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Offshore wind firm partners with South Jersey unions 2019-02-21 [Atl City Press]

GOP senator introduces bill to exempt local school, government workers from $15 min. wage 2019-02-21 [Burlington Cty Times]

Gov. Phil Murphy signs NJ $15 minimum wage bill into law 2019-02-04 [NorthJersey.com]

Undocumented Workers Lose Their Jobs at Yet Another Trump Property 2019-02-02 [NYTimes]

Federal Employees Rally for an End to Government Shutdown 2019-01-22 [SNJ]

Atlantic City Women's March organizers to make announcement Wednesday 2019-01-09 [The Press]

Car wash workers were making $3.50 an hour. Their ex-boss just had to pay them $5M. 2018-12-23 [NJ Advance Media]

NJ Warehouse Workers Say Amazon Jobs Are Unsafe, Grueling 2018-12-15 [Patch NJ]

Workers' rights organizations are questioning the safety of collaborative robots in the wake of an incident at an Amazon fulfillment center 2018-12-13 [Design News]

NJ urged to enforce ‘code of conduct’ for Amazon workers 2018-12-13 [Guardian]

‘Fed Up’ Rutgers Faculty Protest Slow Contract Talks, Threaten to Strike 2018-12-07 [Spotlight]

Rutgers pacts with five labor unions: students demand minimum wage hike 2018-12-07 [NJ Biz]

24 Amazon Warehouse Workers Hospitalized After Bear-Repellent Accident 2018-12-07 [WSJ]

Robot Punctures Can Of Bear Repellent At Amazon Warehouse, Sickening Workers 2018-12-07 [NPR]

Rutgers-Newark Professors Protest Pay Differences Across All 3 Campuses 2018-11-15 [Tap Into Newark]

N.J. hotel workers will head to polls on paid time off, thanks to union 2018-11-03 [NJ]

XPO drivers in N.J. agree to join Teamsters 2018-10-31 [Freight Waves]

New Brunswick, Perth Amboy Mayors Call for Passage of $15 min wage 2018-10-12 [Tap Into]

Port Authority passes airport minimum wage increase proposal that was backed by NY and NJ leadership 2018-09-29 [QNS]

Rutgers workers rally in New Brunswick for contract negotiations 2018-09-23 [My Central Jersey]

800 Newark airport workers get layoff notices after United contractor change 2018-09-12 [NJ]

Why unions are more vital than ever for all workers in NJ 2018-09-11 [NJ Spotlight]

What needs to happen for you to make a good living? For unions to survive? This Jersey Dem has a few ideas 2018-09-09 [NJ]

Haledon Labor Day Parade pays tribute to the true meaning of the holiday 2018-09-03 [North Jersey Record]

NJ AG Grewal Files Brief to Protect Workers, State’s Ability to Enforce Misclassification Laws 2018-08-16 [Workers Comp]

Reversing Chris Christie’s Sustained Assault on Public Schools Begins Under Democratic Governor 2018-07-11 [Diane Ravitch]

New Jersey Joins A String Of States Cracking Down On Employee Misclassification 2018-07-06 [Mondaq]

Governor, NJEA come out against Supreme Court’s union ruling 2018-06-28 [News 24]

Atlantic City Casino Employees Getting Back to Work, More Than Half of Previously Laid-Off Union Members Ready to Clock in at Hard Rock, Ocean Resort 2018-06-19 [Casino.org]

Gov. Murphy, NJ politicians tout support for Atlantic City unions 2018-06-12 [AC Press]

How much more do NJ CEOs earn than their employees 2018-06-11 [NJ Spotlight]

NJ Employee Misclassification Task Force is Established 2018-06-05 [Lawyers]

North Jersey Toys R Us workers take over store for severance pay 2018-06-04 [NJ101.5]

Union claims Maggy London is attempting to void the contracts of 80 workers 2018-05-30 [North Jersey]

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signs law expanding public worker union rights 2018-05-22 [NJ Advance Media]

Dems seek to double NJ Paid family leave benefits 2018-05-11 [NJ101.5]

New Jersey Passes Laws on Sick Leave and Pay Equity; Will Tackle Worker Misclassification 2018-05-11 [JDSupra]

Governor Orders Fresh Focus On Worker Misclassification 2018-05-09 [JDSupra]

Led by Labour: Earned sick days becomes law 2018-05-03 [AFL-CIO]

Driver misclassification crackdown 2018-05-05 [Am Shipper]

NJ To Examine Employee Misclassification's $535M Tax Drain 2018-05-05 [Law360]

State workers say yes to new contract, raises after years of fighting Christie 2018-05-02 [NJ]

DOL says Gas station owners cheated workers 2018-04-29 [Courier Post]

NLRB Again Sides With Health Workers In Union Benefits Spat 2018-04-28 [Law360]

State workers win pay raises from Murphy after long feud with Christie 2018-04-17 [NJ.com]

More than 1M N.J. workers could soon get long-awaited paid sick time 2018-04-13 [NJ]

Workers stiffed out of money at 15 Houlihan's in N.J. will share $5M 2018-04-03 [NJ]

Trenton teachers union appalled by NJEA’s decision to support charter school 2018-04-01 [Trentonian]

Will Gov Phil Murphy veto giving NJ police and fire unions control of their pensions? 2018-03-28 [NJ]

Gov Murphy to state's largest union: Era of disrespect is over 2018-03-27 [Press of Atlantic City]

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]