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UAW calls for GM and Mexico to ensure the fundamental right of GM Silao workers to have a free and fair election to join a union [UAW] 2022-01-22

UAW union urges GM to ensure fair workers' vote in Mexico [Saltwire] 2022-01-22

District of Columbia The first unionized bookstore in Washington, D.C. [UNI Global Union] 2022-01-21

America’s labour shortages have done little to boost perks for workers [Economist] 2022-01-20

Martin Luther King Jr. was a union man [MSR] 2022-01-17

Amazon Cuts Paid Leave Time for Workers With COVID [Pymnts] 2022-01-10

AFL-CIO: On Jan 6 Anniversary, Congress must act to strengthen our democracy [AFL-CIO] 2022-01-07

We need global unionism to balance global capitalism [Tacoma Ledger] 2022-01-04

Iowa Judges send Tyson workers' virus lawsuit back to state court: families of dead workers say that Tyson contributed to their deaths [NBC] 2022-01-03

Amazon Reaches Labor Deal, Giving Workers More Power to Organize [New York Times] 2021-12-31

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Today's labour news


Statement by President Joe Biden on $15 Minimum Wage for Federal Workers and Contractors Going into Effect 2022-01-28 [White House]

Colorado After striking, Colorado Kroger workers win raises of $2 to $5.99 per hour 2022-01-28 [Counter]

The modern workplace: Will remote tech workers tolerate being monitored? 2022-01-28 [ZDNet]

Millions of workers just got a pay raise: Black women and Latinas will likely benefit the most 2022-01-28 [CPI]

Georgia After threats against election workers, DOJ starts making arrests For more info 2022-01-28 [MSNBC]

New York Amazon Illegally Threatened Workers Over Union Push, U.S. Labor Board Claims 2022-01-28 [Gizmodo]

Maine Bill would make more than 30,000 salaried workers in Maine eligible for overtime 2022-01-28 [Press Herald]

Workers don't know their schedules until the last minute. That's a big problem 2022-01-28 [CNN]

A ‘Gen U’ of young Starbucks baristas is powering a growing push to unionize 2022-01-28 [CNBC]

The cruelest part of these farm worker injuries? Indifference 2022-01-28 [UFW]

Labor Organizers Want to Unionize All Activision Workers 2022-01-27 [Tittle Press]

New York Amazon Faces Unionization Battle: NLRB says nascent Amazon Labor Union has enough support from Staten Island workers to hold election 2022-01-27 [Wall St Jrnl]

Illinois Continued Right-Wing-Group Harassment of Library Workers in IL 2022-01-27 [Book Riot]

DoorDash Reaches Deal With Delivery Drivers Over Unpaid Wages 2022-01-27 [Bloomberg]

Nebraska Union files petition against Grand Island Public concerning substitute teacher misclassification 2022-01-27 [Independent]

West Virginia Biscuit World workers say no to 1st W.Va. fast-food union ... but ... 2022-01-27 [Boston Globe]

New York A union election is moving forward at Amazon’s JFK8 warehouse in Staten Island 2022-01-27 [Verge]

Texas Union calls 1% annual pay rise offer for U.S. refinery workers 'ridiculous' 2022-01-27 [Reuters]

New York Workers at REI Store in Manhattan Seek to Form Retailer’s Only Union 2022-01-27 [NYTimes]

New York Amazon workers eligible to hold union election at New York warehouse -NLRB 2022-01-27 [Saltwire]

 VIDEO California Starbucks workers in Santa Cruz file to unionize 2022-01-27 [KSBW]

California Activision Blizzard chooses not to voluntarily recognize Call of Duty QA union 2022-01-26 [PC Gamer]

California Activision Blizzard says could not reach deal with union at Raven studio 2022-01-26 [Yahoo]

MLB, players’ union meet in person for first time since lockout 2022-01-25 [Washington Post]

The American labor movement is popular, prominent and shrinking 2022-01-25 [New York Times]

West Virginia Biscuit World union effort rooted in West Virginia history 2022-01-25 [Yahoo]

Alabama High Amazon Turnover Could Shift Alabama Union Election Vote 2022-01-25 [BNN]

Washington Teamsters in the US strike over contract 2022-01-25 [IndustriALL]

Julian Assange wins right to ask Supreme Court to consider his extradition case 2022-01-25 [IFJ]

New York Workers at REI's Manhattan store seek to form union 2022-01-24 [New York Times]

Workers at Activision Blizzard’s Raven Software end strike action following union push 2022-01-24 [Yahoo Finance]

Ohio Ohio State student workers organize protest 2022-01-23 [LO]

West Virginia Union members rally alongside Special Metals workers on strike 2022-01-23 [Fox]

Oregon Portland workers picket city hall after voting to approve strike 2022-01-23 [Live]

California Activision employee strike ended pending recognition of new union 2022-01-23 [NME]

California In historic first, mis-classified truck drivers file for union election in Los Angelos, San Diego 2022-01-22 [International Brotherhood of Teamsters]

West Virginia SAG-AFTRA statement on live-reporting incident 2022-01-22 [SAG-AFTRA]

With tips, restaurants can pay workers as little as $2 an hour. It's why no one's coming back to work 2022-01-22 [Insider]

More Starbucks Baristas Across the U.S. Are Looking to Unionize 2022-01-22 [Wall St Jrnl]

GM Mexico union vote draws questions from AFL-CIO, Unifor 2022-01-22 [Automotive News]

New York Starbucks workers agree to union in Buffalo 2022-01-22 [WKTV]

Massachusetts Boston firefighters’ union rallies against city’s vaccine mandate 2022-01-22 [WHDH]

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

Colorado King Soopers, UFCW Local 7 reach tentative agreement; strike ends immediately 2022-01-22 [KDVR]

New Mexico Smith’s hopes to avoid strike, reach deal with employees 2022-01-22 [KRQE]

Wisconsin Call of Duty workers say they plan to unionize For more info 2022-01-22 [Axios]

Wisconsin Activision Blizzard employees form first of its kind Game Workers Alliance Union 2022-01-22 [Guardian]

Ohio Protesters gather at Ohio Union demanding higher wages for student workers 2022-01-22 [Lantern TV]

Wisconsin Workers at an Activision game studio say they are forming a union 2022-01-22 [NYTimes]

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This month in labour history


1-01-1966 From 8:02 a.m., a public transport strike spread across New York. After 12 days, the strikers will get a 15% wage increase and other benefits. [more]

2-01-1920 Thousands of US labor activists are arrested in the 'Palmer Raids' during the first Red Scare. [more]

3-01-1917 Trial of labour organizer Tom Mooney begins in San Francisco for Preparedness Day bombing. He was framed & serves 22 years. [more]

4-01-1965 Start of victorious 28-day strike by 8000 New York City social workers over better conditions for welfare recipients. [more]

4-01-1966 Transport Workers Union of America leader Mike Quill arrested for violating an anti-strike court injunction in 4-day old 35000-member strike. [more]

6-01-1916 8,000 workers strike the Youngstown steel mills. The next day, they are joined by their families. The guards fired bullets and tear gas canisters at the crowd. 3 strikers die and 25 are injured. [more]

7-01-1920 Five elected members of the New York state assembly belonging to the Socialist Party are refused their seats. [more]

7-01-1939 Tom Mooney of the IWW, after 22 years in prison, is found not guilty of murder. [more]

7-01-1892 100 dead and 150 injured in the explosion at No. 11 mine near Krebs, Oklahoma, when an untrained new hire handles dynamite. [more]

8-01-1811 A slave revolt takes place on the Louisiana sugar plantations. 300 to 500 slaves march on New Orleans, burning the fields in the process. After 2 days, the military crushed the protest. [more]

9-01-1939 1,700 tenant farm families are blocking the Missouri highway after being evicted from their homes so landowners do not have to share government aid with them. [more]

10-01-1860 Collapse of a Pemberton factory in Lawrence, Massachussetts. 900 workers, mostly Irish, trapped in the rubble. More than 100 dead, more injured. [more]

11-01-1912 The 'Bread and Roses' strike began in Lynn Massachusetts. The strike was begun and led by mainly immigrant women. [more]

11-01-1937 Police beat and arrest UAW members during the great sit-down strike in Flint, Michigan [more]

13-01-1874 Mounted police from the NYPD violently attack a demonstration of unemployed workers in Tompkins Square Park. [more]

14-01-2003 General Electric decides to transfer $ 400 / year from the employer's share of health insurance contributions to each employee. 14,000 of them go on strike for 2 days in protest. [more]

15-01-1929 Birth of civil rights activist and labor movement supporter Martin Luther King, Jr [more]

17-01-1915 The song 'Solidarity Forever' by Ralph Chaplin is first sung, on a hunger march through Chicago organised by Lucy Parsons. [more]

19-01-1915 20 strikers in Roosevelt, New Jersey, are killed when security guards open fire at an agricultural chemicals factory. They had stopped a train to look for scabs. [more]

19-01-1920 In Hawaii 3,000 members of the Philippine Federation of Labour strike at Ohao plantations. Joined later by members of the Japanese Federation of Labour, their number rose to 8,300. [more]

19-01-1973 In Yuba City, California, a labour contractor, Juan V. Corona, was found guilty of the murder of 25 migrant farm workers between 1970 and 1971. [more]

19-01-2000 Charleston, SC. 600 police officers disperse a demonstration of dockers whose collective agreement is called into question. 5 of them will be arrested on pretexts; the start of the campaign for the liberation of the Charleston 5. [more]

22-01-1969 Black workers at the Eldon Chrysler plant in Detroit march on the autoworkers' union with a list of grievances. The workers had formed ELRUM - the Eldon Revolutionary Union Movement - and they called a strike the next day. [more]

23-01-1913 Joe Hill's song 'Mr. Block', extolling the virtues of industrial unionism, is first published in the IWW's newpaper. [more]

27-01-1850 Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor, is born. [more]

29-01-1834 Federal troops are used to break a strike for the first time in America, on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal [more]

31-01-1938 12,000 pecan shellers, most of them Hispanic women, strike for higher wages and civil rights in San Antonio, Texas. [more]

31-01-1919 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]