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

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

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]

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

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]

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]

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]

Apple store workers should be paid for time waiting to be searched, court rules 2020-02-14 [LATimes]

Is Trump's proposed 1% raise and benefit cuts for federal employees fair? 2020-02-14 [USAToday]

The Culinary Workers Union Should Take a Gamble on Solidarity 2020-02-14 [Jacobin]

Who Corrupted the Auto Union? Criminal Employers Did 2020-02-14 [Labor Notes]

Boeing to extend labor contract with engineer's union by four years 2020-02-14 [Reuters]

Men's football team say federation discriminates against USA's female players 2020-02-13 [The Guardian]

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

Largest federal employee union punches back at President Trump 2020-02-12 [Stars and Stripes]

Episode 184: Jimmy Hoffa: In His Own Words 2020-02-12 [Teamsters]

Thanks to Working People, All the Leading Democratic Candidates Are Backing Powerful Labor Reform 2020-02-12 [Newsweek]

House Approves Union Rights PRO Act; Senate Action Uncertain 2020-02-12 [Transport Topics]

The Survival of the ILWU at Stake! 2020-02-12 [CounterPunch]

Trump promises 100,000 new ‘high-paying’ auto jobs — here’s why it’s not that simple 2020-02-09 [MarketWatch]

U.S. House passes act making forming unions easier, weakening ‘right-to-work’ laws 2020-02-09 [Fox4kc]

Unions shrinking but worker activism is alive and well 2020-02-09 [The Star-Tribune]

Former UAW official Vance Peason pleads guilty in corruption scandal 2020-02-08 [NY Times]

Most employers say they treat workers with dignity, but employees disagree 2020-02-08 [HRDive]

Black Workers’ Wages Are Finally Rising 2020-02-08 [NYTimes]

House passes bill easing bids by workers to form unions 2020-02-08 [Ledger]

AFT calls for additional resources to address asbestos issue in schools 2020-02-06 [Philly Voice]

Trump's State of the Union claimed workers have benefited most. Not quite 2020-02-06 [CBS]

House to vote on legislation to protect workers' rights to form and join unions 2020-02-06 [Guardian]

Union Report: Will NEA and AFT Ever Merge? They Last Tried in 1998. Things Are Much Different Now 2020-02-06 [The 74]

Pro-union bill draws 2020 battle lines 2020-02-05 [The Hill]

America's most influential flight attendant calls out the US government, says agencies aren't doing enough to combat the coronavirus 2020-02-05 [Business Insider]

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

Workers are forming unions at nonprofits, and their bosses aren't happy about it 2020-02-05 [Washington Post]

Delta agrees to change uniforms workers said were toxic 2020-02-04 [Stuff]

Hidden History: An overlooked genius behind the March on Washington -- A. Philip Randolph 2020-02-04 [Local DVM]

House PRO Act Bill To Undo SCOTUS' Janus Ruling Is a Preview of Democrats' Post-2020 Priorities 2020-02-04 [Reason]

MLK and the Unions: People Forget 2020-02-04 [LA Progressive]

Could ‘Labor for Bernie’ tip Iowa? 2020-02-04 [Politico]

Punching In: A Tale of Three Labor (Related) Disputes 2020-02-04 [Bloomberg]

Tell Your Representative to Pass the PRO Act 2020-02-04 [AFL-CIO]

Unions Are Divided on Biden, Sanders and Warren 2020-02-03 [Bloomberg]

Robert Reich: Why Democrats share the blame for the rise of Donald Trump 2020-02-02 [Guardian]

The Majority of Voters Now Support Decriminalizing Sex Work. It’s About Time. 2020-02-02 [The Intercept]

Women Make Gains in the Workplace Amid a Rising Demand for Skilled Workers 2020-02-02 [Pew Research Center]

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]