'There Is a Real Crisis': Domestic Workers Are In High Demand, but the Jobs Have Few Protections and Little Pay

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'There Is a Real Crisis': Domestic Workers Are In High Demand, but the Jobs Have Few Protections and Little Pay [Money] 2019-08-17

Labor Reporter Steven Greenhouse: How Dems were complicit in union decline [The Hill] 2019-08-15

Walmart Anti-Union ‘Training’ Video Is Another Reason Not To Shop There [Labor 411] 2019-08-13

American journalist Brandon Lee shot and injured [IFJ] 2019-08-12

Mississippi Documents: Plant owners ‘willfully’ used ineligible workers [AP] 2019-08-10

Report: Trump Happily Employing Undocumented Workers While ICE Rounds Them Up [Vanity Fair] 2019-08-10

A Walmart worker sent a mass email urging thousands of associates to strike over gun sales [CNN] 2019-08-08

UNI mourns the passing of former CWA President Morty Bahr [UNI Global Union] 2019-08-07

Texas Texas AFL-CIO on El Paso Shootings, White Supremacy [Workday MN] 2019-08-05

Steven Greenhouse: Yes, America Is Rigged Against Workers. No other industrial country treats its working class so badly. And there’s one big reason for that [NYTimes] 2019-08-04

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Today's labour news

'There Is a Real Crisis': Domestic Workers Are In High Demand, but the Jobs Have Few Protections and Little Pay 2019-08-17 [Money]

Pennsylvania Trump's large union crowd at Shell was given the option of not showing up — and not getting paid 2019-08-17 [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

This industry’s workers are the lowest-paid 2019-08-17 [Biz Women]

Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court To Legalize Firing Transgender Workers 2019-08-17 [Huff Post]

Mississippi Chicago’s Koch Foods, whose Mississippi plant was raided by ICE, had history of ‘knowingly hiring and employing illegal aliens' 2019-08-17 [Chicago Tribune]

Undocumented Workers Provide Employers With Little Risk, Large Reward 2019-08-17 [Newsweek]

Construction workers prepare to battle former ally Trump 2019-08-17 [Politico]

Oregon USW members ratify new contract at Cascade Steel 2019-08-17 [nwLaborPress]

How Democrats can win back workers in 2020 2019-08-17 [Indian Country Today]

Democratic Socialists look to take over New York's powerful labor unions 2019-08-17 [Politico]

California Breaking: Forestville teachers win 2019-08-16 [CA Educator]

Labor Dept. moves to expand religion exemption for hiring and firing 2019-08-16 [NY Times]

The answer to burn out at work isn’t 'self-care'—It’s unionizing 2019-08-16 [Common Dreams]

Labour standards in the US and Canada 2019-08-16 [Oats for Breakfast]

Trump Labor Dept. Moves to Expand Religion Exemption for Hiring and Firing 2019-08-16 [NYTimes]

Government urged not to sell out UK food workers as ‘chlorinated chicken threatens jobs’, warns Unite 2019-08-15 [Unite the union]

Indiana Explosion at northwestern Indiana business injures 3 workers 2019-08-15 [Albany Times Union]

Massachusetts Dining workers mark end of Hampshire contract 2019-08-15 [Daily Hampshire Gazette]

Appeals court won’t allow agencies to immediately enforce Trump workforce executive orders 2019-08-15 [Fed News Ntwk]

Steven Greenhouse: Valuing corporations over workers has led to America’s income inequality problem 2019-08-15 [Guardian]

Oregon Burgerville Workers Union Launches Strike As Negotiations Break Down 2019-08-15 [libcom.org]

 VIDEO California Fired UESF Teacher Margaret Reyes Calls Out Bullying, PAR & Discrimination By SFUSD Bd and Superintendent Matthews For more info 2019-08-15 [LVP]

California Kaiser Union Workers Authorizing Potential Strike 2019-08-15 [KSRO]

Missouri TMC tech and lab workers push for unionization 2019-08-15 [Kansas City Biz Jrnl]

Trump Loses Bid to Expedite Revival of Anti-Union Orders 2019-08-15 [Courthouse News Service]

CEO Compensation Has Risen 940 Percent Since 1978, But Worker Compensation Has Only Increased 12 Percent 2019-08-15 [Newsweek]

Union Workers See Decline of Bonus Payments in Contracts 2019-08-15 [Bloomberg]

Trump Justice Department Moves To Decertify Union That Represents U.S. Immigration Judges 2019-08-15 [WUWM]

GE secures four-year labor deal with unions for 6,600 workers 2019-08-15 [KFGO]

Ocasio-Cortez knocks Barstool Sports founder over threat to fire unionizing workers 2019-08-15 [The Hill]

Caviar employees claim DoorDash and Square are mistreating them over acquisition offers 2019-08-15 [Verge]

Labor Reporter Steven Greenhouse: How Dems were complicit in union decline 2019-08-15 [The Hill]

Texas American Airlines demands mechanics unionpay for 'enormous' financial losses from flight delays, cancellations 2019-08-14 [Dallas News]

Government Employee Union Sues Over Ban On The Word ‘Resistance’ 2019-08-13 [TPM]

California Forestville teachers call strike three days before school starts 2019-08-13 [Press Democrat]

Walmart Anti-Union ‘Training’ Video Is Another Reason Not To Shop There 2019-08-13 [Labor 411]

Pennsylvania Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Calls for Action on Bruce Mansfield Power Plant as President Trump Visits Monaca 2019-08-13 [PA AFL-CIO]

California Threat Of Kaiser Permanente Strike Grows As California Union Overwhelmingly Approves Vote 2019-08-13 [Kaiser Health News]

William Barr wants to punish immigration judges who criticize Trump by busting their union 2019-08-13 [Share Blue]

Labor union sues over banning talk of 'resistance' or impeachment by federal employees 2019-08-13 [CNN]

Democratic presidential hopefuls vow to end right-to-work laws 2019-08-13 [Detroit News]

Oregon State workers object to PERS changes. Ask for review by Supreme Court 2019-08-13 [Astorian]

The US labor shortage, explained. More Americans are quitting their jobs than ever 2019-08-13 [Vox]

Mississippi MS Food Processing Company Is Looking For Workers After ICE Raids 2019-08-13 [NPR]

Whole Foods workers demand that 'dystopian' Amazon severs ties to ICE 2019-08-13 [Biz Insider]

California Forestville Teachers on Strike 2019-08-13 [San Francisco CBS]

One in four US workers are “guard labor” 2019-08-13 [Phil Ebersole's Blog]

No More Fake Strikes 2019-08-13 [Organizing Work]

Why the Labor Movement Needs the Left 2019-08-12 [Jacobin]

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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]