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Apple’s first unionized workers say the company is withholding new benefits 2022-10-29 [Verge]

Apple is reportedly withholding new benefits from unionized retail workers 2022-10-13 [Yahoo]

Prince George's teachers win 6-4-3 wage increase and get more paid planning time in new contract 2022-09-27 [Washington Post]

U. of MD raises minimum wage for student workers to $15 2022-09-04 [Wash Post]

Workers at MOM's Organic Market in Hampden move to form union 2022-07-28 [FOX]

“No More Racist Bosses”: Why Workers at a Suburban Target Store Are Protesting 2018-07-07 [In These Times]

“I just want an opportunity to stay above water”: UMD employees are calling for raises 2018-09-17 [Diamondback]

Unions are important — but they won't end UMD's unethical treatment of workers: The fight for labor rights must go further 2019-02-15 [Diamondback]

Union representation gives library staff ‘greater say' in their future 2021-10-07 [Baltimore Sun]

Hogan must “Do the right thing” 2021-07-07 [Metro Wash Council ALF-CIO]

TSA Shutters Baltimore Airport Security Checkpoint Over ‘Excessive Callouts' 2019-01-20 [Huff Post]

Cold Baltimore Classrooms Are ‘Inhumane,' Teachers Union Says 2018-01-05 [NYTimes]

Towson, MD - ‘People are stressed': Apple workers set to begin first in-person union election 2022-06-06 [The Guardian]

‘Never seen it like this': In a town of low-paid federal workers, the shutdown stings 2019-01-21 [Wash Post]

Baltimore's Black Worker Center organizes 2017-01-26 [Baltimore Post-Examiner]

UMD union rallies against a fee increase that would raise Shuttle-UM drivers' pay 2017-12-04 [The Diamondback]

Unemployed Workers Union Blasts Gov. Hogan's Decision To End Additional Federal Benefits 2021-06-05 [CBS]

Gig work: It's on the rise and for many in the Baltimore area, a way of life 2019-11-30 [Baltimore Sun]

Baltimore County librarians seek to unionize through legislation that's going before General Assembly 2021-01-12 [Baltimore Sun]

Opinion: State's Essential Workers Deserve More Protections on the Job 2021-02-15 [MD Matters]

Many Workers in Md. Don't Have the Right to Form a Union. That Needs to Change 2021-05-20 [MD Matters]

Judge Schedules Hearing that Could Further Extend Unemployment Benefits, Franchot and Workers Decry Hogan's Moves 2021-07-07 [MD Matters]

Federal labor board issues order in nurses' union effort at Johns Hopkins Hospital 2019-06-06 [San Diego Union-Tribune]

The Radical Teachers' Movement Comes to Baltimore 2019-06-08 [The Nation]

Towson workers vote to form first Apple store union in nation 2022-06-29 [Baltimore Sun]

Apple ready to bargain with its first U.S. store to unionize: source 2022-06-25 [Saltwire]

Apple would be unwise to fight 'lopsided' union vote, expert says 2022-06-24 [Yahoo]

Maryland Apple store union vote marks latest in labor drives 2022-06-22 [AP]

Maryland Apple store workers face hurdles after their vote to unionize 2022-06-21 [NPR]

Apple workers vote to unionize at Maryland store 2022-06-19 [FOX]

Apple workers at Maryland store vote to unionise, a first for the U.S. 2022-06-19 [Reuters]

Apple workers at Maryland store vote to unionize, a first for the U.S. 2022-06-19 [Canada.com]

Apple Inc workers in Maryland, US vote to join a union 2022-06-19 [Al-Jazeerah]

Apple retail workers in Maryland to begin voting in historic union election 2022-06-16 [CNN]

Unions protest lack of labor agreement on Purple Line construction 2022-05-26 [Washington Post]

Apple Store Workers in MD File for Union Election 2022-05-08 [Bloomberg]

Apple Store workers in Maryland begin union drive 2022-05-04 [CNBC]

Sysco workers on strike demand improved working conditions 2022-04-30 [Yahoo]

Baltimore school bus workers join Teamsters 2022-03-29 [International Brotherhood of Teamsters]

Wages for workers in the construction trades on city projects make a significant jump 2022-03-26 [AFRO]

Starbucks workers in Baltimore area join movement to unionize workplace 2022-03-10 [Baltimore Sun]

Baltimore Museum of Art workers plan to unionize 2021-10-06 [Baltimore Fishbowl]

Walters museum workers demand inclusive union election, hold rally to up the pressure 2021-08-18 [AFSCME]

Unemployment Workers Union Hold Rally Thursday Night In Baltimore Over Flagged Claims, Unavailability 2021-07-30 [CBS]

Unemployed Workers Union continue fight for unpaid benefits For more info 2021-07-30 [WMAR]

Unemployed Workers Take Push for Unpaid Benefits to Court 2021-07-22 [MD Matters]

Unemployed Workers Union Files Class Action Lawsuit In Hopes That A Federal Judge Will Reinstate Enhanced Benefits For more info 2021-07-01 [CBS]

Nurses praise Maryland Bill to protect patients from medical debt 2021-06-04 [National Nurses United]

MD members push for essential worker protections 2021-02-21 [AFSCME]

Lawmakers Debate Legislation That Would Protect Essential Workers 2021-02-12 [MD Matters]

This month in labour history

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]

2-02-1917 300 newspaper boys organize to challenge a cut in their wages by a newspaper, the Minneapolis Tribune. [more]

4-02-1924 Les membres de l'IWW patrouillent dans les rues de Greenville, dans le Maine, après que le KKK ait menacé les organisateurs de l'IWW: «Nous allons rester, et si le Klan veut commencer quelque chose, les IWW vont le terminer». [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 Sanitation workers in Memphis begin a strike for recognition. During this strike Martin Luther King Jr is murdered [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]

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]

19-02-1866 The first union in Mississippi was created by African-American washerwomen. [more]

19-02-1986 The Farm Labourers Organizing Committee wins recognition at Campbell's Soup farms after years of struggle [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]

24-02-1939 US Supreme Court ruled sitdown strikes illegal. [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]

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]