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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

Alabama Amazon Workers Defeat Union Drive at Alabama Warehouse [NYTimes] 2021-04-09

Alabama Amazon Takes 2-1 Lead in Alabama Union Vote [Bloomberg] 2021-04-09

Amazon union drive in Alabama sees 55% voter turnout [CNBC] 2021-04-08

Education unions join forces to build back better education system [Education International] 2021-04-08

The Fight for the Right to Organize [Jewish Currents] 2021-04-03


Today's labour news

ILWU statement on the Derek Chauvin verdict 2021-04-21 [ILWU]

National Nurses United statement on Chauvin trial 2021-04-21 [National Nurses United]

Trumka: Chauvin verdict just the beginning 2021-04-21 [AFL-CIO]

Statement of Teamsters Human Rights and Diversity Director Marcus King on the conviction of Derek Chauvin 2021-04-21 [International Brotherhood of Teamsters]

Virginia Volvo workers go on strike; IRS increases meal deduction 2021-04-21 [Overdrive]

Employers say lavish unemployment checks make it hard to hire workers. Don’t believe it 2021-04-21 [AFL-CIO]

Accelerating the Energy Transition: Infrastructure, Jobs and Equity 2021-04-21 [AFL-CIO]

Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Workplace Violence Prevention Act Will Save Lives, Shuler Says 2021-04-21 [AFL-CIO]

What's ahead for teachers? 2021-04-21 [Cornell Chronicle]

Ohio Feds recover thousands in back wages for Valley workers at Ohio tire company 2021-04-21 [WKBN]

California Raising Standards for Fast-Food Workers in CA 2021-04-21 [Ctr Am Progress]

New Jersey New law boosts benefits for families of workers who died from COVID-19 2021-04-21 [NJBiz]

Build Back Better With Unions: Pass the PRO Act 2021-04-20 [Isthmus]

Texas We Are the Texas Gulf Coast Labor Movement and We Fight for Black Lives 2021-04-20 [GCA AFL-CIO]

New cross border trucking rule will protect Teamster drivers 2021-04-20 [International Brotherhood of Teamsters]

Texas Teamsters Local 767 endorses Lydia Bean for congress 2021-04-20 [International Brotherhood of Teamsters]

 VIDEO California Sacramento City Unified School District, union reach agreement for custodians, food service workers 2021-04-20 [KCRA]

Alabama Amazon illegally interfered in Alabama warehouse election, union alleges in complaint to federal officials 2021-04-20 [CNBC]

Virginia Pulaski County auto workers at Volvo truck plant remain on strike 2021-04-20 [WDBJ]

Illinois Second City comedy educators in U.S. score huge win in pro-union vote 2021-04-20 [CWA Canada]

Oregon Oregon Tech faculty union votes to authorize strike 2021-04-19 [OPB]

Connecticut Nursing home industry fears impact of 52 possible strikes 2021-04-19 [AP]

Virginia Auto workers at Volvo truck plant in Virginia go on strike 2021-04-19 [AP]

 VIDEO California Union sets strike dates in Sacramento City Unified School District for custodians, food service workers 2021-04-19 [KCRA]

How the Mainstream Media Abandoned the Working Class 2021-04-18 [WNYC]

How the Bessemer Story Got the Wind Knocked Out of It 2021-04-18 [WNYC ]

Alabama Inside the Alabama Amazon Union Drive: An Interview with the Lead Organizer 2021-04-18 [Labour Notes]

New Jersey Journalists’ Union Drive Involves Much More Than Jobs 2021-04-18 [The National Memo]

Colleges Are Using COVID as an Excuse for Austerity. Unions Are Pushing Back. 2021-04-18 [Truthout]

Legislative fixes for essential worker problems 2021-04-18 [Commonwealth Mag]

California Newsom signs bill requiring hotels, other companies to rehire laid-off workers when jobs are available 2021-04-18 [KTLA]

California Our Statement Regarding Dominic Foppoli - He Must Go! 2021-04-18 [North Bay Labor Cncl / AFL-CIO]

U.S. House passes legislation to protect health care workers 2021-04-18 [Atlanta Jrnl-Constitution]

Massachusetts AG Healey speaks to essential women workers about wage theft 2021-04-18 [Boston Globe]

Virginia With Unanimous Vote, Alexandria City Council Expands City Workers’ Rights 2021-04-18 [Zebra]

Nurses applaud US House of Representatives passage of legislationprotecting health care, social service workers from workplace violence 2021-04-17 [National Nurses United]

Workplace violence prevention Act will save lives 2021-04-17 [AFL-CIO]

PKrugman: America Needs to Empower Workers Again 2021-04-17 [NYTimes]

Colorado Wrongful death alleged in trenching accident that killed two workers 2021-04-17 [Greeley Tribune]

Organizing Amazon still a goal for union activists 2021-04-17 [Toledo Blade]

Nebraska Service + Solidarity Spotlight: Nebraska AFL-CIO Rallies with Meatpacking Workers in Lincoln 2021-04-17 [Workplace Fairness]

Louisiana Families of boat workers clinging to hope 2021-04-17 [Tulsa World]

Virginia UAW Members at Volvo Truck in Dublin VA Strike For Fair Wages, Benefits, Health and Safety 2021-04-17 [UAW]

Louisiana Rescuers continue search for missing workers from capsized boat in Gulf 2021-04-17 [KRQE]

FedEx to 'reevaluate' its policy requiring employees to lock up phones during shifts following Thursday's shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis For more info 2021-04-17 [Biz Insider]

Indiana FedEx workers can't carry phones. After Indianapolis shooting, many couldn't call family 2021-04-17 [Indy Star]

Minnesota Union Workers Rally for Justice for Daunte Wright at Brooklyn Center Site 2021-04-17 [CCX Media]

House Passes Bill to Protect Healthcare and Social Service Workers From Violence 2021-04-17 [ASSP]

The BAmazon Loss and the Road Ahead 2021-04-17 [Labor Notes]

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This month in labour history

3-04-1968 In a church in Memphis, Tennessee, 10,000 citizens gather to hear what will be the last speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He will stress the similarities between the labour movement and that of civil rights. [more]

8-04-1911 An explosion at the Banner coal mine near Birmingham, Alabama, kills 128 prisoners rented to the company as miners, under a contract with the prison administration. [more]

10-04-1930 Dolores Huerta, Mexican-American labour leader, is born. [more]

11-04-1974 United Mine Workers President W. A. “Tony” Boyle is found guilty of first-degree murder, for ordering the 1969 assassination of union reformer Joseph A. “Jock” Yablonski. Yablonski, his wife and daughter were murdered on December 30, 1969. [more]

11-04-1934 Frank Norman is murdered by the Ku Klux Klan for organising citrus workers irrespective of their race. [more]

14-04-1939 'The Grapes of Wrath', John Steinbeck's classic novel about itinerant labor, strikes and the Great Depression, is published. [more]

15-04-1889 Birth of labour and civil rights leader A. Phillip Randolph [more]

15-04-1973 housands of members of the United Farm Workers union walked out on strike. They were battling the Teamsters union over the right to represent farm workers. The dispute ended with victory for the UFW. [more]

15-04-1916 The newspaper of the Industrial Workers of the World union announced the formation of its Domestic Workers Union in Denver. [more]

16-04-1970 A white foreman at a Chrysler plant in Detroit threatened to murder a black worker. When the worker complained Chrysler sacked him. 1,000 workers, white and black, walked out on strike in protest until management backed down. [more]

17-04-1944 Members of the militant machinists' union Lodge 68 in San Francisco began an overtime ban in pursuance of a new contract. They ended up fighting the employer, the government and even the Communist Party. [more]

18-04-1941 After 4 weeks of a boycott, New York bus companies agree to hire 200 black drivers and mechanics [more]

21-04-1920 The Anaconda Road massacre took place in Butte, Montana, when mine guards employed by the Anaconda company shot 17 striking miners, killing one. All were shot in the back as they tried to flee. No one was charged for the killing. [more]

21-04-1967 New York Governor Rockefeller signs the Taylor Law, allowing unions in the public sector, but banning strikes. [more]

21-04-1894 A nationwide strike of coal miners against pay cuts began. 145,000 miners walked out, and despite violent repression and facing starvation they held out for weeks and won some concessions. [more]

24-04-1999 The ILWU halts shipping on the West Coast in solidarity with Mumia Abu-Jamal. [more]