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Tentative agreement reached between UFCW Local 222 representing union nurses and MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center 2020-01-25 [KTIV]

Teamsters host candidate forum in Cedar Rapids 2019-12-07 [Radio IA]

General Mills workers lock in benefits with new ratified contract: Bernie Sanders heralds union's achievement 2019-11-16 [Gazette]

General Mills and Cedar Rapids workers reach tentative agreement 2019-11-10 [KWWL]

New Quaker Oats contract ratified for workers 2019-11-09 [KWWL]

Workers, General Mills reach tentative deal on new contract 2019-11-09 [CBS 2 Iowa]

Amid contract dispute, union workers picket outside homes of General Mills leaders 2019-11-05 [ABC]

Bernie Sanders defends staff compensation after complaints his campaign is not paying $15 an hour 2019-07-21 [Des Moines Register]

Iowa Board of Regents receives almost meaningless penalty for violating the law in contract talks with UI grad student union 2019-06-22 [Little Village Mag]

A nurse was beaten unconscious. Now, more workers attacked at Iowa mental health facility 2019-06-22 [State Farmer]

As Democratic Candidates Gather in Iowa, Sanders Marches Alongside McDonald*s Workers to Demand $15 Minimum Wage 2019-06-10 [Common Dreams]

Bernie Sanders joins striking McDonald*s workers in Cedar Rapids 2019-06-08 [We Are IA]

Sanders to rally with McDonald's workers demanding $15 minimum wage 2019-06-06 [The Hill]

Union employees vote to authorize strike against Arconic 2019-05-31 [KWQC]

McDonald's Workers Protest Pay And Harassment, NYC Mayor Joins In 2019-05-24 [Iowa Public Radio]

 VIDEO Union workers to hold rally midst Arconic contract negotiations 2019-05-16 [KWQC]

General Mills USA: Iowa workers vote to join RWDSU 2019-01-21 [IUF]

Cedar Rapids General Mills workers unionize 2019-01-12 [Gazette]

Workers at General Mills plant in Iowa vote to unionize 2019-01-12 [Minneapolis Star-Trib]

Board approves request by Grinnell students to drop union effort 2018-12-25 [Des Moines Register]

Board approves request by Grinnell students to drop union effort 2018-12-24 [Des Moines Register]

Grinnell Student Workers Boost Union Cause by Changing the Narrative 2018-12-19 [NPQ]

Grinnell Students Drop Union Expansion Bid: Fear that Trump NLRB will undo their rights 2018-12-15 [IA PR]

Grinnell College Challenges Vote To Expand Student Workers Union 2018-12-14 [WBUR]

Grinnell Files Federal Appeal Over Vote To Expand Students Union 2018-12-11 [IA PR]

Grinnell Union Workers Vote Not To Authorize Strike 2018-12-09 [IA PR]

Grinnell: An Anti-Union (Liberal) College? 2018-12-07 [Inside Higher Ed]

Grinnell student union members to vote whether to strike Friday after administrators refuse to meet with them 2018-12-07 [Des Moines Register]

Grinnell College president: We won't bargain with student workers union while our appeal is pending 2018-12-06 [The Register]

Grinnell alumni: College should not undermine student union vote 2018-12-04 [Des Moines Register]

Grinnell student workers approve campuswide union; school's move to quash has national implications 2018-12-01 [Des Moines Register]

Grinnell College (Iowa) opposition to a student worker union could hinder organizing efforts nationwide 2018-12-01 [Shreveport Times]

Grinnell student workers approve campuswide union: school move to quash has national implications 2018-11-30 [Des Moines Register]

2 leave Iowa labor agency after hostile workplace complaints 2018-11-27 [Albany Times Union]

Pioneering Undergrad Workers Union Keeps Growing 2018-11-15 [Labour Notes]

University of Iowa faculty have less and less say in decisions, says professor association 2018-11-15 [Iowa City Press-Citizen]

Iowa union workers vote overwhelmingly to keep representation 2018-10-30 [We Are Iowa]

Supporters of Labor Center Urge University of Iowa to Reverse Cut 2018-09-08 [TSPR]

Union shows support for non-union workers 2018-09-08 [The Courier]

Iowa unions face new round of certification votes 2018-09-03 [Sioux City Jrnl]

Closing the University of Iowa Labor Center is a mistake 2018-09-02 [Des Moines Register]

*'Save Our Labor Center* forum will be Wednesday in Bettendorf For more info 2018-08-22 [QCTimes]

Arbitrator: Rockwell Collins violated union contract by outsourcing custodial work 2018-07-20 [The Gazette]

Univ IA to Close Labor Center 2018-07-13 [KIMT]

John L. Lewis museum puts Iowa history in perspective: A foray into coal country 2018-05-27 [Gazette]

Democrats target union workers who regret Trump vote 2018-05-05 [St Louis Post-Dispatch]

Democrats target union workers who regret Trump vote 2018-05-04 [Reuters]

Hy-Vee part-time workers are now eligible for health insurance 2018-05-03 [Des Moines Register]

Officials reverse course on proposed new hurdle for union elections 2018-04-11 [Des Moines Register]

Local leaders in labor come together to study labor history, tackle the present 2018-04-09 [Daily Iowan]

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]