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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]

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]

This month in labour history

1-08-1917 Frank H. Little, anti-war activist & IWW organiser is lynched in Butte, Montana. He was on IWW's Exec Board when he was killed. [more]

1-08-1942 American Federation of Musicians strikes against recording companies over royalty payments, most settling within a year. [more]

3-08-1821 Uriah Smith Stephens born. A tailor, he led 9 garment workers in founding the Knights of Labor in 1869. [more]

3-08-1981 The PATCO strike begins, effectively shutting down air travel in the US. 2 days later President Reagan fired 11,000 air traffic controllers and broke the union. [more]

4-08-1997 185,000 members of the Teamsters begin a successful 15-day strike at UPS. [more]

5-08-1981 President Reagan sacks 11000 federal air traffic controllers for striking and refusing his order to return to work. [more]

7-08-1894 Eugene Debs & three union leaders arrested following the Pullman strike. [more]

7-08-1919 Actors Equity becomes a recognised union after stagehands honour actors' picket lines. [more]

7-08-1890 Birth of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, IWW organiser and founder of the ACLU. [more]

8-08-1881 United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America forms & becomes one of the largest trade unions in the US. [more]

9-08-1890 Knights of Labor strike on the New York Central railroad; ends in defeat due to scab labour. [more]

10-08-1935 Transport workers in New York descend on a courthouse with money from their own pockets to bail out Mike Quill, their president, arrested after attending a picket line. [more]

11-08-1828 Workingmen’s Party, first US labour party, forms in Philadelphia. [more]

11-08-1894 Troops force 1200 jobless workers out of Washington, DC, including Jack London & Big Bill Haywood. [more]

17-08-1918 95 members of the IWW were jailed for resistance to the First World War. [more]

18-08-1927 Radio station WEVD - named for IWW labour leader Eugene V Debs – goes on the air in New York City. [more]

19-08-1909 IWW issues first edition of the “Little Red Song Book”. [more]

21-08-1831 Nat Turner's slave rebellion begins, Southampton County, Virginia, 56 slaves executed, 120 killed. [more]

23-08-1970 Led by César Chávez, the Salad Bowl strike, largest farm worker strike in US history, begins. [more]

25-08-1925 The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, led by A. Phillip Randolph, is founded. [more]

25-08-1950 President Truman ordered the federal government to seize control of the railroads in order to prevent a planned strike by 1.7m union members. [more]

26-08-1935 United Auto Workers union founded. [more]

28-08-1987 John Sayles's film “Matewan” about attempts to organise a union by coal miners is released. [more]

29-08-1921 West Virginia miners marching to free their imprisoned comrades face state forces and private detectives in the five-day "Battle of Blair Mountain." [more]

31-08-1939 Mexican-American women workers walkout at California Sanitary Canning Company, winning a union contract and wage increase. [more]

31-08-1933 Italian-American labour organizer Giovanni Pippan murdered during organizing campaign of bread wagon drivers in Chicago. [more]

31-08-1999 Detroit teachers start 9-day wildcat strike, winning "books, supplies, smaller class sizes" & 4% raise. [more]