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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]

Chapel Hill University Workers Union hosts graduate grade-in to highlight their work 2017-10-18 [Daily Tarheel]

Denicia Montford Wiliams Wants to Make the Labor Movement a More Welcoming Place for LGBTQ People 2017-09-27 [Indy Week]

Farmworkers union launches boycott of RJ Reynolds e-cigarette 2017-09-21 [Facing South]

Union organizer reflects on war in the workplace 2017-09-10 [Greensboro]

The Boss: N.C. AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer MaryBe Millan on Shattering Stereotypes and Organizing in an Antiunion State 2017-09-06 [Indy Week]

Alamance Co. Commissioner Claims Slaves ‘Workers' Comment Was Out Of Context 2017-08-24 [WFMY]

Gov Signs Law Creating Division to Investigate and Prosecute Employee Misclassification Claims 2017-08-22 [JDSupra]

This month in labour history

1-08-1917 Frank H. Little, anti-war activist & IWW organiser is lynched in Butte, Montana. He was on IWW's Exec Board when he was killed. [more]

1-08-1942 American Federation of Musicians strikes against recording companies over royalty payments, most settling within a year. [more]

3-08-1821 Uriah Smith Stephens born. A tailor, he led 9 garment workers in founding the Knights of Labor in 1869. [more]

3-08-1981 The PATCO strike begins, effectively shutting down air travel in the US. 2 days later President Reagan fired 11,000 air traffic controllers and broke the union. [more]

4-08-1997 185,000 members of the Teamsters begin a successful 15-day strike at UPS. [more]

5-08-1981 President Reagan sacks 11000 federal air traffic controllers for striking and refusing his order to return to work. [more]

7-08-1894 Eugene Debs & three union leaders arrested following the Pullman strike. [more]

7-08-1919 Actors Equity becomes a recognised union after stagehands honour actors' picket lines. [more]

7-08-1890 Birth of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, IWW organiser and founder of the ACLU. [more]

8-08-1881 United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America forms & becomes one of the largest trade unions in the US. [more]

9-08-1890 Knights of Labor strike on the New York Central railroad; ends in defeat due to scab labour. [more]

10-08-1935 Transport workers in New York descend on a courthouse with money from their own pockets to bail out Mike Quill, their president, arrested after attending a picket line. [more]

11-08-1828 Workingmen’s Party, first US labour party, forms in Philadelphia. [more]

11-08-1894 Troops force 1200 jobless workers out of Washington, DC, including Jack London & Big Bill Haywood. [more]

17-08-1918 95 members of the IWW were jailed for resistance to the First World War. [more]

18-08-1927 Radio station WEVD - named for IWW labour leader Eugene V Debs – goes on the air in New York City. [more]

19-08-1909 IWW issues first edition of the “Little Red Song Book”. [more]

21-08-1831 Nat Turner's slave rebellion begins, Southampton County, Virginia, 56 slaves executed, 120 killed. [more]

23-08-1970 Led by César Chávez, the Salad Bowl strike, largest farm worker strike in US history, begins. [more]

25-08-1925 The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, led by A. Phillip Randolph, is founded. [more]

25-08-1950 President Truman ordered the federal government to seize control of the railroads in order to prevent a planned strike by 1.7m union members. [more]

26-08-1935 United Auto Workers union founded. [more]

28-08-1987 John Sayles's film “Matewan” about attempts to organise a union by coal miners is released. [more]

29-08-1921 West Virginia miners marching to free their imprisoned comrades face state forces and private detectives in the five-day "Battle of Blair Mountain." [more]

31-08-1939 Mexican-American women workers walkout at California Sanitary Canning Company, winning a union contract and wage increase. [more]

31-08-1933 Italian-American labour organizer Giovanni Pippan murdered during organizing campaign of bread wagon drivers in Chicago. [more]

31-08-1999 Detroit teachers start 9-day wildcat strike, winning "books, supplies, smaller class sizes" & 4% raise. [more]