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GE union workers were upset long before rejecting contract 2019-07-16 [Albany Times Union]

The working man: What Hector Figueroa did to uplift and dignify labor in New York 2019-07-13 [New York Daily News]

Hector Figueroa, Union Leader with Impact, Dies at 57 2019-07-13 [New York Times]

GE main unions, including local in Schenectady, reject new contract 2019-07-11 [Albany Times Union]

Kaleida Health, unions reach agreement on new labor contract 2019-07-10 [WKBW]

City boosts pay for pre-K workers with $15 million deal 2019-07-10 [NYPost]

N.Y. Grants Farm Workers Labor Rights 2019-07-07 [USW]

Judge Upholds Labor’s First Amendment Right To Deploy ‘Scabby The Rat’ In ShopRite Dispute 2019-07-05 [Labor Press]

SPoT Coffee workers say they were fired for attempting to unionize For more info 2019-07-05 [WKBW]

Workers claim SPoT fired them over inquiring about starting a union 2019-07-04 [WBFO]

With New York unemployment on the decline, the need for seasonal workers has increased 2019-07-02 [Democrat & Chronicle]

Workers at the Guggenheim Museum voted to unionize 2019-06-29 [Atsy]

Guggenheim Art Installers, Maintenance Workers Vote to Join Union, the Museum's First 2019-06-29 [NY Times]

Tesla accused of firing pro-union workers at Buffalo solar plant 2019-06-25 [The Buffalo News]

Steelworkers accuse Tesla of firing 6 pro-union workers and retaliation in Buffalo 2019-06-22 [WIVB]

Union accuses Tesla of spying on workers at Buffalo plant 2019-06-20 [Buffalo News]

Tesla Broke Labor Laws by Firing and Surveilling, Union Says 2019-06-20 [Bloomberg]

 VIDEO Why it matters: Five ways a new bill of rights for farm workers will impact New Yorkers 2019-06-20 [Democrat & Chronicle]

Powerful Head of Service Employees International Union, Local 32BJ Takes on Critics, Explains Positions 2019-06-13 [Gotham Gazette]

NYS Dependent Worker Act falls short for gig workers 2019-06-19 [Natl Employment Law Project]

Union’s Inflatable rat protests spur legal battle over right to protest 2019-06-14 [SILive]

Farmers say state's proposed overtime rules at odds with agricultural life 2019-06-13 [Buffalo News]

Legislation would codify farmworker protections 2019-06-13 [Albany Times Union]

Petition Filed to Create First Union for Guggenheim Museum Staff 2019-06-12 [NYTimes]

Guggenheim Workers Are Looking to Unionize as Wages Stagnate and Demands Increase 2019-06-12 [Hyperallergic]

Guggenheim Museum Workers Take Steps Toward Unionization 2019-06-11 [Art News]

How Unions and Climate Organizers Learned To Work Together in New York 2019-06-11 [In These Times]

Brooklyn Academy of Music workers may unionize with UAW 2019-06-08 [Jacobin]

NY Legal Services Group Employees Announce Union Organization Drive 2019-06-07 [NY Law Jrnl]

Car Wash Workers on Track to Get Long-Awaited Pay Raise 2019-06-06 [The City]

BUILDING BRIDGES: Grand Theft Pentagon: How It Steals from Our Nation's Resources to Feed its Monster Wars! For more info 2019-06-06 [WBAI Radio]

Sign here! Help Reduce Workplace Violence in NY School Districts! 2019-06-04 [NYSUT]

Alcoa’s Union workers want more money 2019-06-04 [WWNY-TV]

Cuomo’s rollercoaster ride of a relationship with labor unions hits a few bumps in early months of governor’s third term 2019-06-04 [NYDaily News]

Ocasio-Cortez returning to restaurant work in support of tipped workers, raising minimum wage 2019-05-29 [The Hill]

Controversial Settlement Divides New York Nurses 2019-05-25 [Labor Notes]

Building Bridges: Putting the Movement Back into the Labor Movement For more info 2019-05-24 [WBAI Radio]

Nurses speak: We want a union that cares for nurses and patients 2019-05-21 [Left Voice]

Scaffold at Milstein tower didn’t have guardrails when worker fell to his death: Department of Buildings 2019-05-21 [Real Deal]

As Thousands of Taxi Drivers Were Trapped in Loans, Top Officials Counted the Money 2019-05-20 [New York Times]

'They Were Conned': How Reckless Loans Devastated a Generation of Taxi Drivers 2019-05-20 [New York Times]

Building Bridges: It's Time for the Next Economic System - Socialism For more info 2019-05-18 [WBAI Radio]

MTA, Transit Workers Union talks heat up as contract expires 2019-05-16 [ABC]

Union members lash out at emergency meeting for LIRR OT pay 2019-05-11 [News12]

Ithaca Coffee Company workers ramp up unionization campaign with NLRB charge and are threatened with retaliation 2019-05-11 [Ithaca Voice]

No stopping Amazon this time, but jobs pay less 2019-05-07 [Crain's New York Business]

STRIKE! Uber, Lyft, ALL App Drivers on Wed, May 8th, 7AM-9AM! 2019-05-07 [NY Taxi Workers Alliance]

NY Farmworkers to rally in Albany for labor protections 2019-05-06 [Albany Times Union]

Why New York’s Tenement Museum Workers Decided to Unionize 2019-05-05 [Jacobin]

Trump golf workers have objected to wages, working conditions 2019-05-02 [PBS]

This month in labour history

4-07-1840 Tenants in upstate New York issue a 'Declaration of Independence', beginning a five-year Anti-Rent War [more]

5-07-1934 Two strikers are killed fighting police, scabs, and the National Guard during the San Francisco longshoremen's strike [more]

6-07-1892 Striking workers defeat and force the surrender of Pinkerton agents during the Homestead Strike in Pennsylvania [more]

8-07-1966 The largest strike in aviation history begins, shutting down 60 per cent of the US airline industry for six weeks [more]

10-07-1902 112 miners die in an explosion in the Rolling Mill Mine in Pennsylvania [more]

12-07-1933 The Screen Actors Guild holds its first meeting. Among those attending: future horror movie star and union activist, Boris Karloff. [more]

15-07-1959 Half a million steelworkers across the country strike for a pay increase in their new contract [more]

16-07-1934 The San Francisco Labor Council calls a city-wide general strike in support of longshoremen, which succeeds in winning most of the workers' main demands after four days. [more]

18-07-1969 African American hopsital workers in South Carolina win union recognition after a 113-day strike [more]

20-07-1899 Newsboys in New York go on strike against press giants Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst [more]

21-07-1877 The government attempts to violently suppress the great railroad strike in Pennsylvania [more]

22-07-1916 A bomb was is set off during a parade in San Francisco, killing 10 and injuring 40. Labour organizer Tom Mooney,and Warren Billings, a shoe worker, were convicted of the crime, but both were pardoned 23 years later [more]

25-07-1907 Trotskyist labor organizer and leader of the 1934 Minneapolis teamsters' strike Farrell Dobbs is born [more]

26-07-1877 Thirty workers are killed in the Battle of Halsted Street Viaduct during the railroad strike in Chicago. [more]

29-07-1970 The United Farm Workers sign their first collective bargaining agreement with California grape growers [more]

30-07-1975 Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa disappears from a parking lot in Oakland County and is never seen again [more]