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Today's news - Pennsylvania

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]

Workers Strike at Ex-GE Transportation Plant in Pennsylvania 2019-02-26 [AP]

GE just spun off its locomotive unit. Workers immediately went on strike 2019-02-26 [CNN]

Bernie Sanders jumps into a union fight sparked by GE spinoff in 2020 swing state Pennsylvania 2019-02-27 [CNBC]

Bernie Sanders Is Making a National Issue of This Strike: UE Locals 506, 618 at Wabtec locomotive plant 2019-02-27 [The Nation]

PA hospital shortchanges workers paychecks 2019-02-21 [Hosp CFO Report]

GE Transportation workers question conditions of Wabtec merger 2019-02-21 [Pittsburgh Biz Time]

Union could authorize strike against Erie GE Saturday 2019-02-21 [Your Erie]

Union calls for strike authorization vote at GE Transportation 2019-02-21 [Go Erie]

New sewer board members say they're open to union representation 2019-02-17 [News-Item]

Rally held in Pittsburgh for non-paid federal workers amid the government shutdown 2019-01-20 [WTRF]

University of Pittsburgh Faculty File for Union Election 2019-01-18 [USW]

 VIDEO Airport Workers Trying to Get by During Longest Government Shutdown in US History 2019-01-14 [WNEP]

Federal workers protest government shutdown in Philly 2019-01-08 [Inquirer]

Wins and losses for Philly labor in 2018 2018-12-29 [Inquirer]

IBEW Local 98 re-emerges with new tactics for a new year, as a federal probe lingers 2018-12-28 [Inquirer]

Educators at Pittsburgh Charter School Win Union 2018-12-28 [AFT]

Nurses inspired by teachers’ strikes to ‘fight the same fight’ 2018-12-22 [The Guardian]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Union Members Protest Health Care Cuts 2018-12-13 [NPR]

Pay freeze proposed for city of Erie’s non-union workers 2018-12-02 [Go Erie]

Pennsylvania’s forgotten Socialist history and the revolution that almost was: That time Socialists took over Reading 2018-11-25 [Incline]

Schuylkill County’s commissioners committed unfair labor practice over firing of 2 employees, Pa. court rules 2018-11-15 [Penn Live]

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]

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

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

29-05-1941 Disney Studios animators in LA strike for union recognition. 16 were fired. [more]

29-05-1946 The Rochester general strike ended after just one day with victory for the workers. They won reinstatement for hundreds of city workers who had been sacked for forming a union, dropping of all charges, and recognition of the union. [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]