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WI Town Can Prohibit Union's Inflatable Rat Display, Appeals Court Rules 2019-02-18 [Route Fifty]

Wisconsin Nursing Homes Face Funding Shortfalls, Few Workers 2019-02-16 [AP]

Aviation workers protest in Milwaukee: Shutdown poses dangers, they say 2019-01-13 [Jrnl Sentinel]

UAW Local 72 was a powerful union in its day 2018-12-26 [Kenosha News]

Kenosha: Factory town no more 2018-12-24 [Kenosha News]

How Labor Helped Bring Down Scott Walker and Bruce Rauner 2018-11-08 [In These Times]

Wisconsin governor, bane of labor, loses re-election 2018-11-08 [AFP]

Fast food workers, home care providers hold strike for union rights: Part of national Fight for $15 movement for workers rights 2018-10-04 [Biz Times]

AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka: On November 6 we’re going to have one hell of a party — a Scott Walker retirement party 2018-09-26 [Jrnl Sentinel]

Ron Gregory: Will state's educators remember in November? 2018-09-23 [Herald-Dispatch]

ACLU wins battle over health insurance coverage for transgender workers 2018-09-19 [ACLU]

86'd, a support group for restaurant workers, is starting 2018-08-30 [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

In A Reversal, Wisconsin To Cover State Workers Seeking Transgender Treatment 2018-08-30 [NPR]

Union ironworker Bryce wins congressional primary 2018-08-17 [Daily Reporter]

Trane and workers agree on contract, strike ends 2018-08-16 [WIZM]

Strike Continues At Trane Over Wages, Overtime Requirements For Workers 2018-08-15 [Wi PR]

Scott Walker broke the unions. Now he says he’s the ‘education governor’ 2018-08-01 [Politico]

Poultry processing workers face injuries in Wisconsin, nationwide 2018-07-16 [LaCrosse Tribune]

Wisconsin farmworker history recognized 2018-07-14 [Chippewa Herald]

The Fall of Wisconsin and the Rise of Randy Bryce 2018-07-09 [New Yorker]

Progressive Populism Can Save Us From Trump 2018-07-08 [NYTimes]

Wachs casts support for union in potential UPS strike 2018-06-14 [WEAU]

1,200 Milwaukee-area AT&T union workers join five-state strike 2018-06-01 [WISC]

Labor unions solidly behind one of their own in Wisconsin governor race 2018-05-18 [1410WIZ]

La Crosse honors Wisconsin workers killed or injured across the state 2018-04-29 [WXOW]

First-ever political campaign staff to unionize? Randy Bryce says yes 2018-04-25 [PoliticFact]

Union wants vote on Kimberly-Clark bill: Senate says not yet 2018-04-19 [WBAY]

When Milwaukee's telephone switchboards were a labor battleground 2018-04-11 [Jrnl Sentinel]

Worker misclassification nets $1.4 million 2018-04-10 [Biz Insurance]

Worker Misclassification Crackdown Nets $1.4 Million 2018-04-05 [Work Comp Cntrl]

Foundries, union sign workplace safety agreement 2018-03-29 [WBAY]

MLK Vignettes: Univ WI student met Martin Luther King on 1962 campus visit 2018-03-24 [Jrnl Sentinel]

Bill prohibits collective bargaining on apprenticeships in certain situations 2018-03-24 [Jrnl Times]

Worker-misclassification fight nets $1.4M 2018-03-17 [Daily Reporter]

Union workers stand up to Northwestern Mutual over job security concerns 2018-03-14 [WDJT]

Office workers union at Northwestern Mutual HQ resists use of temps, change in bargaining rights 2018-03-14 [Biz Journal]

Unions sue to overturn collective bargaining law 2018-02-27 [Chicago Tribune]

Businesses turning to older workers 2018-02-26 [CBS]

State activists gather at Capitol steps Saturday to fight for worker’s rights 2018-02-26 [Daily Cardinal]

Public employees are fewer, paid less in WI than most U.S. states 2018-02-16 [WI Watchdog]

Randy Bryce's campaign isn't just pro-union it's unionized 2018-02-12 [The Nation]

State Supreme Court Rules Against Madison Teachers Inc 2018-02-08 [WORT]

Public worker payroll 4 percent less than national average 2018-02-07 [WI Gazette]

GOP Proposal Would Cut Back Required Family, Medical Leave 2018-02-06 [WPR]

Mercury Marine, labor union agree to new collective bargaining agreement 2018-02-05 [FDL Reporter]

Union Membership Up In Wisconsin After Years Of Decline 2018-01-22 [NPR]

State mulls limiting pro-worker local ordinances 2018-01-11 [Star-Telegram]

GOP Bill Would Prevent Cities and Counties From Enforcing a Wide Variety of Worker Protections 2018-01-11 [WPR]

State mulls limiting pro-worker local ordinances 2018-01-11 [WPXI]

Worker who brought cooler with KKK sticker to city contract site fired, says American Sewer Services 2017-12-12 [Jrnl-Sentinel]

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]