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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]

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]

This month in labour history

1-12-1946 130,000 Oakland, USA workers go on general strike. [more]

1-12-1955 Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus, sparking the Montgomery bus boycott. [more]

4-12-1970 Cesar Chavez sentenced to 20 days in jail for not calling off United Farm Workers boycott of lettuce grower Bud Antle Inc. [more]

5-12-1955 The two main union federations in the USA merge to form the AFL-CIO, electing George Meany as president, [more]

6-12-1907 The worst mining disaster in American history occurs when an explosion in a Monongah mine in West Virginia kills 361 miners. [more]

7-12-1896 In Chicago, 11 activists found the National Union of Steam Engineers of America; the forerunner of International Union of Operating Engineers. [more]

8-12-1886 The American Federation of Labor (AFL) is founded by 26 craft unions. Samuel Gompers is elected president. [more]

8-12-2001 230 jailed teachers in Middletown Township, NJ, ordered freed after agreement to end 9day strike & enter mediation. [more]

8-12-1916 Bernice Fisher born. US civil rights activist, union organizer, original founder of Congress of Racial Equality. [more]

13-12-1924 Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor, dies. [more]

14-12-1995 Boeing machinists in the US win a pay rise and an imporved health plan after a 69 day strike. [more]

14-12-1852 American Socialist Daniel De Leon born. Trade union organiser, journalist and Marxist theoretician who died in 1914. [more]

19-12-1983 Greyhound bus strike ends when members of Amalgamated Transit Union ratify a contract that slashes wages & benefits by 15% [more]

19-12-1907 A group of 239 coal miners die during a mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania. [more]

21-12-1916 Emma Tenayuca, Mexican-American labour leader, is born. [more]

21-12-1919 Emma Goldman is deported to Russia as part of a post-war crackdown on union and left-wing activists. [more]

23-12-1908 AFL officers are found in contempt of court for urging a labor boycott of Buck's Stove and Range Co. in St Louis. [more]

24-12-1913 Seventy three striking miners and their families die in a stampede at the Italian Hall in Calumet, Michigan, after an unknown man enters shouting 'Fire!' [more]

24-12-1913 The Italian Hall Disaster in Calumet, Michigan, results in the death of 73 Christmas party goers held by striking miners. [more]

25-12-1904 Philip Vera Cruz, labour leader & activist in Asian American civil rights movement, is born. Co-founder of United Farm Workers' Union. [more]

25-12-1910 Bomb destroys part of the Llewellyn Ironworks in Los Angeles where a bitter strike is ongoing. [more]

26-12-1877 First national convention of the Socialist Labor Party, the first Marxist party founded in the USA. [more]

27-12-1943 President Roosevelt seizes railroads to avoid a national strike. [more]

29-12-2006 More than 15,000 United Steel Workers members at 16 Goodyear Tire & Rubber plants end an 86-day strike, ratify three-year contract. [more]

30-12-1936 The most famous of the Depression-era "sit down" strikes in the US begins at GM's Fisher Body plant in Flint, Michigan. [more]

30-12-1936 The United Auto Workers union stages its first sit-down strike. [more]

30-12-1899 In the back room of Behrens’ cigar shop in Sedalia, Missiouri, US, 33 railroad clerks form Local Lodge Number 1 of the Order of the Railroad Clerks of America. [more]

31-12-1969 Murder of Joseph Yablonski, United Mine Workers labor leader, by killers hired by a union political opponent. [more]

31-12-1969 Rank-and-file UMWA activist Jock Yablonski is murdered along with his family by hitmen acting on the orders of union president. [more]