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CA Labor Commissioner’s Office Files Lawsuits Against Uber and Lyft for Engaging in Systemic Wage Theft 2020-08-08 [Sierra Sun Times]

'Everyone tested positive': Covid devastates agriculture workers in California's heartland 2020-08-08 [Guardian]

CA lawmakers propose more protections for farm workers impacted by coronavirus 2020-08-07 [ABC]

Healthcare workers protest lack of COVID-19 protections The employees at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital hold rally 2020-08-07 [OCRegister]

Cali AFL-CIO Disassociates Police Unions 2020-08-07 [Payday Report]

 VIDEO Alameda CLC ED Elisabeth Ortega-Torro Supporting A's Billionaire Owner John Fisher Proposed A's Stadium In Port Of Oakland For more info 2020-08-07 [LVP]

Healthcare Workers in Crisis 2020-08-06 [LA Progressive]

 VIDEO Shut It Down! Workers Shut Amazon DSF4 San Leandro Warehouse For Health & Safety and Living Wage For more info 2020-08-02 [LVP]

Black Lives Matter And Teachers Union Demand ‘Freedom Campus’ Within Nation’s Largest 4-Yr University System 2020-08-02 [Daily Wire]

LA Hotel Workers Union and Allies Demand Sheriff Villanueva Resign 2020-08-02 [ACLU]

 VIDEO The Covid Pandemic and Central Valley Agricultural Workers For more info 2020-08-02 [LVP]

At Least 31 Workers Infected With COVID-19 At Costco Stores In Santa Clara County 2020-07-31 [CBS]

31 workers at 4 Bay Area Costcos are infected by COVID-19; stores stay open 2020-07-31 [LATimes]

 VIDEO 'We're With Katy' Rally To Protest Firing Of ILWU 6 VCA-Mars Unionist Katy Bradley For more info 2020-07-31 [LVP]

California’s child care providers win historic union election in landslide 2020-07-30 [1199J]

California’s newest union: 45,000 childcare workers to be represented in contract talks 2020-07-28 [Sacramento Bee]

Child Care Workers Approve Union Representation 2020-07-28 [CA Public Radio]

In California, Child Care Providers Vote to Unionize 2020-07-28 [Am Prospect]

 VIDEO 'We Mean Business' SF Unionists Protest SF POA & Demand Defunding of Police and End Militarization of Police For more info 2020-07-28 [LVP]

Santa Rosa Hospital Workers Strike to Defend Sick Time and Health Care in Midst of Pandemic 2020-07-25 [Labor Notes]

Postal Workers Union Sounds Alarm Over Budget, Trump Administration Rhetoric On Mail-In Ballots For more info 2020-07-25 [CBS]

Augie’s Coffee Workers Uncover $140,000 in Wage Theft Violations 2020-07-25 [UE Union]

WorkWeek 7-23-20 Confederate Monuments and Knights of Labor & Racism At Tesla, Port Of Oakland For more info 2020-07-24 [WW]

700 CA. Hospital Workers Strike 2020-07-24 [Payday Rpt]

California to Buy More Masks, But Will They Get to the Workers Who Need Them? 2020-07-24 [NBC]

Misclassification: The Gig is Up for California Car Wash 2020-07-24 [Lawyers and Settlements]

‘They are so greedy’: Health care workers protest conditions in Westminster hospital, claim COVID-19 patients are not isolated For more info 2020-07-23 [KTLA]

 VIDEO Alameda County Highland Hospital Workers Fight Covid, Privatization, Bullying and Union Busting For more info 2020-07-21 [LVP]

SF union workers strike over racial inequality 2020-07-21 [Yahoo]

Healthcare workers begin 5-day strike at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital 2020-07-20 [SFChronicle]

5G built wrong: Corporate giveaways to Verizon leave San Diegans worse off For more info 2020-07-18 [CWA]

Nearly 100 Primex Farms workers have gotten COVID 2020-07-15 [UFW]

Tesla Workers Speak Out After Industry Blog Reports Dozens Of Workers Tested Positive For COVID-19 2020-07-15 [CBS]

 VIDEO Healthcare Workers, Covid and Black Lives Matter with Luci Riley NNU CNA Alta Bates Hospital For more info 2020-07-13 [LVP]

Union vote highlights coronavirus crisis for California’s home day care providers 2020-07-12 [The Times]

Free tutoring program run by UCLA students for children of health care workers 2020-07-12 [ABC]

Hundreds Of Los Angeles Apparel Factory Workers Have Contracted The Coronavirus And Four Have Died 2020-07-12 [BuzzFeed]

By the People, For the People: San Francisco Mime Troupe's New Radio Drama and LaborFest 2020 For more info 2020-07-11 [KQED]

Coronavirus infections spike among San Francisco General Hospital workers 2020-07-10 [SFChronicle]

Striking Union Workers Protest Outside Wholesale Produce Market In Downtown LA 2020-07-10 [Yahoo]

 VIDEO SF Mime Troupe and 'Tales Of The Resistance' With SF Mime Trouper Michael Sullivan For more info 2020-07-10 [LVP]

2020 LaborFest.net Art Gallery
 Focusing On Covid For more info 2020-07-08 [LaborFest]

 VIDEO Cal/OSHA MIA? Jeff Ruch Of PEER and The Crisis In Cal/OSHA For more info 2020-07-07 [LVP]

Farm workers in California strike after dozens have virus 2020-07-05 [AP]

 VIDEO Remember 'Bloody Thursday' & Stop The Racist Graffiti At SSA! ILWU Press Conference At Port Of Oakland For more info 2020-07-04 [LVP]

United Farm Workers accuses Wasco company of calling COVID-19-positive employees back to work 2020-07-04 [KGET]

WorkWeek On ILWU Juneteenth Rally At Oscar Grant Plaza For more info 2020-07-02 [WW]

WorkWeek On UFCW7 & Covid Deaths In Colorado, Cal/OSHA & Garrett Brown, Tesla Workers & Houston Covid Pandemic For more info 2020-07-02 [WW]

 VIDEO In The Midst Of Covid-19: The Staffing Crisis At Cal/OSHA With Garrett Brown MPH, CIH Retired FromCal/OSHA & Researcher For more info 2020-07-01 [LVP]

 VIDEO Tesla, Covid-19, Elon Musk, Cal-OSHA & Gov. Gavin Newsom-Interview With Tesla Worker Carlos Gabriel For more info 2020-06-28 [Pacifica Network]

This month in labour history

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]