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Workers forced to clean up TVA coal ash spill without personal protection settle with company 2023-05-24 [KY Lantern]

WATCH: Memphis Sanitation Workers reach 5-Year contract deal with pay raises For more info 2023-04-26 [FOX 13]

Memphis sanitation workers sign 5-year contract with salary increase 2023-04-23 [WREG]

'It's becoming crippling:' The number of school counselors, social workers, dropping in TN For more info 2023-04-15 [ABC]

AFL-CIO statement on the expulsion of representatives Justin Jones and Justin J. Pearson from the Tenessee House of Re[resentatives 2023-04-12 [AFL-CIO]

Memphis Starbucks union member: Workers remain scared but want to fight for their rights For more info 2023-03-29 [CNBC]

Dozens of workers reject union at big Nissan TN plant 2023-03-17 [Tennessean]

National Nurses United statement on Tyre Nicholls death and police practices 2023-02-01 [National Nurses United]

Comtrak settles misclassification lawsuit with drivers 2022-12-21 [Land Line]

Alcoa Starbucks workers strike amid growing support for unions nationally 2022-09-09 [WBIR]

Starbucks loses appeal, will rehire 7 fired Memphis workers 2022-09-08 [AP]

Federal judge says Starbucks must reinstate fired workers 2022-08-18 [AP]

Workers upset over abrupt closing of Nashville restaurant 2022-08-30 [WKRN]

Starbucks ordered to reinstate US workers fired amid union campaign 2022-08-20 [Guardian]

Starbucks must reinstate fired workers, federal judge rules 2022-08-19 [AP]

Starbucks ordered to reinstate fired Memphis staff 2022-08-19 [BBC]

Federal judge orders Starbucks to rehire seven Memphis baristas fired after talking to the media about labor organizing 2022-08-18 [Washington Post]

Volkswagen Launches “Passive-Aggressive” Anti-Union Campaign As Dark Money Floods into Chattanooga For more info 2019-04-24 [Payday Report]

VW Threatening to Close Chattanooga Plant if UAW Wins – Facebook Helping to Bust Union – Tenn Gov Could Drop a Bomb For more info 2019-06-10 [Payday Report]

TN AFL-CIO Hosting “Pass the PRO Act” Rally at Senator Hagerty and Senator Blackburn's Nashville Offices 2021-07-19 [TN Tribune]

Starbucks Workers Unionize Store Where ‘Memphis Seven' Were Fired 2022-06-08 [Verve Times]

Fired Memphis Starbucks Worker: “I Know That I Was Retaliated Against” 2022-02-10 [Eater]

Kroger, grocery union calling for government to recognize workers as temporary ‘first responders' 2020-04-16 [Wate]

Trumka in Memphis: We're Reaching for that Mountaintop 2018-04-07 [AFL-CIO]

Third Time's the Charm? UAW Announces New Election at Volkswagen 2019-04-12 [Labor Notes]

Trash piling on streets, sanitation workers' union calls city council for help 2022-07-09 [Action News 5]

This Labor Day, Remember That Martin Luther King's Last Campaign Was for Workers' Rights 2017-09-04 [Common Dreams]

Tennessee Approves 19 Percent Decrease in Workers' Comp Rates 2018-11-09 [Insurance Jrnl]

Gig workers will soon lose unemployment eligibility and experts say it's a mistake 2021-05-29 [NewsChannel 5 Nashville]

How Memphis Gave Up on Dr. King's Dream 2018-03-30 [NYTimes]

Lawmakers Call for House to Investigate XPO After Memphis Workers' Miscarriages 2018-12-05 [NYTimes]

A Memphis Temp Worker Died on the Job After FedEx Didn't Fix a Known Hazard. The Fine: $7,000 2020-12-29 [ProPublica]

Court Upholds Workers' Comp Judgment for Undocumented Worker 2021-06-23 [SHRM]

Unfair labor practices charged at Volkswagen's US plant 2017-05-13 [Washington Post]

Federal judge temporarily blocks Biden administration protections for LGBTQ workers, students 2022-07-19 [Deseret News]

Bonfire Mongolian Grill in Clarksville owners charged with harboring undocumented workers 2022-07-14 [Clarksville]

Restaurant operators federally charged with conspiracy to harbor undocumented workers 2022-07-14 [WKRN]

Baristas lead union push in Middle TN 2022-07-08 [WPLN]

Coal ash workers dying as lawsuit over illnesses drags on 2022-05-30 [KGET]

Labor board issues complaint against Starbucks in firing of 7 workers 2022-04-23 [NYTimes]

Starbucks store in Tennessee votes to unionize - workers group 2022-04-01 [Saltwire]

Construction worker found dead on Rothschild College construction site 2022-03-19 [Vanderbilt hustler]

Starbucks fires Memphis workers who tried to form a union 2022-02-14 [NYPost]

Memphis Starbucks Fired a Bunch of Pro-Union Workers After They Went on TV 2022-02-12 [Vice]

'We Won't Be Silenced': Workers Fired by Starbucks Amid Union Drive Speak Out 2022-02-11 [Common Dreams]

Starbucks fires seven workers at Memphis store after they tried to form a union and gave media interviews in the coffee shop without authorization 2022-02-11 [UK Daily Mail]

Starbucks fires workers involved in union push as US movement gains momentum 2022-02-10 [Guardian]

Memphis Starbucks workers fired in midst of unionization campaign 2022-02-09 [USA Today]

Starbucks fires employees linked to unionisation efforts 2022-02-09 [Ticker]

Starbucks Has Fired Several Union Leaders in Memphis 2022-02-09 [Jacobin]

This month in labour history

This month in labour history

3-06-1900 The International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union is founded in New York City. [more]

3-06-2016 A federal judge ruled that women's soccer players could not go on strike, despite their collective bargaining agreement (which included a no-strike clause) having expired. The women were in dispute over pay discrimination. [more]

4-06-1912 Massachusetts becomes the first US state to establish a minimum wage [more]

4-06-2012 When National Football League referees failed to agree to a new contract, which included big pension cuts, the NFL locked them out and began hiring scabs to replace them. Bosses came up with a revised offer which was agreed on 26 September. [more]

6-06-1933 10,000 auto workers strike in Lansing, Michigan and paralyze the city for a month following the arrest of 9 of them, including the union president's wife forced to leave 3 children alone at home. [more]

8-06-1917 Disaster at the Spectator mine in Butte, Montana: 168 dead. [more]

9-06-1865 Helen Marot, campaigner for working women, is born. [more]

10-06-1963 Congress adopts a law on equal pay for men and women. [more]

11-06-1913 Police shoot at maritime workers on strike at United Fruit Co. in New Orleans, killing one. [more]

12-06-1904 Defying AFL's Samuel Gompers, 50,000 members of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen walk off their jobs. [more]

16-06-1918 Railroad union leader and socialist Eugene Debs makes his famous speech against capitalism in Canton, OH, which will land him in jail. [more]

17-06-1903 In Philadelphia, "Mother Jones" organizes a demonstration of children who had been mutilated in textile factories to draw public attention to their fate. [more]

19-06-1912 The eight-hour day is adopted for Federal employees [more]

20-06-1947 President Truman vetoes the anti-union Taft-Hartley Act, but his veto is overturned by Congress three days later. [more]

20-06-1893 The American Railway Union is founded with Eugène Debs at its head. [more]

21-06-1877 Hanging in Pennsylvania of 10 miners accused of being "Molly Maguires" activists sentenced to death on the basis of an investigation carried out by a private detectives agency sponsored by a private company. [more]

23-06-1999 Workers at Fieldcrest Cannon textile plants in North Carolina vote for union recognition after a 25 year struggle [more]

27-06-1905 The Industrial Workers of the World, later popularly known as the Wobblies, is founded in Chicago with the aim of uniting all workers in One Big Union [more]

29-06-1894 Over 125,000 workers on two dozen railroads have joined the boycott of Pullman cars [more]

30-06-1918 Socialist anf labor leader Eugene Debs is arrested under the Espionage Act for making an anti-war speech in Canton, Ohio [more]