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How Unions and Their Allies Are Trying to Hold Amazon Accountable [Capital & Main] 2021-07-30

BWI: Lift the US embargo! Let Cuba live! [BWI] 2021-07-29

Arizona Tucson restaurant workers could form first union of its kind in AZ [KOLD] 2021-07-27

CEO-worker pay gap 'skyrocketing' amid pandemic: AFL-CIO Sec. Treasurer [Yahoo] For more info 2021-07-26

Half of the tech workforce wants to join a union [Protocol] 2021-07-25

The human cost of Doritos: Claims of 84-hour work weeks and stagnant wages at Frito-Lay factory where workers are on strike [The Independent] 2021-07-19

Kansas Hundreds of Frito-Lay workers on strike in Topeka, citing forced overtime and 84-hour workweeks [Wash Post] 2021-07-18

Florida ‘We’re not animals, we’re human beings’: US farm workers labor in deadly heat with few protections [Guardian] 2021-07-16

Georgia Unions allege severe violations of workers’ rights at eyewear giant Luxottica [UNI Global Union] 2021-07-16

Record numbers win workplace rights thanks to union organising drive [IFJ] 2021-07-15


Today's labour news

‘We went from heroes to zeroes’: nurses strike over work conditions 2021-07-31 [The Guardian]

New York Guggenheim Museum Curators Move to Join a Union, the UAW 2021-07-31 [NYTimes]

1 out of every 153 American workers is an Amazon employee 2021-07-31 [Insider]

Pennsylvania Amazon and other employers must pay workers for time in security screenings, Pa. Supreme Court says 2021-07-31 [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Texas Don’t mess with Texas unions 2021-07-31 [Grist]

Alabama Striking Mineworkers and Supporters Bring Their Fight Back to NYC 2021-07-31 [AFL-CIO NYC CLC]

How a Coalition of Business and Labor Groups Helped Save the Infrastructure Bill 2021-07-31 [Time]

GovExec Daily: Whistleblowing in the U.S. 2021-07-30 [Gov Exec]

Virginia Charlottesville Area Transit workers looking to unionize 2021-07-30 [CBS]

Texas Why Texas fossil fuel unions signed onto a climate plan 2021-07-30 [Grist]

Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine obligation causes postal union backlash 2021-07-30 [TX News Today]

 VIDEO Maryland Unemployment Workers Union Hold Rally Thursday Night In Baltimore Over Flagged Claims, Unavailability 2021-07-30 [CBS]

300 Video Game Workers Strike Over Sexual Harassment – Teamsters Win on 2nd Try at Dr. Pepper 2021-07-30 [Payday Report]

Walmart to Reinstate Mask Mandate for Store Workers in Counties at High Covid Risk 2021-07-30 [WSJrnl]

Biden’s vaccine rule draws both cheers and resistance from federal workers 2021-07-30 [Wash Post]

Alabama Canary in the Mine: Striking Miners in Alabama 2021-07-30 [Am Prospect]

Kansas 'Strike over': Union Local 218 members approve Frito-Lay's latest contract offer, bringing Topeka strike to an end 2021-07-30 [Topeka Capital-Jrnl]

California How Oakland Teachers Took Control of Our Return to School 2021-07-30 [Labor Notes]

CWA Public, Healthcare and Education Workers Pledge to Build Back Better 2021-07-30 [CWA]

Speaking Up for Workers on National Whistleblower Appreciation Day 2021-07-30 [US DOL Blog]

Colorado Colorado AFL-CIO decides to stop donating to Colorado Democratic Party 2021-07-30 [Denver Post]

Oregon Oregon Bars and Restaurants Are Solving Their Hiring Woes by Paying Workers More 2021-07-30 [Willamette Week]

One in five flight attendants survive a 'physical incident' 2021-07-30 [The Hill]

‘We went from heroes to zeroes’: US nurses strike over work conditions 2021-07-30 [Guardian]

Connecticut Nooses, Anger and No Answers: Inside the Uproar Over a Future Amazon Site 2021-07-30 [NYTimes]

California 17,000 University of California Researchers Could Soon Win a Union 2021-07-30 [Jacobin]

Over 4,000 flight attendants faced unruly passengers in first half of 2021, says union 2021-07-30 [Saltwire]

New York Union advocates rally in New York to support striking Alabama coalminers 2021-07-30 [Guardian]

How Unions and Their Allies Are Trying to Hold Amazon Accountable 2021-07-30 [Capital & Main]

 VIDEO Maryland Unemployed Workers Union continue fight for unpaid benefits For more info 2021-07-30 [WMAR]

Alabama Hundreds of Alabama coal miners protest outside BlackRock's NYC headquarters 2021-07-30 [Fox Business News]

Ohio Cuyahoga County ends talks with Laborers Local 860 at Juvenile Justice Center, essentially decartifying union as workers raise alarms about care 2021-07-29 [WCPN]

BWI: Lift the US embargo! Let Cuba live! 2021-07-29 [BWI]

IFJ backs calls to support Local Journalism Sustainability Act 2021-07-29 [IFJ]

Spike in Grad Student Union Petitions Likely With NLRB Changes 2021-07-29 [Bloomberg]

Union advocates rally in New York to support striking Alabama coalminers 2021-07-29 [The Guardian]

California Keurig factory workers in Victorville vote to unionize: ‘We’re not standing for this anymore’ 2021-07-28 [Daily Press]

California The FAST Recovery Act: Fast Food Workers Rally in Stockton 2021-07-28 [SEIU 1021]

California Bay Area Workers are Moving Back and so are Higher Rents 2021-07-28 [Planetizen]

Oregon The VA will mandate vaccines for its health workers in Oregon. Other hospitals in the state can’t 2021-07-28 [OPB]

Workers’ Anxiety Grows as Covid Variant Casts a Shadow 2021-07-28 [NYTimes]

Minnesota MN Instacart Deal Ensures Unionized Grocery Workers Fulfill Online App-Based Grocery Pickup Orders at Cub Foods 2021-07-28 [UFCW]

Indiana Indiana Unions Rally To Urge Senators’ Support For Pro-Labor Legislation 2021-07-28 [WBAA]

Senate Confirms Biden Nominee Jennifer Abruzzo as NLRB General Counsel, Paving Way for Pro-Union Shift 2021-07-28 [JDSupra]

New Jersey NJ New Law Enhances Penalties for Misclassifying Employees as Independent Contractors 2021-07-28 [MSE Labor Law]

New York New Vaccine Rules for Workers? Unions Voice Exasperation 2021-07-28 [NYTimes]

S.C. Ruby Tuesday Workers Walk Out – Missouri Retail Workers Fired for Striking – 1st Arizona Restaurant Workers Union Launched 2021-07-28 [Payday Report]

New York Workers at the Hispanic Society vote overwhelmingly to unionise 2021-07-27 [Art Newspaper]

Behind the scenes of your summer oranges 2021-07-27 [UFW]

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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]

3-08-1981 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]

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

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

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

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

17-08-1985 A yearlong strike begins at the Hormel meat packing plant in Austin, Minnesota. [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]

22-08-1965 5 flight attendants form an association to defend themselves against an industry requiring women not to marry, retire at 32 and comply with criteria of weight, height and appearance; it becomes the AFA. [more]

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

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