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Meat processing companies are reluctant to disclose detailed case counts of ill workers [NYTimes] For more info 2020-05-26

Workers must risk infection or losing unemployment payments [WJLA] 2020-05-23

AFL-CIO sues Trump's OSHA to demand standard for worker protections [The Hill] 2020-05-19

Meat and poultry workers in the center of a global coronavirus hotspot [IUF] 2020-05-18

Finding new ways to fight back [IndustriALL] 2020-05-16

Florida ‘Broken by design’: Florida labor unions petition for immediate change to unemployment system [WFLA] 2020-05-15

Why America's Most Essential Workers Are So Poorly Treated [Atlantic] 2020-05-14

Amid Pandemic, Hospitals Lay Off 1.4M Workers In April [NPR] 2020-05-11

One-Third of All U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Are Nursing Home Residents or Workers [NYTimes] 2020-05-11

A Former Farmworker on American Hypocrisy: In the pandemic, “illegal” workers are now deemed “essential” by the federal government [NYTimes] 2020-05-10


Today's labour news

‘Incredibly disposable’: Adjuncts, the ‘gig workers’ of higher-ed, fear losing livelihoods 2020-05-26 [WITF]

USA: 2,000 workers at ASARCO copper mines strike over stagnant wages & alleged unfair labour practices 2020-05-26 [Business and Human Rights Resource Centre]

Vermont Essential worker hazard pay bill stalls in the House 2020-05-26 [VT Digger]

Amazon investors want the company to address worker safety at its shareholder meeting 2020-05-26 [CNBC]

New York Cuomo Says N.Y. Will Pay Death Benefits For Essential Government Workers Killed By COVID-19 2020-05-26 [CBS]

Coronavirus hit meat plants just as workers were being asked to speed up 2020-05-26 [Star Tribune]

Fawcett Society survey shows support for income-tax increase to fund pay rise for care workers 2020-05-26 [Guardian]

The meat industry is trying to get back to normal. But workers are still getting sick — and shortages may get worse 2020-05-26 [Wash Post]

Some Americans fear their jobs will be lost forever 2020-05-26 [Financial Times]

New York Front-Line Workers Must Prove They Contracted Coronavirus on the Job to Receive Workers' Comp 2020-05-26 [Gotham Gazette]

Labor leaders say SSA officials have proposed setting preconditions on employees’ use of recently enacted partial paid sick leave, potentially in violation of the law 2020-05-26 [Gov Exec]

New Jersey Food for the hungry: How industry, labor and government are stepping up in A.C. 2020-05-26 [ROI-NJ]

Essential workers and their children 2020-05-26 [Kelly Kall]

Oregon Workers’ Rights and Power- The Essential Guide 2020-05-26 [Portland Jobs w/ Justice]

Connecticut UConn student workers demand pay through end of semester 2020-05-26 [WHUS]

Assessment of workers' personal vulnerability to Covid-19 using Covid-age 2020-05-26 [medRxiv]

Meat processing companies are reluctant to disclose detailed case counts of ill workers For more info 2020-05-26 [NYTimes]

Electronics multinational Jabil fires 190 Italian workers during pandemic 2020-05-25 [IndustriALL]

New York “We Risk Our Lives Every Day”: Building Service Workers Strike 2020-05-25 [Dissent]

Hundreds Of McDonald’s Workers Strike Over Company’s Response To Coronavirus 2020-05-25 [Huff Post]

‘Essential’ workers are just forced laborers 2020-05-25 [Wash Post]

A Former Labor Secretary’s Message to Essential Workers: When This Ends, “Threaten to Strike” 2020-05-25 [Mother Jones]

1st deadlines for laid-off workers to get health insurance 2020-05-25 [PBS]

Trump’s Economic Adviser Calls Americans Facing Unemployment ‘Human Capital Stock’ 2020-05-25 [Huff Post]

Majority of Americans fear job security as coronavirus wallops economy: Headspace study 2020-05-25 [Yahoo Finance]

Some American nurses are facing pay cuts. But around the world, many are getting huge raises 2020-05-25 [Wash Post]

The workers that make your food put their lives on the line during pandemic. Whether they're protected now is up to you 2020-05-25 [Biz Insider]

Trump expected to broaden foreign worker bans 2020-05-25 [Politico]

Latino workers face discrimination over spread of coronavirus in meat plants 2020-05-25 [Guardian]

Self-Directed Home Care for Care/Support Workers 2020-05-25 [Public Partnership]

‘Public service workers are … crucial to fighting this pandemic’ 2020-05-25 [AFSCME]

Risk of COVID-19 among frontline healthcare workers and the general community: a prospective cohort study 2020-05-25 [medRxiv]

Incredibly, Republicans Are Blaming Meatpacking Workers, Not Plants, For Virus Spread 2020-05-23 [Labor 411]

New York PSC Blasts 'Horrible' CUNY Plan To Lay Off 437 John Jay Adjuncts 2020-05-23 [The Chief]

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the meat industry in the United States 2020-05-23 [Wikipedia]

Why Facebook’s Plan to Tie Remote Pay to Location Will Probably Fail 2020-05-23 [New York]

RKuttner: Taking Public Money and Screwing Workers: The Airlines 2020-05-23 [Am Prospect]

U.S. Businesses React to Millions of Newly Unemployed Americans by Demanding More Foreign Workers 2020-05-23 [Immigration Reform]

USW Endorses Joe Biden for President 2020-05-23 [USW]

Faces of unemployment: American Theater workers 2020-05-23 [CGTN]

Business groups push Trump to keep skilled-worker visas amid pandemic 2020-05-23 [WKZO]

Workers must risk infection or losing unemployment payments 2020-05-23 [WJLA]

Teamsters Denounce DHS Policy Change Amid COVID-19 Pandemic 2020-05-23 [Teamsters]

Ohio Cleveland Library approves 3-year deal with safety workers union 2020-05-23 []

California CCA Delays COVID-19 Safety, Remote Work Negotiations in Union Dispute 2020-05-23 [KQED]

Michigan Unions at McLaren file labor charges over lack of transparency 2020-05-23 [Michigan Live]

Even as State Economies Reopen, Jobs Continue to Disappear 2020-05-23 [Governing]

Businesses are reopening. If you’re older or sick, what happens to your job? 2020-05-23 [LATimes]

US lawmakers introduce H-1B legislation to give priority to American-educated foreign youths 2020-05-23 [Economic Times]

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This month in labour history

1-05-1886 Between 300,000 to half a million workers went on strike and rallies were held throughout the United States, with the cry, "Eight-hour day with no cut in pay". [more]

2-05-1843 "Mill girls" – overwhelmingly female textile workers – walked out on strike in Massachusetts for better conditions. [more]

2-05-1968 4,000 workers in the Hamtramck auto plant in Detroit walked out against speed up. Several black strikers met in a bar opposite and founded the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement to organise black workers. [more]

3-05-1895 Eugene V. Debs and 6 other union railroad leaders are sentenced to 6 months in prison for contempt of court during a hearing over a strike at the Pullman luxury car manufacturing plants. [more]

4-05-1886 A bomb is thrown during a demonstration against police violence in Haymarket Square, Chicago. The ensuing police riot and trials of anarchists, known as the Haymarket affair, eventually give birth to May Day as international workers' day. [more]

5-05-1886 Nine striking workers are shot dead by the National Guard at the Rolling Mills Steel Factory in Bay View, Milwaukee [more]

6-05-1935 The Works Progress Administration is established by executive order - it will provide work for millions of Americans. [more]

7-05-1912 New York City waiters and waitresses walked out on strike [more]

8-05-1926 A. Philip Randolph founds the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. [more]

9-05-1913 The garment workers strike at Cohoes could become an international incident after it emerges that Italian migrant workers are being forced to break the strike. [more]

11-05-1894 Three thousands Pullman railroad workers in Chicago begin a wildcat strike. [more]

12-05-1902 John Mitchell of the UMWA cals for a national strike, beginning the Anthracite Coal Strike which will last five months. [more]

13-05-1980 Douglas Fraser of the UAW becomes the first union representative on the board a major US corporation after Chystler's stockholders vote him on. [more]

13-05-1893 Western Federation of Miners formed in Butte, Montana. [more]

15-05-1946 489 city workers in Rochester, NY were sacked for organising a union. They protested the next day, and sympathy strikes began, growing to a general strike, when bosses caved and reinstated the sacked workers. [more]

15-05-1935 Folk singer, labor organiser and IWW member Utah Phillips is born. [more]

16-05-1934 Minneapolis Teamsters went on strike, shutting down almost all commercial transport in the city. The dispute lasted over three months, ending with most of the workers’ demands being met in a landmark win. [more]

17-05-1946 The US govt seized the nation's railroads to stop a nationwide strike. Workers walked out anyway and only the President's threat to draft the strikers and call up the army to run the railroads forced them back to work. [more]

18-05-1928 "Big Bill" Haywood, former mineworker and founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World revolutionary union, dies in Moscow. [more]

19-05-1920 A gun battle between the people of Matewan and Baldwin Felts detectives leaves ten people dead. [more]

20-05-1926 The first federal legislation asserting workers' right to form unions takes effect today in the rail industry. [more]

21-05-1945 The US government took over the bituminous coal mines to try to break a six-week miners' strike. The miners held out, forcing the govt to grant workers' demands which had been unacceptable to the operators. [more]

22-05-1942 In Cleveland the Steelworkers Organizing Committee voted to become a union: the United Steelworkers of America [more]

23-05-1903 Some 100,000 textile workers, including more than 10,000 children, are on strike in the Philadelphia area protesting against 60-hour weeks including night hours imposed on children. [more]

24-05-1995 After 10 months on strike against 12-hour shifts and wage increases linked to productivity, 2300 workers from 5 Bridgestone-Firestone factories resign themselves to going back to work without a collective agreement. [more]

25-05-1946 President Truman comes within three minutes of drafting the nation's railroad workers into the army to suppress a proposed strike, but the union leaders and employers settle just before the presiden't ultimatum comes into effect. [more]

25-05-1805 A Philadelphia shoemakers' strike was broken when workers were arrested and accused of violating an English law proclaiming criminal any conspiracy to force a collective increase in wages. [more]

26-05-1937 UAW organisers are attacked and beaten by Ford security men in Dearborn, Michigan, in an incident which greatly increases support for the union. [more]

28-05-1946 Workers in Rochester, New York, stage a successful one day general strike for the right to form unions. [more]

29-05-1946 The Rochester general strike ended after just one day with victory for the workers. They won reinstatement for hundreds of city workers who had been sacked for forming a union, dropping of all charges, and recognition of the union. [more]

29-05-1941 Disney Studios animators in LA strike for union recognition. 16 were fired. [more]

29-05-1990 The Justice for Janitors strike of ISS cleaners in Los Angeles begins. [more]

30-05-1937 Ten workers are shot dead by Chicago police during a strike at the Republic Steel Mill. [more]

31-05-1921 The Sacco and Vanzetti trial begins in Dedham, Massachusetts. [more]