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AFSCME Local 3299 Endorses Bernie Sanders 2020-02-24 [Univ of CA Guardian]

WorkWeek On Nevada Unite HERE Healthcare for All and Teamsters With John Palmer For more info 2020-02-23 [WorkWeek]

Bay Area Safeway workers hold rallies, call for higher wages 2020-02-19 [KPIX]

Kickstarter workers vote to form first union in tech industry 2020-02-18 [NBC]

Working Class Voices At Bernie Sanders Rally In Richmond: Workers Fed Up with 1% & Corruption of System For more info 2020-02-18 [Pacifica]

Danny Glover & Bernie Sanders In Richmond Call For Working Class Power In Elections Against The 1%. For more info 2020-02-18 [LVP]

A Wildcat Strike Grows Out of a Housing Crisis 2020-02-17 [TNR]

Safeway workers in Northern California may go on strike 2020-02-16 [KRON4]

CA Apple Stores Must Pay Workers During Bag Searches 2020-02-16 [NBC]

Univ CA's Largest Union Endorses Bernie Sanders for President 2020-02-15 [Times of San Diego]

Protesters select Sunset Center's biggest show to picket 2020-02-12 [KSBW]

Workers at Berkeley’s Tartine Bakery unanimously support unionizing 2020-02-12 [Berkeleyside]

LAX workers to stage 3-day fast over wages, benefits 2020-02-12 [LADaily News]

The Impact Of Charters and The Appeasement Policy In Los Angeles For more info 2020-02-11 [LVP]

Facing Skyrocketing Rents, Santa Cruz Grad Students Extend Wildcat Strike 2020-02-09 [Labor Notes]

Facing skyrocketing rents, UCSC grad students extend wildcat strike 2020-02-09 [Labor Notes]

Tartine Workers Are Looking to Unionize Citing 'Strained' Workplace 2020-02-08 [SFist]

Tartine Workers, We've Got Your Back! San Francisco Workers Celebrate Organizing With ILWU Local 6 For more info 2020-02-07 [LVP]

SF City Hall Speakout To Demand $2.7 M To Restore 300 Classes At SF Community College For Students & AFT 2121 Faculty For more info 2020-02-05 [LVP]

In-home care union says workers need more than minimum wage to survive 2020-02-05 [Bakersfield]

Court Permanently Halts California Ban on Mandatory Arbitration 2020-02-04 [L&S]

The War On Whistleblowers, Darrell Whitman and US Inspector General's Obstruction of Justice For more info 2020-02-02 [LVP]

Shutterfly lays off workers, with some jobs shifting out of California 2020-02-01 [San Francisco Chronicle]

WorkWeek On SF Treasure Island Radiation Whistleblowers and SFLC MLK Protest and Hanging Nooses For more info 2020-01-31 [WorkWeek]

With UC Patient Care Agreement, Local 3299 Workers Notch Historic Victory 2020-01-31 [AFSCME]

UC System and Its Largest Labor Union Reach Tentative Contracts 2020-01-31 [Triton]

California unions add 99,000 members in 2019, biggest gain in 7 years 2020-01-30 [The Mercury]

AFSCME Patient Care Works To Reach Tentative Contract With UC After Three Years of Negotiations 2020-01-29 [Daily Nexus]

All AFSCME workers deserve contracts 2020-01-29 [Daily Californian]

Nonprofit workers struggle to make ends meet 2020-01-29 [Santa Cruz Sentinel]

Workers criticize Amazon on climate despite risk to jobs 2020-01-27 [WRDW]

The number of Californians represented by unions is increasing as national union organizations stagnate 2020-01-25 [Technoea]

Largest UC employee union reaches historic agreement, ending outsourcing 2020-01-24 [Daily Californian]

AFSCME 3299 UC Workers and Students Unite Against Union Busting/Contracting Out At Regents UC SF Misson Bay Meeting For more info 2020-01-23 [LVP]

UC, 8,000 service workers reach tentative contract deal 2020-01-23 [OCRegister]

Justice For UCSC Graduate Students: UCSC Wildcat Striker Natalie Ng Speaks Out To UC Management For more info 2020-01-22 [LVP]

Strike over as UC Santa Cruz trades workers ratify new contract 2020-01-22 [Santa Cruz Sentinel]

On MLK Day SF Labor Council Breakfast Protested For more info 2020-01-20 [LVP]

UC Berkeley student workers awarded millions in back pay 2020-01-20 [NBC]

Why Los Angeles teachers endorsed Bernie 2020-01-17 [Jacobin]

Disney heiress slams the company her grandfather co-founded, says workers are at risk of ‘a death spiral’ 2020-01-17 [MarketWatch]

California Trucking Association wins injunction, trucking remains exempt from AB5 2020-01-17 [Supply Chain Dive]

California Truckers Get Biggest Misclassification Win Yet; Gig Economy Companies Await Their Fate 2020-01-17 [Lexology]

UC Berkeley Ordered to Repay Millions to Teaching Assistants in Labor Dispute 2020-01-16 [KTLA]

A Year in, San Diego Gompers Teachers Union Has No Contract and a New Challenge 2020-01-16 [Voices of San Diego]

Siskiyou County employees back at work after five-day strike 2020-01-15 [MtShasta News]

Students Strike with UC Workers Over Alleged Illegal Outsourcing 2020-01-13 [New University]

Rocha Has To Go! AFT 2121 Members Protest Cutbacks and Union Busting For more info 2020-01-11 [LVP]

Kaiser, major union form not-for-profit for workforce development 2020-01-09 [Modern Healthcare]

Rep. Ro Khanna on a Public Takeover of PG&E: “Why Can’t We Provide Power to Our Own Citizens?” 2020-01-09 [Jacobin]

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]