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Center for Freedom & Prosperity pushes employees to leave their unions 2018-08-21 [Newport RI]

Eastland Food workers ratify first union contract and join UFCW Local 328 2018-08-19 [Uprise RI]

Union Election Invigorates Rhode Island Nurse Strike 2018-08-04 [Labor Notes]

Union Election Invigorates Rhode Island Nurse Strike 2018-08-03 [Labour Notes]

As Lifespan union members return to work, some talk of a second strike 2018-07-28 [The Journal]

Hospital strike is over, but unionized workers remain locked out 2018-07-27 [The Journal]

Nurse strike causing influx of patients to other area hospitals 2018-07-26 [Health Finance]

Service changes ahead of strike at RI Hospital, Hasbro 2018-07-23 [WPRI]

Hotel workers picket Omni Providence for fair wages, reasonable workloads and affordable health care 2018-07-22 [Uprise RI]

 VIDEO Hasbro patient's mom supports nurses as they prepare to strike 2018-07-22 [WPRI]

Other hospitals preparing for possible patient surge during RI Hospital nursing strike 2018-07-21 [WPRI]

Nurses authorize strike starting Monday 2018-07-20 [The Times-Union]

Talks between Lifespan, nurses union stall as strike looms 2018-07-19 [WPRI]

Hospitals Hire Temp Workers In Anticipation of Strike 2018-07-18 [RIPR]

Nurses Union Rejects Lifespan Contract, Issues Strike Notice 2018-07-14 [RI NPR]

Unions Picket Rhode Island Tax Credit Project 2018-07-05 [Go Local Prov]

Brown University graduate employees sign landmark union agreement with administration 2018-06-22 [Uprise RI]

Brown and Grad Student Union Agree On Representation Election 2018-06-22 [RIPR]

Union Can Arbitrate Workers Rights to Reinstatement 2018-05-16 [Work Comp Cntrl]

Museum of Work and Culture celebrates textile workers 2018-04-28 [The Chronicle]

Labor organizations rally against wage theft and employee misclassification Station Row project in Providence 2018-04-23 [Uprise RI]

East Greenwich firefighters union files third lawsuit against the town 2018-04-01 [RICentral]

Firefighters sue East Greenwich in federal court alleging fair labor violations in overtime 2018-03-27 [Providence Jrnl]

Governor, unions reach tentative agreement on pay raises 2018-03-09 [Providence Jrnl]

Having won paid sick leave fight, Rhode Island progressives look to $15 minimum wage law 2018-02-10 [In These Times ]

Stand Up for Graduate Student Employees fears University stalling talks on grad student unionization 2018-02-02 [Brown Daily Herald]

3-day strike by Providence hospice workers is over 2017-12-09 [The Herald]

Warwick teachers OK contracts by ‘wide margin,’ ending 2-year labor dispute 2017-11-23 [Providence Jrnl]

Fired East Greenwich firefighter testifies he is victim of retaliation 2017-09-21 [Providence Jrnl]

Teachers union ads seek public support amid veto-override effort 2017-09-12 [Providence Jrnl]

Prostitution decriminalized: Rhode Island’s experiment 2017-08-04 [Newsworks]

Training School Union Says, My Fear is that Someone Will Die 2017-07-29 [Go Local]

Food service workers at Rhode Island's Twin River Casino have reached a tentative deal with management on a new contract 2017-06-10 [USNews]

Westerly Laborers Union petition seeks local say on new contract 2017-06-04 [Westerly Sun]

UNITE HERE Casino Union Threatens Strike Over Healthcare Benefits 2017-06-01 [Casino]

Casino workers warn of potential strike 2017-05-31 [WPRI]

Casino workers protest health-care hikes 2017-05-31 [Providence Jrnl]

Graduate student unionization affiliation vote closes 2017-03-22 [Brown Daily Herald]

Cranston school food service workers vote to unionize 2017-02-22 [Providence Jrnl]

Unions Gained Representation of 6,000 new Workers in 2016 2017-01-31 [RI NPR]

Hospital nurses, staff vote to issue strike threat 2016-12-14 [timesunion]

Some Warwick teachers balk at electronic grading 2016-11-06 [Providence Jrnl]

Unions for green jobs: Why organized labor is getting behind offshore wind 2016-10-16 [Christian Science Monitor]

Health-care union ads cite problems with R.I. owner's California hospitals 2016-10-14 [Providence Jrnl]

Tentative agreement in place with Pawtucket school lunch workers 2016-09-23 [Valley Breeze]

Warwick Teachers Picket Against Lagging Contract, Troubled School Consolidation 2016-09-13 [Warwick Post]

Brown University says it will comply with ruling that grad students can unionize 2016-08-25 [Providence Jrnl]

Verizon challenges striking R.I. workers access to jobless benefits 2016-05-20 [Providence Jrnl]

Amended R.I. minimum wage bill cuts increase to $10.10 hourly 2016-05-19 [Providence Jrnl]

Senate panel bill hikes R.I. proposed minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017 2016-05-19 [Providence Journal]

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]