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Ground breaking legislation for garment workers in the US 2022-05-18 [IndustriALL]

Trump officials, meat companies knew workers were at risk for COVID-19, report says 2022-05-16 [AP via Fortune]

The year workers said 'no' 2022-05-16 [Business Insider]

How workers got left behind in the pandemic while shareholder wealth soared 2022-05-16 [Brookings]

Biden leans into labor amid midterm fears over workers 2022-05-15 [The Hill]

Biden’s Embrace of Unions Is a Boon for Democracy 2022-05-15 [TNR]

Congressional Report: Packers Made False Claims About Meat Shortages During Pandemic 2022-05-15 [Progressive Farmer]

Meatpackers Knew Of Covid Outbreaks, Lobbied Trump To Keep Plants Open 2022-05-15 [KHN]

Meatpacking Industry Was Indifferent to Worker Safety Amid COVID, Report Shows 2022-05-15 [Truthout]

The Meatpacking Industry Drafted Trump’s 2020 Order to Keep Plants Open At the Expense of Worker Safety 2022-05-15 [Modern Farmer]

The Plot to Keep Meatpacking Plants Open During COVID-19 2022-05-15 [PropUblica]

The First Federal Bill That Could Protect U.S. Garment Workers Is Heading to Congress 2022-05-14 [Bazaar]

UFCW Statement on Shocking Congressional Report About Trump Administration Endangerment of Essential Workers in Meatpacking Industry 2022-05-14 [UFCW]

Employees everywhere are organizing. Here’s why it’s happening now 2022-05-07 [CNBC]

The key to worker power in America? Let a thousand Chris Smalls bloom 2022-05-14 [Guardian]

A Union Blitzed Starbucks. At Amazon, It’s a Slog. 2022-05-14 [New York Times]

Apple’s Corporate Workers Help the Mounting Union Effort 2022-05-14 [Wired]

Report: Trump officials, meat companies knew workers were at risk 2022-05-14 [AP]

Ending subminimum wages for workers with disabilities 2022-05-14 [Facing South]

How hybrid work will empower all workers 2022-05-14 [ZDNet]

CWA’s United Paizo Workers bring their case to the White House 2022-05-14 [UNI]

Susan Tsui Grundmann confirmed for a seat on the Federal Labor Relations Authority, giving Dems control over agency that oversees federal employee labor relations 2022-05-14 [Washington Post]

Apple Gives Store Managers ‘Anti-Union’ Talking Points, Reveals Memo 2022-05-14 [iPhone in Canada]

Abortion access is a health care right 2022-05-09 [TNG-CWA]

Report: Trump officials, meat companies knew workers at risk 2022-05-13 [OHS Canada]

AFL-CIO calls for student loan forgiveness 2022-05-13 [AFL-CIO]

Nurses applaud introduction of federal legislation to prevent workplace violence in healthcare, social service settings 2022-05-12 [National Nurses United]

Activision begs Raven workers not to form union 2022-05-12 [Euro-24]

Teamsters honour health care heroes during national nurses week 2022-05-11 [International Brotherhood of Teamsters]

Bonnie Castillo, RN to testify in support of Medicare for All at Senate hearing 2022-05-11 [National Nurses United]

National Labor Relations Board alleges over 200 labor violations by Starbucks 2022-05-10 [Sprudge]

Unionizing efforts continue in states where it was historically difficult 2022-05-10 [Channel]

Activision Blizzard reportedly sent out anti-union message ahead of voting deadline 2022-05-10 [Yahoo]

O'Brien: Amazon must be barred from federal government contracts 2022-05-06 [International Brotherhood of Teamsters]

Hundreds of day cares are closed today as educators go on strike. Here's why 2022-05-09 [USA Today]

Want to combat homelessness? Give social service workers a raise 2022-05-08 [NYDaily News]

Workers, Organizers Visit White House, Testify Before Congress For more info 2022-05-07 [AFL-CIO NYC CLC]

Starbucks asks White House for equal time after Biden met with union leaders 2022-05-07 [Reuters]

The Starbucks Union Push Is So Successful It Could Start a Turf War 2022-05-06 [VICE]

Drescher speaks at Press Club 2022-04-25 [SAG-AFTRA]

Reproductive rights are workers’ rights’ 2022-05-04 [The Stand]

Nurses: Likely Supreme Court ruling on reproductive rights poses major threat to patient's health, security 2022-05-04 [National Nurses United]

Starbucks will raise wages again — but not for unionized workers 2022-05-04 [CNN]

Amazon ends COVID paid leave for U.S. workers 2022-05-04 [Reuters]

How Young Workers Are Unionizing Starbucks 2022-05-02 [The Bullet / Sonali Kolhatkar]

Approximately 3,000 machinists union members at Pratt & Whitney in Central Connecticut ratify contract with job security, strong benefits 2022-05-01 [IAM]

Starbucks workers drive nationwide surge in union organizing 2022-05-01 [NPR]

On May Day, Let’s Make Bold Demands for Democracy at Work and in the Streets 2022-05-01 [Truthout]

Amazon and Starbucks union workers could be invited to White House 2022-05-01 [Wash Post]

What is May Day? For the most part, the opposite of capitalism 2022-05-01 [NPR]

This month in labour history

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]

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

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]

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

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

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

31-05-1943 At the Detroit Packard Motor Co factory, in full war production, 25,000 white workers go on strike when 3 black workers are promoted to a line previously occupied only by whites. The 3 are transferred. [more]