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One astounding chart shows how the death of the union has made economic inequality worse [Markets Insider] 2020-01-15

New Hampshire Sanders picks up coveted union endorsement in New Hampshire [Politico] 2020-01-13

Teamsters Demonstrate At French Embassy And Consulate In Solidarity With Striking Workers In France [Teamsters] 2020-01-10

Trump Administration Quietly Goes After Disability Benefits [Huff Post] 2020-01-09

Western Cape US students drop tour of Robben Island to join workers’ picket [Eyewitness News] 2020-01-09

Courts Block State Laws Aimed at Protecting Workers, For Now [Bloomberg] 2020-01-03

The New Year Brings Good News for Federal Worker Compensation [Gov Exec] 2020-01-01

Bernie Is the Candidate Who Can Beat Trump. Here’s Why [Jacobin] 2019-12-26

'It's killing us': midwestern workers savaged by Trump's trade wars [The Guardian] 2019-12-22

Sanders says he won’t vote for USMCA despite ‘modest improvement’ it makes [MarketWatch] 2019-12-20


Today's labour news

Delaware Delaware police union wants negotiations over body cameras 2020-01-20 [Sacramento Bee]

Minnesota Plow driver strike continues, but mediation set between Teamsters, St. Louis County 2020-01-20 [ABC]

Washington Police: Armed man spews ‘KKK’ remarks at Lynnwood Walmart 2020-01-20 [Herald Net]

California UC Berkeley student workers awarded millions in back pay 2020-01-20 [NBC]

Teamsters, FLOC & Oxfam Protest Amazon's Whole Foods Supply Chain Abuses: Whole Foods Must End Abusive Labor Practices in its Food Supply Chain 2020-01-20 [Teamsters]

Union decline hits U.S. in the wallets 2020-01-18 [Observer]

Hawaii Union Workers Rally at Honolulu Airport in Hawaii 2020-01-18 [ETN]

New York Union Workers, Politicians Urging New York To Spend Billions On Roads And Bridges 2020-01-18 [CBS]

Trump has attacked federal unions. Now, for the first time, he's trying to bust one 2020-01-18 [Wash Post]

District of Columbia Power Design Inc. paying $2.75 million to settle misclassification lawsuit involving 500 workers 2020-01-18 [SIA]

The Labor movement must fight for MfA - not employer-based plans 2020-01-18 [Jacobin]

The Labor Movement Must Fight for Medicare for All — Not Employer-Based Plans 2020-01-17 [Jacobin]

Washington King, Snohomish County nurses reverse course, announce intent to strike 2020-01-17 [MyNorthwest]

Amazon-owned Whole Foods buys food from NC farms where worker abuse is rampant, union says 2020-01-17 [News&Observer]

Game dev union leader: “Dream job” passion “can open us up to exploitation” 2020-01-17 [Ars Technica]

Labor unions turn their back on US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement 2020-01-17 [WNCT]

Trump Labor Department gives big companies the go-ahead to exploit franchise workers 2020-01-17 [Daily Kos]

California Why Los Angeles teachers endorsed Bernie 2020-01-17 [Jacobin]

California Disney heiress slams the company her grandfather co-founded, says workers are at risk of ‘a death spiral’ 2020-01-17 [MarketWatch]

Minnesota Union plow driver strike continues through second day, no end in sight 2020-01-17 [KBJR]

California California Trucking Association wins injunction, trucking remains exempt from AB5 2020-01-17 [Supply Chain Dive]

California California Truckers Get Biggest Misclassification Win Yet; Gig Economy Companies Await Their Fate 2020-01-17 [Lexology]

Pete Buttigieg’s Campaign Used Notoriously Low-Paying Gig-Work Platform for Polling 2020-01-17 [Intercept]

Game Makers Stare Down Major Union Drive 2020-01-17 [Hollywood Reporter]

Illinois Marijuana workers in Joliet vote to join union 2020-01-16 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Kentucky Kentucky coal miner protest ends in victory for the few who remained;company pays all wages 2020-01-16 [Lexington Herald Leader]

Oregon Oregon Democrats meet with public workers whose retirement contributions they voted to cut 2020-01-16 [nwLaborPress]

Mexico Union Threatens Home Depot Strike, Inspired by USMCA Trade Deal 2020-01-16 [NYTimes]

California UC Berkeley Ordered to Repay Millions to Teaching Assistants in Labor Dispute 2020-01-16 [KTLA]

Ohio Cleveland Public Library criticized for using social media accounts to propagandize about its labor dispute 2020-01-16 [The Plain Dealer]

A Paid Leave Update, and a Bill to Improve Feds’ Due Process Rights 2020-01-16 [Gov Exec]

Improving federal law for pregnant workers 2020-01-16 [The Hill]

California A Year in, San Diego Gompers Teachers Union Has No Contract and a New Challenge 2020-01-16 [Voices of San Diego]

Illinois Illinois Nurses Association files labor complaint over closing of Walgreens clinics 2020-01-16 [Herald-News]

How unionizing could change the lucrative video game industry 2020-01-16 [KCRW]

AG Racine Announces National Electrical Contractor Will Pay $2.75 Million to Workers and the District to Resolve Wage Theft Lawsuit 2020-01-16 [DC Line]

U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris Votes Against USMCA in Committee 2020-01-16 [Sierra Sun Times]

Permanent War and Poverty or Widespread Truth Awareness? 2020-01-16 [Global Research]

Oregon We need labor law reform 2020-01-16 [nwLaborPress]

The Machines Have Us Trained for Obedience 2020-01-16 [Global Research]

New York Delmar nursing home workers to strike amid fears of losing health benefits and jobs 2020-01-16 [Spotlight]

Sanders Splits From 2020 Candidates in Opposing USMCA 2020-01-16 [Floridian]

Oregon Oregon AFL-CIO ramps up pressure on Rep. Kurt Schrader to get behind labor law reform 2020-01-16 [nwLaborPress]

Bernie Sanders Won’t Play Your Game 2020-01-16 [The Nation]

New York Spectrum Workers Call For Public ISP, Sing Carols After Nearly 3 Years On Strike In NYC 2020-01-16 [Forbes]

1,350 union workers gain full-time status at GM 2020-01-16 [NW AR Democratic Gazette]

Fake News: Trump’s Trade Deals 2020-01-15 [Am Prospect]

Illinois 100 Joliet cannabis workers at Cresco Labs join union 2020-01-15 [Herald-News]

Mexico union threatens Home Depot strike, inspired by USMCA trade deal 2020-01-15 [Reuters]

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This month in labour history

1-01-1966 At 8.02am a transport strike begins across New York City. Strikers will win a 15% pay rise, and other benefits, after 12 days. [more]

2-01-1920 Thousands of US labor activists are arrested in the 'Palmer Raids' during the first Red Scare. [more]

3-01-1917 Trial of labour organizer Tom Mooney begins in San Francisco for Preparedness Day bombing. He was framed & serves 22 years. [more]

4-01-1966 Transport Workers Union of America leader Mike Quill arrested for violating an anti-strike court injunction in 4-day old 35000-member strike. [more]

4-01-1965 Start of victorious 28-day strike by 8000 New York City social workers over better conditions for welfare recipients. [more]

7-01-1920 Five elected members of the New York state assembly belonging to the Socialist Party are refused their seats. [more]

11-01-1912 The 'Bread and Roses' strike began in Lynn Massachusetts. The strike was begun and led by mainly immigrant women. [more]

11-01-1937 Police beat and arrest UAW members during the great sit-down strike in Flint, Michigan [more]

13-01-1874 Mounted police from the NYPD violently attack a demonstration of unemployed workers in Tompkins Square Park. [more]

15-01-1929 Birth of civil rights activist and labor movement supporter Martin Luther King, Jr [more]

17-01-1915 The song 'Solidarity Forever' by Ralph Chaplin is first sung, on a hunger march through Chicago organised by Lucy Parsons. [more]

22-01-1969 Black workers at the Eldon Chrysler plant in Detroit march on the autoworkers' union with a list of grievances. The workers had formed ELRUM - the Eldon Revolutionary Union Movement - and they called a strike the next day. [more]

23-01-1913 Joe Hill's song 'Mr. Block', extolling the virtues of industrial unionism, is first published in the IWW's newpaper. [more]

27-01-1850 Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor, is born. [more]

29-01-1834 Federal troops are used to break a strike for the first time in America, on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal [more]

31-01-1938 12,000 pecan shellers, most of them Hispanic women, strike for higher wages and civil rights in San Antonio, Texas. [more]