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Union, Harvard Reach New Agreements as Strike Authorization Vote Continues 2019-10-18 [Harvard Crimson]

Cleaning Company Owner Sentenced for Misclassification, Underreporting Payroll 2019-10-11 [Work Comp Cntrl]

MA AFL-CIO Vote to Vet Presidential Candidates on Medicare for All, Breaking With National Labor Federation 2019-10-10 [Intercept]

Harvard Advises Faculty to Prepare after Union Moves to Vote for Strike Authorization 2019-10-09 [Harvard Crimson]

As Grad Union Vows to Authorize Strike, Organizers Rally for Support 2019-10-09 [Harvard Crimson]

Harvard Graduate Union to Hold Strike Authorization Vote 2019-10-08 [Harvard Crimson]

Boston Globe workers rally to protest over 100 job cuts 2019-10-08 [Boston Biz Jrnl]

Hundreds march in solidarity with Battery Wharf hotel workers one month into strike 2019-10-07 [BU News Service]

Warren Campaign and IBEW 2320 Reach Collective Bargaining Agreement 2019-09-29 [NH Labor News]

Harvard Graduate Students Union threatens strike 2019-09-22 [Boston Globe]

UAW official charged with embezzling union funds 2019-09-13 [Detroit News]

Nashoba Valley Medical Center threatens to close amid union contract fight 2019-09-10 [Boston Biz Jrnl]

Warren Criticizes Boston University Over Graduate Worker Union 2019-09-07 [The Heights]

Residents support union workers as trash strike enters second week 2019-09-05 [Patriot Ledger]

Harvard Workers Rally in Boston Labor Day March, Demand Protections for Immigrant Workers 2019-09-04 [Harvard Crimson]

Union approval nears 50-year high mark 2019-09-02 [Barnstable Patriot]

GateHouse Media pays up to $425,000 to settle lawsuit over misclassification of newspaper carriers 2019-08-30 [Mass Live]

Unions key to driving Worcester’s resurgence 2019-08-19 [Telegram]

Dining workers mark end of Hampshire contract 2019-08-15 [Daily Hampshire Gazette]

Kennametal employees on strike 2019-08-12 [Greenfield Recorder]

The battle to defend low-income clinic workers and patients 2019-08-05 [Salon]

Gov. Charlie Baker vetoes pro-union bill for second time 2019-08-03 [MassLive]

Debate emerges over benefits for school workers 2019-08-01 [Andover Townsman]

On list of GE’s big issues, don’t forget labor unrest 2019-08-01 [Boston Globe]

Union members rally over Lowell High project 2019-07-24 [Lowell Sun]

GE’s Lynn workers told to prepare for strike after labor deal rejected 2019-07-11 [Boston Biz Jrnl]

Union-busting lands on Martha’s Vineyard’s shores 2019-07-11 [MV Times]

MA: Immigrant Workers and Labor Advocates Push for Bill to Protect Employees from Retaliation After Workplace Injury 2019-07-11 [Workers Comp]

House, Senate send union reimbursement bill to Baker 2019-07-05 [Telegram]

'Shut down the concerntration camps': Wayfair workers walk out, hundreds protest 2019-06-28 [USA Today]

Union: Understaffing to blame for delays in processing medical marijuana cards 2019-06-28 [MassLive]

State senate passes bill to expand rights of public-sector unions 2019-06-28 [MassLive]

Tipped Workers Press For One Fair Minimum Wage 2019-06-20 [WBUR]

Hundreds Of Food Workers Serving Logan Flights Will Vote On Strike 2019-06-13 [WBUR]

State House votes to allow unions to charge non-members for some costs 2019-06-07 [Taunton Gazette]

Westfield Restaurant to Provide Back Pay to Nearly 150 Workers Over State Wage and Hour Violations 2019-06-06 [Mass Gov]

Unions look for another win with Janus bill 2019-06-04 [Commonwealth]

Massachusetts House to vote on pro-union bill 2019-06-04 [MassLive]

Mass. House Will Take Up Janus *Fix* To Aid Unions 2019-05-24 [WGBH]

Macy’s Workers Approve New Contract, Avert Strike 2019-05-20 [CBS]

Strike looming at local Macy’s locations 2019-05-13 [WHDH]

Boston Uber and Lyft Drivers Will Join an All-Day Strike on Wednesday, May 8 2019-05-07 [Boston Mag]

'May Day' exhibit features political and labour posters 2019-05-03 [The National Post]

Harvard Graduate Student Union Occupies University Hall One Year After Recognition 2019-05-02 [Harvard Crimson]

Poster exhibit a labor of love — and a love of labor — for Stephen Lewis 2019-04-29 [ItemLive]

Tentative deal reached between Stop & Shop, striking workers 2019-04-22 [Boston Globe]

Bulding Trades Council and partners honored with Ayers Award by North America’s Building Trades Unions 2019-04-19 [NEREJ]

Striking grocery store worker proposes to girlfriend on picket line 2019-04-18 [Columbus Dispatch]

Berkshire Community Rallies Behind Striking Stop and Shop Union Workers 2019-04-18 [WAMC]

Cleaning Company with Statewide Whole Foods Contract Cited $335,000 for Wage, Payroll Violations and Worker Misclassification 2019-04-18 [Workers Comp]

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]