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VT Workers’ Comp Rates to Decrease for Third Year in a Row 2019-02-21 [Insurance Jrnl]

What Paraeducators and School Bus Drivers Learned When They Almost Went on Strike 2018-11-10 [Labour Notes]

Caledonia Central Supervisory Union Lawyer Responds To Union Labor Board Complaint 2018-10-18 [Caledonian Record]

Vermont delegation backs postal workers in opposing privatization 2018-10-11 [VTDigger]

Union Claims Howard Center Tried to Stifle Federal Investigation 2018-09-26 [Seven Days]

AG issues Advisory on dues related to public unions 2018-08-10 [Biz]

Striking Nurses Want A Raise for Nonunion Workers Too 2018-08-03 [Labour Notes]

Unionized Consolidated Communications Workers Authorize Strike 2018-07-27 [NPR]

AFL-CIO leaves Vermont labor coalition in dispute over lobbying 2018-07-23 [The Digger]

Bernie Sanders' Senate campaign, office throw weight behind nurses during strike 2018-07-16 [Burlington Free Press]

#RedforMed: 1,800 nurses are on strike demanding their hospital put patients over profits 2018-07-16 [In These Times]

Univ VT Med Ctr nurses back at work after 2-day strike 2018-07-15 [Press-Republican]

1,800 Vermont Nurses Are On Strike Demanding Their Hospital Put Patients Over Profits 2018-07-15 [Truth Out]

Nurses Picket as Strike Starts at UVM Medical Center 2018-07-13 [Seven Days]

Univ VT Med Ctr nurses strike: Day 1 brings feisty rhetoric from union, hospital touts quality care 2018-07-12 [Burlington Free Press]

7 ways Bernie Sanders blasted UVM Medical Center at nurses' union news conference 2018-07-07 [Burlington Free Press]

UVM Medical Center Nurses to Hold Official Strike Vote 2018-06-08 [Seven Days]

In Rare Move, Senate Committee Rejects Gov Scott Labor Board Appointee 2018-05-10 [Seven Days VT]

Gov Scott Welcomes Concession by Teachers Union 2018-04-14 [VNews]

Administration responds to teacher union call for statewide health insurance 2018-04-14 [VTBiz]

Union Slams Scott Administration Over Prescription Drug Changes 2018-04-04 [Seven Days]

Gov Scott wins final ruling in negotiations with state employees 2018-04-01 [VT Digger]

How migrant workers took on Ben & Jerry's – and won a historic agreement 2018-02-25 [Guardian]

Univ VT union criticizes obsession with image, and larger classes, fewer faculty 2018-02-05 [VT Digger]

Union can help secure higher ed’s future 2018-01-29 [The Digger]

Traffic Stop Of Migrant Workers Raises Questions About Policing Policy 2017-12-20 [VPR]

Roll back of overtime rule would hit 25,000 Vermonters 2017-10-24 [VT Biz]

Migrant Justice Advances Milk with Dignity Campaign 2017-10-03 [Talking Union]

Univ VT hits contract stalemate with faculty union 2017-09-13 [VT Digger]

Burlington teachers vote to strike 2017-09-10 [Burlington Free Press]

Bernie Sanders whips up Middlebury crowd, joins in condemnation of Trump's DACA decision 2017-09-08 [Addison Cty Independent]

Bristol police officers join New England PBA 2017-08-22 [Addison Cty Independent]

Former Union President Embraces Right-to-Work 2017-08-19 [Inside Sources]

Burlington, S. Burlington school boards reject mediator reports 2017-07-29 [Burlington Free Press]

National Grid, union sign MOU for Granite State Power Link 2017-07-07 [Vermont Business]

Ben & Jerry's protested by dairy workers who want better pay 2017-06-20 [CBS]

Border Patrol Arrests Two Mexican Farm Workers 2017-06-20 [Seven Days]

Dairy farm workers, activists march on Ben & Jerry’s For more info 2017-06-18 [Boston Globe]

Farm workers protest Ben & Jerry’s 2017-06-18 [Boston Herald]

Hundreds of teachers, allies protest Gov Scott health care plan 2017-05-18 [VT Digger]

Teachers: Governor health plan assault on unions 2017-05-17 [FOX]

Teachers Union Fights Gov Scott Contract 2017-04-22 [Valley News]

Workers comp expansion getting chance in state senate 2017-04-12 [VT Diggers]

Southern Vermonter Lends A Hand To Migrant Workers 2017-04-01 [VPR]

About 100 Protest Detention of Vermont Farm Worker Advocates 2017-03-28 [US News and World Report]

Immigration Attacks Migrant Worker Organizers 2017-03-19 [Talking Union]

Unions line up against Labor-Commerce merger 2017-02-02 [VT Digger]

Commission on Women celebrates 100th signer to Vermont equal pay compact 2017-01-28 [VTdigger]

The History of Class Struggle in Vermont: From Socialism to the American Plan 2016-12-31 [CRG]

Rutland teachers continue to press safety-related issues 2016-12-20 [VT Digger]

This month in labour history

1-02-1864 The Collar Laundry Union was formed in New York, the first women's union in US history, led by Kate Mullany. Over the next few years the women increase their wages from $2 to $14 a week. [more]

4-02-1924 IWW members took on the Ku Klux Klan, patrolling the streets of Greenville, Maine, after the KKK tried to threaten IWW union organisers: “We are going to stick, and if the Klan wants to start something, the IWW are going to finish it” [more]

4-02-1869 IWW and SPUSA leader Big Bill Haywood is born in Salt Lake City, Utah. [more]

4-02-1919 The General Strike Committee meets in Seattle, and makes preparations for an all-out labour stoppage [more]

5-02-1913 17-year-old Ida Braiman is shot dead by a contractor during the garment workers' strike in Rochester, NY. [more]

6-02-1919 A total of 60,000 of Seattle's population of 315,000 join the general strike on its first day [more]

8-02-1919 Workers in Butte, Montana responded to a dollar per day wage cut by launching a general strike. To prevent disunity, workers formed a Workers and Soldiers Council to conduct the strike. [more]

11-02-1937 The 6 week-long sit-down strike at General Motors in Flint Michigan ends as GM agrees to recognize the UAW. [more]

12-02-1968 Sanitation workers in Memphis begin a strike for recognition. During this strike Martin Luther King Jr is murdered [more]

12-02-1968 The Memphis sanitation strike by African-American workers began in protest against mistreatment, discrimination, dangerous working conditions, and the recent deaths of two workers. They held out until April and won. [more]

13-02-1913 82-year-old labour activist Mother Jones was arrested in West Virginia for supporting a coal miners strike. Convicted in a military court she was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Pardoned after serving 85 days. [more]

14-02-1818 Frederick Douglass is born into slavery in Maryland. He will go on to become a titanic figure in the struggle against slavery, and in favour of universal suffrage and women's rights. [more]

14-02-1936 Goodyear workers in Ohio strike. They defy union orders to leave the plant & resist 150 sheriff's deputies. Threatening a general strike if a vigilante army was used, they won after a month. [more]

15-02-1913 A strike of rubber workers in #Akron organised by @_IWW union grew to 3,500 strikers. Earlier that month 300 workers at Firestone walked out and were eventually joined by 20K others but police violence & repression forced them to end it. [more]

18-02-1935 Tens of thousands of New Yorkers were stranded by a wildcat strike of elevator operators in the city. [more]

19-02-1866 The first union in Mississippi was created by African-American washerwomen. [more]

19-02-1986 The Farm Labourers Organizing Committee wins recognition at Campbell's Soup farms after years of struggle [more]

20-02-1919 The Elaine massacre took place in Arkansas. After black farm workers tried to organise for better pay, hundreds of African-Americans were murdered and tortured by white racists and security forces [more]

23-02-1910 Workers at the soon to be infamous Triangle Shirtwaist factory decided to end their five month long strike. They had won higher wages and reduced hours but failed to get union recognition. [more]

24-02-1944 320 men, mostly African-Americans were killed in explosion at the Port Chicago naval base. 50 African-American servicemen who then protested against unsafe conditions were court-martialed and sentenced to 8-15 years hard labour. [more]

24-02-1939 US Supreme Court ruled sitdown strikes illegal. [more]

27-02-1881 African-American laundresses in Atlanta, Georgia, went on strike and were successful in raising wages and establishing a union. [more]

27-02-1939 Supreme Court rules that sit-down strikes violate property owners' rights and are therefore illegal. [more]