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Senate Votes to Impose Contract On Rail Workers, But Not Give Them Paid Sick Leave: Joe Manchin and 42 Republicans voted against the will of tens of thousands of workers [TNR] 2022-12-02

Stand with Railroad Workers: What Working People Are Doing This Week [AFL-CIO] 2022-12-02

'No path' forward: Biden calls on Congress to avert rail strike [Politico] 2022-11-29

Illinois 'Fundamental right' of workers to organize being added to Illinois constitution [Chicago Tribune] 2022-11-21

Starbucks Workers Strike at Stores Nationwide [NYTimes] 2022-11-20

HarperCollins Union Workers Bring Strike to the National Book Awards [Publishers Weekly] 2022-11-17

Alabama Slavery rejected in some, not all, states where on ballot [NBC] 2022-11-10

Twitter must not become a digital P&O [Prospect] 2022-11-05

Apple Workers make history as first in UK to secure union recogntion [GMB] 2022-11-02

What anti-union propaganda looks like: Inside American corporations push to stop unions [Daily Kos] 2022-10-29

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Today's labour news


Thom Hartmann: Why the GOP Wants to Destroy Public Schools 2022-12-06 [Diane Ravitch's blog]

Video game workers at Microsoft and Activision take first steps toward unionization 2022-12-06 [New York Times]

New York New School adjunct strike enters third week as part-time faculty push for better pay 2022-12-06 [New York Times]

ZeniMax to create first Microsoft union 2022-12-06 [News.com]

Illinois AFL-CIO: Rail workers win gains, fight for paid sick days far from over 2022-12-06 [AFL-CIO]

 VIDEO USA California Hundreds of UC UAW Strikers March & Rally In Sacramento At Capitol 'Union Busting Is Disgusting” For more info 2022-12-06 [LVP]

Challengers Win Big in UAW Elections; Presidency Headed to Run-Off 2022-12-05 [Labour Notes]

Canada Lessons for the Railway Showdown from a Victory in Canada 2022-12-05 [The Law of Work]

California UAW strike stuns University of California in 10 cities, heading into fourth week 2022-12-04 [The Free Press]

Rail workers say deal won’t resolve quality-of-life concerns 2022-12-04 [WGLC]

10 years ago they were fast food workers making roughly $8 an hour. 'Fight for 15' changed their lives 2022-12-04 [Insider]

Congress stepped in to prevent supply chain havoc, but rail workers’ biggest grievance remains unaddressed 2022-12-04 [NYTimes]

Rail workers say quality-of-life concerns not resolved under deal imposed by Congress 2022-12-04 [PBS]

Why miners need the Black Lung Benefits Improvement Act more than ever 2022-12-04 [UMWA]

New York Activision Blizzard game testers vote to form union 2022-12-03 [Yahoo]

Louisiana Tulane nurses condemn Louisiana attorney-general for holding crucial hearing without New Orleans community 2022-12-03 [National Nurses United]

UAW president Ray Curry, challenger Shawn Fain nearly deadlocked at under 40 percent each as first UAW direct election for president occurs 2022-12-03 [New York Times]

USA California Biden & Republicrats Union Busting Bill Against Railway Workers & Their Fight For Sick Pay For more info 2022-12-02 [LVP]

 VIDEO USA California Biden & Republicrats Union Busting Bill Against Railway Workers & Their Fight For Sick Pay For more info 2022-12-02 [LVP]

Senate moves quickly to avert US rail strike by passing key bill 2022-12-02 [Guardian]

Senate Votes to Impose Contract On Rail Workers, But Not Give Them Paid Sick Leave: Joe Manchin and 42 Republicans voted against the will of tens of thousands of workers 2022-12-02 [TNR]

Stand with Railroad Workers: What Working People Are Doing This Week 2022-12-02 [AFL-CIO]

Freight rail strike averted, after frenzied negotiations 2022-12-02 [Politico]

What you need to know about the threat of a rail strike and Congress 2022-12-02 [Wash Post]

Illinois As candidates for Chicago mayor jockey for union support, ‘Chuy’ García lands a big labor endorsement 2022-12-01 [Chicago Tribune]

 VIDEO USA Illinois 'Hands Off CTA ATU241 Preidential Candidate Erek Slater' Terminations & The Fight For Chicago Transit Workers And The Community For more info 2022-12-01 [LVP]

AFL-CIO stands in solidarity with, calls on Congress to pass paid sick daysrail workers 2022-11-30 [AFL-CIO]

AFL-CIO celebrates new House Democratic leaders as champions for working people 2022-11-30 [AFL-CIO]

Rail contract faces uncertain Senate future as freight shutdown looms 2022-11-30 [Politico]

California How the University of California strike could reshape higher education 2022-11-30 [Time]

Ohio Two-week strike over after Amherst machinists' union ratifies contract 2022-11-30 [WEWS-TV]

California Covina teachers union formally informs Covina Valley Unified School District of intent to strike 2022-11-30 [MSN]

Biden asks Congress to avert rail strike, warning of dire economic impact 2022-11-29 [Saltwire]

'No path' forward: Biden calls on Congress to avert rail strike 2022-11-29 [Politico]

Biden, invoking the Railway Labor Act, asks Congress to impose tentative agreement on rail unions 2022-11-29 [New York Times]

California This Year's Biggest Strike Is by 48,000 Academic Workers at the University of California 2022-11-28 [Labour Notes]

Union busting lawsuit planned, as battle between Apple and its store staff intensifies 2022-11-28 [9to5Mac]

California City council passes ordinance to protect part-time workers For more info 2022-11-27 [KRON]

 VIDEO Connecticut Face the Facts: Hero Pay – What Qualifying Essential Workers Can Expect 2022-11-27 [NBC]

Mississippi Company fires 2,700 workers while they were sleeping days before Thanksgiving 2022-11-27 [Guardian]

California Another tech bubble bursts: 2022 has been brutal for Silicon Valley workers 2022-11-27 [NBC]

Global Report: Global trade hurts disadvantaged workers 2022-11-26 [Finance&Commerce]

The South's racist past is harming workers today. Unions can help us build a new future 2022-11-26 [USAToday]

A rail strike looms and impact on US economy could be broad 2022-11-26 [AP]

California With $25 million, CA launches first state-funded guaranteed income program 2022-11-26 [Center Square]

California UCal workers set to resume picketing Monday as strike approaches third week 2022-11-26 [Center Square]

Global Amazon workers join Black Friday walkout, strike in 40 countries 2022-11-26 [Wash Times]

Global Amazon workers in the U.S. and 30 other countries plan Black Friday protests 2022-11-25 [CBS]

 VIDEO USA Washington Seattle ILWU Longshore Local 19 & 52 Workers Fight Coast Guard Land Grab Of Working Port Terminals For more info 2022-11-25 [LVP]

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This month in labour history


1-12-1955 Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus, sparking the Montgomery bus boycott. [more]

1-12-1946 130,000 Oakland, USA workers go on general strike. [more]

3-12-1866 The 10-hour day comes after a strike in the textiles industry in Fall River, Massachusetts. [more]

3-12-1946 Department store salespeople and demonstrators in Oakland, California call a general strike. [more]

4-12-1970 Cesar Chavez sentenced to 20 days in jail for not calling off United Farm Workers boycott of lettuce grower Bud Antle Inc. [more]

5-12-1955 The two main union federations in the USA merge to form the AFL-CIO, electing George Meany as president, [more]

6-12-1907 The worst mining disaster in American history occurs when an explosion in a Monongah mine in West Virginia kills 361 miners. [more]

7-12-1896 In Chicago, 11 activists found the National Union of Steam Engineers of America; the forerunner of International Union of Operating Engineers. [more]

8-12-1886 The American Federation of Labor (AFL) is founded by 26 craft unions. Samuel Gompers is elected president. [more]

8-12-1882 Birthday of Thomas Joseph "Tom" Mooney was an American political activist and labor leader, who was convicted with Warren K. Billings of the San Francisco Preparedness Day Bombing of 1916. [more]

8-12-2001 230 jailed teachers in Middletown Township, NJ, ordered freed after agreement to end 9day strike & enter mediation. [more]

8-12-1916 Bernice Fisher born. US civil rights activist, union organizer, original founder of Congress of Racial Equality. [more]

11-12-1951 A build-up of coal dust causes an explosion at the New Orient mine in West Frankfort, Illinois. 159 dead. 10 days earlier, new extraction techniques had been approved by state authorities. [more]

14-12-1995 Boeing machinists in the US win a pay rise and an imporved health plan after a 69 day strike. [more]

14-12-1852 American Socialist Daniel De Leon born. Trade union organiser, journalist and Marxist theoretician who died in 1914. [more]

15-12-1941 8 days after the Pearl Harbor attack, the AFL pledged not to organise any strikes in factories linked to national defence for the duration of World War II. [more]

15-12-1921 La Garde Nationale du Kansas reçoit l’ordre de réprimer une manifestation de femmes, « l’Armée des Amazones » allant de mine en mine pour dissuader les non-grévistes à prendre leur travail dans les mines de Pittsburgh. [more]

16-12-1977 Eight cashiers at a bank in Willmar, Minnesota, start first strike against a bank for equal pay. They earned half the salaries of their male colleagues. [more]

16-12-1951 The Bagel Bakers' Union observes a strike of good faith in 34 factories in New York demanding better health and safety conditions and sick leave. [more]

19-12-1907 A group of 239 coal miners die during a mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania. [more]

19-12-1983 Greyhound bus strike ends when members of Amalgamated Transit Union ratify a contract that slashes wages & benefits by 15% [more]

20-12-2005 Thousands of New York public transport workers are going into what they think is a 48-hour strike. Declared illegal, union is fined $ 2.5 million and the president receives 10 days in prison. [more]

20-12-1906 Arrival of the first group of 15 Filipino farm workers recruited by the Sugar Planters Association. By 1932, there will be more than 100,000 Filipinos working in Hawaii's plantations. [more]

21-12-1916 Emma Tenayuca, Mexican-American labour leader, is born. [more]

21-12-1919 Emma Goldman is deported to Russia as part of a post-war crackdown on union and left-wing activists. [more]

23-12-1908 AFL officers are found in contempt of court for urging a labor boycott of Buck's Stove and Range Co. in St Louis. [more]

24-12-1913 Seventy three striking miners and their families die in a stampede at the Italian Hall in Calumet, Michigan, after an unknown man enters shouting 'Fire!' [more]

25-12-1910 Bomb destroys part of the Llewellyn Ironworks in Los Angeles where a bitter strike is ongoing. [more]

25-12-1904 Philip Vera Cruz, labour leader & activist in Asian American civil rights movement, is born. Co-founder of United Farm Workers' Union. [more]

26-12-1877 First national convention of the Socialist Labor Party, the first Marxist party founded in the USA. [more]

27-12-1943 President Roosevelt seizes railroads to avoid a national strike. [more]

28-12-1936 Workers occupy General Motors' body plant in Fisher, Cleveland, in an effort to win recognition of their union by GM. [more]

29-12-2006 More than 15,000 United Steel Workers members at 16 Goodyear Tire & Rubber plants end an 86-day strike, ratify three-year contract. [more]

30-12-1936 The most well-known of the post-Depression "sit down" strikes begins at General Motors' body shop in Flint, Michigan. [more]

30-12-1899 In the back room of Behrens’ cigar shop in Sedalia, Missiouri, US, 33 railroad clerks form Local Lodge Number 1 of the Order of the Railroad Clerks of America. [more]

30-12-1936 The most famous of the Depression-era "sit down" strikes in the US begins at GM's Fisher Body plant in Flint, Michigan. [more]

31-12-1969 Rank-and-file UMWA activist Jock Yablonski is murdered along with his family by hitmen acting on the orders of union president. [more]