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Billionaires Want to Reopen Schools Amid a Pandemic. They Might Unleash a Teacher Strike Wave. [Jacobin] 2020-08-03

The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Intensified Systemic Economic Racism Against Black Americans [New Yorker] 2020-08-02

USPS Workers Concerned New Policies Will Pave the Way to Privatization [Intercept] 2020-08-01

How Trump Labor Secretary Scalia Played Chicken With Meatpacking Workers’ Lives [Mother Jones] 2020-07-28

Herman Benson’s Lifelong Fight For Democratic Unions [Labor Notes] 2020-07-27

Maine Bath shipyard union rallies as strike enters sixth week [Press Herald] 2020-07-26

Maine Machinists union president rallies striking shipyard workers [Jrnl Record] 2020-07-26

Thousands Strike for Black Lives across the U.S. [IUF] 2020-07-24

Broken Union Elections: How employers threaten, intimidate, and harass workers to prevent them from voting for a union [Workday MN] 2020-07-24

Workers Nationwide Protest Racial Inequality In ‘Strike For Black Lives’ [Birmingham Times] 2020-07-23

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Today's labour news

Illinois Chicago Teachers Union to call for strike vote at meeting next week 2020-08-05 [Sun Times]

Michigan Detroit polling places open late after some workers no-show for Michigan primary election 2020-08-05 [Detroit Free Press]

Trump Orders Federal Contractors to Limit Their Use of Foreign Workers 2020-08-05 [Gov Exec]

OPM Is Reorganizing Employees to Get Around Ban on GSA Merger, Union Claims 2020-08-05 [Gov Exec]

Ohio Black workers hit hard by COVID-19 economy 2020-08-04 [Dayton Daily News]

Delaware New $10M program to retrain pandemic-affected Delaware workers 2020-08-04 [DE Biz Times]

Pennsylvania Trash is piling up, but people aren’t blaming Philly sanitation workers 2020-08-04 [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Maine BIW workers are pushed to settle, but no one’s making demands of General Dynamics 2020-08-04 [Press Herald]

Vermont Workers Who Responded to COVID-19 Crisis Qualify for Grants of Up to $2,000 2020-08-04 [Seven Days VT]

Nobody Accurately Tracks Health Care Workers Lost to COVID-19. So She Stays Up At Night Cataloging the Dead: The reality is worse than most Americans know 2020-08-04 [Next Gov]

Oregon Oregon fund provides two weeks of pay for agricultural workers impacted by coronavirus 2020-08-04 [KATU]

Michigan State orders COVID-19 testing for agricultural and food processing workers 2020-08-04 [Detroit News]

Florida Millions of unemployed workers now rely solely on state benefits — and they vary wildly 2020-08-04 [Marketplace]

Wisconsin Epic Systems employees decry CEO's decision to call workers back to the office 2020-08-04 [WI State Jrnl]

Tennessee Trump fires TVA chair, cites hiring of foreign workers 2020-08-04 [AL Daily News]

Maryland 100+ Baltimore District postal workers test positive for COVID-19 2020-08-04 [WMAR]

No Evidence The $600 Federal Unemployment Benefit Kept Workers Home 2020-08-04 [Forbes]

Teachers protest reopening schools while coronavirus lurks 2020-08-04 [Reuters]

#SEIUDroptheCops campaign makes demands on the union For more info 2020-08-03 [Workers.org]

 VIDEO  PATCO--The Last Strike 2020-08-03 [PATCO]

Pennsylvania Strippers Strike in Philly 2020-08-03 [Payday Report]

Billionaires Want to Reopen Schools Amid a Pandemic. They Might Unleash a Teacher Strike Wave. 2020-08-03 [Jacobin]

 VIDEO California Shut It Down! Workers Shut Amazon DSF4 San Leandro Warehouse For Health & Safety and Living Wage For more info 2020-08-02 [LVP]

Florida Guess which two states have the most newly unemployed. Hint: It's the two worst governors 2020-08-02 [Daily Kos]

The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Intensified Systemic Economic Racism Against Black Americans 2020-08-02 [New Yorker]

Washington Washington Farmworkers Ask State Supreme Court For Overtime Pay 2020-08-02 [NPR]

Oregon Oregon Worker Quarantine Fund, Community Partner Outreach Program now available to agricultural workers 2020-08-02 [Klamath Falls News]

Oregon Executive Pay Grows as Workers Face Historic Unemployment 2020-08-02 [OR AFL-CIO]

Utah More than 1,100 Utah health care workers have contracted COVID-19 2020-08-02 [Salt Lake Tribune]

Economic Power for the 99%: Economic shame haunts hard-working Americans. They ask themselves why they can’t do as well as their parents 2020-08-02 [Globalist]

California Black Lives Matter And Teachers Union Demand ‘Freedom Campus’ Within Nation’s Largest 4-Yr University System 2020-08-02 [Daily Wire]

Oregon Many nurses pushing to expand workers' compensation 2020-08-02 [BuzzFeedZZ]

California LA Hotel Workers Union and Allies Demand Sheriff Villanueva Resign 2020-08-02 [ACLU]

Unemployment Insurance Desperately Needs an Update 2020-08-02 [LA Progressive]

U.S. Supreme Court bans sex discrimination against LGBT workers 2020-08-02 [San Antonio Biz Jrnl]

Coronavirus is unleashing righteous worker anger and a new wave of unionism 2020-08-02 [The Tribune]

Ohio White Collar Workers Put On Assembly Line As COVID-19 Shrinks Worker Population 2020-08-02 [IL NPR]

For millions of Americans, the too-soon end of unemployment benefits is life or death 2020-08-02 [Daily Jrnl]

 VIDEO California The Covid Pandemic and Central Valley Agricultural Workers For more info 2020-08-02 [LVP]

Pandemic Could Reduce 3 Million Workers’ Social Security Benefits For more info 2020-08-02 [NRMLA]

Indiana Indiana CEOs make 296 times more than workers, according to the AFL-CIO's Executive Paywatch report 2020-08-02 [IN Eco Digest]

If you value essential workers, raise federal minimum wage 2020-08-02 [Chronicle-Express]

Amazon Workers Respond To Jeff Bezos' Testimony Before Congress 2020-08-02 [WGLT]

Oregon Oregon launches coronavirus-related assistance program for agricultural workers 2020-08-02 [OPB]

Nevada How Essential Food Workers Are Fighting Back 2020-08-02 [Culinary Union 226]

Sanders Calls Elon Musk a 'Hypocrite' for Opposing New Stimulus Package 2020-08-01 [Newsweek]

Recessions are bad for labor movements … except when they’re not 2020-08-01 [Marketplace]

The Fight to Save Jobs in the Airline Industry 2020-08-01 [The New Yorker]

Child care workers are now a mighty force with a huge new union. It only took 17 years 2020-08-01 [In These Times]

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This month in labour history

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]