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Warner introduces bill to protect credit reports of federal workers 2019-02-17 [CBS19news.com]

Trump Winery Applies To Labor Department To Hire 23 Foreign Workers 2019-01-29 [Huff Post]

Why Teachers May Strike in VA 2019-01-29 [Diane Ravitch]

Virginia teachers plan a one-day strike to highlight low pay, poor schools 2019-01-28 [Washington Post]

Democratic Socialist lawmaker wants to repeal Virginia RTW law 2019-01-19 [WHSV]

Virginia PTA Backs Walkout – TSA Workers Go on “Sick Out” Strike – Trumka Likes Warren 2019-01-05 [PayDayReport]

Dem Party Lawmaker Files Bill to Repeal Virginia’s RTW Law 2018-12-31 [Republican Standard]

Veterans Affairs official hung portrait of KKK's first grand wizard in his office 2018-10-26 [WHSV]

Union Members Protest Poor Work Conditions in Augusta County Business 2018-10-26 [NBC]

Daikin union workers rally for better employee rights 2018-10-26 [WHSV]

Daikin workers to rally, claiming mismanagement and rights violations 2018-10-25 [News Leader]

Richmond postal workers push for earlier work day 2018-10-15 [ABC]

Postal workers picket in Hampton to oppose privatization 2018-10-10 [Daily Press]

Amazon’s $15 minimum wage raise to impact Virginia workers 2018-10-04 [VA Biz]

Union: Janitorial workers at Langley Air Force Base says its members are owed four weeks of pay and benefits 2018-09-26 [VA Military News]

In *Hog Wild,* how pork workers took on an anti-union behemoth 2018-09-23 [Virginia-Pilot]

Report says Virginia is worst state for workers 2018-09-08 [NBC]

USW, Yokohama Tire reach tentative labor deal 2018-08-28 [Rubber News]

RPG Enterprise / Planet Direct Mail pays $743,443 in IC misclassification case 2018-08-21 [Staffing Industry]

Vineyards worry about guest worker shortage 2018-08-15 [MoneyWatch]

Virginia forms task force to block worker misclassification 2018-08-13 [Miami Herald]

Amid push for privatization, Metro outsources portion of bus operations 2018-08-13 [Wash Post]

Gov Signs Executive Order Establishing Interagency Task Force On Worker Misclassification And Payroll Fraud 2018-08-11 [Alexandria News]

Union workers protest for better working conditions at Daikin Applied 2018-07-13 [WHSV]

VIDEO: Dramatic rescue of Wilson Bridge construction workers 2018-06-23 [WTOP]

Hundreds of union members show up in Roanoke to protest possible Kroger closing in Norfolk 2018-06-13 [Roanoke Times]

Open Letter to Virginia Democrats: Beware of Union-Jobs Lies Delivered By A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing – A Fossil Fuel Lobbyist Posing as a Friend of Labor 2018-05-15 [Blue Virginia]

200 union workers sign contract with Cascade Valley Hospital 2018-03-10 [Arlington Times]

Frontier Communications workers striking over several issues 2018-03-05 [Bluefield Daily Telegraph]

Frontier Communications Workers in West Virginia and Virginia on Strike to Save Good Jobs and Protect Service Quality 2018-03-04 [CWA]

State House embraces Medicaid expansion in budget 2018-02-19 [Albany Times Union]

For low-wage school workers, lessons in survival 2018-01-29 [The Post]

Labor union partners with Virginia community colleges to train pipeline workers 2018-01-27 [WHSV]

Virginia Beach to become first city in region where workers get paid maternity leave 2017-11-25 [Virginian-Pilot]

How A Literal Shock Inspired A Former Marine To Run For Office As A Democratic Socialist 2017-11-12 [Huff Post]

How a Socialist Beat One of Virginia’s Most Powerful Republicans 2017-11-09 [New Republic]

Worker Action Leads To Firing Of Abusive Manager At Virginia Target Store 2017-09-12 [Workers Independent News]

Victory for Target wildcat strike as abusive manager is fired 2017-09-09 [libcom.org]

Target Workers in Rural Virginia Just Launched a Wildcat Strike 2017-09-02 [In These Times]

Behind the Christiansburg Target strike: an interview from the shopfloor 2017-09-01 [libcom.org]

Workers strike, protest outside Christiansburg Target 2017-08-27 [VA First]

Goodyear: Union ratifies new five-year contract 2017-08-25 [Godanriver]

Christiansburg Target workers wildcat strike against sexual harassment and racial discrimination 2017-08-23 [libcom.org]

Lipton Tea workers organize union in Suffolk for the first time in 60 years 2017-08-19 [VA-Pilot]

Nurses condemn white supremacy, racism in Charlottesville violence 2017-08-14 [National Nurses United]

UFCW success at Unilever US 2017-07-27 [IUF Global Uniom]

Lipton Tea workers in Suffolk vote on first labor contract after unionizing last year 2017-07-25 [The Virginia. Pilot]

Frontier, CWA agree to extend labor contract negotiations 2017-07-24 [Fierce Telecom]

Despite GOP criticisms, new study finds Metro worker pay and benefits are typical for industry 2017-07-22 [Wash Post]

Rebuilding a transit union under right-to-work 2017-07-13 [Rank and File]

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]