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New Jersey BWI condemns forced labour of Indian workers in US [BWI] 2021-05-13

Amazon Loses Opening Round In Union Vote Challenge [Silicon.co.uk] 2021-05-12

US administration’s support for COVID-19 vaccines’ TRIPS waiver a huge step forward [ITUC] 2021-05-10

US support for the TRIPS waiver: a step closer to equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all [EI] 2021-05-08

Alabama Trade Union Evidence Could Overturn Amazon Vote, Labor Board Says [Silicon.co.uk] 2021-04-30

The Shifting Class Composition of Unions [The American Prospect] 2021-04-14

Labor After Bessemer [The American Prospect] 2021-04-14

Walmart's grocery workers died feeding the nation. Now, their families are left to pick up the pieces [NBC] 2021-04-13

Amazon defeats historic Alabama union effort [BBC] 2021-04-09

Amazon Election Results - RWDSU Union Loses [NLRB] 2021-04-09

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Today's labour news


Alabama Amazon exec Dave Clark pushed USPS to install mailbox now at center of union election controversy 2021-05-18 [Report Door]

New Jersey Murphy decision to maintain mask mandates is applauded by food, retail workers union 2021-05-18 [ROI-NJ]

Think your workers are coming back to the office? Not if they can't find childcare 2021-05-18 [WGRZ]

New York Unifrax workers in Town of Tonawanda go on strike 2021-05-18 [WIVB]

Minnesota Healthcare Workers Vote To Ratify Allina Health Agreement 2021-05-18 [KTOE]

States are turning away unemployment aid. Workers fear choice between health and a paycheck. 2021-05-18 [NBC]

Virginia After Strike, Workers Resoundingly Reject Contract at Volvo's Virginia Truck Plant 2021-05-18 [Labour Notes]

UFCW to Kroger: ‘Essential Workers Deserve More’ 2021-05-17 [Winsight Grocery Business]

Nation's largest RN union condemns CDC rollback on Covid protection guidance 2021-05-17 [National Nurses United]

Workers Worried Retailers Ditching Masks on Vaccine Honor System 2021-05-16 [Bloomberg]

Restaurant and retail owners have 2 options nowadays: stop treating their workers like garbage or stop having workers at all 2021-05-16 [Business Insider]

Nurses' union condemns CDC's advice to go maskless 2021-05-16 [Health World]

Hindu Sect Is Accused of Using Forced Labor to Build N.J. Temple 2021-05-16 [The New York Times]

Justice for Templestone Workers 2021-05-16 [Global Labor Justice]

Delta CEO says new workers must be vaccinated against COVID-19 2021-05-15 [Click Orlando]

California Walmart says security checks didn't push workers to skip breaks 2021-05-15 [Reuters]

Florida Publix eases mask mandates for vaccinated workers and shoppers 2021-05-15 [FL Keys News]

Alaska Cannery workers document the Chinese history of Alaska’s fishing industry 2021-05-15 [APM]

Remembering the Food Workers We’ve Lost to COVID-19 Part 4 2021-05-15 [Modern Farmer]

Walmart ends mask requirement for vaccinated shoppers and workers 2021-05-15 [Seeking Alpha]

Creating a Post-COVID Healthcare System that Supports Healthcare Workers 2021-05-15 [Managed Healthcare]

Unemployment Benefits Aren’t Creating a Labor Shortage, They’re Building Worker Power 2021-05-15 [Talk Poverty]

Want a Healthier Workplace Culture? Unionize 2021-05-15 [ITT]

Will essential workers be vaccination police? 2021-05-15 [Explica]

Alabama Amazon Access to Mailbox Could Be Grounds to Overturn Union Vote 2021-05-15 [Bloomberg]

Even After a Boom Year, It’s Hard to Hold Onto a Job in Gaming 2021-05-15 [Bloomberg]

New Jersey Employees protest pending sale of nursing home in East Orange 2021-05-15 [NJ Spotlight]

McDonald’s Raises Pay at Some Restaurants, but Workers Still Plan Strike for $15 Minimum Wage 2021-05-15 [Eater]

Michigan Gift cards offered to Detroit-area hospitality, retail workers getting vaccinated at Clark Park on May 14 2021-05-14 [ClickOnDetroit]

Connecticut nursing home workers postpone planned strikes 2021-05-14 [AP]

Ohio Coronavirus Giant Eagle, other stores to continue requiring masks for customers, workers 2021-05-13 [Cleveland.com]

BWI condemns forced labour of Indian workers in US 2021-05-13 [BWI]

AFL-CIO among unions fighting for Mexican workers denied independent union representation 2021-05-13 [Amsterdam News]

New Jersey BWI condemns forced labour of Indian workers in US 2021-05-13 [BWI]

Labor leaders should stand with Palestine 2021-05-13 [Jacobin]

New Jersey Indian workers who built Hindu temple in New Jersey file lawsuit, allege abuse 2021-05-13 [AP]

Dissatisfied retail workers are leaving the industry because of abusive customers and low pay, and that's making the labor crunch worse 2021-05-12 [Business Insider]

RN's applaud introduction of federal legislation to mandate the number of patients assigned to nurses 2021-05-12 [National Nurses United]

California Chico nurses to hold informal picket for patient safety 2021-05-12 [National Nurses United]

Raising the bar for Taiwan's supply chains 2021-05-12 [Taiwan Business TOPICS]

Amazon Loses Opening Round In Union Vote Challenge 2021-05-12 [Silicon.co.uk]

NNU to highlight the hundreds of nurses of US nurses who have lost their lives to Covid-19 2021-05-11 [National Nurses United]

 VIDEO  Teachers union president defends stance on school reopening 2021-05-11 [Yahoo]

Unions squabble over contract for Canadian cargo pilots 2021-05-11 [Flight Global]

U.S. unions lodge first Mexico labor grievance under new NAFTA 2021-05-11 [The Financial Post]

 VIDEO California AFT 2121 CCSF Faculty and Students Rally & Speak-out As AFT 2121 Leaders Make Major Concessions On Salaries For more info 2021-05-11 [LVP]

Maine It's official-Maine State Nurses Association/NNU certified as union for RN's at Maine Medical Centre 2021-05-10 [National Nurses United]

AFL-CIO to file complaint under US-Mexico free trade pact alleging Mexican factor abuse of workers 2021-05-10 [New York Times]

US administration’s support for COVID-19 vaccines’ TRIPS waiver a huge step forward 2021-05-10 [ITUC]

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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]

25-05-1805 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]

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]

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]

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

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

31-05-1943 At the Detroit Packard Motor Co factory, in full war production, 25,000 white workers go on strike when 3 black workers are promoted to a line previously occupied only by whites. The 3 are transferred. [more]