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W.Va. teachers end strike after no action on doomed bill 2019-02-21 [AP]

The New WV Strike Is Not About Pay: It’s About Charters and Vouchers and the Fight for Public Education 2019-02-21 [Diane Ravitch]

WV teachers to continue strike, in charter schools fight 2019-02-20 [WSAU]

The Latest: Teachers to strike a 2nd day in West Virginia 2019-02-20 [Charlotte Observer]

Despite demise of anti-union bill, W.Va. teachers to strike for 2nd day 2019-02-20 [KXNET]

West Virginia Teachers Strike Again 2019-02-20 [Jacobin]

Striking West Virginia teachers push lawmakers to drop measures expanding charter schools and private school vouchers 2019-02-19 [Washington Post]

 VIDEO W.Va. union leaders holding news conference to announce next move after bill killed 2019-02-19 [WCHS]

WV teachers unions call for strike over education bill 2019-02-19 [ABC]

W.Va. teachers’ unions call for strike over education bill they view as retaliation 2019-02-19 [Washington Post]

Union leaders announce teachers strike 2019-02-19 [WTRF]

Have You Heard The Buzz? Displaced Coal Workers Follow In Tradition of Appalachian Apiculture 2019-02-18 [Clean Technica]

WV teachers, school employees authorize statewide work action 2019-02-11 [Charleston Gazette-Mail]

Before Black Lung, The Hawks Nest Tunnel Disaster Killed Hundreds 2019-01-21 [NPR]

Prison officer suing after working without pay 2019-01-09 [CNN]

Coca-Cola Consolidated workers shut down WV distribution 2018-11-11 [WTRF]

Coca-Cola distributor provokes statewide shutdown 2018-11-10 [WV News]

Band of brothers and sisters: Mineworkers at Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place 2018-11-04 [Exponent Telegram]

Large West Virginia Coal Mine, Pinnacle Mine, With 400 Workers Closing 2018-10-14 [USNews]

Postal Union Workers Rally at Sen. Manchin's Campaign Headquarters 2018-10-10 [WOWK]

Gov Justice commits $100 million to PEIA, offers teachers raise 2018-10-03 [Herald-Dispatch]

Coca-Cola bottling company workers in Bluefield authorize a strike 2018-10-01 [Charleston Gazette-Mail]

West Virginia poverty gets worse under Trump economy, not better 2018-09-29 [MoneyWatch]

West Virginia Teachers Launch Rank-and-File Caucus: WV United 2018-09-22 [Labor Notes]

St. Mary's Med Ctr, union clash over efforts to organize 2018-08-14 [Charleston Gazette-Mail]

Union workers vote to accept proposed contract from Special Metals 2018-08-14 [Herald-Dispatch]

Photos: Union workers picket outside Special Metals 2018-08-13 [Herald-Dispatch]

WV to Eliminate Workers’ Compensation Defense Division 2018-08-09 [Insurance Jrnl]

Lessons of the West Virginia teachers strike 2018-07-18 [NWLaborPress]

Teacher union leader reacts to Janus decision 2018-06-28 [Metro News]

Welder who died at Institute plant remembered as jack-of-all-trades 2018-06-19 [Charleston Gazette-Mail]

Tecnocap workers continue strike near Wheeling 2018-06-18 [Charleston Gazette-Mail]

We want answers, activists say after worker dies falling off uptown Charlotte tower 2018-05-31 [Charlotte Observer]

Tecnocap employee strike continues, unions hold solidarity rally 2018-05-30 [WTRF]

Union members hold solidarity rally in ongoing Tecnocap strike 2018-05-30 [WTOV]

Machinists strike continues in West Virginia, USA 2018-05-10 [IndustriALL]

WV Teachers Won Their Strike. Now, They’re Rebuilding the Local Economy 2018-05-07 [Am Prospect]

Workers at Tecnocap enter week 3 of strike 2018-04-25 [WTOV]

Teachers strike a turning point for labor? 2018-04-02 [Charleston Gazette-Mail]

Will WV teachers remember in November? For more info 2018-04-01 [WV Gazette-Mail]

Frontier, union agreement has 100 percent job security for WV workers 2018-03-29 [Charleston Gazette-Mail]

West Virginia Teachers Learned from 1970s Miners 2018-03-29 [Labor Notes]

Frontier's CWA workers end strike, reach new agreement 2018-03-28 [Fierce Telecom]

Frontier, CWA reach contract agreement: Union workers return to jobs Wednesday 2018-03-27 [Charleston Gazette-Mail]

When Professionals Rise Up, More Than Money Is at Stake 2018-03-26 [NYTimes]

Coal miners union to endorse two West Virginia Dems 2018-03-25 [Axios]

Striking workers rally in front of Frontier headquarters 2018-03-25 [MetroNews]

CWA workers hold rally for jobs at Frontier 2018-03-25 [WCHS]

Frontier workers rally in WV as strike enters third week 2018-03-25 [Charleston Gazette-Mail]

Miners' union to endorse two more Democrats in coal country 2018-03-23 [Reuters]

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]