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Union calls on state to treat Alaska grocery workers as 'first responders,’ bolstering access to masks and tests 2020-03-28 [Anchorage Daily News]

Union sues state, saying it has failed to protect workers from coronavirus 2020-03-28 [Anchorage Daily News]

Already under siege, labor unions face a new threat from Alaska 2019-10-11 [NYT]

Already Under Siege, Labor Unions Face a New Threat From Alaska Governor 2019-10-09 [NYTimes]

Court blocks Dunleavy union rule change. For now 2019-10-05 [AK Public Media]

A New Assault on Organized Labor 2019-09-03 [Slate]

A New Assault on Organized Labor: Alaska may crush public sector unions by treating them like abortion clinics. 2019-09-02 [Slate]

On Labor Day, support Alaska’s workers 2019-09-02 [Anchorage Daily News]

Ferry workers union explains why strike happened, and what workers gained from it 2019-08-08 [AK Public Media]

Alaska labor deal reached to end 10-day ferry strike 2019-08-03 [Reuters]

Alaskan ferry workers end two-week long strike 2019-08-03 [KING5]

‘We Believe in Ferries’: Alaskan Ferry Workers Walk Off the Job 2019-08-02 [Labor Notes]

The party’s over. On Aug 1, Inland Boatmen’s Union employees lose their health insurance for August 2019-08-01 [Must Read AK]

Alaska ferry strike talks drag on 2019-07-31 [Bellingham Herald]

State warns striking ferry workers of loss of health coverage 2019-07-27 [AK Public Media]

IBU spokesman tips the hand of the union: Strike is about budget cuts 2019-07-26 [Must Read AK]

Union workers strike AMHS vessels 2019-07-26 [Cordova Times]

Alaska ferry workers go on strike for first time in 42 years: 'We have tried and tried to work with the state' 2019-07-25 [USAToday]

Hundreds of Alaska ferry workers go on strike 2019-07-25 [CBC]

Ferry workers' union rejects contract terms, threaten Wednesday strike 2019-07-24 [KTUU]

Ferries risk shutdown over strike threat 2019-07-24 [KRBD]

Faculty union fears loss of accreditation if financial exigency is declared 2019-07-10 [KTUU]

Healing the Helpers: Why Workplace Wellness for Child Protection Workers Matters 2019-05-04 [KTUU]

Alaska has nation’s highest rate of workplace deaths 2019-04-30 [KTVA]

Alaska Labor Union Sues To Block Privatization Of Hospital 2019-04-20 [KFQD]

Labor union sues to block privatization of hospital 2019-04-18 [WATE]

Union head: Dunleavy budget rips apart the fabric of Alaska 2019-02-27 [KTVA]

AK AFL-CIO says budget cuts would be a savage attack on Alaska's jobs 2019-02-27 [KTUC]

Banks, credit unions offer help to federal workers during shutdown 2019-01-09 [Anchorage Daily News]

Alaska Airlines union workers picket for better wages 2018-09-11 [KTOO Public Media]

Union leaders march in solidarity with Fairbanks city workers 2018-08-25 [Daily News-Miner]

Kodiak International Longshore and Warehouse Union claims employer is engaging in unfair practices 2018-08-14 [KTUU]

How the defeat of the bathroom bill shows historic change in Anchorage 2018-04-06 [Anchorage Daily News]

United Steelworkers sues BP after it cut union-represented positions on North Slope 2018-03-12 [Anchorage Daily News]

260 workers to be laid off after BP switches contractors 2018-02-12 [KTUU]

Mostly union force of 261 to be laid off in Prudhoe Bay contract change 2018-02-09 [Anchorage Daily News]

Judge backs Texas company over workers claims of toxic gas exposure in Alaska 2018-01-05 [Anchorage Daily News]

Staff Council broaches topic of unionizing 2017-11-14 [Northern Lights]

 VIDEO Hilton Hotel under fire from labor union after firing longtime employee 2017-10-18 [KTUU]

North Country Services Agrees to Pay $280,000 Fine for Employee Death 2017-10-18 [AK Native News]

Wrangell contract talks end, strike may resume 2017-07-07 [KTOO]

Update: Wrangell prepares for municipal workers’ strike 2017-06-20 [KSTK]

Anchorage firefighters forgo pay raises in new union contract deal 2017-06-07 [ADN]

Some employers could see tighter restrictions on hiring foreign workers 2017-04-24 [ADN]

Anchorage Assembly rejects arbitrator ruling and proposed union contract 2017-03-21 [ADN]

Bill would define independent contractors, reform worker’s compensations system 2017-02-22 [Peninsula Clarion]

AK & ME Voters Overwhelmingly Want Their GOP Senators To Vote Down Puzder 2017-02-15 [WIN]

State OSHA fines North Country Services $280,000 2017-02-10 [Workers Comp]

New apprenticeship programs aim to train workers amid a tough job market 2017-02-05 [ADN]

Taco King, Gallo's restaurants agree to pay workers $835,000 in back wages 2016-12-15 [ADN]

This month in labour history

1-05-1886 Between 300,000 to half a million workers went on strike and rallies were held throughout the United States, with the cry, "Eight-hour day with no cut in pay". [more]

2-05-1843 "Mill girls" – overwhelmingly female textile workers – walked out on strike in Massachusetts for better conditions. [more]

2-05-1968 4,000 workers in the Hamtramck auto plant in Detroit walked out against speed up. Several black strikers met in a bar opposite and founded the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement to organise black workers. [more]

3-05-1895 Eugene V. Debs and 6 other union railroad leaders are sentenced to 6 months in prison for contempt of court during a hearing over a strike at the Pullman luxury car manufacturing plants. [more]

4-05-1886 A bomb is thrown during a demonstration against police violence in Haymarket Square, Chicago. The ensuing police riot and trials of anarchists, known as the Haymarket affair, eventually give birth to May Day as international workers' day. [more]

5-05-1886 Nine striking workers are shot dead by the National Guard at the Rolling Mills Steel Factory in Bay View, Milwaukee [more]

6-05-1935 The Works Progress Administration is established by executive order - it will provide work for millions of Americans. [more]

7-05-1912 New York City waiters and waitresses walked out on strike [more]

8-05-1926 A. Philip Randolph founds the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. [more]

9-05-1913 The garment workers strike at Cohoes could become an international incident after it emerges that Italian migrant workers are being forced to break the strike. [more]

11-05-1894 Three thousands Pullman railroad workers in Chicago begin a wildcat strike. [more]

12-05-1902 John Mitchell of the UMWA cals for a national strike, beginning the Anthracite Coal Strike which will last five months. [more]

13-05-1980 Douglas Fraser of the UAW becomes the first union representative on the board a major US corporation after Chystler's stockholders vote him on. [more]

13-05-1893 Western Federation of Miners formed in Butte, Montana. [more]

15-05-1946 489 city workers in Rochester, NY were sacked for organising a union. They protested the next day, and sympathy strikes began, growing to a general strike, when bosses caved and reinstated the sacked workers. [more]

15-05-1935 Folk singer, labor organiser and IWW member Utah Phillips is born. [more]

16-05-1934 Minneapolis Teamsters went on strike, shutting down almost all commercial transport in the city. The dispute lasted over three months, ending with most of the workers’ demands being met in a landmark win. [more]

17-05-1946 The US govt seized the nation's railroads to stop a nationwide strike. Workers walked out anyway and only the President's threat to draft the strikers and call up the army to run the railroads forced them back to work. [more]

18-05-1928 "Big Bill" Haywood, former mineworker and founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World revolutionary union, dies in Moscow. [more]

19-05-1920 A gun battle between the people of Matewan and Baldwin Felts detectives leaves ten people dead. [more]

20-05-1926 The first federal legislation asserting workers' right to form unions takes effect today in the rail industry. [more]

21-05-1945 The US government took over the bituminous coal mines to try to break a six-week miners' strike. The miners held out, forcing the govt to grant workers' demands which had been unacceptable to the operators. [more]

22-05-1942 In Cleveland the Steelworkers Organizing Committee voted to become a union: the United Steelworkers of America [more]

23-05-1903 Some 100,000 textile workers, including more than 10,000 children, are on strike in the Philadelphia area protesting against 60-hour weeks including night hours imposed on children. [more]

24-05-1995 After 10 months on strike against 12-hour shifts and wage increases linked to productivity, 2300 workers from 5 Bridgestone-Firestone factories resign themselves to going back to work without a collective agreement. [more]

25-05-1946 President Truman comes within three minutes of drafting the nation's railroad workers into the army to suppress a proposed strike, but the union leaders and employers settle just before the presiden't ultimatum comes into effect. [more]

25-05-1805 A Philadelphia shoemakers' strike was broken when workers were arrested and accused of violating an English law proclaiming criminal any conspiracy to force a collective increase in wages. [more]

26-05-1937 UAW organisers are attacked and beaten by Ford security men in Dearborn, Michigan, in an incident which greatly increases support for the union. [more]

28-05-1946 Workers in Rochester, New York, stage a successful one day general strike for the right to form unions. [more]

29-05-1946 The Rochester general strike ended after just one day with victory for the workers. They won reinstatement for hundreds of city workers who had been sacked for forming a union, dropping of all charges, and recognition of the union. [more]

29-05-1941 Disney Studios animators in LA strike for union recognition. 16 were fired. [more]

29-05-1990 The Justice for Janitors strike of ISS cleaners in Los Angeles begins. [more]

30-05-1937 Ten workers are shot dead by Chicago police during a strike at the Republic Steel Mill. [more]

31-05-1921 The Sacco and Vanzetti trial begins in Dedham, Massachusetts. [more]