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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]

Vigorous campaign revives transit union in RTW state 2017-06-05 [Labor Notes]

Steelworkers union honors dead, raises safety concerns 2017-04-29 [Daily Press]

Farmers await Trump action on visas for temporary workers 2017-04-08 [Washington Post]

Disability benefits program backlogged in Roanoke, judges say 2017-04-03 [Roanoke Times]

Trump Winery looking for foreign workers 2017-03-23 [KIRO]

Eric Trump's winery is hiring foreign workers because U.S.-born workers don't want the job For more info 2017-03-22 [Daily Kos]

Trump Winery seeks more foreign workers 2017-03-22 [FOX]

AT&T and CWA Union agree to extend deadline to agree to new contract 2017-02-12 [WCYB]

Labor unions rally in support of Atlantic Coast Pipeline 2017-01-31 [Augusta Free Press]

Rally to show union support for Atlantic Coast Pipeline 2017-01-29 [News Virginian]

August death probe may bring additional fines, citations against Goodyear 2017-01-15 [Go Dan River]

Trump winery hopes to hire foreign workers 2016-12-26 [WTVR]

Fairfax Connector workers take to the streets for better wages 2016-12-24 [Fairfax Cty Times]

Contract workers at National, Dulles airports vote to strike 2016-12-09 [Washington Post]

'We can't lay down and say it's all over.' Dan Duncan, President of N. VA Labor Federation 2016-12-07 [WIN]

Voters reject RTW amendment hailed by lawmakers, criticized by union officials 2016-11-11 [Go Dan River]

Unions Defeat Right-To-Work Amendment 2016-11-09 [Huffington Post]

Right-to-Work Amendment Falters in Virginia, Handing Unions a Victory 2016-11-09 [Heat Street]

Voters will decide on anti-labor-union amendment 2016-11-08 [Galx Gazette]

Constitutional question stirs strong debate on state's right-to-work law 2016-11-03 [WDBJ]

Legislators rally for right-to-work amendment 2016-11-02 [News Virginian]

Ballot question would enshrine state's right-to-work law in the Virginia Constitution 2016-11-02 [Fredericksburg]

Amendments on ballot could put right-to-work, survivors’ benefits in state Constitution 2016-10-30 [GoDanRiver]

Unions provide much-needed voice for workers 2016-10-17 [News Leader]

‘Right-to-work’ is hot election issue between unions, business 2016-10-15 [Wash Post]

Goodyear fined $1 million for worker deaths, plant safety failures in Virginia 2016-10-14 [WDBJ-7]

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]