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Uber drivers propose $1.3 mln deal in nationwide misclassification case 2018-10-17 [Reuters]

“…this was a racist law and violation of workers’ rights and constitutional rights.” 2018-10-15 [Hack the Union]

NC abuses labor law with legislative process to weaken labor rights 2018-10-02 [Toledo Blade]

Judge blocks law that stops farmworker union activities 2018-09-21 [WRAL]

After Florence, uncertainty haunts migrant workers 2018-09-18 [Reuters]

Workers Unite, 1943 2018-08-28 [Our State]

Union organizing effort begins at HAECO Cabin Solutions facilities in Triad 2018-08-24 [Winston-Salem Jrnl]

North Carolina acts deep blue with state worker minimum wage 2018-08-21 [Herald Whig]

North Carolina teachers strike was the result of years of grassroots organizing. And they're not done yet 2018-08-13 [Jacobin]

I support labor unions, because collective bargaining makes us stronger 2018-08-11 [News&Observer]

Tobacco farmworkers fired for speaking out - support the online campaign 2018-07-06 [FLOC]

*Hog Wild* recounts bitter 15-year unionization battle at Smithfield pork plant in NC 2018-06-23 [News&Observer]

New effort to strengthen the bargaining power of NC employee unions 2018-06-15 [ABC]

Union workers demand justice after death of construction worker 2018-06-05 [Biz NC]

Labor leaders, construction workers to protest building where worker fell to death 2018-05-30 [Spectrum]

Raises coming for state workers, NC leaders announce 2018-05-25 [News&Observer]

24-year-old man dies after fall from uptown high rise under construction, officials say 2018-05-24 [WSOC]

Teachers take school funding fight straight to Capitol 2018-05-17 [NPR]

Thousands of NC teachers rally in Raleigh for more education funding 2018-05-17 [News&Observer]

Justin Parmenter: Here Come the N.C. Teacher Thugs! For more info 2018-05-15 [Diane Ravitch]

Charter Teachers: We Refuse to Be a Trojan Horse to Destroy Public Schools 2018-05-14 [Diane Ravitch]

Labor board investigates Mohawk 2018-05-13 [Rockingham Now]

Teacher Union thugs are behind education march, says State Representative Republican Mark Brody 2018-05-12 [News&Observer]

NC lawmaker says teachers attending rally are 'inconvenience' to parents 2018-05-12 [WBTV]

Senator Berger threatens teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week 2018-05-11 [Yes! Weekly]

Univ NC student Maya Little vandalizes Confederate flag with red paint, does interviews before being arrested 2018-05-04 [Global Dispatch]

NC teachers ready their megaphones to demand change in priorities 2018-05-03 [Notes from the Chalkboard]

Why fighting for workers and against white supremacy stopped traffic in downtown Durham 2018-05-02 [Herald-Sun]

We Are Next! 2018-05-02 [Diane Ravitch]

Mass teacher rally to greet lawmakers 2018-05-02 [NCCapitol]

Durham admits mistakes after workers robbed on the job 2018-03-29 [Herald Sun]

Durham City Council wants to overturn N.C. ban on collective bargaining 2018-03-23 [Herald-Sun]

Are workers who report fraud or a police beating protected? It depends 2018-03-19 [USAToday]

Amtrak crash leaves two workers dead, more than 100 hurt 2018-02-05 [Chicago Tribune]

Is Durham a union town? Labor groups hope so 2018-02-02 [Herald-Sun]

Three Cummins Unions Join Forces To Demand End To Discrimination In Health Care 2018-01-19 [Teamsters]

The anti-labor roots of Trump's controversial judicial pick 2018-01-18 [Facing South]

Building on Dr. King's Legacy, North Carolina Municipal Workers Kick Off Bill of Rights Campaign 2018-01-16 [Labor Notes]

Building on Dr. King's Legacy, Municipal Workers Kick Off Bill of Rights Campaign 2018-01-16 [Labour Notes]

Restaurant workers in Asheville to address harassment 2017-12-23 [WRAL]

Christmas tree cutters labor fight shines light on holiday season*s forgotten workers 2017-12-18 [Guardian]

Union sues state over law stripping rights from 100000 workers 2017-11-25 [ACLU]

Farmworkers Union Seeks To Overturn Farm Act 2017-11-24 [Public Radio East]

Documentary exposes the struggles of a union 2017-11-23 [The Chronicle]

UPS workers accuse delivery giant of harassment and discrimination 2017-11-21 [ABC]

Farm Labor Org Cte sues state over law stripping rights from 100,000 workers 2017-11-21 [FLOC]

The State Is Trying to Destroy the State’s Only Farmworkers Union 2017-11-17 [ACLU]

Suit seeks to stop new union limits around farm operations 2017-11-15 [The Eagle]

Building Bridges: Rev Barber on Creating a Fusion Movement to Defeat Trump and Move Forward Together For more info 2017-10-26 [WBAI Radio]

 VIDEO Raleigh city workers push for promised pay raises 2017-10-18 [News&Observer]

This month in labour history

2-10-2007 Starbucks Workers Union baristas at an outlet in East Grand Rapids, Mich., organized by the Wobblies, win their grievances after the National Labor Relations Board cites the company for labor law violations, including threats against union activists. [more]

3-10-1932 The state militia is called in after 164 high school students in Kincaid, Ill., go on strike when the school board buys coal from the scab Peabody Coal Co. [more]

9-10-2003 Chicago sanitation workers end a nine-day strike, winning a 28% pay rise. [more]

9-10-1888 United Hebrew Trades founded in New York by socialist shirt-maker Morris Hillquit. [more]

10-10-1933 Pixley, CA: 18,000 cotton workers strike & ultimately win a pay raise; 4 workers killed during the strike. [more]

10-10-1933 Four workers are killed by cotton growers during a strike in Pixley, California. [more]

11-10-1873 The Miners’ National Association is formed in Youngstown, Ohio, with the goal of uniting all miners, regardless of skill or ethnic background. [more]

12-10-1898 The Battle of Virden massacre takes place in Illinois, as striking United Mine Workers fight scabs & guards. 11 killed. [more]

13-10-1934 American Federation of Labor votes to boycott German good to protest Nazi policies. [more]

15-10-1914 President Woodrow Wilson signs the Clayton Antitrust Act, often referred to as "Labor’s Magna Carta,"establishing that unions are not conspiracies under the law. [more]

16-10-1859 John Brown leads anti-slavery raid on Harper's Ferry. [more]

17-10-1939 Labor activist Warren Billings is released from California's Folsom Prison. Along with Thomas J. Mooney, Billings had been pardoned for a 1916 conviction stemming from a bomb explosion during a San Francisco Preparedness Day parade. [more]

18-10-1927 IWW Colorado Mine strike; first time all coal fields are out. [more]

18-10-1648 Shoemakers & coopers in Boston form guilds, first American workers orgs, though they focus on work quality not work conditions. [more]

19-10-1980 The J.P. Stevens textile company is forced to sign its first union contract after a 17-year struggle in North Carolina and other southern states. [more]

20-10-1926 Eugene V. Debs, leading American Socialist and trade unionist, dies. [more]

21-10-1902 In the United States, a five-month strike by United Mine Workers ends. [more]

22-10-1887 John Reed, the author of Ten Days That Shook the World, is born. [more]

22-10-1981 The US Federal Labor Relations Authority votes to decertify the Air Traffic Controllers Organization for its previous strike. [more]

24-10-1892 Black & white teamsters, salesmen & packers strike in New Orleans. Quickly turns into general strike for 10hr work day. [more]

25-10-1934 Strike by 23,000 silk dye workers in Paterson, NJ. [more]

25-10-2011 Workers at Bonus Car Wash in Santa Monica, CA, win a union contract for pay rises & improved benefits after a 2 year struggle. [more]

25-10-1949 Longshore workers in Hawaii win a strike for pay parity with their colleagues on the mainland. [more]

27-10-1951 The National Negro Labor Council is formed in Cincinnati to unite black workers in the struggle for full economic, political and social equality. [more]

30-10-1986 Ed Meese, attorney general in the Ronald Reagan administration, urges employers to begin spying on workers "in locker rooms, parking lots, shipping and mail room areas and even the nearby taverns" to try to catch them using drugs. [more]

31-10-1891 Tennessee sends in leased convict laborers to break a coal miners strike in Anderson County. The miners revolted, burned the stockades, and sent the captured convicts by train back to Knoxville [more]