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Outrage as New Orleans replaces striking garbage workers with prison labour. Equal to modern day slavery 2020-05-13 [Scapimag]

Work-release inmates brought in as New Orleans sanitation workers continue protest 2020-05-10 [WDSU]

Baton Rouge bus workers' union claims CATS is not providing enough safety equipment 2020-04-21 [Advocate]

Federal Prisons Agency “Put Staff in Harm’s Way” of Coronavirus 2020-04-04 [Marshall Project]

Construction workers considered essential during stay-at-home order 2020-03-29 [KPLC]

Union Decries VA Response to Lynched Doll Found in Staff Area of Louisiana Facility 2019-11-11 [Gov Exec]

News Secunda in Louisiana: A black community decimated by a Sasol petrochemical plant 2019-08-18 [City Press]

AT&T Louisiana union workers OK strike if negotiations aren’t reached 2019-07-21 [Greater Baton Rouge Biz Report]

State workers attend meeting to stay updated on LA retirement system 2019-03-21 [KPLC]

udge rules in favor of union in pension case 2019-02-11 [LA Record]

Statue unveiled to honor Latino workers who helped rebuild city after Katrina 2018-11-11 [WWL]

International High School of New Orleans must recognize union, court rules 2018-09-27 [NOLA]

Kennedy wants unclaimed retirement funds sent to states 2018-09-23 [Albany Times Union]

New Orleans woman among leaders in McDonald's strike against sexual harassment 2018-09-13 [The Times-Picayune]

GOP Louisiana lawmakers expand inmate labor use for construction 2018-06-10 [Albany Times Union]

Teamsters planning strike authorization vote in UPS negotiations 2018-05-12 [LA Biz 1st]

Louisiana GOP Proposes Pension Reform Bill: Would raise retirement age and add defined contribution element to state pension plans 2018-04-04 [AI-CIO]

Reshaped pension proposed for future state workers 2018-03-11 [News&Observer]

 VIDEO Teacher handcuffed, arrested after questioning school superintendent's pay 2018-01-10 [ABC]

WATCH: Teacher Handcuffed, Arrested After Asking About Pay Inequity 2018-01-10 [Crooks and Liars]

Teacher arrested for questioning superintendent's payraise 2018-01-10 [California Educator]

Teacher handcuffed after speaking out about pay at Vermillion schools meeting 2018-01-09 [CBS]

Teacher arrested for speaking against supt. contract and raise 2018-01-09 [Educate LA]

No Strings Attached: How Louisiana helps industries cut jobs 2017-12-17 [Advocate]

How New Orleans hospitality workers are organizing their industry: Organized labor seeks a foothold in the city's most important economic driver 2017-12-12 [Gambit]

Mass celebrated to honor 1887 Thibodaux Massacre victims 2017-11-24 [The Times-Union]

New Orleans restaurant workers band together to fight sexual harassment 2017-11-22 [NOLA Times-Picayune]

Increased Focus on Misclassification of Workers as Independent Contractors Will Continue 2017-11-17 [Staffing Today]

Task Force Says GAME ON in Fight to Stop Misclassifying Workers 2017-10-27 [WorkersComp]

Multiple workers injured in explosion at oil rig 2017-10-16 [SFGate]

Hospitality workers union gains a foothold at New Orleans' largest hotel 2017-10-09 [The Advocate]

Dispersant used in BP oil spill sickened workers, new federal study confirms 2017-09-23 [Times-Picayune]

Service industry workers rally Sept. 16 for better wages, fair scheduling 2017-09-17 [Gambit]

Trump’s plan to help blue-collar workers would be a disaster for the black working class of New Orleans 2017-08-21 [Washington Post]

New Orleans labor coalition asks candidates to back $15 minimum wage 2017-07-24 [NO Advocate]

State workers to get raises, redesigned pay scales 2017-07-02 [Times-Picayune]

Working women in New Orleans protest for equal pay 2017-06-01 [WDSU]

AFSCME Strong Works at Louisiana State Penitentiary 2017-04-20 [AFSCME]

Director of Workers’ Comp Admin Outlines Plan to Fight Payroll Fraud 2017-02-21 [Construction Citizen]

New Orleans takes steps to require equal pay for women in city jobs 2017-02-10 [Times-Picayune ]

NLRB rules that Lusher and International High School can be unionized 2017-02-05 [NO Advocate]

'NLRB Ruling A Victory For Education' 2017-02-03 [WIN]

NLRB rules that two charter schools in New Orleans can be unionized 2017-02-02 [The Lens]

Landrieu signs executive order addressing equal pay for female city employees 2017-01-28 [4WWL]

The New Orleans museum looking back at slavery to help America move forward 2017-01-19 [Equal Times]

Workers on some New Orleans city contracts still waiting for their raise mandated in 2015 2016-10-16 [NO Advocate]

Police union uses GoFundMe for officers' flood relief 2016-09-21 [Workers Independent News]

Baton Rouge: Union hall serves as emergency shelter for volunteers 2016-09-01 [WAFB]

Working People Help Out Flood Victims. You Can, Too 2016-08-20 [AFL-CIO]

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Shootings in Baton Rouge 2016-07-20 [AFL-CIO]

This month in labour history

1-05-1886 Between 300,000 to half a million workers went on strike and rallies were held throughout the United States, with the cry, "Eight-hour day with no cut in pay". [more]

2-05-1843 "Mill girls" – overwhelmingly female textile workers – walked out on strike in Massachusetts for better conditions. [more]

2-05-1968 4,000 workers in the Hamtramck auto plant in Detroit walked out against speed up. Several black strikers met in a bar opposite and founded the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement to organise black workers. [more]

3-05-1895 Eugene V. Debs and 6 other union railroad leaders are sentenced to 6 months in prison for contempt of court during a hearing over a strike at the Pullman luxury car manufacturing plants. [more]

4-05-1886 A bomb is thrown during a demonstration against police violence in Haymarket Square, Chicago. The ensuing police riot and trials of anarchists, known as the Haymarket affair, eventually give birth to May Day as international workers' day. [more]

5-05-1886 Nine striking workers are shot dead by the National Guard at the Rolling Mills Steel Factory in Bay View, Milwaukee [more]

6-05-1935 The Works Progress Administration is established by executive order - it will provide work for millions of Americans. [more]

7-05-1912 New York City waiters and waitresses walked out on strike [more]

8-05-1926 A. Philip Randolph founds the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. [more]

9-05-1913 The garment workers strike at Cohoes could become an international incident after it emerges that Italian migrant workers are being forced to break the strike. [more]

11-05-1894 Three thousands Pullman railroad workers in Chicago begin a wildcat strike. [more]

12-05-1902 John Mitchell of the UMWA cals for a national strike, beginning the Anthracite Coal Strike which will last five months. [more]

13-05-1980 Douglas Fraser of the UAW becomes the first union representative on the board a major US corporation after Chystler's stockholders vote him on. [more]

13-05-1893 Western Federation of Miners formed in Butte, Montana. [more]

15-05-1946 489 city workers in Rochester, NY were sacked for organising a union. They protested the next day, and sympathy strikes began, growing to a general strike, when bosses caved and reinstated the sacked workers. [more]

15-05-1935 Folk singer, labor organiser and IWW member Utah Phillips is born. [more]

16-05-1934 Minneapolis Teamsters went on strike, shutting down almost all commercial transport in the city. The dispute lasted over three months, ending with most of the workers’ demands being met in a landmark win. [more]

17-05-1946 The US govt seized the nation's railroads to stop a nationwide strike. Workers walked out anyway and only the President's threat to draft the strikers and call up the army to run the railroads forced them back to work. [more]

18-05-1928 "Big Bill" Haywood, former mineworker and founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World revolutionary union, dies in Moscow. [more]

19-05-1920 A gun battle between the people of Matewan and Baldwin Felts detectives leaves ten people dead. [more]

20-05-1926 The first federal legislation asserting workers' right to form unions takes effect today in the rail industry. [more]

21-05-1945 The US government took over the bituminous coal mines to try to break a six-week miners' strike. The miners held out, forcing the govt to grant workers' demands which had been unacceptable to the operators. [more]

22-05-1942 In Cleveland the Steelworkers Organizing Committee voted to become a union: the United Steelworkers of America [more]

23-05-1903 Some 100,000 textile workers, including more than 10,000 children, are on strike in the Philadelphia area protesting against 60-hour weeks including night hours imposed on children. [more]

24-05-1995 After 10 months on strike against 12-hour shifts and wage increases linked to productivity, 2300 workers from 5 Bridgestone-Firestone factories resign themselves to going back to work without a collective agreement. [more]

25-05-1946 President Truman comes within three minutes of drafting the nation's railroad workers into the army to suppress a proposed strike, but the union leaders and employers settle just before the presiden't ultimatum comes into effect. [more]

25-05-1805 A Philadelphia shoemakers' strike was broken when workers were arrested and accused of violating an English law proclaiming criminal any conspiracy to force a collective increase in wages. [more]

26-05-1937 UAW organisers are attacked and beaten by Ford security men in Dearborn, Michigan, in an incident which greatly increases support for the union. [more]

28-05-1946 Workers in Rochester, New York, stage a successful one day general strike for the right to form unions. [more]

29-05-1946 The Rochester general strike ended after just one day with victory for the workers. They won reinstatement for hundreds of city workers who had been sacked for forming a union, dropping of all charges, and recognition of the union. [more]

29-05-1941 Disney Studios animators in LA strike for union recognition. 16 were fired. [more]

29-05-1990 The Justice for Janitors strike of ISS cleaners in Los Angeles begins. [more]

30-05-1937 Ten workers are shot dead by Chicago police during a strike at the Republic Steel Mill. [more]

31-05-1921 The Sacco and Vanzetti trial begins in Dedham, Massachusetts. [more]