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The House will allow staffers to unionize. Here’s how it will work. 2022-05-10 [Vox]

Tentative contract reached in three-day DC Circulator strike 2022-05-05 [Washington Post]

Drivers union votes to strike DC Circulator bus system 2022-04-30 [Washington Post]

The AFL-CIO In South Africa and Jabu Ndlovu With Trade Union Organnizer David Hemson For more info 2022-04-19 [LEPAIO]

Congressional Workers Union Announce Union Drive, With Speaker Pelosi's Blessing 2022-02-05 [Teen Vogue]

Employees at civic tech company Nava PBC request voluntary recognition of their wall-to-wall union with OPEIU Tech Workers Union Local 1010 2022-02-04 [OPEIU]

The first unionized bookstore in Washington, D.C. 2022-01-21 [UNI Global Union]

Airline CEOs tell Congress we don’t need masks on planes, get factchecked by Flight Attendant Union President 2021-12-18 [Forbes]

ILWU President Willie Adams meets with President Biden to discuss supply chain issues 2021-11-09 [ILWU]

Politico's journalists are seeking union recognition from new owners 2021-10-29 [New York Times]

D.C. Mayor Orders City Workers, Teachers to Get Vaccinated or Undergo Testing 2021-08-15 [Daily Beast]

Staff at the Democratic National Committee unionize 2021-08-03 [New York Times]

A Former D.C. Restaurant Worker is Reviving A Controversial Initiative On The Tipped Minimum Wage 2021-06-23 [DCist]

Free LaborFest Thursday concert by DC Musicians 2021-05-28 [Metro Wash AFL-CIO]

Elizabeth Davis, president of the Washington Teachers Union, dies in car crash 2021-04-05 [Washington Post]

Amazon union battle comes to Washington 2021-03-17 [The Hill]

Helping hospitality workers 2021-02-17 [Metro Wash AFL-CIO]

Almost 1,600 Postal Workers in DC Region Tested Positive for COVID-19; 7 Have Died 2021-02-06 [NBC]

D.C. files restraining order against teachers’ union to stop teachers from discussing a strike 2021-02-02 [Washington Post]

DC Child Care Workers Ask Officials Not to Push Back Their COVID-19 Vaccinations 2021-01-25 [NBC]

EMILY's List Employees are Latest to Form a Union with OPEIU 2021-01-21 [OPEIU]

Washington DC hotels weigh inauguration profits against safety 2021-01-20 [NBC News]

Leaders join in blaming Trump for insurrection 2021-01-09 [People'sWorld]

Working people respond to attempted coup at nation's capitol 2021-01-09 [AFL-CIO]

Police union speaks out regarding capitol hill riots 2021-01-09 [Wtopnews]

Condemning the capitol hill attack 2021-01-09 [CoopNews]

Unions take on capitol hill violence 2021-01-09 [CUtoday]

Unions warn against attacks on democracy 2021-01-09 [MorningStar]

UE Condemns Political Violence in DC 2021-01-08 [UE]

DoorDash to pay $2.5 million for misusing worker tips 2020-11-30 [KMOV]

Excluded from stimulus, DC's sex workers find support from local groups 2020-11-22 [WUSA]

Teachers union, D.C. schools reach tentative deal on in-person classes 2020-11-13 [Washington Post ]

Workers Unionize First Solely Black-Owned Cannabis Dispensary in Washington, D.C.: Sign First Union Contract with UFCW Local 400 2020-10-22 [UFCW]

SEIU pres. Mary Kay Henry makes Time's 100 most influential people For more info 2020-09-29 [www.seiu.org]

Thousands Participate in March on Washington 2020-08-28 [VOA]

Sandra M. King, president of two unions of security guards and medical examiner workers, pleads guilty for embezzling members' funds 2020-07-22 [Washington Post ]

Layoff threats scare Senate food workers, but most spared until September 2020-07-08 [Roll Call]

SMART endorses Joe Biden for president For more info 2020-07-02 [SMART union]

WAMU 88.5 Presents: Are We Due For A Rise In Unions? 2020-06-04 [WAMU]

DC Transit Union Says Labor Must Join the Movement in the Streets 2020-06-03 [In These Times]

Fires Near White House—AFL-CIO Offices Ablaze—As Riots Continue In D.C. 2020-06-01 [Forbes]

AFL-CIO: Attack on headquarters during night of protests 'disgraceful' 2020-06-01 [The Hill]

AFL-CIO Building in Washington DC Ransacked and Set on Fire 2020-06-01 [News Thud]

Representing Workers on the Front Lines 2020-05-05 [Hamilton]

Nurses union calls on DC government for more coronavirus protection 2020-05-03 [WJLA]

Powerful video shows nurses reading out the names of colleagues killed by coronavirus during a protest in front of the White House 2020-04-24 [Biz Insider]

Kennedy Center Lays Off Musicians After Receiving $25 Million Stimulus 2020-03-30 [Opera Wire]

DC attorney general orders Power Design to pay $2.75M in wage theft case 2020-01-23 [Construction Dive]

Power Design Inc. paying $2.75 million to settle misclassification lawsuit involving 500 workers 2020-01-18 [SIA]

Workers in Majority of U.S. States to See an Increase in Minimum Wage in 2020 2019-12-31 [Wolters Kluwer]

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]