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'The Gig Academy': What’s Driving Union Organizing In The Ivory Tower? 2019-12-12 [WGBH]

As Pickets Continue, Some Student Workers Have Declined to Strike 2019-12-11 [Harvard Crimson]

Harvard grad student workers go on strike, seeking $25 an hour minimum wage, other demands 2019-12-04 [USAToday]

Harvard Student Workers Go on Strike 2019-12-04 [WSJ]

Days Before Harvard Grad Union Strike, Bacow and Garber Write Letters on the University's Position 2019-11-30 [Harvard Crimson]

Editorial: In support of Harvard Grad St Union strike 2019-11-11 [Harvard Crimson]

Ninety percent of Harvard student union votes to strike after 18 months of contract negotiations 2019-11-02 [BUNews]

Dedham School Committee unanimously approves new contract for teachers 2019-11-01 [WCVB]

Dedham teachers go on strike 2019-10-26 [WBZ4]

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]

This month in labour history

1-12-1946 130,000 Oakland, USA workers go on general strike. [more]

1-12-1955 Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus, sparking the Montgomery bus boycott. [more]

4-12-1970 Cesar Chavez sentenced to 20 days in jail for not calling off United Farm Workers boycott of lettuce grower Bud Antle Inc. [more]

5-12-1955 The two main union federations in the USA merge to form the AFL-CIO, electing George Meany as president, [more]

6-12-1907 The worst mining disaster in American history occurs when an explosion in a Monongah mine in West Virginia kills 361 miners. [more]

7-12-1896 In Chicago, 11 activists found the National Union of Steam Engineers of America; the forerunner of International Union of Operating Engineers. [more]

8-12-1916 Bernice Fisher born. US civil rights activist, union organizer, original founder of Congress of Racial Equality. [more]

8-12-2001 230 jailed teachers in Middletown Township, NJ, ordered freed after agreement to end 9day strike & enter mediation. [more]

8-12-1886 The American Federation of Labor (AFL) is founded by 26 craft unions. Samuel Gompers is elected president. [more]

13-12-1924 Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor, dies. [more]

14-12-1995 Boeing machinists in the US win a pay rise and an imporved health plan after a 69 day strike. [more]

14-12-1852 American Socialist Daniel De Leon born. Trade union organiser, journalist and Marxist theoretician who died in 1914. [more]

19-12-1907 A group of 239 coal miners die during a mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania. [more]

19-12-1983 Greyhound bus strike ends when members of Amalgamated Transit Union ratify a contract that slashes wages & benefits by 15% [more]

21-12-1919 Emma Goldman is deported to Russia as part of a post-war crackdown on union and left-wing activists. [more]

21-12-1916 Emma Tenayuca, Mexican-American labour leader, is born. [more]

23-12-1908 AFL officers are found in contempt of court for urging a labor boycott of Buck's Stove and Range Co. in St Louis. [more]

24-12-1913 Seventy three striking miners and their families die in a stampede at the Italian Hall in Calumet, Michigan, after an unknown man enters shouting 'Fire!' [more]

24-12-1913 The Italian Hall Disaster in Calumet, Michigan, results in the death of 73 Christmas party goers held by striking miners. [more]

25-12-1904 Philip Vera Cruz, labour leader & activist in Asian American civil rights movement, is born. Co-founder of United Farm Workers' Union. [more]

25-12-1910 Bomb destroys part of the Llewellyn Ironworks in Los Angeles where a bitter strike is ongoing. [more]

26-12-1877 First national convention of the Socialist Labor Party, the first Marxist party founded in the USA. [more]

27-12-1943 President Roosevelt seizes railroads to avoid a national strike. [more]

29-12-2006 More than 15,000 United Steel Workers members at 16 Goodyear Tire & Rubber plants end an 86-day strike, ratify three-year contract. [more]

30-12-1936 The United Auto Workers union stages its first sit-down strike. [more]

30-12-1936 The most famous of the Depression-era "sit down" strikes in the US begins at GM's Fisher Body plant in Flint, Michigan. [more]

30-12-1899 In the back room of Behrens’ cigar shop in Sedalia, Missiouri, US, 33 railroad clerks form Local Lodge Number 1 of the Order of the Railroad Clerks of America. [more]

31-12-1969 Murder of Joseph Yablonski, United Mine Workers labor leader, by killers hired by a union political opponent. [more]

31-12-1969 Rank-and-file UMWA activist Jock Yablonski is murdered along with his family by hitmen acting on the orders of union president. [more]