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Strike in Texas at Molson Coors 2024-02-22 [IUF]

Houston supermarket workers recoup $460,000 after Department of Labor investigation 2024-02-03 [Houston Chronicle]

Trump A “known union buster, scab, and insurrectionist' Says IBT Vice President John Palmer For more info 2024-01-29 [LVP]

The Teamsters, Sean O'Brien, TDU ,Trump & The Upcoming Workers Struggles With IBT VP John Palmer For more info 2024-01-07 [LVP]

Heat-Related Death of Postal Worker Leads to Controversial Fine 2024-01-03 [Scientific American]

Frisco changes workers’ comp policy for first responders 2024-01-01 [Dallas Morning News]

Tesla factory worker attacked by robot that dug its claws into back and arm: report 2023-12-27 [NYPost]

Austin Mayo Clinic removes Steelworkers Union 2023-12-24 [KAAL / ABC]

The Tesla Cybertruck Is the Opposite of Union-Built 2023-12-17 [MSN]

UAW’s contract with Big Three automakers could impact non-union Texas auto workers 2023-11-12 [TX Pubic Radio]

Waffle House workers rally for better pay and safety 2023-11-12 [TPR]

A farmers branch starbucks becomes 19th store in texas to unionize For more info 2023-10-30 [KERA]

UAW expands strike to GM plant in Texas as firm says walkout costs it $200 million a week 2023-10-25 [Wash Post]

Public school teachers in Texas are protesting vouchers. They've enlisted plumbers to help. 2023-10-15 [TPR]

Texas is 6th-worst state for workers, tied for worst for workers' right to organize, Oxfam says 2023-09-07 [San Antonio Express-News]

'It was a death trap.' These workers died in triple-digit heat. Now their loved ones demand change For more info 2023-08-20 [CNN]

Man who threatened poll workers and Arizona officials is sentenced to 3 1/2 years 2023-08-06 [AZPM]

The 2023 IBT UPS Contract:Fighting Business Unionism & The Struggle With Amazon For more info 2023-08-03 [LVP]

Amid a record heat wave, TX construction workers lose their right to rest breaks 2023-07-21 [NPR]

Texas Governor Outlaws Life-Saving Water Breaks for Workers as Climate Crisis Fuels Heat Waves 2023-07-11 [Democracy Now]

'Death star’ law will eliminate mandatory water breaks for construction workers 2023-07-04 [KXAN]

The Teamsters 2023 UPS Contract Fight, Democracy & Union Power With IBT VP John Palmer For more info 2023-07-04 [https://youtu.be/ZlirerDyuf4]

As Texas swelters, local rules requiring water breaks for construction workers will soon be nullified For more info 2023-06-29 [TX Tribune]

TX airport worker died after being sucked into the engine of a Delta plane; OSHA fined Piedmont Airlines $15,625 2023-06-26 [NPR]

As the climate crisis accelerates, worker heat protections can help save lives 2023-06-25 [Austin Am-Statesman]

Texas’s “Death Star Bill” Is an Attack on Workers and Democracy 2023-06-24 [Jacobin]

TX law overrides safeguards like water breaks as temperatures rise 2023-06-24 [Yahoo]

Workers Die in Texas Heat as Greg Abbott's Water Break Ban Comes Under Fire 2023-06-23 [Newsweek]

New Texas law will get rid of water breaks for outdoor workers amid extreme heat 2023-06-23 [ABC News]

New TX bill ending water break mandates is a death sentence for construction workers, experts say 2023-06-22 [Houston Chronicle]

Gov Greg Abbott has cut required water breaks for Texas construction workers and labor advocates say it could kill them 2023-06-19 [Yahoo]

Greg Abbott has cut required water breaks for Texas construction workers and labor advocates say it could kill them 2023-06-19 [Yahoo]

Dallas News Guild ratifies collective bargaining agreement 2023-06-16 [WFAA]

‘This is wrong’: Women officers fight for gender equality, reform in El Paso Police Department 2023-06-07 [The Standard]

Ascension Seton nurses overwhelmingly vote to strike following months of no deal on union contract 2023-06-02 [KVUE]

Union Starbucks workers say organizer was illegally fired over protected labor activity 2023-05-08 [NPR]

Austin workers form first animation studio union in Texas; organize with IATSE 2023-04-28 [NPR]

CALL NOW to tell your representative to protect local democracies and VOTE NO on HB 2127! 2023-04-17 [TX Gulf Coast AFL-CIO]

ACT NOW! Call your legislator and tell them to stop this destructive attack on our communities and VOTE NO on HB 2127 2023-04-17 [TX Gulf Coast AFL-CIO]

Tell Greg Abbott - hands off HISD! 2023-03-03 [AFL-CIO]

Texas workers file thousands of wage theft claims but recouping money proves difficult 2023-01-25 [CBS DFW]

OSHA issues call to action for Texas employers to protect workers during freezing temperatures 2022-12-22 [Click2Houston]

Cafeteria workers have ‘walked out’ from 3 Hereford ISD schools due to demand of employee bonuses 2022-12-21 [KFDA]

100 unionized Starbucks stores go on workers strike this weekend 2022-12-19 [KXAN]

Railroad worker dies after explosion caused by fuel at tracks near Old Town Spring, authorities say 2022-11-06 [Click2Houston]

The first independent restaurant union in the South For more info 2022-10-29 [More Perfect Union]

Exxon refinery lockout 'unlawful,' back pay sought by U.S. Labor Board 2022-10-04 [Reuters]

Houston Starbucks workers go on temporary strike after union leader was fired 2022-10-04 [Chron]

Election workers abruptly quit, upending rural Texas county 2022-08-22 [AP]

Tell Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton to denounce the national Republican Party for proclaiming the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection to be “legitimate political discourse” 2022-02-05 [TX AFL-CIO]

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 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]

14-02-1936 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]

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]

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]

27-02-1939 Supreme Court rules that sit-down strikes violate property owners' rights and are therefore illegal. [more]

27-02-1881 African-American laundresses in Atlanta, Georgia, went on strike and were successful in raising wages and establishing a union. [more]