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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton Blasts Francis Rooney for Introducing Anti-Union Bill Uniquely Targeting D.C. Unions 2019-09-13 [DC Line]

Union reacts to court backing Trump 2019-07-18 [Valuewalk.com]

Metro’s New Bus Contractor Is Making Drivers Work 10 Hours Without Breaks, Union Says 2019-07-12 [DCist]

Trump, blocked by court on executive orders, ramps up agency moves against unions 2019-07-11 [WaPo]

How a Transit Union Triumphed in an Anti-Union Stronghold 2019-07-05 [Labor Notes]

Transit Union Triumphs in Anti-Union Stronghold 2019-07-03 [Labor Notes]

Faculty Association tackles labor and culture issues in its first five years 2019-04-22 [Hatchet]

Graduate student workers unionize for better working conditions: Union formed to improve pay, access to student health services 2019-04-21 [Eagle]

Nurses Picket VA Headquarters to Protest Private Care and Vacancies 2019-03-16 [Gov Exec]

D.C.’s only unionized charter school filed another federal labor complaint — this time as its campus is shutting down 2019-03-10 [Wash Post]

The Government Shutdown Ended, But D.C. Is Preparing For The Next One 2019-02-06 [WAMU]

With Federal Workers Locked Out, Where Are Those Right-to-Work Groups? 2019-01-26 [Common Dreams]

D.C. Labor chorus: ‘The musical arm of the resistance’ 2019-01-21 [Wash Post]

Saying *today we face another type of disaster,* chef opens kitchen to feed DC-area federal workers 2019-01-21 [Daily Kos]

In Shadow of Trump Hotel, Unpaid Federal Workers Find Help 2019-01-18 [NYTimes]

Trumpka rallies to reopen the government 2019-01-10 [AFL-CIO]

Nation’s largest union, Columbia chef team up to feed airport workers during shutdown 2019-01-13 [The State]

We’re all in the same boat: Furloughed federal workers flock to Amer Univ for a day of classes and distraction 2019-01-09 [Wash Post]

Government, union leaders fight closure of Catholic hospital serving the poorest in D.C. 2018-12-31 [Natl Catholic Reporter]

American Federations of Teachers building defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti 2018-12-14 [JTA]

Statement on Anti-Semitic Vandalism at AFT 2018-12-13 [AFL-CIO]

Anti-Semitic graffiti sprayed on and around American Federation of Teachers headquarters 2018-12-13 [Washington Post]

Antisemitic graffiti defaces teachers' union building in Washington DC 2018-12-13 [The Guardian]

Georgetown Grad Assistants Form Union 2018-11-13 [Inside Higher Ed]

American Univ worker’s controversial removal from AU position sparks calls for reinstatement 2018-11-06 [Eagle]

AFL-CIO Faces a Strike of Its Own 2018-10-10 [Bloomberg]

Tipped Workers Do Better When They’re Paid the Same as Everyone Else 2018-09-14 [Am Prospect]

Metro must pay $82 million in wage increases to thousands of workers, arbitration panel says 2018-08-16 [Wash Post]

DC Transit Wanted to Give Special Transport for White Supremacists. This Union Said Hell No 2018-08-11 [In These Times]

DC ATU 698 & Pres Jackie Jeter Action To Stop Segregated Cars For Racists For more info 2018-08-08 [WWR]

Transit union forces D.C. officials to scrap special treatment for white nationalists 2018-08-07 [Daily Kos]

Hate group to be provided 3 private Metro rail cars ahead of Unite the Right rally 2018-08-05 [WJLA]

Transit Union Refuses to Bring White Nationalists to 'Unite the Right' Rally 2018-08-05 [Fortune]

Metro reaches agreement with 2nd-largest union; still no word on strike from ATU Local 689 2018-07-31 [The Post]

Metro Strike Authorized, Commuter Chaos Looms (ICYMI) 2018-07-22 [Patch]

With strike threat looming, Metro’s largest union lays out demands in letter to elected officials 2018-07-19 [The Post]

Washington Metro, union leaders meet amid strike threat 2018-07-18 [The National Post]

Metro workers union calls for strike at Washington Metro 2018-07-17 [WBAL]

Washington Metro workers approve strike amid rising tensions 2018-07-17 [WTHR]

Metro workers authorize strike 2018-07-16 [Washington Post]

Thousands of workers vote on Metro union worker strike 2018-07-16 [WUSA]

Metro's Largest Union Votes in Favor of Strike 2018-07-16 [NBC]

With All-Star Week underway, Metro workers weigh possible labor strike 2018-07-16 [Wash Post]

ATU, with two slowdowns already, threatens three-day transit strike in D.C. 2018-07-15 [WTOP]

Metro says worker labor action leads to delays 2018-07-05 [WTOP]

D.C. Voters Back Measure To Raise Minimum Wage For Tipped Workers 2018-06-21 [NPR]

Fight for $15 victory for 'tipped workers' in District of Columbia 2018-06-20 [WTOP]

More than 400 union workers at Washington Post demand raise 2018-06-17 [The Post]

Bus drivers, allies make a case for putting D.C. Circulator under city control 2018-05-14 [Wash Post]

Graduate students amplify unionization efforts amid continued University opposition 2018-04-30 [GW Hatchet]

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]