Balto Sun]

St. Mary*s College of Maryland students, staff march for union negotiations 2018-10-03 [Enterprise]

Union members rally at the Potomac Center in Hagerstown 2018-09-21 [HMMedia]

“I just want an opportunity to stay above water”: UMD employees are calling for raises 2018-09-17 [Diamondback]

Workers picket for labor rights at Marriott 2018-08-10 [WBAL-TV]

UNITE HERE union eyes organizing campaign at Baltimore Marriott 2018-08-10 [Baltimore Sun ]

Local 400 Member Helps Organize Union At His Second Job 2018-07-14 [UFCW]

US seafood industry struggles without foreign workers 2018-07-08 [Aljazeera]

“No More Racist Bosses”: Why Workers at a Suburban Target Store Are Protesting 2018-07-07 [In These Times]

Nurses at Johns Hopkins allege hospital is impeding their efforts to unionize 2018-06-26 [Baltimore Sun]

Baltimore Dunkin* Donuts Sign Asks Customers To Snitch On Workers Not Speaking English 2018-06-19 [Huff Post]

Construction Worker Killed In Baltimore Trench Collapse Laid To Rest 2018-06-11 [CBS]

Facing difficult decisions, Howard Cty school unions reach initial accord on contracts 2018-05-28 [Baltimore Sun]

Nurses Demand Johns Hopkins Halt Anti-Union Campaign 2018-04-27 [Real News]

Martin Luther King Jr. and Workers Rights in Baltimore 2018-04-05 [Black Perspectives]

Legislators fail to vote on 2 faculty union bills for MD community colleges 2018-04-02 [Campus Current]

Johns Hopkins nurses eye unionizing over staffing, benefits 2018-03-20 [Wash Post]

Teachers union protests Prince George Co. school system 2018-03-17 [WTOP]

Non-Tenured Faculty Threaten April 4 Strike if No Agreement Reached 2018-03-17 [Loyola Phoenix]

Univ Maryland graduate students are struggling. Collective bargaining rights will give them a voice 2018-02-12 [Diamondback]

Hogan announces deal with unions on modest raises for Md. state employees 2018-01-18 [The Post]

The Fight for a $15 Minimum Wage returned with force 2018-01-17 [Baltimore Beat]

Democrats, unions launch push for statewide $15 minimum wage 2018-01-16 [The Sun]

Workers will get paid sick leave despite Republican Gov. Hogan's veto 2018-01-15 [Daily Kos]

Cold Baltimore Classrooms Are ‘Inhumane,’ Teachers Union Says 2018-01-05 [NYTimes]

Rank-and-file union members step up to run for public office in Maryland 2018-01-04 [In These Times]

Firefighter paramedic union contract issues goes to vote 2018-01-02 [OCToday]

Jim Baldridge, 71; life devoted to labor movement 2017-12-28 [People's World]

NAACP and AFL-CIO officials will ask Gov Carney to stop plans to decrease Rodney Square bus service 2017-12-12 [WHYY]

Fact-finders in state-union talks recommend employee wage increases 2017-12-06 [The Sun]

UMD union rallies against a fee increase that would raise Shuttle-UM drivers’ pay 2017-12-04 [The Diamondback]

Union workers picket outside of veterans home 2017-11-15 [The Enterprise]

Union workers protest safety conditions at Potomac Center in Hagerstown 2017-11-01 [Herald-Mail]

 VIDEO Union Workers Call for State to Fix Under-Staffing Issues 2017-09-28 [WBOC]

Phillips Seafood slammed for Indonesian outsourcing practices 2017-08-03 [Working In These Times ]

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]