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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]

Teacher’s Union Vows to Fight School Committee on Number of Layoffs 2016-05-14 [Warwick Post]

Warwick to lay off 65 teachers: Union protests move 2016-05-12 [Providence Jrnl]

Stop & Shop, union plan to continue negoitations through weekend 2016-03-19 [Mass Live]

Minimum-wage hike again before R.I. Senate panel 2016-03-09 [Providence Journal]

North Smithfield teachers union: School Committee won’t bargain in good faith 2016-03-04 [Valley Breeze]

Labor, business groups rally to support truck-toll plan 2016-02-04 [Providence Journal]

Union downplays DPW plow drivers situation 2016-02-03 [Valley Breeze]

Providence Mayor Shows Support for UFCW Stop & Shop Members 2016-01-30 [UFCW 1459]

In Cranston, councilors OK contract with firefighters; wage increase is 6 percent over 3 years 2016-01-27 [Providence Journal]

Quality care, staffing are points of conflict in talks between Fatima, union 2016-01-20 [Valley Breeze]

Council approves big pay hike for Woonsocket city workers 2015-12-27 [The Call]

Newport Teachers Union Rejects Latest Contract Offer, Votes No-Confidence in Superintendent 2015-09-01 [Patch]

Newport teachers plan unfair labor practices complaint 2015-08-31 [Times Union]

Union rallying for higher minimum wage for caregivers 2015-07-29 [The Journal]

Downtown hotel project pits construction workers against hotel union 2015-07-24 [WPRI]

Union plans picketing at Rhode Island Hospital as contract negotiations continue 2015-07-09 [Providence Journal]

Union compromise bill would pay firefighters OT for working more than 42 hours 2015-06-03 [WPRI]

RI leaders plan toll to fund sweeping bridge repairs 2015-05-28 [WPRI]

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]