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Tennessee Needs Unions 2018-07-06 [Tennessee Tribune]

Nashville Painters Aim To Build Immigrant Base 2018-06-16 [Labour Notes]

Nashville union workers protest company contracted by Metro Nashville over safety 2018-05-03 [FOX ]

Women's rights, labor activists step up pressure on Memphis warehouse operator 2018-05-03 [The Commercial Appeal]

TN: Bus Drivers Union Sues CARTA Over Limits on Speaking to Board 2018-04-20 [Mass Transit]

Bus drivers union sues CARTA over limits on speaking to board 2018-04-19 [Times Free Press]

Building Bridges: Rekindling the Revolutionary King's Ideas and Activism on this 50th Year Since his Martyrdom! For more info 2018-04-12 [WBAI Radio]

Trumka in Memphis: We’re Reaching for that Mountaintop 2018-04-07 [AFL-CIO]

James Hoffa, Teamsters union target XPO Logistic's Memphis facility, worker complaints 2018-04-05 [Commercial Appeal]

The Memphis Sanitation Workers, 50 Years Later 2018-04-05 [NPR]

When MLK Was Killed, He Was In Memphis Fighting For Economic Justice 2018-04-05 [NPR]

1,000 Words: The sanitation workers 2018-04-05 [MN Pub Radio]

Public workers worried that TN billioniare gov is taking another run at them 2018-04-04 [Intercept]

The Economic Injustices of Memphis in Five Charts 2018-04-04 [City Lab]

Memphis, unions remain deadlocked over pay increases 2018-03-30 [Commercial Appeal]

How Memphis Gave Up on Dr. King’s Dream 2018-03-30 [NYTimes]

How a Scrappy Campus Union Saved Tennessee From Privatization 2018-03-21 [In These Times]

With new center in Nashville, painters union hopes to recruit Latino construction workers 2018-03-19 [Tennessean]

TVA investigating after two contract workers burned at Sequoyah Nuclear Plant 2018-03-19 [WRCB]

How to grow a union in an anti-union state 2018-02-27 [Marketplace]

Activists march to Memphis City Hall for $15 minimum wage 2018-02-13 [Commercial Appeal]

Fight For $15: Fast food workers protest for higher minimum wage in Memphis 2018-02-13 [WREG]

Workers vow to continue the fight for higher wages and union rights 2018-02-12 [WXYZ]

The Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike 2018-02-08 [Missed in History Class]

Worker centers show a new way for immigrants to score wins 2018-02-07 [Catholic Philly]

Ellison, Local 120 Join Together to Honor Waste Workers 2018-02-02 [Teamsters]

Sanitation Workers Took Trucks Off The Road To Honor 2 Killed 50 Years Ago In Memphis 2018-02-02 [NPR]

Moment of silence set to honor Memphis sanitation workers 2018-01-31 [The Times-Union]

Trump’s Labor Board Likely to Strip Auto Workers of Southern Victory 2018-01-14 [Labour Notes]

Unemployment insurance rates drop 2018-01-05 [Times Free Press]

Court sends VW Chattanooga case back to Trump labor board for *reconsideration* 2017-12-27 [Times Free Press]

Volkswagen, labor union clash over request involving Chattanooga plant 2017-12-23 [Times Free Press]

Music City Unions Mobilize against ALEC 2017-12-23 [Labor Notes]

Santas on strike! Protesters say Walmart is a Grinch 2017-12-19 [KING5]

New labor ruling could impact Chattanooga Volkswagen plant 2017-12-19 [Times Free Press]

17 Workers Sickened at Metal Fabricater Plant 2017-12-16 [Insurance Jrnl]

Memphis sanitation workers break ground on strike memorial 2017-12-12 [WATE]

Union plans to protest CARTA working conditions Tuesday 2017-12-05 [WTVC]

Campus Workers Foil Billionaire Governor's Outsourcing Scheme 2017-11-23 [Labor Notes]

800 Oak Ridge workers reject medical center contract 2017-11-14 [WVLT]

 VIDEO Univ TN faculty say outsourcing won't work 2017-10-17 [Knoxville News Sentinel]

Worker fired for sitting during the national anthem 2017-10-11 [Salon]

“A Huge Victory”: Tennessee Electrolux Workers Secure First Contract 2017-09-24 [Workers Independent News]

First union contract for Memphis Electrolux plant includes raises, worker safeguards 2017-09-21 [USA Today]

This Labor Day, Remember That Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign Was for Workers’ Rights 2017-09-04 [Common Dreams]

 VIDEO Hundreds of Cold War nuclear plant workers seek medical compensation info 2017-08-18 [Knoxville News Sentinel]

Central Labor Council of Nashville endorses Wendy’s Boycott 2017-08-17 [CIW]

Communications Workers Protest Tennessee, JLL Privatization Scheme 2017-08-10 [Workers Independent News]

Decades Later, Sanitation Workers Rewarded For Role In Civil Rights Movement 2017-07-31 [NHPR]

Forty years after Memphis sanitation strike, workers finally win pension boost 2017-07-26 [NY Times]

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]