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Sanders and Warren pledge to skip next debate if the alternative is crossing a picket line 2019-12-13 [Daily Kos]

 VIDEO Emergency Life & Death Staffing Crisis At SFGH: SEIU1021 Nurses Speak At SF Board of Supervisors For more info 2019-12-12 [LVP]

UCSC Workers Withholding Final Grades During Strike 2019-12-11 [NBC]

MOCA will voluntarily recognize new employee union; Marciano closure is permanent 2019-12-07 [LATimes]

Ex-Google engineers, in federal filing, allege anti-union retaliation cost them their jobs 2019-12-06 [Washington Post]

Relations Between The Governors Office and Trade Unions Worsens 2019-12-04 [CA Globe]

Fired SF Google workers to file federal labor complaint 2019-12-04 [Mercury News]

Gig economy companies made workers arbitrate disputes. Then didn’t pay fees to start cases 2019-12-02 [SFChronicle]

UC outsources thousands of jobs to private contractors. Is that a good idea? 2019-12-01 [LATimes]

Unions Dig In to Protect Hard-Fought Health Plans 2019-11-30 [TruthDig]

Sanitation workers march in Beverly Hills, demand fair pay from waste company 2019-11-30 [LADaily News]

Sanitation workers march in Beverly Hills, demand fair pay from waste company 2019-11-30 [Press-Enterprise]

Google fires 4 workers active in labour organizing 2019-11-26 [New York Times]

Port and Rail Drivers Win Court Decision Over Misclassification 2019-11-25 [RLNews]

Jeff Bryant: Why Teachers Are Striking for More Than Wages, as per Oakland 2019-11-23 [Diane Ravitch]

Woodland council supports ‘apprenticeship program’ for union workers 2019-11-23 [Daily Democrat]

Why the LA teachers endorsed Bernie 2019-11-19 [Jacobin]

Striking west Sonoma County teachers reach contract agreement with district 2019-11-16 [Press Democrat]

Teachers’ Union Says School District Not Honoring Labor Agreement Reached in Strike 2019-11-15 [Post News Group]

UC union workers strike over alleged unfair labor practices 2019-11-14 [FOX]

Union Workers Strike at UC Campuses Across CA For more info 2019-11-14 [KNX1070]

500 workers at St. Joseph, Redwood Memorial hospitals plan 24-hour strike: Last NUHW contract expired in April 2019-11-14 [Times Standard]

A firing and two suspensions: Google cracks down 2019-11-14 [Business Journal]

West Sonoma County high school teachers go on strike 2019-11-14 [KPIX]

Workers to strike over outsourcing at UC hospitals and campuses 2019-11-13 [Sacramento Bee]

Thousands of UC workers to strike Wednesday, protesting job outsourcing 2019-11-13 [Mercury News]

Will West Sonoma County teachers be forced to strike? 2019-11-13 [CA Educator]

“Our struggles as students are intertwined with the struggles of workers”: A.S. Senate Endorses Upcoming AFSCME Strike 2019-11-11 [U Cal Daily Nexus]

Union Officials Put Kaiser Strike On Hold After Death of Company CEO 2019-11-11 [Times of San Diego]

Marciano Art Foundation lays off employees, closes to public until further notice 2019-11-11 [ABC]

Unions Labor to Grow in SF 2019-11-11 [SFEvergreen]

Santa Clara County union suspends weeks-long strike, enters mediation 2019-11-08 [Stanford Daily]

How the Google walkout transformed tech workers into activists 2019-11-07 [The Times]

 VIDEO ILWU Internationalism, Class Struggle & Class Collaboration In Oakland For more info 2019-11-07 [LVP]

KPFA WorkWeek Radio On Workers In Algeria Revolt & LA Times Historic Union Victory For more info 2019-11-06 [WWR]

Santa Clara County union suspends strike, agrees to voluntary mediation 2019-11-05 [SJ Spotlight]

 VIDEO United In Standing Up For All Of Us! Ronda S. Jackson ILWU Local 10 Member Speaks At Oakland Rally For more info 2019-11-03 [LVP]

University of California breaks law and own policies by outsourcing thousands of jobs, union claims 2019-11-02 [Mercury News]

Kaiser and 84,000 workers forge four-year labor agreement 2019-11-02 [OCRegister]

Museum Workers at L.A. Marciano Art Foundation Seek to Form a Union 2019-11-02 [NYTimes]

WorkWeek On Privatization Of Port & Schools At Oakland Rally And Fire, PG&E and Public Power For more info 2019-11-01 [LVP]

 VIDEO Stop SFUSD Union Busting, Outsourcing SF School Buses & Endangering Students Rally By SMART 1741 School Bus Drivers For more info 2019-10-31 [LVP]

 VIDEO San Francisco Labor In Solidarity With Chilean Workers At 10/28/19 SFLC Meeting For more info 2019-10-29 [LVP]

Santa Clara SEIU workers voting on county’s ‘last, best’ contract offer 2019-10-24 [Gilroy Dispatch]

A leader of farm workers, and Filipinos’ place in US history 2019-10-22 [ABS-CBN]

 VIDEO Thousands Hit The Streets In San Jose For Living Wages: SEIU 521 Valley Medical Workers On Strike and Get Support For more info 2019-10-18 [LVP]

Los Angeles Times reaches historic agreement with its newsroom union 2019-10-17 [LA Times]

Unions, health systems win antitrust lawsuit settlement against Sutter Health 2019-10-17 [NY Times]

Kaiser workers in California ratify union deal 2019-10-17 [Modern Healthcare]

Santa Clara County Employees Resume Strike After County Makes Offer 2019-10-17 [CBS]

This month in labour history

1-12-1946 130,000 Oakland, USA workers go on general strike. [more]

1-12-1955 Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus, sparking the Montgomery bus boycott. [more]

4-12-1970 Cesar Chavez sentenced to 20 days in jail for not calling off United Farm Workers boycott of lettuce grower Bud Antle Inc. [more]

5-12-1955 The two main union federations in the USA merge to form the AFL-CIO, electing George Meany as president, [more]

6-12-1907 The worst mining disaster in American history occurs when an explosion in a Monongah mine in West Virginia kills 361 miners. [more]

7-12-1896 In Chicago, 11 activists found the National Union of Steam Engineers of America; the forerunner of International Union of Operating Engineers. [more]

8-12-1916 Bernice Fisher born. US civil rights activist, union organizer, original founder of Congress of Racial Equality. [more]

8-12-2001 230 jailed teachers in Middletown Township, NJ, ordered freed after agreement to end 9day strike & enter mediation. [more]

8-12-1886 The American Federation of Labor (AFL) is founded by 26 craft unions. Samuel Gompers is elected president. [more]

13-12-1924 Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor, dies. [more]

14-12-1995 Boeing machinists in the US win a pay rise and an imporved health plan after a 69 day strike. [more]

14-12-1852 American Socialist Daniel De Leon born. Trade union organiser, journalist and Marxist theoretician who died in 1914. [more]

19-12-1907 A group of 239 coal miners die during a mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania. [more]

19-12-1983 Greyhound bus strike ends when members of Amalgamated Transit Union ratify a contract that slashes wages & benefits by 15% [more]

21-12-1919 Emma Goldman is deported to Russia as part of a post-war crackdown on union and left-wing activists. [more]

21-12-1916 Emma Tenayuca, Mexican-American labour leader, is born. [more]

23-12-1908 AFL officers are found in contempt of court for urging a labor boycott of Buck's Stove and Range Co. in St Louis. [more]

24-12-1913 Seventy three striking miners and their families die in a stampede at the Italian Hall in Calumet, Michigan, after an unknown man enters shouting 'Fire!' [more]

24-12-1913 The Italian Hall Disaster in Calumet, Michigan, results in the death of 73 Christmas party goers held by striking miners. [more]

25-12-1904 Philip Vera Cruz, labour leader & activist in Asian American civil rights movement, is born. Co-founder of United Farm Workers' Union. [more]

25-12-1910 Bomb destroys part of the Llewellyn Ironworks in Los Angeles where a bitter strike is ongoing. [more]

26-12-1877 First national convention of the Socialist Labor Party, the first Marxist party founded in the USA. [more]

27-12-1943 President Roosevelt seizes railroads to avoid a national strike. [more]

29-12-2006 More than 15,000 United Steel Workers members at 16 Goodyear Tire & Rubber plants end an 86-day strike, ratify three-year contract. [more]

30-12-1936 The United Auto Workers union stages its first sit-down strike. [more]

30-12-1936 The most famous of the Depression-era "sit down" strikes in the US begins at GM's Fisher Body plant in Flint, Michigan. [more]

30-12-1899 In the back room of Behrens’ cigar shop in Sedalia, Missiouri, US, 33 railroad clerks form Local Lodge Number 1 of the Order of the Railroad Clerks of America. [more]

31-12-1969 Murder of Joseph Yablonski, United Mine Workers labor leader, by killers hired by a union political opponent. [more]

31-12-1969 Rank-and-file UMWA activist Jock Yablonski is murdered along with his family by hitmen acting on the orders of union president. [more]