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Univ Pittsburgh Med Ctr nurses rally in McKeesport for union rights 2018-05-24 [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

GE Union Workers Stay Positive and Keep Working 2018-05-15 [Erie News Now]

Nurses picket Pottstown Hospital 2018-05-11 [Daily Local]

Trump NLRB rejects union complaint at GE 2018-05-09 [GoErie]

Power to the Peep-le: Union workers claim a sweet win over old man ’mallow 2018-05-01 [The Hustle]

Wolf vetoes bill that would have limited drugs available for injured workers 2018-04-29 [New Castle News]

Court strikes a blow to Peeps-maker Just Born in union pension fight 2018-04-27 [Allentown Morning Call]

Court rules against maker of Peeps candy in union pension fight 2018-04-27 [Washington Post]

First Hospital workers strike; company locks them out 2018-04-26 [The Times-Leader]

Nurses at First Hospital, Moses Taylor to strike; hospitals say they’ll be staffed 2018-04-25 [The Times-Leader]

Federal judge rules county violated labor act 2018-04-24 [Standard-Jrnl]

Conor Lamb Win Energizes Labor Union Approach to Midterms 2018-04-21 [BNA]

Workers comp prescribing rule change awaits governor decision 2018-04-21 [Meadville Trib]

Pennsylvania Mission Foods workers organize, fight and win a first collective bargaining agreement 2018-04-18 [IUF]

Good News: Pittsburgh Will Drop Teacher Performance Pay and Raise Salaries 2018-04-15 [Diane Ravitch]

Another Misclassification Win For Gig Economy Businesses, this time against UberBLACK drivers 2018-04-13 [Lexology]

Union Organizer at Penn State’s Grad School Cites University’s Veiled Threat to Foreign Students 2018-04-12 [Chronicle of Higher Ed]

We’ve been fighting for years: Graduate students rally at Old Main before marching to cast union votes 2018-04-11 [Daily Collegian]

Philadelphia workers fast to recognize anniversary of King’s assassination 2018-04-05 [Philadelphia Tribune]

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King's Assassination 2018-04-04 [PA AFL-CIO]

PA unions make game plans for upcoming elections 2018-04-03 [WITF]

Workers compensation system target of change 2018-04-02 [Standard-Speaker]

Not a peep from Pennsylvania candy company over pension funds 2018-04-01 [NYDaily News]

Maker of Peeps in high-stakes pension battle with union 2018-03-31 [Press Herald]

Heinz union employees reject latest contract offer, hold off on potential strike 2018-03-31 [WPXI]

After Pennsylvania win, labor leaders look to flip other congressional seats 2018-03-30 [Morning Call]

Trouble in candy land: How Peeps, pensions and a lawsuit threaten to upend the American retirement system 2018-03-30 [Wash Post]

Penn State graduate student union election dates and locations announced 2018-03-29 [PSU]

GOP candidate Rick Saccone concedes PA-18 special election to Connor Lamb 2018-03-24 [10,000 Couples]

Luzerne County AFSCME rejects proposed contract 2018-03-19 [Times Leader]

State AFL-CIO Statement on Victory for Working People in PA-18 2018-03-17 [PA AFL-CIO]

In Conor Lamb victory, labor tilted the race 2018-03-17 [Natl Catholic Reporter]

A welcoming space: Black Student Union holds panel to discuss black female experiences at Penn State 2018-03-17 [Collegian]

Univ Pittsburgh to challenge grad student union election petition 2018-03-16 [Pitt News]

Unions Show Their Force In District Won By Trump 2018-03-14 [Yahoo]

Labor support could sway special election in PA 18th congressional district 2018-03-13 [NBC]

West Virginia Victory Spillover Effect Boosting Labor’s Effort in PA18-election Closing Days 2018-03-12 [Payday Report]

My Union or My President? Dueling Loyalties Mark Pennsylvania Race 2018-03-11 [The Times]

Republican defends ‘Right-To-Work’ laws before vote in union-heavy district 2018-03-11 [Huff Po]

NLRB rules against Duquesne Univ: Must negotiate with union 2018-03-10 [Natl Catholic Reporter]

'Women’s Rights! Workers’ Rights! Same Struggle, Same Fight!' 2018-03-09 [WESA]

Wilkes-Barre General Hospital cited by state for allegedly forcing overtime 2018-03-09 [Times Leader]

Democratic congressional candidate in Pennsylvania is counting on union support to help pull off an upset in a GOP-leaning district 2018-03-08 [USNews]

Strike averted after Pittsburgh Public Schools, teachers union reach tentative deal 2018-03-08 [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Penn State Graduate Student Union Election Tentatively Scheduled for April 2018-03-03 [State College]

USW: NLRB Rules in Favor of Union for Part-Time Faculty at Duquesne 2018-03-02 [USW]

Duquesne U. plans to take dispute over adjunct faculty union to federal appeals court 2018-03-02 [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Union workers get 3% raise in Carbon 2018-03-02 [Standard-Speaker]

Downtown traffic could be affected by union march Monday morning 2018-02-27 [Trib Live]

Hundreds of union workers rally in Downtown Pittsburgh ahead of Supreme Court case 2018-02-27 [Post-Gazette]

This month in labour history

1-05-1896 Between 300,000 to half a million workers went on strike and rallies were held throughout the United States, with the cry, "Eight-hour day with no cut in pay". [more]

2-05-1843 "Mill girls" – overwhelmingly female textile workers – walked out on strike in Massachusetts for better conditions. [more]

2-05-1968 4,000 workers in the Hamtramck auto plant in Detroit walked out against speed up. Several black strikers met in a bar opposite and founded the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement to organise black workers. [more]

4-05-1886 A bomb is thrown during a demonstration against police violence in Haymarket Square, Chicago. The ensuing police riot and trials of anarchists, known as the Haymarket affair, eventually give birth to May Day as international workers' day. [more]

5-05-1886 Nine striking workers are shot dead by the National Guard at the Rolling Mills Steel Factory in Bay View, Milwaukee [more]

6-05-1937 Four hundred tobacco workers, earning just $3 per week, stage a walkout in Richmond, Virginia [more]

6-05-1935 The Works Progress Administration is established by executive order - it will provide work for millions of Americans. [more]

7-05-1912 New York City waiters and waitresses walked out on strike [more]

8-05-1926 A. Philip Randolph founds the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. [more]

9-05-1913 The garment workers strike at Cohoes could become an international incident after it emerges that Italian migrant workers are being forced to break the strike. [more]

11-05-1894 Three thousands Pullman railroad workers in Chicago begin a wildcat strike. [more]

12-05-1902 John Mitchell of the UMWA cals for a national strike, beginning the Anthracite Coal Strike which will last five months. [more]

13-05-1893 Western Federation of Miners formed in Butte, Montana. [more]

13-05-1980 Douglas Fraser of the UAW becomes the first union representative on the board a major US corporation after Chystler's stockholders vote him on. [more]

15-05-1946 489 city workers in Rochester, NY were sacked for organising a union. They protested the next day, and sympathy strikes began, growing to a general strike, when bosses caved and reinstated the sacked workers. [more]

15-05-1935 Folk singer, labor organiser and IWW member Utah Phillips is born. [more]

16-05-1934 Minneapolis Teamsters went on strike, shutting down almost all commercial transport in the city. The dispute lasted over three months, ending with most of the workers’ demands being met in a landmark win. [more]

17-05-1946 The US govt seized the nation's railroads to stop a nationwide strike. Workers walked out anyway and only the President's threat to draft the strikers and call up the army to run the railroads forced them back to work. [more]

18-05-1928 "Big Bill" Haywood, former mineworker and founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World revolutionary union, dies in Moscow. [more]

19-05-1920 A gun battle between the people of Matewan and Baldwin Felts detectives leaves ten people dead. [more]

21-05-1945 The US government took over the bituminous coal mines to try to break a six-week miners' strike. The miners held out, forcing the govt to grant workers' demands which had been unacceptable to the operators. [more]

22-05-1942 In Cleveland the Steelworkers Organizing Committee voted to become a union: the United Steelworkers of America [more]

25-05-1946 President Truman comes within three minutes of drafting the nation's railroad workers into the army to suppress a proposed strike, but the union leaders and employers settle just before the presiden't ultimatum comes into effect. [more]

26-05-1937 UAW organisers are attacked and beaten by Ford security men in Dearborn, Michigan, in an incident which greatly increases support for the union. [more]

28-05-1946 Workers in Rochester, New York, stage a successful one day general strike for the right to form unions. [more]

29-05-1990 The Justice for Janitors strike of ISS cleaners in Los Angeles begins. [more]

30-05-1937 Ten workers are shot dead by Chicago police during a strike at the Republic Steel Mill. [more]

31-05-1921 The Sacco and Vanzetti trial begins in Dedham, Massachusetts. [more]