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Today's news - Ohio

Local Union Leaders Pledge to Back News Guild, May Boycott Plain Dealer, Cleveland.com to Support Journalism Jobs 2019-02-22 [Cleveland Scene]

Striking Parma charter school teachers seek better teaching and learning conditions 2019-02-19 [The Plain Dealer]

411 jobs lost by abrupt closure of 90-year-old Kroger bakery in Columbus 2019-02-18 [AP]

Federal workers honored in Boardman after government shutdown avoided 2019-02-17 [WFMJ]

Teacher’s union at Summit Academy in Parma, Ohio, announce strike beginning February 19 2019-02-14 [Cleveland Scene]

Cleveland Orchestra Will Pay its Union Facilities Workers $15 per hour by 2021 2019-02-13 [Cleveland Scene]

Cleveland City Council OKs two more labor deals with $15 minimum wage clauses, raising total to 25 city contracts 2019-02-12 [The Plain Dealer]

Cleveland Clinic's minimum-wage increase doesn't apply to union workers 2019-02-12 [The Plain Dealer]

Wright State faculty strike ends after three weeks 2019-02-11 [WCPN]

Wright State faculty strike enters third week 2019-02-07 [WCPN]

UAW Local 1112 president writes letter to Trump about Lordstown GM plant before State of The Union 2019-02-03 [WFMJ]

Progress in Wright State faculty strike 2019-01-29 [WCPN]

GM Plant Workers Allege Racist Acts Continue Even After Lawsuits 2019-01-26 [Bloomberg]

Classes, administration disrupted on day one of Wright State U. faculty strike 2019-01-23 [WCPN]

Wright State Faculty set strike for January 22 2019-01-22 [WCPN]

Ohio’s union membership up in 2018, down in U.S.: BLS stats show 2019-01-22 [The Plain Dealer]

 VIDEO Wright State and faculty union still locked in competing Unfair Labor Practice charges 2019-01-22 [WDTN]

Wright State Faculty Union Strike: What Students Should Know 2019-01-19 [WYSO]

Black workers at GM plant where nooses were found allege racial harassment is ongoing 2019-01-18 [NBC]

Black workers sue GM, alleging plant ignored racism5eee.html 2019-01-17 [Rome News-Tribune]

Inside the GM plant where nooses and 'whites-only' signs hung 2019-01-17 [CNN]

Wright State Univ faculty union files Unfair Labor Practice charge against university 2019-01-11 [WDTN]

Banks consider programs for federal workers in shutdown 2019-01-08 [Toledo Blade]

Auto workers union sues GM over company’s use of temps instead of laid-off Lordstown workers 2019-01-04 [Cleveland.com]

UAW sues GM over use of temps rather than laid-off workers at Lordstown 2019-01-03 [The Plain Dealer]

Plain Dealer Busts Union, Moves Forward With Plan to Cut 29 Local Journalism Jobs 2018-12-31 [Cleveland Scene]

Cleveland Orchestra reaches three-year labor agreement with musicians 2018-12-29 [Crain's Cleveland Business]

A kick in the stomach: massive GM layoffs leave workers distraught – and angry 2018-12-28 [Guardian]

Construction zone fatality investigation nearing the end 2018-12-26 [Norwalk Reflector]

In-control Republicans should step up for Lordstown GM workers 2018-12-18 [Columbus Dispatch]

Despite bad year, local UAW still helps 2018-12-16 [Tribune Chronicle]

Ohio bill would exempt corporate franchisors from state labor laws 2018-12-13 [The Plain Dealer]

GM links fate of Lordstown plant to union talks 2018-12-07 [Crain's Cleveland Business]

Senators, union press GM CEO on plant closings, job cuts 2018-12-04 [WHBL]

Union clings to GM plant in Ohio where Trump promised jobs 2018-11-28 [10TV]

Union scrambles to save Ohio GM plant, where Trump promised new jobs 2018-11-27 [MoneyWatch]

Kettering moves to give raises to hundreds of city workers 2018-11-18 [Dayton Daily News]

Global Glass Alliance and Owens-Illinois glass network launched in Perrysburg, Ohio 2018-11-15 [IndustriALL]

Ohio union members pack legislative hearing on public employee union dues 2018-11-14 [WCPN]

RTW gets a first hearing at the Ohio Statehouse, but that's probably it 2018-11-14 [Enquirer]

Many working-class Trump voters in Ohio are casting ballots for Democrats in 2018 2018-11-06 [Vox]

Wright State Univ trustees move one step closer toward new contract with faculty union 2018-11-03 [WHIO]

What’s next for GM workers after plans to close southwest Ohio site 2018-11-03 [Dayton Daily News]

Democrats And Labor Aim For Gains 2018-10-28 [WLRN]

Right-to-work group sues Ohio public employee unions, claiming 'fair share' deductions still occuring 2018-10-18 [WCPN]

Union official keynotes Democratic dinner, blasts Trump 2018-10-15 [Athens News]

Steelworkers Ratify New Labor Contract with Cleveland-Cliffs 2018-10-12 [ABC]

Cleveland-Cliffs and the USW Reach Tentative Agreement on New Labor Contract for MI and MN Mining Operations 2018-10-01 [Biz Wire]

Union For Campaign Workers And Ohio Democratic Party Reach Tentative Contract Agreement 2018-09-27 [WCPN]

Transport Workers Union of America threaten to strike before allowing automated buses in Columbus 2018-09-19 [WTRF]

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]