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Crowd remembers lives lost in 2010 plant explosion 2020-02-10 [The Hour]

Workers worry as Norwalk based Frontier Communications eyes bankruptcy 2020-01-23 [FOX]

Office Cleaners Union Announces Deal to Avert CT, NY Strikes 2019-12-24 [NBC]

Hundreds of cleaning workers vote to authorize strike 2019-12-15 [Bradenton Herald]

Study Says Fairfield County Has Nation’s Highest Wage Inequality 2019-11-19 [CT News Junkie]

CT restaurant workers, owners at odds over pay rules 2019-10-11 [Hartford Courant]

In New Haven, Speaker Nancy Pelosi talks equal pay for equal work and ‘assault’ on organized labor 2019-09-15 [The Courant]

Lottery workers: We’re angry, appalled and annoyed. But we get the job done 2019-09-04 [Hartford Courant]

Appeals court rules Honeywell workers have lifetime benefits for pre-1997 retirees 2019-08-09 [UAW]

Union files two unfair labor charges against Waterbury Hospital 2019-07-31 [Republican American]

For Hartford’s outdoor workers, the hot weather is business as usual, with plenty of water 2019-07-21 [Hartford Courant]

Union Workers File Civil Action Lawsuit Against Yale Over Employee Wellness Program 2019-07-19 [NPR]

New Haven Federation of Teachers Challenges Some Transfers 2019-06-08 [New Haven Independent]

New Haven teachers’ union alleges ‘retaliation for union activity’ in elimination of 53 jobs 2019-06-08 [New Haven Register]

After Connecticut $15 Minimum Wage Win, Union Leader Stresses Going State-by-State 2019-05-31 [Cheddar]

CT Workers Fought for a $15 Minimum Wage — and Won 2019-05-29 [TruthOut]

Norwalk teachers’ union reps speak out against Kendall ‘experiment’ For more info 2019-05-22 [Nancy on Norwalk]

Attorney General William Tong Okays Captive Audience Bill; May Face Court Challenge if Passed 2019-05-21 [Yankee Institute]

CT Nursing Home Workers Renew Strike Threat 2019-05-04 [Public's Radio]

Nursing home workers renew strike threats at the Capitol 2019-05-02 [CTPost]

CT Hotel Workers Do Their Own Organizing and Beat the Boss 2019-05-01 [Labor Notes]

Police: Man threatened to shoot CT Stop and Shop strikers with AK-47 2019-04-20 [CTPost]

Let My Matzah Go: Stop & Shop Purchases Deemed Not Kosher For Passover 2019-04-16 [New Haven Independent]

Unions give $5,000 donation to striking Stop & Shop workers For more info  ActNOW!  2019-04-16 [New Haven Register]

Nursing home workers poised to strike over wages, staffing levels 2019-04-14 [Jrnl Inquirer]

Stop & Shop stores across Connecticut reopen Friday as employees walk picket lines 2019-04-12 [Hartford Courant]

Yale New Haven Hosital signs 5-year contract with cafeteria workers union 2019-04-12 [Yale Daily News]

Ridgefield Stop and Shop CLOSED as Union Workers Strike Against Unfair Labor Practice 2019-04-12 [Hamlethub]

Gov Lamont Holds Firm On Teacher Pension Costs, Backs Away from Cost of Living Adjustment 2019-04-10 [CT News Junkie]

Contract negotiations with Stop and Shop workers continue 2019-04-06 [WSFB]

Stop & Shop union workers threaten strike after wage cuts 2019-03-10 [News12]

Local Stop & Shop workers to vote on strike authorization 2019-03-10 [The Day]

NAACP presses Norwalk BoE to ‘take action’ after more emails revealed​​ For more info 2019-03-06 [Nancy on Norwalk]

Bristol teachers union joining drive to tighten classroom discipline For more info 2019-03-08 [The Courant]

Limo Drivers Settle for $750K over Misclassification as Contractors, Not Employees 2019-03-04 [Claims Jrnl]

AFSCME Member Elected to Connecticut State Legislature 2019-03-01 [AFL-CIO]

Union Givebacks & $1 Billion in New Taxes Key to Lamont Budget 2019-02-21 [NBC]

Spinnaker projects in New Haven stir debate on labor issues, community input 2019-02-20 [New Haven Register]

Labor leaders call for tax hikes for the wealthy and other ‘alternatives to austerity’ 2019-02-12 [Hartford Courant]

Courant journalists seek to form a union 2019-02-12 [Hartford Courant]

MLK Invoked In Call For Yale Local Hiring 2019-01-23 [New Haven Democrat]

Did the new Democratic governor just say that unions must give back more? 2019-01-13 [CTPost]

Tech workers to rally to keep India outsourcing firm out of CT 2018-12-29 [Stamford Advocate]

Unions reject blueprint: Proposal to shore up state budget calls for tax cuts, state employee givebacks 2018-12-01 [Jrnl Inquirer]

Bridgeport cops win workers’ comp fight 2018-11-30 [CTPost]

Breaking with peers, Yale reaffirms opposition to Local 33 2018-11-27 [Yale News]

Norwich utilities labor union withdraws complaints involving Bilda 2018-11-20 [The Day]

Citing poor work conditions, Stamford Sheraton workers push for union 2018-11-20 [Stamford Advocate]

New Haven non-union workers forced to take furloughs 2018-11-06 [Yale Daily News]

Governor Campaigns Making Final Overtures For more info 2018-11-05 [NBC Connecticut]

This month in labour history

1-02-1864 The Collar Laundry Union was formed in New York, the first women's union in US history, led by Kate Mullany. Over the next few years the women increase their wages from $2 to $14 a week. [more]

4-02-1924 IWW members took on the Ku Klux Klan, patrolling the streets of Greenville, Maine, after the KKK tried to threaten IWW union organisers: “We are going to stick, and if the Klan wants to start something, the IWW are going to finish it” [more]

4-02-1869 IWW and SPUSA leader Big Bill Haywood is born in Salt Lake City, Utah. [more]

4-02-1919 The General Strike Committee meets in Seattle, and makes preparations for an all-out labour stoppage [more]

5-02-1913 17-year-old Ida Braiman is shot dead by a contractor during the garment workers' strike in Rochester, NY. [more]

6-02-1919 A total of 60,000 of Seattle's population of 315,000 join the general strike on its first day [more]

8-02-1919 Workers in Butte, Montana responded to a dollar per day wage cut by launching a general strike. To prevent disunity, workers formed a Workers and Soldiers Council to conduct the strike. [more]

11-02-1937 The 6 week-long sit-down strike at General Motors in Flint Michigan ends as GM agrees to recognize the UAW. [more]

12-02-1968 The Memphis sanitation strike by African-American workers began in protest against mistreatment, discrimination, dangerous working conditions, and the recent deaths of two workers. They held out until April and won. [more]

12-02-1968 Sanitation workers in Memphis begin a strike for recognition. During this strike Martin Luther King Jr is murdered [more]

13-02-1913 82-year-old labour activist Mother Jones was arrested in West Virginia for supporting a coal miners strike. Convicted in a military court she was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Pardoned after serving 85 days. [more]

14-02-1818 Frederick Douglass is born into slavery in Maryland. He will go on to become a titanic figure in the struggle against slavery, and in favour of universal suffrage and women's rights. [more]

14-02-1936 Goodyear workers in Ohio strike. They defy union orders to leave the plant & resist 150 sheriff's deputies. Threatening a general strike if a vigilante army was used, they won after a month. [more]

15-02-1913 A strike of rubber workers in #Akron organised by @_IWW union grew to 3,500 strikers. Earlier that month 300 workers at Firestone walked out and were eventually joined by 20K others but police violence & repression forced them to end it. [more]

18-02-1935 Tens of thousands of New Yorkers were stranded by a wildcat strike of elevator operators in the city. [more]

19-02-1986 The Farm Labourers Organizing Committee wins recognition at Campbell's Soup farms after years of struggle [more]

19-02-1866 The first union in Mississippi was created by African-American washerwomen. [more]

20-02-1919 The Elaine massacre took place in Arkansas. After black farm workers tried to organise for better pay, hundreds of African-Americans were murdered and tortured by white racists and security forces [more]

23-02-1910 Workers at the soon to be infamous Triangle Shirtwaist factory decided to end their five month long strike. They had won higher wages and reduced hours but failed to get union recognition. [more]

24-02-1944 320 men, mostly African-Americans were killed in explosion at the Port Chicago naval base. 50 African-American servicemen who then protested against unsafe conditions were court-martialed and sentenced to 8-15 years hard labour. [more]

24-02-1939 US Supreme Court ruled sitdown strikes illegal. [more]

27-02-1881 African-American laundresses in Atlanta, Georgia, went on strike and were successful in raising wages and establishing a union. [more]

27-02-1939 Supreme Court rules that sit-down strikes violate property owners' rights and are therefore illegal. [more]