California 'Everyone tested positive': Covid devastates agriculture workers in California's heartland

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California 'Everyone tested positive': Covid devastates agriculture workers in California's heartland [Guardian] 2020-08-08

Teachers Aren’t Sacrificial Lambs. No Essential Worker Is [New York Intelligencer] 2020-08-05

Billionaires Want to Reopen Schools Amid a Pandemic. They Might Unleash a Teacher Strike Wave. [Jacobin] 2020-08-03

The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Intensified Systemic Economic Racism Against Black Americans [New Yorker] 2020-08-02

USPS Workers Concerned New Policies Will Pave the Way to Privatization [Intercept] 2020-08-01

How Trump Labor Secretary Scalia Played Chicken With Meatpacking Workers’ Lives [Mother Jones] 2020-07-28

Herman Benson’s Lifelong Fight For Democratic Unions [Labor Notes] 2020-07-27

Maine Bath shipyard union rallies as strike enters sixth week [Press Herald] 2020-07-26

Maine Machinists union president rallies striking shipyard workers [Jrnl Record] 2020-07-26

Thousands Strike for Black Lives across the U.S. [IUF] 2020-07-24

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Today's labour news

Pennsylvania Philadelphia Greyhound workers resist layoffs, speedup, attack on wages 2020-08-10 [The Militant]

New York Employees Trying to Organize Rip “Union-Busting” at Housing Works 2020-08-09 [Gay City News]

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

Maine Bath Iron Works and Machinists Union reach tentative deal to end strike in Maine 2020-08-09 [Martinsville Bulletin]

North Carolina Caravan of educators, parents, cafeteria workers protest in front of Republican US senator's office 2020-08-09 [WRAL]

80 percent of Veterans Affairs employees surveyed by their union said endemic racism in the agency is a moderate or serious problem 2020-08-08 [Washington Post ]

US Has Lost 12,881,000 Jobs Since February. Lowest-Paid Workers Are Hit Hardest 2020-08-08 [TruthOut]

California CA Labor Commissioner’s Office Files Lawsuits Against Uber and Lyft for Engaging in Systemic Wage Theft 2020-08-08 [Sierra Sun Times]

Florida Struggling Municipal Workers Plead for Aid from Federal Lawmakers 2020-08-08 [Bay News 9]

Postal Workers Union Head Confirms Purposeful Slowdown Of Postal Service by Trump P'master Genl 2020-08-08 [Video News]

Postal Workers Union head confirms slowdown of postal service by Trump appointee 2020-08-08 [Yahoo]

Ohio Union representing Cleveland waste workers says city provided workers expired PPE 2020-08-08 [Yahoo]

Here’s How Professional Union Busters Talk About ‘Woke’ Tech Organizers 2020-08-08 [OneZero]

Why Black workers will hurt the most if Congress doesn't extend jobless benefits 2020-08-08 [Philadelphia Tribune]

New York Covid-19: N.Y. schools allowed to reopen, raising more questions 2020-08-08 [Buffalo News]

Florida Florida Gov. DeSantis: Restaurant workers don’t need a negative COVID-19 test before returning to work 2020-08-08 [WSVN]

California 'Everyone tested positive': Covid devastates agriculture workers in California's heartland 2020-08-08 [Guardian]

Without Federal Protections, Farm Workers Risk Coronavirus Infection To Harvest Crops 2020-08-08 [NPR]

Workers Blow the Whistle on Mass Death 2020-08-08 [ITT]

Ohio University of Akron faculty union rejects proposed first contract 2020-08-07 [Akron Beacon-Journal]

'Worst nightmare': Laid-off workers endure loss of $600 aid 2020-08-07 [AP]

US Job Losses to Mount With Small Firms Running on Fumes 2020-08-07 [Bloomberg]

Gone for good? Evidence signals many jobs aren’t coming back 2020-08-07 [AP]

Illinois IL Extends Unemployment Benefits By 20 Weeks As Workers Struggle During Pandemic 2020-08-07 [Block Club Chicago]

New Jersey Exposed to travelers, airport workers rally for bill that would pay for their healthcare 2020-08-07 [NJ]

Florida 6 Miami Construction Workers Injured in Crane Accident 2020-08-07 [Insurance Jrnl]

Arizona Unions, Safeway raise $40,000 for Navajo Nation 2020-08-07 [WHICentral]

Montana 2 Keystone XL pipeline workers get virus, but work continues 2020-08-07 [AP]

California CA lawmakers propose more protections for farm workers impacted by coronavirus 2020-08-07 [ABC]

California Healthcare workers protest lack of COVID-19 protections The employees at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital hold rally 2020-08-07 [OCRegister]

‘Worst nightmare’: Laid-off workers endure loss of $600 aid 2020-08-07 [Columbian]

Large-scale COVID-19 antibody testing of frontline health care workers reveals prevalence 2020-08-07 [Northwell Health]

Tennessee TVA Rescinds Previous Decision to Lay Off IT Workers 2020-08-07 [TVA]

Sign the petition: Demand Congress continue to defer student loan debt until there is an accessible and functioning vaccine for COVID-19 2020-08-07 [Action Network]

New York NYSUT poll: 81 percent of union members say health and safety should drive school reopening For more info 2020-08-07 [My Little Falls]

Millions of Workers Suffering From Repeat Layoffs 2020-08-07 [The Street]

AMA COVID-19 daily video update: Providing mental health aid to New York front-line physicians 2020-08-07 [AMA]

Major unions push for paid leave in COVID-19 aid bill 2020-08-07 [The Hill]

Tennessee Under fire from Trump, TVA agrees to keep IT workers, drop outsourcing plan 2020-08-07 [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

Labor takes a hit from the Covid-19 pandemic 2020-08-07 [Buffalo News]

Lawmakers Look to Further Strengthen Whistleblower Protections 2020-08-07 [Gov Exec]

Florida ‘Held hostage’: Cruise employees were stuck on a ship and forced to work without pay, lawsuit says 2020-08-07 [Wash Post]

North Dakota ND Oil Workers Are Learning to Tend Wind Turbines—and That’s a Big Deal 2020-08-07 [New Yorker]

Illinois Workers’ rights advocate to join virtual discussion on nation’s economy 2020-08-07 [SIU News]

Mexican families mourn workers claimed by Covid in the US 2020-08-07 [Guardian]

'We're Risking Our Lives': Front-Line Federal Workers Sue For Hazard Pay 2020-08-07 [NPR]

Top Democrats say Trump's postmaster general acknowledged new policies that workers say are delaying mail 2020-08-07 [Wash Post]

Why Black Workers Will Hurt the Most if Congress Doesn’t Extend Jobless Benefits 2020-08-07 [NYTimes]

Illinois CWCR: Reinstate bus driver Erek Slater! 2020-08-07 [Socialist Resurgence]

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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]

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

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]

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

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

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

17-08-1918 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]

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

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

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]