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240 more workers from GM's Detroit-Hamtramck, Lordstown accept transfers 2019-02-06 [Detroit News]

Union settles lawsuit with Port Huron Schools employees 2019-02-06 [Times Herald]

Thousands of GM workers at soon-to-be closed U.S. plants face uncertainty 2019-02-05 [NBC]

GM wokers protest plant closures outside Detroit auto show charity gala 2019-01-22 [UAW]

Morale 'lowest ever' among TSA workers at Detroit Airport during government shutdown 2019-01-13 [Click]

AFSCME Power on Full Display in the MI Legislature 2019-01-04 [AFSCME]

AFSCME Fights Anti-Worker Lame Duck Shenanigans in Michigan 2018-12-15 [AFSCME]

UAW organizes Flex-N-Gate plant in Shelby Township 2018-12-14 [Crain's Detroit Biz]

Michigan lowers acceptable blood lead levels for workers 2018-12-14 [ABC]

GM workers hold rally to protest plant closures 2018-12-09 [Click on Detroit]

Michigan Republicans Rush To Weaken Unions In Lame-Duck Session 2018-12-07 [Huff Post]

Westin hotel at Detroit Metro Airport avoids strike as union approves new contract 2018-12-07 [Crain's Detroit Biz]

Republicans move to exempt 93.5% of Michigan companies from paid sick leave law 2018-12-05 [Daily Kos]

Salaried workers beware: GM cuts are a warning for all 2018-12-02 [AP]

Michigan Senate votes to scrap school union ‘release time’ 2018-11-28 [Detroit News]

Faculty trained by their union to use hockey pucks to thwart shooters 2018-11-28 [680]

Ex-Detroit Lion Barney accuses pizza chain of discrimination 2018-11-13 [Albany Times Union]

Book Cadillac workers had support for strike 2018-11-06 [Detroit News]

Michigan Democrats, Republicans battle for blue-collar workers 2018-11-06 [Detroit News]

Detroit hotel workers reach contract deal, end strike 2018-11-05 [13abc]

Workers, hotel reach an agreement at Detroit’s Westin Book Cadillac 2018-11-05 [Curbed Detroit]

Strike ends: Hotel workers reach settlement with Westin Book Cadillac 2018-11-04 [Detroit Free Press]

Strike cancellations hit Detroit's Westin Book Cadillac hard 2018-11-03 [Detroit Free Press]

To win the Midwest, labor-backed coalition pursues minorities who haven’t voted before in midterms 2018-11-01 [WaPo]

Detroit hotel risks loss of event business if strike isn't resolved soon 2018-10-19 [Crain's Detroit Biz]

Steelworkers ratify four-year labor contract with Cleveland-Cliffs 2018-10-12 [Crain's Cleveland Business]

Workers at Metro Airport Westin vote to authorize strike, union says 2018-10-12 [Crain's Detroit Biz]

Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital charged with unfair labor practices 2018-10-11 [Oakland Press]

Workers strike at Westin Book Cadillac hotel downtown 2018-10-10 [FOX]

Union members wonder why NBA, MLB and NHL players aren't showing support 2018-10-09 [Yahoo]

Workers strike at Detroit’s Westin Book Cadillac hotel 2018-10-08 [WVVA]

Westin Book Cadillac workers walk-off jobs, demand 'fair wages' from Marriott 2018-10-08 [Detroit Free Press]

 VIDEO Westin Book Cadillac Detroit hotel workers go on strike 2018-10-08 [WXYZ]

Marriott workers strike Detroit's Westin Book Cadillac 2018-10-08 [Detroit News]

Labor strife on the rise in Southeast Michigan 2018-09-30 [Crain's Detroit Biz]

They're back: Road crews return to I-696, M-59 projects 2018-09-29 [Macomb Daily]

Industrial park road locked out 2018-09-27 [Daily Mining Gazette]

Gov Snyder hires scabs to restart road construction in MI 2018-09-26 [FOX]

Snyder considers use of National Guard as scabs for road projects amid labor dispute 2018-09-24 [Crain]

Contractors, union in road dispute agree to meet Gov Snyder 2018-09-23 [WILX]

Meeting planned in roads lockout 2018-09-23 [Daily News]

Union, MITA agree to face-to-face talks in ongoing roadwork dispute 2018-09-22 [Crain's Detroit Biz]

Nurses confront University of Michigan governing board as strike looms 2018-09-21 [Detroit Free Press]

University of Michigan nurses authorize work stoppage in protest of unfair labor practices 2018-09-18 [Oakland Press]

In Michigan, Democrats Go Back to Square One: Union Voters 2018-09-16 [NY Times]

More than 160 road projects in Michigan affected by union lockout 2018-09-12 [Crain's Detroit Biz]

Coca-Cola plant in Kalamazoo to close. 102 employees affected 2018-09-11 [Crain's Detroit Biz]

Labor lockout delays Washtenaw County roads projects 2018-09-08 [MLive]

Union lockout halts work at some Mich. road projects 2018-09-05 [The News]

Union lockout under way at road construction sites 2018-09-05 [Crain's Detroit Biz]

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]