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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]

CA gives more workers the right to sue for workplace harassment, discrimination 2019-10-12 [Marketplace]

San Jose Union Workers to Present County With New Contract Proposals Amid Contract Negotiations 2019-10-12 [NBC]

Santa Clara County Responds To Postponed Strike 2019-10-11 [SFGate]

Plea to protect PG&E workers goes viral: 'These men and women have families' 2019-10-10 [ABC]

San Jose County Union Workers Hit 7Th Day Of Strikes 2019-10-10 [SFGate]

Social workers join sixth day of strike by Santa Clara County workers 2019-10-09 [Mountain View Voice]

Santa Clara County Employees Enter 5th Day Of Strike 2019-10-08 [KPIX]

California child care workers now allowed to unionize under new law 2019-10-05 [Asian Journal]

 VIDEO Tech Crunch Bubble Bust In San Francisco and UBER Lyft Drivers For more info 2019-10-05 [LVP]

 VIDEO Joe Biden Benefit Picketed by UC AFSCME 3299 At Senator Diane Feinstein and UC Richard Blum's SF Mansion For more info 2019-10-04 [LVP]

Santa Clara County workers go on strike in San Jose 2019-10-03 [Yahoo!]

Union Airport Workers, Rideshare Drivers March On LAX 2019-10-03 [CBS]

 VIDEO UAW GM Strikers Solidarity Action and Songs In San Leandro For more info 2019-09-30 [Labor Video Project]

 VIDEO ILWU Local 10 West Oakland Community Meeting Speak Out On John Fisher A's Stadium Scheme For more info 2019-09-25 [LVP]

Film explores Latina union leader who organized farmworkers 2019-09-24 [KIMA]

 VIDEO Oakland Port Privatization, Labor, Gentrification and Racism: Report By ILWU Local 10 Derrick Muhammad For more info 2019-09-24 [LVP]

Pesticide poisonings continue, and too often, the track record of enforcement on pesticide use is far from good 2019-09-22 [UFW]

 VIDEO Michael Horowitz, The OSC, Inspector Generals, Whistleblowers & Cover-ups For more info 2019-09-21 [LVP]

Newsom signs bill rewriting California employment law, limiting use of independent contractors 2019-09-18 [LA Times]

WorkWeek On NNU Global Nurses Solidarity Assembly and UAW GM Strike Scab Threat For more info 2019-09-18 [WWR]

 VIDEO NNU And The 2019 Global Nurses Solidarity Assembly With Zenei T. Cortez, RN President NNU For more info 2019-09-16 [Labor Video Project]

About 47,000 Southern California grocery store workers avoid strike, approve contract 2019-09-15 [Desert Sun]

Grocery Workers “Overwhelmingly” Approve New Contract, Avoiding Strike 2019-09-15 [Los Feliz Ledger]

 VIDEO CNA NNU Global Nurses Solidarity Assembly In San Francisco and Nurses Speak Out For more info 2019-09-14 [LVP]

Retailers and Grocery Workers in Southern California Reach Tentative Deal 2019-09-09 [And now U Know]

47,000 Grocery Workers in SoCal Avoid Strike With New Contracts 2019-09-13 [CNN Wire via KTLA 5]

 VIDEO  SFUSD Board & Superintendent Matthews Cutting $300,000 From MLK Middle School While Spending $850,000 To Censor GWHS Arnautoff Murals For more info 2019-09-13 [LVP]

California bill could reset the rules for the gig economy around the country 2019-09-11 [CNET]

California approves bill that will turn gig workers into employees 2019-09-11 [CBS News]

In California, Gig Workers Are About to Become Employees 2019-09-11 [Wired News]

Santa Clara County Workers Poised to Strike 2019-09-11 [NBC Bay Area]

California labor unions sanction potential October strike by Kaiser workers 2019-09-11 [San Jose Mercury News]

Companies like Uber and Lyft required to treat contract workers as employees 2019-09-11 [New York Times]

WorkWeek On UAW GM Contract Fight With UAW GM Worker Shawn Crawford & Retired UAW GM Worker Frank Hammer For more info 2019-09-11 [WW]

California nears passage of labor bill to declare Uber and Lyft drivers 'employees' under the law; Teamsters plan an organizing drive 2019-09-10 [NY Times]

Strike likely stopped: Grocery workers like pay raises, pension bump 2019-09-10 [SD Union-Trib]

Grocery Workers Union Deal May Avert Strike 2019-09-10 [LA Biz Jrnl]

Anchor Steamed: How DSA worked to unionize an iconic craft brewery 2019-09-09 [DSAUSA.org]

Here’s Why 47,000 Grocery Workers in Southern California May Soon Go on Strike 2019-09-06 [KTLA5]

 VIDEO Global Day Of Solidarity Protest At Rockwell Automation San Jose In Solidarity With Mexican Workers For more info 2019-09-05 [LVP]

Labor council hosts annual breakfast 2019-09-04 [Times Herald]

 VIDEO Gentrification, The Billionaires & The Port of Oakland Privatization With Danny Glover For more info 2019-09-04 [LVP]

Thousands of Union Workers Marched Through Wilmington 2019-09-04 [Spectrum News]

 VIDEO Kaiser Bosses STOP Destroying Our Healthcare & Outsourcing Our Jobs! 2019 Labor Day Rally In Oakland Say SEIU UHW and OPEIU Kaiser Workers For more info 2019-09-03 [LVP]

This month in labour history

2-10-2007 Starbucks Workers Union baristas at an outlet in East Grand Rapids, Mich., organized by the Wobblies, win their grievances after the National Labor Relations Board cites the company for labor law violations, including threats against union activists. [more]

3-10-1932 The state militia is called in after 164 high school students in Kincaid, Ill., go on strike when the school board buys coal from the scab Peabody Coal Co. [more]

9-10-2003 Chicago sanitation workers end a nine-day strike, winning a 28% pay rise. [more]

9-10-1888 United Hebrew Trades founded in New York by socialist shirt-maker Morris Hillquit. [more]

10-10-1933 Pixley, CA: 18,000 cotton workers strike & ultimately win a pay raise; 4 workers killed during the strike. [more]

10-10-1933 Four workers are killed by cotton growers during a strike in Pixley, California. [more]

11-10-1873 The Miners’ National Association is formed in Youngstown, Ohio, with the goal of uniting all miners, regardless of skill or ethnic background. [more]

12-10-1898 The Battle of Virden massacre takes place in Illinois, as striking United Mine Workers fight scabs & guards. 11 killed. [more]

13-10-1934 American Federation of Labor votes to boycott German good to protest Nazi policies. [more]

15-10-1914 President Woodrow Wilson signs the Clayton Antitrust Act, often referred to as "Labor’s Magna Carta,"establishing that unions are not conspiracies under the law. [more]

16-10-1859 John Brown leads anti-slavery raid on Harper's Ferry. [more]

17-10-1939 Labor activist Warren Billings is released from California's Folsom Prison. Along with Thomas J. Mooney, Billings had been pardoned for a 1916 conviction stemming from a bomb explosion during a San Francisco Preparedness Day parade. [more]

18-10-1927 IWW Colorado Mine strike; first time all coal fields are out. [more]

18-10-1648 Shoemakers & coopers in Boston form guilds, first American workers orgs, though they focus on work quality not work conditions. [more]

19-10-1980 The J.P. Stevens textile company is forced to sign its first union contract after a 17-year struggle in North Carolina and other southern states. [more]

20-10-1926 Eugene V. Debs, leading American Socialist and trade unionist, dies. [more]

21-10-1902 In the United States, a five-month strike by United Mine Workers ends. [more]

22-10-1887 John Reed, the author of Ten Days That Shook the World, is born. [more]

22-10-1981 The US Federal Labor Relations Authority votes to decertify the Air Traffic Controllers Organization for its previous strike. [more]

24-10-1892 Black & white teamsters, salesmen & packers strike in New Orleans. Quickly turns into general strike for 10hr work day. [more]

25-10-1934 Strike by 23,000 silk dye workers in Paterson, NJ. [more]

25-10-2011 Workers at Bonus Car Wash in Santa Monica, CA, win a union contract for pay rises & improved benefits after a 2 year struggle. [more]

25-10-1949 Longshore workers in Hawaii win a strike for pay parity with their colleagues on the mainland. [more]

27-10-1951 The National Negro Labor Council is formed in Cincinnati to unite black workers in the struggle for full economic, political and social equality. [more]

30-10-1986 Ed Meese, attorney general in the Ronald Reagan administration, urges employers to begin spying on workers "in locker rooms, parking lots, shipping and mail room areas and even the nearby taverns" to try to catch them using drugs. [more]

31-10-1891 Tennessee sends in leased convict laborers to break a coal miners strike in Anderson County. The miners revolted, burned the stockades, and sent the captured convicts by train back to Knoxville [more]