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PA Court: Pittsburgh has the authority to require employers to provide paid sick leave for workers 2019-07-19 [Albany Times Union]

Three years after strike, Just Born union workers have a deal — without their pension and without their vote 2019-07-18 [Morning Call]

Sanders Joins Union Leaders and Healthcare Workers In Protesting 'Corporate Greed'-Fueled Private Equity Sale of Philadelphia Hospital 2019-07-12 [Common Dreams]

Private Equity’s Latest Scheme: Closing Urban Hospitals and Selling Off the Real Estate 2019-07-11 [Am Prospect]

PA state workers union ratifies 4-year contract 2019-07-02 [ABC]

Philadelphia Energy Solutions was in turmoil over closure rumors. And then employees’ unused vacation days disappeared 2019-06-29 [Pa. Inquirer]

Meeting set to organize workers at Carnegie Library 2019-06-24 [Post-Gazette]

Philadelphia refinery blast puts new spotlight on toxic chemical 2019-06-22 [Reuters]

Housekeepers and nannies in Philadelphia may soon win basic legal rights 2019-06-22 [Vox]

Carnegie Library workers in Pittsburgh plan union organizing drive 2019-06-22 [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Trump NLRB ruling for UPMC upsets decades-old precedent, restricts workplace communications for union purposes 2019-06-21 [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

PLRB orders hearing on faculty union complaint 2019-06-19 [Pitt News]

2 Workers ‘Hanging On For Dear Life’ Rescued From Scaffolding Collapse In University City 2019-06-18 [CBS]

With unanimous vote, food workers serving Phila. International Airport plan to strike 2019-06-18 [Phila Biz Jrnl]

Union Members Approve First, Four-Year Contract with Wabtec 2019-06-13 [Erie News Now]

Unions Vote This Week on Tentative Four Year Wabtec Contract 2019-06-10 [Erie News Now]

USW members authorize strike against Alcoa 2019-06-04 [Pittsburgh Biz Times]

Anti-union groups are targeting home-care workers nationally, but labor in Pa. has already scored a win 2019-06-04 [The Inquirer]

Wabtec union workers hold two-hour informational picket 2019-05-30 [Your Erie]

Wabtec and union leaders at deadlock with contract deadline looming 2019-05-29 [Your Erie]

Bernie Sanders’ campaign is rallying support for upcoming UPMC strike 2019-05-27 [Pittsburgh City Ppr]

Union workers protest at Wabtec shareholders meeting 2019-05-18 [Pittsburgh Biz Times]

Misclassification class action moves forward against Wonder Bread manufacturer 2019-05-11 [Landline Mag]

State House panel considers workers comp 2019-05-07 [Altoona Mirror]

Prisons providing help for employers desperate for workers 2019-05-05 [Penn Live]

Desperate for Workers, Employers Look Behind Bars 2019-05-05 [AP]

Desperate for workers, employers look behind bars 2019-05-04 [Lexington Herald-Leader]

Union seeking to organize Pitt faculty appeals denial of petition for election 2019-04-26 [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

As Supreme Court decides to hear LGBT discrimination cases, which workers are protected in Pa.? 2019-04-22 [Philadelphia Daily News]

No hearing for Pitt faculty union, organizers plan appeal 2019-04-20 [Pitt News]

Organized Labor: A Forece For Good in the Community 2019-04-14 [Citizen's Voice]

Bernie Sanders to speak at nurses convention 2019-04-12 [Citizen's Voice]

W-B, city workers union agree to contract 2019-04-12 [The Citizens' Voice]

Talks continue between Wabtec, union workers in Erie 2019-04-06 [Go Erie]

$3.56M Settlement Ends Cabot Misclassification Suit 2019-04-03 [Law360]

Pa. court shoots down 2 bids to oust AFSCME as exclusive union for state workers 2019-04-02 [Penn Live]

AFSCME DC 47 VP running for at-large Philadelphia Council seat 2019-03-24 [Phila Trib]

Board rules Univ of Pittsburgh grad assistants can hold union vote 2019-03-08 [The State]

Strike over: Wabtec, Erie locomotive workers reach 90-day deal 2019-03-08 [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

UE Locals 506 and 618 reached contract with WABTEC, ending nine-day strike 2019-03-07 [WJET]

Wabtec, Erie union workers head to bargaining table as locomotive plant strike hits one week 2019-03-07 [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Union workers to rally at Wabtec headquarters 2019-03-07 [Pittsburgh Biz Times]

Striking workers gain national, union attention 2019-03-03 [Go Erie]

US locomotive workers strike to defend CBA after merger 2019-03-02 [IndustriALL]

 VIDEO Wabtec files injunction against striking workers for, they say, employee safety 2019-03-02 [Your Erie]

Deal sets rules for picketers at Erie Wabtec plant 2019-03-02 [Go Erie]

Erie Locomotive Plant Workers Strike against Two-Tier 2019-03-02 [Labor Notes]

Close To 2,000 Manufacturing Workers Just Went On Strike In Pennsylvania 2019-02-27 [Huff Post]

Erie Strike Gets National Attention, Widespread Support 2019-03-01 [UE]

Close To 2,000 Manufacturing Workers Just Went On Strike In Pennsylvania 2019-02-27 [HuffPost]

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]