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Starbucks workers strike outside Boston-area stores, allege coffee giant is retaliating against unionization 2022-08-02 [WCVB]

Unionized Starbucks workers go on strike in Worcester, 'sip-ins' staged elsewhere 2022-08-01 [Telegram&Gazette]

Starbucks workers at Commonwealth Ave. in Boston plan rally on Aug. 1 after being excluded from new benefits 2022-07-31 [MassLive]

Trader Joe’s employees form union, citing concerns about health benefits, pay 2022-07-30 [Benefits Canada]

Trader Joe’s Workers Unionize In Historic Vote In MA 2022-07-29 [Huff Post]

Trader Joe's workers in Massachusetts vote to unionize for the first time 2022-07-29 [Washington Post]

Group of female MBTA workers allege harassment, discrimination, report says 2022-07-28 [WCVB]

Trader Joe's workers set to vote on forming a union 2022-07-27 [CBS]

Hadley Trader Joe’s Urges Workers To Vote Against Union Ahead Of Election 2022-07-26 [Huff Post]

LTE: In Response to: “On Anniversary of Trump's Election, Union Calls for BC to Drop Appeal” 2017-12-01 [The Heights]

Resolution affirms Somerville schools as ‘safe and welcoming' 2017-03-11 [MTA]

Labor wins the day in ‘Top Chef' verdict 2017-08-16 [Boston Herald]

Marriott execs: Room for gloom in walkout 2018-11-08 [Boston Herald]

Exhibit to celebrate workers at Library: “May Day” through May 2018-04-27 [My South Borough]

St. Luke's hospital hires ‘union avoidance' group 2018-11-11 [South Coast Today]

MA Nurses Union Wants Gov. Baker's Help To Address ‘Overwhelmed And Burned Out' Workers For more info 2022-01-22 [CBS]

Union ‘loophole' isn't a very big one 2018-11-04 [CommonWealth]

‘Educators will not be silenced': State teachers union responds to ruling of illegal strike in Andover 2020-09-11 [Boston.com]

‘They're going to try to do here what they did in California': A potential gig worker ballot fight is looming in Massachusetts 2021-06-23 [Boston.com]

Plimoth Plantation and its ‘Pilgrims' at odds 2018-03-24 [Boston Globe]

Baker ‘frustrated' with National Grid lockout 2018-12-07 [Boston Herald]

National Grid, union say deal by Friday is ‘shared intent' 2018-12-24 [Boston Herald]

Southie project pits ‘union against union' with residential proposal 2020-01-20 [Boston Herald]

Boston workers organizing against coronavirus vaccine mandate: ‘Tyranny is here on our doorstep' 2021-12-29 [Boston Herald]

National Grid skipped council hearing on gas repair ‘crisis' 2018-11-01 [Dorchester Reporter]

Delivering mail on time ‘part of our identity': Postal workers weigh in on USPS controversy 2020-08-22 [Daily Hampshire Gazette]

RIDE drivers threaten to strike if GLSS doesn't provide “fair” contract, wages 2019-01-30 [ItemLive]

Poster exhibit a labor of love — and a love of labor — for Stephen Lewis 2019-04-29 [ItemLive]

Transportation Workers for ‘The Ride' on Strike: Hundreds of transportation workers for the MBTA's 'The Ride,' program are walking off the job over health insurance For more info 2020-07-13 [NBC]

MA AFL-CIO Pres Says Coronavirus Job Loss ‘More Than We've Ever Seen In Our Lifetime' 2020-08-09 [Newsbreak]

St. Vincent's nurses are on strike — this is what it's like for their kids 2021-10-25 [Teen Vogue]

‘Dancing Around the Rules': Union Says Harvard Eked Out Extra Work from Hundreds of Part-Time Workers Without Pay 2018-12-01 [Harvard Crimson]

NLRB Rules Against BC's Motion to Stay Union Election 2017-09-12 [The Heights]

Legislature Reviews Bill On Pregnant Workers' Accommodations 2017-04-02 [CBS]

1200 Tufts Nurses Take To Picket Lines in Boston's First Nurses' Strike In Three Decades 2017-07-13 [Workers Independent News]

Unions fight Herald's motion to kill contracts 2018-01-26 [Boston Herald]

Rally kicks off hotel strike's 3rd week 2018-10-21 [Boston Herald]

Boston teachers' union calls for protest as contract talks stall 2017-03-15 [Boston Herald]

Sean O'Brien has company in Teamsters election 2017-09-13 [Boston Herald]

Enforce OSHA Protections for Public Sector Health Care Workers! Update, Don't Repeal COVID-19 Health and Safety Protections! 2021-07-19 [MA Coalition for OSH]

Activists, labor groups oppose Trump's immigration policies 2017-07-08 [Greenfield Recorder]

St. Luke's nurses say they have signatures to form union 2018-11-04 [SouthCoast Today]

St Luke's nurses vote to join MA Nurses Association 2018-12-01 [South Coast Today]

Grad Unionization Attorney Criticizes Harvard's NLRB Appeal 2017-11-30 [Harvard Crimson]

Union Organizers Continue Criticism of University's Response to Immigration Petition 2017-03-29 [Harvard Crimson]

UMass Amherst Labor Center Report Finds Bay State Union Workers' Wages Are over 18 Percent Higher than Non-Union Counterparts 2017-09-02 [UMass Amherst]

Workers at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts to strike for a day 2021-11-12 [AP]

Macy's Workers Approve New Contract, Avert Strike 2019-05-20 [CBS]

As Women's Month ends, let's stop wage theft at Logan Airport 2019-03-30 [Commonwealth]

Starbucks. Amazon. Now, Trader Joe's Is Unionizing 2022-05-31 [ITT]

This month in labour history

This month in labour history

1-08-1917 Frank H. Little, anti-war activist & IWW organiser is lynched in Butte, Montana. He was on IWW's Exec Board when he was killed. [more]

1-08-1942 American Federation of Musicians strikes against recording companies over royalty payments, most settling within a year. [more]

3-08-1981 The PATCO strike begins, effectively shutting down air travel in the US. 2 days later President Reagan fired 11,000 air traffic controllers and broke the union. [more]

3-08-1821 Uriah Smith Stephens born. A tailor, he led 9 garment workers in founding the Knights of Labor in 1869. [more]

4-08-1997 185,000 members of the Teamsters begin a successful 15-day strike at UPS. [more]

5-08-1981 President Reagan sacks 11000 federal air traffic controllers for striking and refusing his order to return to work. [more]

7-08-1890 Birth of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, IWW organiser and founder of the ACLU. [more]

7-08-1919 Actors Equity becomes a recognised union after stagehands honour actors' picket lines. [more]

7-08-1894 Eugene Debs & three union leaders arrested following the Pullman strike. [more]

8-08-1881 United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America forms & becomes one of the largest trade unions in the US. [more]

9-08-1890 Knights of Labor strike on the New York Central railroad; ends in defeat due to scab labour. [more]

10-08-1935 Transport workers in New York descend on a courthouse with money from their own pockets to bail out Mike Quill, their president, arrested after attending a picket line. [more]

11-08-1828 Workingmen’s Party, first US labour party, forms in Philadelphia. [more]

11-08-1894 Troops force 1200 jobless workers out of Washington, DC, including Jack London & Big Bill Haywood. [more]

17-08-1985 A yearlong strike begins at the Hormel meat packing plant in Austin, Minnesota. [more]

17-08-1918 95 members of the IWW were jailed for resistance to the First World War. [more]

18-08-1927 Radio station WEVD - named for IWW labour leader Eugene V Debs – goes on the air in New York City. [more]

19-08-1909 IWW issues first edition of the “Little Red Song Book”. [more]

21-08-1831 Nat Turner's slave rebellion begins, Southampton County, Virginia, 56 slaves executed, 120 killed. [more]

22-08-1965 5 flight attendants form an association to defend themselves against an industry requiring women not to marry, retire at 32 and comply with criteria of weight, height and appearance; it becomes the AFA. [more]

23-08-1970 Led by César Chávez, the Salad Bowl strike, largest farm worker strike in US history, begins. [more]

25-08-1950 President Truman ordered the federal government to seize control of the railroads in order to prevent a planned strike by 1.7m union members. [more]

25-08-1925 The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, led by A. Phillip Randolph, is founded. [more]

26-08-1935 United Auto Workers union founded. [more]

28-08-1987 John Sayles's film “Matewan” about attempts to organise a union by coal miners is released. [more]

29-08-1921 West Virginia miners marching to free their imprisoned comrades face state forces and private detectives in the five-day "Battle of Blair Mountain." [more]

31-08-1939 Mexican-American women workers walkout at California Sanitary Canning Company, winning a union contract and wage increase. [more]

31-08-1933 Italian-American labour organizer Giovanni Pippan murdered during organizing campaign of bread wagon drivers in Chicago. [more]

31-08-1999 Detroit teachers start 9-day wildcat strike, winning "books, supplies, smaller class sizes" & 4% raise. [more]