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Breaking: Forestville teachers win 2019-08-16 [CA Educator]

 VIDEO Fired UESF Teacher Margaret Reyes Calls Out Bullying, PAR & Discrimination By SFUSD Bd and Superintendent Matthews For more info 2019-08-15 [LVP]

Kaiser Union Workers Authorizing Potential Strike 2019-08-15 [KSRO]

Forestville teachers call strike three days before school starts 2019-08-13 [Press Democrat]

Threat Of Kaiser Permanente Strike Grows As California Union Overwhelmingly Approves Vote 2019-08-13 [Kaiser Health News]

Forestville Teachers on Strike 2019-08-13 [San Francisco CBS]

When I Introduced Senator Sanders At UTLA Leadership Conference 2019-08-12 [Diane Ravitch]

Oxnard, Camarillo nurses march at St. John's hospitals, say they feel unsafe on the job 2019-08-10 [VCStar]

Gompers’ New Union Is Moving Forward, But Tensions Remain 2019-08-08 [Voice of San Diego]

 VIDEO WalMart Tech Workers In San Bruno Rally & Protest Protest Gun Violence For more info 2019-08-08 [LVP]

Hundreds of union workers continue fight with Santa Clara County 2019-08-07 [Spotlight]

Building the Power to Reclaim Our Schools 2019-08-06 [Reclaim our Schools]

In the Public Interest: Inside the LA Teachers’ Strike 2019-08-06 [Diane Ravitch]

New state programs, like California’s, make it easier for workers to save for retirement 2019-08-05 [CNBC]

Univ CA successfully negotiates new deal with one labor union, frustrates another 2019-08-05 [Daily Bruin]

 VIDEO Press Freedom, Whistleblowers & The Case Of Assange, Manning & Carmody For more info 2019-08-05 [LVP]

When small local unions make a big impact 2019-07-31 [NEA Today]

Hands Off UESF Teacher Margaret Reyes! Protest At SF Court Hearing 2019-07-31 [Labor Video Project]

 VIDEO 'A Work In Progress' The Worker Photography of Joseph A. Blum For more info 2019-07-31 [LVP]

 VIDEO Hands Off UESF Teacher Margaret Reyes! Protest At SF Superior Court Judge Schulman Hearing For more info 2019-07-30 [LVP]

Kaiser Workers to Vote Monday on Potential Nationwide Strike 2019-07-29 [CBS]

Teamsters Union Splits From Uber and Lyft on California Worker Rights Law 2019-07-26 [Yahoo!]

Teachers shocked that Forestville District managers came to bargaining table without authorization to settle 2019-07-26 [CA Educator]

 VIDEO At LaborFest 2019 Boots Riley Introduces 'Sorry To Bother You' For more info 2019-07-24 [LaborFest]

Last chance negotiations session is Wednesday, July 24, as Forestville Teachers prepare for August 12 strike 2019-07-23 [California Educator]

Healthcare Providers and Residents Celebrate as For-Profit Hospital Set to Be Returned to California Community 2019-07-22 [Common Dreams]

Port Operator, Union Reach Agreement Over Automated Electric Cargo Handlers 2019-07-21 [KFI640]

California Bill Could Transform the Lives of Gig Workers. Silicon Valley Wants Labor Help To Stop It 2019-07-19 [Intercept]

California union contracts targeted in new lawsuit challenging how workers quit paying dues 2019-07-19 [Sac'to Bee]

Uber and Lyft drivers were paid up to $100 to protest a bill that could make them employees 2019-07-16 [The Times]

Legislature passes bill to protect sex workers' rights 2019-07-16 [The Hill]

85,000 Kaiser workers ready strike in 7 states; health giant cites progress in contract talks 2019-07-15 [Sac Bee]

RNs applaud signing of Hospital Inspection Bill that protects patients, nurses 2019-07-14 [NNU]

4,000 California mental health workers reject Kaiser contract offer by wide margin 2019-07-13 [Fresno Bee]

Former Tesla workers claim they were fired for using maternity and sick leave 2019-07-09 [The Guardian]

CA is the latest state to help millions of workers join retirement savings plans 2019-07-05 [CNBC]

Hundreds of union workers at LAX march for better wages, healthcare 2019-07-05 [FOX]

Uber co-founder buys record-breaking LA mansion for $72.5m as drivers fight for wages 2019-07-04 [Guardian]

LAX workers at two unions rally at terminals to demand union jobs 2019-07-04 [OCRegister]

Tech Companies Absent From Roundtable On Contracted Workers Rights 2019-07-04 [SFGate]

 VIDEO CA AB5 UBER, Lyft, Independent Contractors, Labor and Social Benefits For more info 2019-07-03 [LVP]

CA grocery workers gain support from other labor groups 2019-07-02 [LATimes]

Union leaders endorse possible grocery strike 2019-07-02 [KESQ]

 VIDEO SF PRIDE 2019 'One Job Is Enough!' Unite Here Local 2 & Free Chelsea & Assange For more info 2019-06-30 [LVP]

After a few big California unions held talks to limit labor rights for Uber and Lyft drivers, other unions balk 2019-06-30 [NY Times]

1 Hour ULP Strike By SF ILWU Local 6 VCA Workers: Mars VCA Is Breaking The Law! 2019-06-28 [indybay]

 VIDEO SF ILWU Local 6 VCA Workers Have 1 Hour ULP Strike: Mars VCA Is Breaking The Law! For more info 2019-06-28 [LVP]

San Diego Grocery Store Workers Vote to Authorize Strike, Local Union Says 2019-06-28 [NBC]

SF veterinary workers walk off the job 2019-06-28 [Mission Local]

San Diego grocery workers say yes to strike authorization vote 2019-06-27 [Union-Tribune]

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]

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

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]

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

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

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

17-08-1918 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]

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

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

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]