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 VIDEO AFSCME 3299 UC Workers and Students Unite Against Union Busting/Contracting Out At Regents UC SF Misson Bay Meeting For more info 2020-01-23 [LVP]

UC, 8,000 service workers reach tentative contract deal 2020-01-23 [OCRegister]

 VIDEO Justice For UCSC Graduate Students: UCSC Wildcat Striker Natalie Ng Speaks Out To UC Management For more info 2020-01-22 [LVP]

Strike over as UC Santa Cruz trades workers ratify new contract 2020-01-22 [Santa Cruz Sentinel]

 VIDEO On MLK Day SF Labor Council Breakfast Protested For more info 2020-01-20 [LVP]

UC Berkeley student workers awarded millions in back pay 2020-01-20 [NBC]

Why Los Angeles teachers endorsed Bernie 2020-01-17 [Jacobin]

Disney heiress slams the company her grandfather co-founded, says workers are at risk of ‘a death spiral’ 2020-01-17 [MarketWatch]

California Trucking Association wins injunction, trucking remains exempt from AB5 2020-01-17 [Supply Chain Dive]

California Truckers Get Biggest Misclassification Win Yet; Gig Economy Companies Await Their Fate 2020-01-17 [Lexology]

UC Berkeley Ordered to Repay Millions to Teaching Assistants in Labor Dispute 2020-01-16 [KTLA]

A Year in, San Diego Gompers Teachers Union Has No Contract and a New Challenge 2020-01-16 [Voices of San Diego]

Siskiyou County employees back at work after five-day strike 2020-01-15 [MtShasta News]

Students Strike with UC Workers Over Alleged Illegal Outsourcing 2020-01-13 [New University]

 VIDEO Rocha Has To Go! AFT 2121 Members Protest Cutbacks and Union Busting For more info 2020-01-11 [LVP]

Kaiser, major union form not-for-profit for workforce development 2020-01-09 [Modern Healthcare]

Rep. Ro Khanna on a Public Takeover of PG&E: “Why Can’t We Provide Power to Our Own Citizens?” 2020-01-09 [Jacobin]

Kaiser Permanente, SEIU launch nonprofit to train allied healthcare workers 2020-01-09 [Becker's Hosp Rev]

How we organized the Oakland Teachers Strike 2020-01-08 [Labor Notes]

KPFA Pacifica WorkWeek On Iran, War and Labor And CA DIR Christine Baker Fraud Challenged At FAC For more info 2020-01-08 [WorkWeek]

As cost of living soars, SF program to help struggling airport workers pay bills 2020-01-08 [SFChronicle]

How We Organized The Oakland Teachers Strike 2020-01-08 [Labor Notes]

Union files federal labor complaint against St. Joseph 2020-01-08 [Times Standard]

Evans Hotels loses in high-profile court battle with labor unions 2020-01-08 [San Diego Union-Tribune]

Major union launches campaign to organize video game and tech workers 2020-01-07 [LA Times]

CWA launches campaign to organize video game and tech workers 2020-01-07 [LATimes]

Workers Help Workers: 650+ Families Receive Holiday Food & Toys 2020-01-07 [Patch]

UCSC trades workers strike, call for higher wages and more staff 2020-01-07 [Santa Cruz Sentinel]

Silicon Valley is primed for a worker uprising 2020-01-06 [Salon]

As California Tries To Make Contract Workers Employees, Industries Push Back 2020-01-05 [Cap Pub Radio]

Amazon Warehouse Workers Deliver Christmas Walkout 2020-01-04 [Labour Notes]

AB5 would protect California workers and taxpayers — if employers had any intention of obeying it 2020-01-03 [SFChronicle]

California’s Minimum-Wage Workers Will Get Pay Boosts 2020-01-02 [Times of San Diego]

Cafeteria workers vote to unionize at Google's Mountain View headquarters 2020-01-02 [Silicon Valley Biz Jrnl]

How a New Law Will Change California Show Biz 2020-01-02 [Backstage]

Temporary Restraining Order Issued Against California Labor Law 2020-01-02 [Transport Topics]

Gig Economy Giants Try To Block California’s New Misclassification Law 2020-01-01 [JDSupra]

Judge Temporarily Blocks California’s Forced Arbitration Law 2020-01-01 [KPBS]

San Diego’s biggest minimum wage hike in years goes into effect New Year’s Day 2020-01-01 [San Diego Union-Tribune]

Over 2,000 'underpaid, overworked' Google workers unionised 2020-01-01 [Economic Times]

Uber and Postmates claim gig worker bill AB-5 is unconstitutional in new lawsuit 2020-01-01 [Tech Crunch]

Thousands of Google’s cafeteria workers have unionized 2019-12-31 [Vox]

ALEC, Lumina & The Downsizing & Corporatization of City College of San Francisco 2019-12-31 [Indybay]

Uber, Postmates Sue California Over New Law Regulating Gig Economy Workers 2019-12-31 [KTLA]

Quala, Pasadena facility where two workers died, had been sued, fined over safety concerns 2019-12-30 [Houston Chronicle]

2 workers dead after chemical plant incident in Pasadena 2019-12-29 [Chron]

 VIDEO We Won It! Anchor Steam Brewery ILWU Local 6 Workers Get A Union and Contract For more info 2019-12-28 [LVP]

The First Scooter Company to Unionize Tests California’s Gig Work Bill 2019-12-27 [CityLab]

GOP assembly members working to nullify gig economy bill 2019-12-25 [FOX]

Days before Christmas, Universal Logistics lays off 70 Port drivers 2019-12-25 [Freight Waves]

This month in labour history

1-01-1966 At 8.02am a transport strike begins across New York City. Strikers will win a 15% pay rise, and other benefits, after 12 days. [more]

2-01-1920 Thousands of US labor activists are arrested in the 'Palmer Raids' during the first Red Scare. [more]

3-01-1917 Trial of labour organizer Tom Mooney begins in San Francisco for Preparedness Day bombing. He was framed & serves 22 years. [more]

4-01-1966 Transport Workers Union of America leader Mike Quill arrested for violating an anti-strike court injunction in 4-day old 35000-member strike. [more]

4-01-1965 Start of victorious 28-day strike by 8000 New York City social workers over better conditions for welfare recipients. [more]

7-01-1920 Five elected members of the New York state assembly belonging to the Socialist Party are refused their seats. [more]

11-01-1912 The 'Bread and Roses' strike began in Lynn Massachusetts. The strike was begun and led by mainly immigrant women. [more]

11-01-1937 Police beat and arrest UAW members during the great sit-down strike in Flint, Michigan [more]

13-01-1874 Mounted police from the NYPD violently attack a demonstration of unemployed workers in Tompkins Square Park. [more]

15-01-1929 Birth of civil rights activist and labor movement supporter Martin Luther King, Jr [more]

17-01-1915 The song 'Solidarity Forever' by Ralph Chaplin is first sung, on a hunger march through Chicago organised by Lucy Parsons. [more]

22-01-1969 Black workers at the Eldon Chrysler plant in Detroit march on the autoworkers' union with a list of grievances. The workers had formed ELRUM - the Eldon Revolutionary Union Movement - and they called a strike the next day. [more]

23-01-1913 Joe Hill's song 'Mr. Block', extolling the virtues of industrial unionism, is first published in the IWW's newpaper. [more]

27-01-1850 Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor, is born. [more]

29-01-1834 Federal troops are used to break a strike for the first time in America, on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal [more]

31-01-1938 12,000 pecan shellers, most of them Hispanic women, strike for higher wages and civil rights in San Antonio, Texas. [more]