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DC coffee chain lists CEOs and Uber lobbyist as baristas to halt union drive 2024-06-24 [The Guardian]

Compass Coffee workers at seven stores launch union drive 2024-06-01 [Washington Post]

Union of American Physicians and Dentists fights for staffing, safety improvements at Unity Health Care 2024-06-01 [Washington Post]

Chants of 'shame on you' greet guests arriving for annual White House correspondents dinner 2024-04-28 [ABC]

Global Union Leaders Fight for Worker Rights, Democracy 2024-02-16 [Solidarity Center]

UAW Members At CAP Convention Interrupted Biden To Demand A Ceasefire & Were Shouted Down & Dragged Out 2024-01-25 [LVP]

Washington Post Journalists Go on One-Day Strike, Protesting Stalled Contract Talks and Potential Layoffs 2023-12-07 [New York Times]

KPFK's Working Voices LA Interviews CWA President Claude Cummings For more info 2023-11-08 [KPFK Working Voices]

Starbucks asks u.s. supreme court to decide on a union issue 2023-10-05 [Restaurant Business]

Deputy Director Of Organizing and Field Services For more info 2023-07-31 [International Association of Fire Fighters]

Biden and Sanders meet union organizers amid labor turmoil 2023-07-19 [ABC]

Workers At Beloved D.C. Sandwich Shop Compliments Only Seek To Unionize 2023-07-19 [DCist]

Biden and Sanders meet union organizers amid labor turmoil 2023-07-18 [AP]


InterContinental Washington D.C. forces acclaimed restaurant Moon Rabbit to close rather than see UNITE HERE organize kitchen workers 2023-05-23 [Washington Post]

Nurses commerate nurses week in lobbying blitz on Capitol Hill 2023-05-12 [National Nurses United]

Markey staff to be first in Senate to unionize 2023-03-09 [Aol]

Union Kitchen Workers Win Back Pay In National Labor Relations Board Settlement 2023-02-11 [DCist]

The SWA Meltdown, Deregulation, Worker Rights & Safety With TWU President John Samuelson For more info 2023-01-05 [LVP]

After 3 years of bargaining, DC teachers union reaches a tentative contract 2022-11-23 [Washington Post]

Lawmaker Pushes for Legislative Branch Employees to Have the Same Rights as Other Feds 2022-08-27 [Gov Exec]

Judge Rules COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement For D.C. Government Workers Is Unlawful 2022-08-27 [DCist]

American University students walk out of opening convocation in support of striking SEIU staff 2022-08-26 [Washington Post]

500 SEIU members strike American University over wages as administration offers two-tier wage system 2022-08-23 [WTOP]

Lululemon workers to vote this month on unionizing D.C. store 2022-08-10 [Bloomberg]

DC Lululemon Store Workers Initiate Unionization Process 2022-07-27 [Gear Junkie]

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

D.C. Labor chorus: ‘The musical arm of the resistance' 2019-01-21 [Wash Post]

D.C.'s only unionized charter school filed another federal labor complaint — this time as its campus is shutting down 2019-03-10 [Wash Post]

Labor Department: Metro union had ‘alternate, secret' policies for election eligibility 2017-01-19 [Washington Post]

Metro union decries transit officials' ‘lazy' response to recent rise in assaults on bus drivers 2017-09-16 [Wash Post]

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

Federal workers spill on life in Trump's Washington 2018-03-31 [Politico]

Nation's largest union, Columbia chef team up to feed airport workers during shutdown 2019-01-13 [The State]

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

We're all in the same boat: Furloughed federal workers flock to Amer Univ for a day of classes and distraction 2019-01-09 [Wash Post]

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

D.C. police union head stole $180,000 of officers' dues, nearly emptying account 2017-03-10 [Washington Post]

With strike threat looming, Metro's largest union lays out demands in letter to elected officials 2018-07-19 [The Post]

D.C. schools and teachers struggle to reach contract after 3 years; teachers blame working conditions 2022-07-09 [Washington Post]

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]

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]

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

This month in labour history

This month in labour history

3-07-1835 In Paterson, New Jersey, children from the textile factories that manufacture silk go on strike for the 11-hour day and the 6-day week. They win a 69 hour week. [more]

4-07-1840 Tenants in upstate New York issue a 'Declaration of Independence', beginning a five-year Anti-Rent War [more]

5-07-1934 Two strikers are killed fighting police, scabs, and the National Guard during the San Francisco longshoremen's strike [more]

6-07-1892 Striking workers defeat and force the surrender of Pinkerton agents during the Homestead Strike in Pennsylvania [more]

7-07-1905 The Industrial Workers of the World is founded in Chicago. Amongst its leadership at the founding convention were William (“Big Bill”) Haywood of the Western Federation of Miners, and Daniel De Leon and Eugene V. Debs of the Socialist Party [more]

7-07-1919 Actors Equity is recognized by producers after a strike that closed almost all of the country's theatrical productions. Before unionization, actors often had to pay for their own costumes, rehearse without pay, etc. [more]

8-07-1966 The largest strike in aviation history begins, shutting down 60 per cent of the US airline industry for six weeks [more]

9-07-2001 5000 protesters gather outside the Capitol in Columbia, South Carolina to support the ‘Charleston 5’, union activists falsely accused of causing riots when the police charged 2,000 dockers on a picket line. [more]

10-07-1902 112 miners die in an explosion in the Rolling Mill Mine in Pennsylvania [more]

12-07-1933 The Screen Actors Guild holds its first meeting. Among those attending: future horror movie star and union activist, Boris Karloff. [more]

14-07-1959 In Gary, Indiana, more than 500,000 workers went on strike, shutting down the country's steel mills for 5 months. [more]

15-07-1959 Half a million steelworkers across the country strike for a pay increase in their new contract [more]

16-07-1934 20,000 Alabama textile workers go on strike at the employers' announcement of a reduction in working hours equivalent to a 25% cut in wages. In September, the strikers will number 300,000. [more]

16-07-1934 The San Francisco Labor Council calls a city-wide general strike in support of longshoremen, which succeeds in winning most of the workers' main demands after four days. [more]

18-07-1969 African American hopsital workers in South Carolina win union recognition after a 113-day strike [more]

20-07-1899 Newsboys in New York go on strike against press giants Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst [more]

21-07-1877 The government attempts to violently suppress the great railroad strike in Pennsylvania [more]

22-07-1916 A bomb was is set off during a parade in San Francisco, killing 10 and injuring 40. Labour organizer Tom Mooney,and Warren Billings, a shoe worker, were convicted of the crime, but both were pardoned 23 years later [more]

25-07-1877 Massive general strike in St. Louis, Missouri, in support of railroad workers. 3,000 federal troops and 5,000 special deputies were sent there: 18 dead and many wounded. [more]

25-07-1907 Trotskyist labor organizer and leader of the 1934 Minneapolis teamsters' strike Farrell Dobbs is born [more]

26-07-1877 Thirty workers are killed in the Battle of Halsted Street Viaduct during the railroad strike in Chicago. [more]

28-07-1869 Women shoemakers in Lynn, MA demand equal pay with men and form an organization, the "Daughters of St. Crispin". [more]

29-07-1970 The United Farm Workers sign their first collective bargaining agreement with California grape growers [more]

30-07-1975 Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa disappears from a parking lot in Oakland County and is never seen again [more]