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Trump’s Paltry Meatpacking Fine Signals That “Workers’ Lives Are Worth Less Than Pork Shoulders” [Mother Jones] 2020-09-12

Labor Day 2020: Workers are essential [Iowa Labor News] 2020-09-06

Research shows stiffing workers on wages grows worse with recession [NYTimes] 2020-09-05

Amazon's surveillance can boost output and possibly limit unions -study [Reuters] 2020-09-01

World Players stands with athletes in the US demanding racial justice [UNI] 2020-08-30

AFT mobilises for 28 August March on Washington [Education International] 2020-08-28

California Farm workers are laboring in dangerous wildfire smoke. What is Cal/OSHA doing to protect them? [UFW] 2020-08-27

Virginia Local union calls for more safety measures, hazard pay for GLTC bus drivers [WDBJ] 2020-08-27

The labor-busting law firms and consultants that keep Google, Amazon and other workplaces union-free [Yahoo] 2020-08-26

Ohio In a change from 2016, Cleveland police union declines to endorse Trump [The Plain Dealer] 2020-08-24

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Today's labour news


WIRED staff on strike due to unionisation delay, claims senior editor 2020-09-23 [iT Wire]

Actors' Equity endorses Biden 2020-09-22 [Washington Post ]

Hollywood unions announce pandemic agreement 2020-09-22 [Irish News]

'A Silent Pandemic': Nurse at ICE Facility Blows the Whistle on Coronavirus Dangers 2020-09-22 [PSI]

School and Campus Workers Say: Not Until It's Safe 2020-09-21 [Labour Notes]

America Is Lagging Behind the World in Protecting Meat Workers 2020-09-21 [Bloomberg]

California ‘I’m so scared’: California nail salon workers face ruin as pandemic wears on 2020-09-20 [SFChronicle]

West Virginia Rally for Racial and Economic Justice set for eastern panhandle Sunday 2020-09-20 [Local DVM]

Illinois As they focused on others with COVID-19 and refused to walk away, Illinois health care workers bore the brunt of pandemic’s fury 2020-09-20 [Chicago Tribune]

New York NYC public school food workers say kitchens unsafe, fear kids return to school buildings 2020-09-20 [PIX]

With Justice Ginsburg’s death, workers’ rights are at the brink 2020-09-20 [Strike Wave]

Postal workers are catching COVID by the thousands. It’s one more threat to voting by mail 2020-09-20 [Salon]

4 Female Front-Line Workers On Being Pregnant In A Pandemic 2020-09-20 [Vogue]

Michigan More than 600K essential workers to get free college tuition under Futures for Frontliners program 2020-09-20 [WBKB]

Minnesota Spyhouse Coffee Workers Strike 2020-09-20 [CBS]

How older workers can prepare for job loss 2020-09-20 [Star Tribune]

Ginsburg One of America’s Greatest Jurists 2020-09-20 [AFL-CIO]

Workers Fear Cyborgs Will Steal Their Jobs By 2035 2020-09-20 [CBS]

Connecticut Amazon is expanding its network of Connecticut warehouses, drawing protests from organized labor for its reliance on nonunion contractors 2020-09-20 [Hartford Courant]

Illinois University of Illinois Hospital workers rally snarls traffic in the Loop 2020-09-20 [Chicago Sun-Times]

California CalMatters: Bill’s defeat keeps undocumented garment workers in meager wages 2020-09-20 [Ukiah Daily Jrnl]

Washington Wildfire smoke blankets harvest season with no clear rules to protect farm workers 2020-09-20 [Tri-City Herald]

Podcast: Trump's Swamp Kills NLRB 2020-09-20 [UComm Blog]

Saving American Capitalism in an Age of Radical Inequality 2020-09-20 [Am Prospect]

In Memoriam: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 2020-09-19 [AFL-CIO]

 VIDEO California IUOE 39 Members Standing Up In The Middle Of A Pandemic! SF Solidarity Rally For Striking Macy's IUOE 39 Engineers For more info 2020-09-18 [LVP]

Trump NLRB upends special status for union stewards 2020-09-18 [Labor Notes]

 VIDEO Colorado Profit Over Lives At JBS: Covid, OSHA and Life & Death With UFCW 7 President Kim Cordova For more info 2020-09-17 [LVP]

AFT and RFK Human Rights launch human rights and democracy programme 2020-09-16 [Education International]

Black Labor Week For more info 2020-09-16 [APRI]

Joint Statement by COSATU and SACP: Call for US authorities to stop political persecution of Julian Assange 2020-09-16 [COSATU]

Illinois Unions form nonprofit to push green jobs, could seek help for nuclear plants 2020-09-15 [Center Square]

Massachusetts Teamsters’ Workers Memorial vandalized in Boston: The memorial honors those who died in workplace accidents 2020-09-15 [Boston Herald]

Colorado New Law Allows Workers’ Comp For 911 Dispatchers For Trauma Experienced On The Job 2020-09-15 [CBS]

Under Trump, OSHA’s Covid-19 Response Is Failing Workers 2020-09-15 [NYTimes]

Workers’ Health Data Collected for COVID Safety Poses Risk to Labor Rights 2020-09-14 [Truthout]

 VIDEO California The Foster Farms Covid-19 Deaths and The Community With Deep Singh of The Jakara Movement For more info 2020-09-14 [LVP]

Michigan Essential Workers Get Free Tuition For Community College and Trade School in MI 2020-09-13 [Nurse]

New PBS film probes construction boom on Latino workers 2020-09-13 [AP]

California These workers in Monterey CA were picking peas in thick smoke & haze for .54 cents a pound. The UFW continues to advocate for all farm workers 2020-09-13 [UFW]

Pennsylvania Pennsylvania teacher who voted for Trump in 2016 takes her regrets very public 2020-09-12 [Daily Kos]

Dolores Huerta: Sí, Se Puede, Together We Can Build a Better Future 2020-09-12 [So FL Times]

West Virginia Reopening Of Mine Wars Museum Includes Uncovered History 2020-09-12 [WV Public Broadcasting]

In defense of police unions, which, after all, have a job to do 2020-09-12 [StarTribune]

Maryland MD ends enhanced coronavirus pay for thousands of front-line state employees 2020-09-12 [Baltimore Sun]

Oregon OR hospitals establish fund for health care workers impacted by fires 2020-09-12 [State of Reform]

Trump’s Paltry Meatpacking Fine Signals That “Workers’ Lives Are Worth Less Than Pork Shoulders” 2020-09-12 [Mother Jones]

Times remain hard, especially for low-wage workers 2020-09-12 [MROnline]

Dying for an iPhone: Apple, Foxconn, and the Lives of China’s Workers 2020-09-12 [Labor Notes]

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This month in labour history


1-09-1881 William Z Foster born. Labour organizer, leader in Steel Strike of 1919. [more]

1-09-1907 United Auto Workers president Walter Reuther born. “There is a direct relationship between breadbox & ballot box.” [more]

1-09-1946 26,000 sugar workers represented by the dockers union, start a 79-day strike affecting 33 of Hawaii's 34 plantations. [more]

2-09-1921 Owners of the West Virginia mines bombard strikers from aircraft by throwing home-made devices filled with nails and shards of metal. Fortunately, they either missed their targets or did not explode. [more]

4-09-1934 400,000 textile workers start largest strike at the time through most of the US East Coast over wage cuts and speed-ups. [more]

4-09-1894 12,000 garment workers in New York go on strike to denounce conditions in the workshops. [more]

5-09-1917 The Palmer Raids: federal agents seize records & arrest 100s involved with the IWW, including Big Bill Haywood. [more]

9-09-1890 Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of America created at a convention in Topeka, Kansas. [more]

10-09-1897 Nineteen unarmed immigrant miners are shot dead by a sheriff's posse in Lattimer, Pennsylvania. [more]

10-09-1897 Nineteen immigrant coalminers are shot in the back and killed by deputies in Lattimer, Pennsylvania. [more]

14-09-1970 The UAW calls a 9-week strike at General Motors in Detroit, secures a lowering of the retirement age from 65 to 56 as well as an increase in wages based on a sliding scale linked to inflation. [more]

16-09-2004 The Farm Labor Organizing Committee wins a collective agreement with Mt. Olive Pickle Company on farms in North Carolina after a five-year struggle. [more]

17-09-1900 100,000 anthracite miners on strike in Pennsylvania. They are paid by weight but employers estimate that a ton can weigh between 2,400 and 4,000 pounds, not 2,000.. [more]

17-09-2011 Occupy Wall Street movement is launched with a march in New York City. [more]

19-09-1981 More than 400,000 unionists march in Solidarity Day demo in Washington, DC, for sacked striking air traffic controllers. [more]

22-09-1919 A steel strike, led by the Amalgamated Association of Iron & Steel Workers, begins in Pennsylvania before spreading across US. [more]

22-09-2006 Domino's Pizza workers in Pensacola, Florida form the first union of pizza delivery drivers. [more]

23-09-1886 A coalition of Knights of Labor and trade unionists in Chicago launch the United Labor party, calling for an 8-hour day, government ownership of telegraph and telephone companies, and monetary and land reform. [more]

26-09-1903 The Old 97, a Southern Railway train officially known as the Fast Mail, derails near Danville, Va., killing engineer Joseph “Steve” Broady and ten other railroad and postal workers. Many believe Broady had been ordered to speed to make up for lost tim [more]

30-09-1962 Cesar Chavez, with Dolores Huerta, co-founds the National Farm Workers Association, which later was to become the United Farm Workers of America [more]