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Today's news - Massachusetts

Striking sheet metal workers want bigger piece of the building boom 2018-08-10 [The Globe]

T workers claim pay delays 2018-08-09 [Boston Herald]

Construction And Fishing Industries Have Highest Opioid OD Death Rates In MA 2018-08-09 [Common Health]

Study links opioid deaths to workplace injuries 2018-08-09 [Boston Globe]

Boston sheet metal workers go on strike 2018-08-03 [Boston Globe]

National Grid risks public safety in bid to punish workers 2018-07-30 [Morning Star]

Why should we care about the United Steel Workers locked out by National Grid? 2018-07-30 [Morning Star]

National Grid set for Massachusetts lockout protest 2018-07-30 [The Times]

Lawrence nonprofit, SEIU come to terms, avoid strike 2018-07-29 [The Globe]

Ruptured gas line roils Longwood area 2018-07-27 [Boston Herald]

Locked-out workers, National Grid will meet today 2018-07-26 [Boston Herald]

Select board asked to support locked-out National Grid workers 2018-07-26 [The Local]

CLASS workers plan to resume strike on Monday 2018-07-25 [The Eagle-Tribune]

Labor posters on display in Holyoke depict worker struggles around the world 2018-07-24 [MassLive]

 VIDEO National Grid workers' lockout rally 2018-07-24 [Youtube]

Going green is cutting into hotel housekeepers’ livelihoods 2018-07-21 [The Globe]

US: locked out National Grid workers denied healthcare 2018-07-19 [IndustriALL]

Living on scraps 2018-07-16 [digboston]

National Grid Workers Rallying, Picketing Saturday as 1,200 Workers Remain Out of Work 2018-07-15 [NECN]

Somerville joins growing list of cities and towns responding to National Grid Worker Lockout 2018-07-13 [Somerville Times]

Lockout Costs National Grid Workers Wages, Benefits 2018-07-13 [NECN]

New Back Door:National Grid Labor Lockout Takes Detour Through Everett Neighborhood 2018-07-13 [Everett Independent]

Locked-out Natl Grid gas workers keep pressure on at job sites 2018-07-12 [Eagle-Tribune]

Rally for National Grid workers 2018-07-11 [IAFF 718]

Popular local chain pays back wages to 65 employees 2018-07-11 [Boston Herald]

Workers at human services agency expected to strike 2018-07-09 [Eagle-Tribune]

National Grid negotiations break down 2018-07-08 [Daily News]

Beacon Hill looks for ways to help unions after court ruling 2018-07-08 [Boston Herald]

National Grid strips locked-out union workers in Amesbury and Haverhill of health benefits: Their health becomes a bargaining chip 2018-07-07 [Boston Herald]

National Grid union workers lose health insurance amid contract dispute 2018-07-07 [Mass Live]

Female flutist sues Boston Symphony Orchestra for equal pay 2018-07-07 [The Hill]

Fueled By Casino Construction, Campaign Encourages Women To Join Building Trades 2018-07-06 [NPR]

National Grid locks out gas workers 2018-06-28 [Boston Globe]

National Grid lockout leads to Lowell picket 2018-06-28 [Lowell Sun]

National Grid lockout, Lowell picket, enter second day (SLIDESHOW) 2018-06-27 [Lowell Sun]

Workers Are Planning a Massive Picket at 7 Marriott Hotels this Week 2018-06-27 [Boston Mag]

National Grid locks out more than 1,000 union workers in contract stalemate 2018-06-26 [Boston Herald]

National Grid workers locked out in Amesbury, Haverhill 2018-06-26 [Daily News]

1,100 Boston National Grid workers locked out of work after contract expires 2018-06-25 [WCVB]

Whittier workers vote yes on union 2018-06-22 [Boston Globe]

Sudden Whittier Street Health Center staff cuts raise concerns 2018-06-16 [Boston Herald]

Union: Boston health workers fired amid organizing bid 2018-06-15 [Sentinel&Enterprise]

Tipped workers make case for higher sub-minimum wage 2018-06-14 [Lowell Sun]

City, unions tangle over Clarendon Hill Public Housing Project 2018-05-23 [Somerville Times]

Harvard Labor of Love: The Five-Year Road to Grad Student Unionization 2018-05-23 [Harvard Crimson]

Fall River Philips workers set to rally to save plant 2018-05-12 [Boston Herald]

Want to see where immigration policy changes put workers at risk? Go to Harvard 2018-05-10 [PRI]

Coalition calls on city to support good jobs, affordable housing, contracts 2018-05-02 [Somerville Times]

Harvard agrees to negotiate a contract with graduate-student union 2018-05-02 [Boston Globe]

Attorney General Leads Multi-State Effort To Curb Worker Misclassification 2018-05-02 [Framingham Source]

This month in labour history

1-08-1917 Frank H. Little, anti-war activist & IWW organiser is lynched in Butte, Montana. He was on IWW's Exec Board when he was killed. [more]

1-08-1942 American Federation of Musicians strikes against recording companies over royalty payments, most settling within a year. [more]

3-08-1821 Uriah Smith Stephens born. A tailor, he led 9 garment workers in founding the Knights of Labor in 1869. [more]

3-08-1981 The PATCO strike begins, effectively shutting down air travel in the US. 2 days later President Reagan fired 11,000 air traffic controllers and broke the union. [more]

4-08-1997 185,000 members of the Teamsters begin a successful 15-day strike at UPS. [more]

5-08-1981 President Reagan sacks 11000 federal air traffic controllers for striking and refusing his order to return to work. [more]

7-08-1894 Eugene Debs & three union leaders arrested following the Pullman strike. [more]

7-08-1919 Actors Equity becomes a recognised union after stagehands honour actors' picket lines. [more]

7-08-1890 Birth of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, IWW organiser and founder of the ACLU. [more]

8-08-1881 United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America forms & becomes one of the largest trade unions in the US. [more]

9-08-1890 Knights of Labor strike on the New York Central railroad; ends in defeat due to scab labour. [more]

10-08-1935 Transport workers in New York descend on a courthouse with money from their own pockets to bail out Mike Quill, their president, arrested after attending a picket line. [more]

11-08-1828 Workingmen’s Party, first US labour party, forms in Philadelphia. [more]

11-08-1894 Troops force 1200 jobless workers out of Washington, DC, including Jack London & Big Bill Haywood. [more]

17-08-1918 95 members of the IWW were jailed for resistance to the First World War. [more]

18-08-1927 Radio station WEVD - named for IWW labour leader Eugene V Debs – goes on the air in New York City. [more]

19-08-1909 IWW issues first edition of the “Little Red Song Book”. [more]

21-08-1831 Nat Turner's slave rebellion begins, Southampton County, Virginia, 56 slaves executed, 120 killed. [more]

23-08-1970 Led by César Chávez, the Salad Bowl strike, largest farm worker strike in US history, begins. [more]

25-08-1925 The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, led by A. Phillip Randolph, is founded. [more]

25-08-1950 President Truman ordered the federal government to seize control of the railroads in order to prevent a planned strike by 1.7m union members. [more]

26-08-1935 United Auto Workers union founded. [more]

28-08-1987 John Sayles's film “Matewan” about attempts to organise a union by coal miners is released. [more]

29-08-1921 West Virginia miners marching to free their imprisoned comrades face state forces and private detectives in the five-day "Battle of Blair Mountain." [more]

31-08-1939 Mexican-American women workers walkout at California Sanitary Canning Company, winning a union contract and wage increase. [more]

31-08-1933 Italian-American labour organizer Giovanni Pippan murdered during organizing campaign of bread wagon drivers in Chicago. [more]

31-08-1999 Detroit teachers start 9-day wildcat strike, winning "books, supplies, smaller class sizes" & 4% raise. [more]