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U.S. Ranked Worst for Workers’ Rights Among Major Economies [Bloomberg] 2020-07-11

Herman Benson, who fought union corruption and promoted union democracy, is dead at 104 [NY Times] 2020-07-11

National coalition of labor unions to stage July 20 walkout against racism, police brutality [NYDaily News] 2020-07-09

New York CUNY staff union sues university over adjunct layoffs [NYDaily News] 2020-07-06

Colleges Face Rising Revolt by Professors: Most universities plan to bring students back to campus. But many of their teachers are concerned about joining them [NYTimes] 2020-07-04

Why labor unions make people less racist [Salon] 2020-07-02

New York Concerned About Layoffs and Safety, Professional Staff Congress-CUNY takes to the Streets [The Chief] 2020-06-30

Coronavirus opens door to company surveillance of workers [Politico] 2020-06-26

Big Talk From Big Tech On Racial Equity, But Not All Workers Are Buying It [WBHM] 2020-06-21

Union workers shut down West Coast ports in support of Juneteenth [CBC] 2020-06-20

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Today's labour news

Lift From the Bottom? Yes 2020-07-14 [CounterPunch]

How Covid-19 is impacting employment for older workers 2020-07-14 [Quartz]

Colorado JBS Meat Processing Workers Stage Wildcat Strike 2020-07-14 [Democracy Now]

Oregon Burgerville Workers Strike After a Shop With a COVID-Positive Employee Announces Plans to Reopen 2020-07-14 [Eater]

YouTube’s Factory Workers Are Angry 2020-07-13 [NYTimes]

New Mexico Las Cruces Walmart forced to close as 4 workers test positive for COVID-19 2020-07-13 [KOAT]

AFL-CIO Creates New Task Force on Racial Justice 2020-07-13 [STL News]

Climate Activists Show Up for Essential Workers, July 20 2020-07-13 [Sunflower Alliance]

Utah AFT Plan to Safely Reopen Schools and Communities 2020-07-13 [AFT UT]

Illinois In the Midst of Bargaining, Workers at Six Infinity Nursing Homes Organized Marches On the Boss: “We are not second class!” 2020-07-13 [SEIU]

New York MTA forms task force for pregnant transit workers after tragedy in subway yard 2020-07-13 [NYDaily News]

Texas Workers at Loretto Hospital threaten to strike 2020-07-13 [Austin Talks]

These doctors and nurses volunteered to battle Covid-19 in the Navajo Nation, and came back with a warning 2020-07-13 [CNBC]

Families Of Health Workers Killed By COVID Fight For Denied Workers’ Comp Benefits 2020-07-13 [KHN]

American Healthcare Workers are Scrambling for PPE. Again. 2020-07-13 [OH&S]

Massachusetts Transportation Workers for ‘The Ride' on Strike: Hundreds of transportation workers for the MBTA's 'The Ride,' program are walking off the job over health insurance For more info 2020-07-13 [NBC]

How Trump Is Helping Tycoons Exploit the Pandemic 2020-07-13 [New Yorker]

 VIDEO California Healthcare Workers, Covid and Black Lives Matter with Luci Riley NNU CNA Alta Bates Hospital For more info 2020-07-13 [LVP]

California Union vote highlights coronavirus crisis for California’s home day care providers 2020-07-12 [The Times]

Virus 'heroes' struggle to get workers' compensation 2020-07-12 [AR Democrat]

Public Sector’s Right to Strike Is Left Behind in Biden-Bernie Task Force 2020-07-12 [Truth Out]

Colorado School Bus Drivers, Cafeteria Workers In Denver Want The Same Pay Raises As Teachers 2020-07-12 [CO Pub Radio]

Colorado JBS plant workers continue walkout over wages For more info 2020-07-12 [NBC]

California Free tutoring program run by UCLA students for children of health care workers 2020-07-12 [ABC]

California Hundreds Of Los Angeles Apparel Factory Workers Have Contracted The Coronavirus And Four Have Died 2020-07-12 [BuzzFeed]

Essential workers should be treated with more respect 2020-07-11 [SFChronicle]

'I beg them': Still-unemployed workers plead for Congress to extend federal $600 benefit 2020-07-11 [CNN]

Michigan MI nursing home workers at six sites plan July 20 walkout 2020-07-11 [Detroit News]

Colorado Colorado’s unemployed workers face a big hit if federal assistance gets cut off in two weeks 2020-07-11 [Denver Post]

This Interactive Mapping Tool Can Help Workers Plan Mass Strikes 2020-07-11 [Vice]

Maine Unemployed Maine workers, advocates warn human suffering will ‘spike’ if $600 benefit expires 2020-07-11 [ME Beacon]

COVID-19 heroes must jump through hoops for workers' comp 2020-07-11 [ABC]

Colorado Denver Public Schools should live the value of “equity” – starting with low-wage workers 2020-07-11 [Denver Post]

Nevada Nobody knows how many resort workers are infected— including employees 2020-07-11 [Las Vegas Rev-Jrnl]

U.S. Ranked Worst for Workers’ Rights Among Major Economies 2020-07-11 [Bloomberg]

Why and How SEIU Members Are Calling on Our Union to Expel Cops 2020-07-11 [Labor Notes]

Colorado JBS meat-processing workers walk out of Greeley plant amid pay negotiations 2020-07-11 [KDVR]

Hawaii How postponing lifting travel restrictions could affect workers in the tourism industry 2020-07-11 [KHON]

Amazon says email to employees banning TikTok was a mistake 2020-07-11 [Union Bulletin]

Herman Benson, who fought union corruption and promoted union democracy, is dead at 104 2020-07-11 [NY Times]

California By the People, For the People: San Francisco Mime Troupe's New Radio Drama and LaborFest 2020 For more info 2020-07-11 [KQED]

Oregon Bank Workers Unionize for the First Time in 40 Years 2020-07-10 [Better Banks]

Unemployed Workers Set to Lose Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation 2020-07-10 [FPI]

Monopoly mayhem: corporations win, workers lose 2020-07-10 [Salon]

Pennsylvania Black workers at the Free Library of Philadelphia Get Support from Bestselling Authors 2020-07-10 [ABC]

Minnesota Some workers at Tattersall Distilling in Minneapolis push to form a union 2020-07-10 [StarTribune]

California Coronavirus infections spike among San Francisco General Hospital workers 2020-07-10 [SFChronicle]

Platform Connects Unemployed Workers to Job Opportunities 2020-07-10 [Inside Higher Ed]

Loretto Hospital workers announce strike date For more info 2020-07-10 [Yahoo]

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This month in labour history

This month in labour history

3-07-1835 In Paterson, New Jersey, children from the textile factories that manufacture silk go on strike for the 11-hour day and the 6-day week. They win a 69 hour week. [more]

4-07-1840 Tenants in upstate New York issue a 'Declaration of Independence', beginning a five-year Anti-Rent War [more]

5-07-1934 Two strikers are killed fighting police, scabs, and the National Guard during the San Francisco longshoremen's strike [more]

6-07-1892 Striking workers defeat and force the surrender of Pinkerton agents during the Homestead Strike in Pennsylvania [more]

7-07-1905 The Industrial Workers of the World is founded in Chicago. Amongst its leadership at the founding convention were William (“Big Bill”) Haywood of the Western Federation of Miners, and Daniel De Leon and Eugene V. Debs of the Socialist Party [more]

7-07-1919 Actors Equity is recognized by producers after a strike that closed almost all of the country's theatrical productions. Before unionization, actors often had to pay for their own costumes, rehearse without pay, etc. [more]

8-07-1966 The largest strike in aviation history begins, shutting down 60 per cent of the US airline industry for six weeks [more]

9-07-2001 5000 protesters gather outside the Capitol in Columbia, South Carolina to support the ‘Charleston 5’, union activists falsely accused of causing riots when the police charged 2,000 dockers on a picket line. [more]

10-07-1902 112 miners die in an explosion in the Rolling Mill Mine in Pennsylvania [more]

12-07-1933 The Screen Actors Guild holds its first meeting. Among those attending: future horror movie star and union activist, Boris Karloff. [more]

14-07-1959 In Gary, Indiana, more than 500,000 workers went on strike, shutting down the country's steel mills for 5 months. [more]

15-07-1959 Half a million steelworkers across the country strike for a pay increase in their new contract [more]

16-07-1934 The San Francisco Labor Council calls a city-wide general strike in support of longshoremen, which succeeds in winning most of the workers' main demands after four days. [more]

18-07-1969 African American hopsital workers in South Carolina win union recognition after a 113-day strike [more]

20-07-1899 Newsboys in New York go on strike against press giants Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst [more]

21-07-1877 The government attempts to violently suppress the great railroad strike in Pennsylvania [more]

22-07-1916 A bomb was is set off during a parade in San Francisco, killing 10 and injuring 40. Labour organizer Tom Mooney,and Warren Billings, a shoe worker, were convicted of the crime, but both were pardoned 23 years later [more]

25-07-1907 Trotskyist labor organizer and leader of the 1934 Minneapolis teamsters' strike Farrell Dobbs is born [more]

26-07-1877 Thirty workers are killed in the Battle of Halsted Street Viaduct during the railroad strike in Chicago. [more]

29-07-1970 The United Farm Workers sign their first collective bargaining agreement with California grape growers [more]

30-07-1975 Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa disappears from a parking lot in Oakland County and is never seen again [more]