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Thousands gather to reclaim Chinese railroad workers' place in history 2019-05-11 [NBC]

Civil rights champion Dolores Huerta discusses importance of local activism at WSU event 2018-09-26 [Standard-Examiner]

ICE raid has chilling effect on Moab workers, police chief says 2018-08-27 [Salt Lake Tribune]

State Auditor calls for Legislature to boost public employee pay, scale back benefits 2018-01-04 [Salt Lake Tribune]

Agency that investigates job discrimination under scrutiny 2017-12-26 [Albany Times Union]

Sex workers talk about the personal, practical and political aspects of their jobs 2017-11-17 [Salt Lake Tribune]

Labor unions, teachers rally for public schools 2017-07-30 [Salt Lake Tribune]

Utah Teachers Sue To Block Online Access To Past Discipline Records 2017-07-14 [Workers Independent News]

Rio Tinto Kennecott Reaches Labor Contract Agreement with Four Unions 2017-04-06 [UT Biz]

Lawmaker attacks UTA spending on ‘union-busting’ consultants 2017-01-26 [Salt Lake Tribune]

Union-busting consultants charged UTransAuth $46,700 2016-11-03 [Salt Lake Tribune]

Firm tied to polygamous group denies new child labor charges 2016-09-23 [Albany Times Union]

Judge to consider penalties in polygamous child labor case 2016-09-16 [Albany Times Union]

Not the 19th century: Company tied to polygamous group used child labor 2016-09-01 [Albany Times Union]

Senator Hatch misrepresents unions 2016-05-07 [St Louis Trib]

Judge weighing child labor case tied to polygamous group 2016-01-28 [Albany Times Union]

Feds: polygamous group's kids worked regularly on pecan farm 2015-12-24 [Albany Times Union]

PCEA supports ski patrol union 2015-12-06 [Park Record]

Joe Hill, revered labor hero to many, murderer to others, to be honored on 100th anniversary For more info 2015-09-05 [USNews&WldRpt]

100,000 pro-union protesters were shipped into Wisconsin, Scott Walker says 2015-08-03 [PolitiFact Wisconsin]

Teamsters picket on behalf of Gold Cross employees 2015-07-28 [Good4Utah]

Construction companies ordered to pay workers nearly $2 million in back wages 2015-06-04 [FOX]

Polygamous group fined in child labor investigation 2015-05-14 [Times Union]

Utahns celebrate labor achievements at May Day rally in Salt Lake City 2015-05-04 [Salt Lake Tribune]

Study: One of every three farmworkers is undocumented immigrant 2015-03-27 [Salt Lake Tribune]

Minimum wage is a women's issue 2015-02-18 [Park Record]

Governor orders criminal probe, workplace safety investigation of Stericycle 2014-09-26 [Deseret News]

Living history: Working women fought for their rights 2014-08-31 [Salt Lake Tribune]

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]