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Today's news - Massachusetts

Massachusetts bill would require tipped workers be paid minimum wage 2019-02-17 [AP]

RIDE drivers threaten to strike if GLSS doesn’t provide “fair” contract, wages 2019-01-30 [ItemLive]

Harvard and Its Grad Student Union Reach Two Agreements After Months of Deadlock 2019-01-26 [Harvard Crimson]

 VIDEO National Grid gas workers ratify new deal, ending months-long lockout 2019-01-08 [WCVB]

National Grid workers say holding firm on contract demands 'the right thing' 2019-01-05 [Boston Globe]

National Grid, unions have tentative agreement after lockout 2019-01-03 [Boston Herald]

Charlie Baker signs lockout benefits bill 2019-01-02 [Boston Herald]

Gov Baker approves benefits for locked-out union gas workers 2019-01-01 [WBUR]

National Grid lockout to likely extend into 2019 2018-12-31 [WCVB]

No deal yet to end six-month National Grid lockout 2018-12-30 [AP]

More than 650,000 workers in MA to benefit from minimum wage hike 2018-12-27 [WHDH]

Unemployment benefits extension for locked-out National Grid workers in Massachusetts sent to Gov. Charlie Baker 2018-12-26 [MassLive]

Extended jobless benefits in store for natural gas workers 2018-12-25 [AP]

Lockout bill enacted; would extend benefits for National Grid workers 2018-12-25 [Telegram]

Extended jobless benefits in store for natural gas workers 2018-12-25 [Boston Herald]

Legislature passes bill to aid locked-out workers 2018-12-25 [Lowell Sun]

National Grid, union say deal by Friday is ‘shared intent’ 2018-12-24 [Boston Herald]

Locked-Out National Grid Workers Tell Personal Stories At Hearing To Turn Up Pressure On Utility 2018-12-21 [WBUR]

Locked-out workers blast DPU lift of National Grid moratorium 2018-12-20 [Boston Herald]

National Grid workers keep faith in each other 2018-12-19 [Boston Globe]

National Grid urged to end lockout that began June 25 against 1200 unionized employees 2018-12-11 [Salem News]

Lawmakers push harder to resolve labor dispute at National Grid 2018-12-11 [Boston Globe]

National Grid, unions start daily meetings next Monday 2018-12-10 [Boston Herald]

Joe Kennedy cheers benefits bill for locked-out workers 2018-12-09 [MetroWest Daily News]

Majority of BC grad workers and over 3K community supporters call on univ Pres Father Leahy and Bd of Trustees to stop punishing workers and to bargain now 2018-12-08 [UAW]

Lockout and Gas Work Moratorium Hold Up New Businesses 2018-12-08 [NBC]

United Auto Workers Delivers Petition To Boston College 2018-12-08 [WGBH]

Baker ‘frustrated’ with National Grid lockout 2018-12-07 [Boston Herald]

Unions, National Grid at odds 2018-12-04 [Boston Herald]

Lawmakers to address health care for locked-out gas workers 2018-12-02 [Daily News]

National Grid rejects union counter-proposal, aims for agreement by Christmas 2018-12-02 [Mass Live]

St Luke’s nurses vote to join MA Nurses Association 2018-12-01 [South Coast Today]

*White supremacist* Sean Spicer speech leaves UMass labor union salty 2018-12-01 [Campus Reform]

‘Dancing Around the Rules’: Union Says Harvard Eked Out Extra Work from Hundreds of Part-Time Workers Without Pay 2018-12-01 [Harvard Crimson]

Grid, locked-out workers appear far apart 2018-11-30 [CommonWealth]

Kingston accused of employee retaliation 2018-11-30 [Wicked Local]

Labor union slams UMass for letting Sean Spicer speak 2018-11-28 [Campus Reform]

Elizabeth Warren asks why locked out National Grid workers not used as mutual aid 2018-11-28 [Mass Live]

In Memorium: Francine Hawk 2018-11-27 [UFCW 1459]

Let us tell this union to go away: MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis urges security guards to reject union vote 2018-11-27 [Mass Live]

UMass Labor Center reconsiders role amid new national landscape 2018-11-23 [GazetteNET]

UMass Labor Center reconsiders role amid new national landscape 2018-11-23 [The Gazette]

Natl Grid workers lockout may be taking steps forward 2018-11-23 [Boston Globe]

Unions present counteroffer to National Grid 2018-11-22 [Boston Herald]

Lawrence teachers donate to those affected by gas disaster 2018-11-22 [Eagle-Tribune]

Pols putting pressure on National Grid: Push bill thrusting state into middle of labor dispute 2018-11-20 [CommonWealth]

Dining workers, students rally to support union contract negotiations 2018-11-20 [Tufts Daily]

Agreement Reached Between Marriott and Union, Ending Historic Strike 2018-11-19 [NECN]

Locked-out steelworkers union criticizes editorial 2018-11-18 [Lowell Sun]

Marriott Hotel Workers In Boston Reach Deal To End Strike 2018-11-18 [CBS]

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]