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'Living wage' reminds Bloomberg of Soviet communism; he says he'll stop it in court if he has to [Politico] 2020-02-17

Bernie Sanders Has an MSNBC Problem: Liberal cable news shows are a growing barrier to his surging campaign [TNR] 2020-02-13

Sanders and the unions [Eric Lee blog] 2020-02-05

Attorneys From Union-Busting Law Firms Are Throwing Support Behind Joe Biden [Intercept] 2020-02-01

Postal Workers Union With 200,000 Members Endorses Sanders [VOA] 2020-01-30

Chipotle Fined for Committing Over 13,000 Child Labor Violations [eater] 2020-01-28

Bernie’s labor support snowballs [Politico] 2020-01-24

A Union Man: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. saw organized labor as a cure for pervasive discrimination [Milwaukee Independent] 2020-01-21

Dr. King Understood the Power of Unions [Root] 2020-01-20

One astounding chart shows how the death of the union has made economic inequality worse [Markets Insider] 2020-01-15


Today's labour news

Nevada Nevada service workers union backs Medicare for all 2020-02-19 [MSNBC]

Union to vote on strike action at hundreds of DC-area Safeway and Giant stores 2020-02-19 [WTOP]

Kickstarter employees vote to unionize 2020-02-19 [Yahoo]

Kickstarter Has Successfully Unionised 2020-02-19 [Gizmodo]

California Bay Area Safeway workers hold rallies, call for higher wages 2020-02-19 [KPIX]

Kickstarter Employees Vote to Unionize in a Big Step for Tech 2020-02-18 [NY Times]

What to do when your union leaders break your heart 2020-02-18 [Labor Notes]

Trump stops bragging about the economy long enough to propose cap on federal worker raises 2020-02-18 [Daily Kos]

2018 and 2019 hit a 35-year high for major strikes, this week in the war on workers 2020-02-18 [Daily Kos]

California Kickstarter workers vote to form first union in tech industry 2020-02-18 [NBC]

Illinois The Oreo Workers Trump Betrayed 2020-02-18 [In These Times]

“You Can’t Afford to Get Sick”: Why Workers at the Country’s Largest Health Contractor Want a Union 2020-02-18 [Mother Jones]

Owen Bieber, Auto Workers’ President During Period of Decline, Dies at 90 2020-02-18 [The Times]

New York Baristas’ Union Wins Arbitration, Employee Reinstated 2020-02-18 [Cornell Daily Sun]

As presidential candidates debate health care, labor unions are split over Medicare for All proposals 2020-02-18 [Hartford Courant]

Virginia $15 minimum wage, paid sick days hang in balance as Democrats debate labor priorities 2020-02-18 [VA Mercury]

Massachusetts At Wayfair, ~550 workers laid off in 'Valentine's Day Massacre' 2020-02-18 [Boing Boing]

 VIDEO California Working Class Voices At Bernie Sanders Rally In Richmond: Workers Fed Up with 1% & Corruption of System For more info 2020-02-18 [Pacifica]

 VIDEO California Danny Glover & Bernie Sanders In Richmond Call For Working Class Power In Elections Against The 1%. For more info 2020-02-18 [LVP]

California A Wildcat Strike Grows Out of a Housing Crisis 2020-02-17 [TNR]

Class War Comes to the Democratic Party 2020-02-17 [TruthDig]

Kale Pratt aerospace factory fired 94 workers 2020-02-17 [MorningStar]

'Living wage' reminds Bloomberg of Soviet communism; he says he'll stop it in court if he has to 2020-02-17 [Politico]

California Safeway workers in Northern California may go on strike 2020-02-16 [KRON4]

Even in the bitter cold, farm workers are working 2020-02-16 [UFW]

California CA Apple Stores Must Pay Workers During Bag Searches 2020-02-16 [NBC]

Hawaii Airline catering workers rally for increased wages, benefits 2020-02-16 [Pacific Biz News]

North Carolina Workers, advocates push lawmakers to increase minimum wage to $15 in NC 2020-02-16 [WWAY]

As the job market remains strong, older workers are sticking around 2020-02-16 [CNBC]

Southwest Airlines workers group seeks mediation for stalled contract talks 2020-02-15 [St Louis Post-Dispatch]

North Carolina A Raise To $11 An Hour? That’s Still Not Enough, Union Says At Airport Protests 2020-02-15 [Forbes]

New Jersey NJ weighs work standards overhaul to address toxicity 2020-02-15 [News12]

Missouri Time and Again: Jefferson City's Mass Grave and the City Workhouse 2020-02-15 [KRCG]

California Univ CA's Largest Union Endorses Bernie Sanders for President 2020-02-15 [Times of San Diego]

Bloomberg unveils sweeping labor plan 2020-02-15 [The Hill]

Missouri Judge voids 2017 KC Teamsters election, orders feds to oversee next vote 2020-02-15 [KC Biz Jrnl]

New York SEIU nursing home workers launch campaign to raise standards, improve care 2020-02-15 [Observer]

The House just passed a bill making it easier for workers to organize. It doesn’t go far enough 2020-02-15 [Bloomberg]

Sprint/T-Mobile merger could lead to thousands of job losses, despite regulator promises 2020-02-15 [NBC]

Virginia Virginia shows challenge of ending right-to-work in the anti-union South 2020-02-15 [Facing South]

Minnesota Delta Catering Workers ‘Left In Poverty’ To Protest At MSP Airport 2020-02-15 [CBS]

Steward's Corner: What to Do When Your Union Leaders Break Your Heart 2020-02-14 [Labor Notes]

Self-Checkout Hits A (Small) Speed Bump 2020-02-14 [Pymnts]

Viewpoint: Employment-Based Health Care Is an Anchor around the Neck of the U.S. Working Class 2020-02-14 [Labor Notes]

Texas Union Protests Outside Cuellar's San Antonio Office Over His Vote Against Pro-Labor Bill 2020-02-14 [San Antonio Current]

New York Unions, Mayor Suggest Cuomo Stacked Medicaid Panel to Exclude City Voices 2020-02-14 [The Chief]

Sanders Argues Medicare for All Is Vital for Union Workers: 'They're Losing Wage Increases Because Cost of Healthcare Is Soaring' 2020-02-14 [Common Dreams]

Bernie Sanders dominates Democrats in donations from tech workers 2020-02-14 [LATimes]

North Carolina Workers, advocates push lawmakers to increase minimum wage to $15 in NC 2020-02-14 [ABC]

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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 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]

12-02-1968 Sanitation workers in Memphis begin a strike for recognition. During this strike Martin Luther King Jr is murdered [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]

19-02-1986 The Farm Labourers Organizing Committee wins recognition at Campbell's Soup farms after years of struggle [more]

19-02-1866 The first union in Mississippi was created by African-American washerwomen. [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]