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Food for the hungry: How industry, labor and government are stepping up in A.C. 2020-05-26 [ROI-NJ]

Union: Roxbury Shopping Center Construction is Irresponsible During COVID-19 2020-05-10 [Tap Into Roxbury]

Workers Want Virus Protections Before Casinos Reopen 2020-05-05 [NYTimes]

Roselle man makes face shields for the front line 2020-05-03 [Union News Daily]

Fired in a pandemic 'Because we tried to start a union,' worker says 2020-04-28 [NYTimes]

Casinos can get federal stimulus help, but unions say they’re not helping Atlantic City workers 2020-04-13 [NJ]

Nurses with HPAE-AFT, JNESO-IUOE are fired for speaking out about COVID safety, lack of equipment 2020-04-13 [NewJersey.com]

Jersey Shore Hospital Fired Nurse For Questioning Safety: Union 2020-04-09 [Patch-NJ]

Barnes & Noble Warehouse Workers in Monroe, New Jersey Will Protest to Demand Protections Against COVID-19 2020-04-07 [InsiderNJ]

Instacart workers in N.J. may go on strike amid lack of coronavirus protections, pay 2020-03-29 [NJ Advanced Media]

Health care unions demand protections for frontlines of COVID-19 outbreak 2020-03-13 [NJBiz]

Homeland Security worker reportedly told to return to work in Newark, despite coronavirus quarantine 2020-03-01 [NJ]

County Calls on on Colleges, Universities to Hire Union Labor 2020-02-26 [Tap Into Bayonne]

Teacher union files unfair labor practice charges 2020-02-26 [Williamsport Sun-Gazette]

NJ weighs work standards overhaul to address toxicity 2020-02-15 [News12]

After nine years without a contract, PATH workers protest in Jersey City 2020-02-01 [Hudson Cty View]

Teamsters Applaud Passage Of N.J. Legislation Combatting Worker Misclassification 2020-01-23 [Teamsters]

Sweeping Legislative Package Signed to Combat Worker Misclassification, Exploitation 2020-01-22 [Cape May Cty Herald]

Workers begin strike for fairer wages at Westampton IKEA facility 2020-01-20 [Burlington Cty Times]

After Eventful 2019, NJ Positioned as Leading Pro-Employee State 2020-01-04 [NJ Law Jrnl]

Court: Airline’s workers can’t sue as class in pay dispute 2019-12-27 [AP]

Massive Janitorial Strike Averted 2019-12-26 [Clean Link]

Freelancers unite to fight New Jersey bill that may devastate their livelihood 2019-12-24 [CNBC]

Unionized N.J. janitors just got a new contract that raises salaries to $18 an hour by 2023 2019-12-23 [NJ]

AFSCME Local 2218 outreach program donates toys and necessities to local families 2019-12-22 [AFSCME]

As ‘gig economy’ ramps up, lawmakers move bills to curtail misclassification 2019-12-18 [NJBiz]

Janitor’s union votes to authorize strike as contract deadline looms 2019-12-18 [NJTV]

Debate to continue over NJ bill rewriting rules for freelance workers, contractors 2019-12-18 [NorthJersey.com]

Principal created 'hostile work environment' when he sent meme to staff, union says 2019-12-10 [Paterson Press]

Uber Has To Pay Almost $650 Million To New Jersey In Employment Taxes 2019-12-02 [Industry News Chronicle]

Former NJ ILA union official pleads guilty to soliciting, accepting bribes 2019-10-17 [The Hill]

Will N.J. public worker pension fund help tobacco farmworkers form a union? 2019-10-01 [NJ]

Let’s celebrate our immigrant tradition this Labor Day 2019-09-02 [Star-Ledger]

N.J. blueberry farms house workers in storage sheds, pollute groundwater 2019-08-09 [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Municipalities weigh options for future labor deals 2019-08-01 [NJTV]

NJ Task Force on Independent Contractor Misclassification Releases Report, Recommendations 2019-07-26 [Natl Law Rev]

New Jersey Task Force on Independent Contractor Misclassification Releases Report, Recommendations 2019-07-23 [Lexology]

‘Independent contractors’? Gov Murphy says workers being cheated 2019-07-10 [NJ1015]

Murphy signs bills protecting first responders’ benefits 2019-07-09 [NJTV]

NJ EDA Needs to Suspend NFI’s $80 Mil Tax Break 2019-07-09 [Justice for Port Drives / Teamsters]

How Did 'Union Guy' Steve Sweeney Become Labor's Public Enemy No. 1? 2019-06-25 [WNYC]

NJ first in nation to require panic buttons for hotel workers 2019-06-13 [App]

Rutgers part-time faculty approve new contract with raises ranging from 12 to 33 percent 2019-06-01 [North Jersey]

UFCW Local 152 Attends NJ State Assembly Meeting In Support of Expanding Medical Cannabis 2019-05-28 [UFCW Local 152]

Phillipsburg union member speaks out at town council meeting 2019-05-22 [WFMZ]

Some part-time lecturers not happy with new Rutgers contract 2019-05-20 [NJ Spotlight]

Sweeney, jeered off stage by union members, doesn’t back down: ‘I’m ready for a fight’ 2019-05-17 [ROI-NJ]

ExxonMobil union workers at this N.J. research center are going on strike 2019-05-02 [NJ]

Exxon Mobil lab workers in NJ set to strike 2019-05-01 [Morning Call]

Tackling pay inequity, new Rutgers faculty contract could become a national template 2019-04-20 [North Jersey]

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]

2-05-1968 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]

2-05-1843 "Mill girls" – overwhelmingly female textile workers – walked out on strike in Massachusetts for better conditions. [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]

15-05-1935 Folk singer, labor organiser and IWW member Utah Phillips is born. [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]

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]

29-05-1946 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]

29-05-1941 Disney Studios animators in LA strike for union recognition. 16 were fired. [more]

29-05-1990 The Justice for Janitors strike of ISS cleaners in Los Angeles begins. [more]

31-05-1921 The Sacco and Vanzetti trial begins in Dedham, Massachusetts. [more]