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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]

Graduate Student Union to Air National TV Ads on Harvard Sexual Harassment Protections 2019-04-15 [Harvard Crimson]

Gov Pritzker signs bill blocking local governments from enacting right-to-work laws 2019-04-14 [Aledo Times Record]

Stop & Shop Strike 2019-04-12 [UFCW 1459]

Stop & Shop Update 3/29 2019-03-31 [UFCW 1459]

As Women’s Month ends, let’s stop wage theft at Logan Airport 2019-03-30 [Commonwealth]

Somerville: Negotiations resume after Stop & Shop workers rally for fair contract 2019-03-27 [Wicked Local Somerville]

Stop & Shop workers in contract talks rally at Somerville store 2019-03-25 [Boston Globe]

Embattled unions growing 2019-03-25 [The Daily News]

Union employees rally over Stop and Shop contract negotiations 2019-03-21 [Western MA News]

Boston Public Schools teachers and supporters rally for new contract 2019-03-21 [Boston Herald]

Here’s what happens if Stop & Shop workers go on strike 2019-03-19 [Boston Globe]

With Full Union Proposal, Harvard Now Considering Economic Contract Provisions 2019-03-15 [Harvard Crimson]

Labor board cites hospital for infringing on nurses’ rights during ballot campaign 2019-03-15 [Boston Globe]

Hospital engaged in union busting judge rules 2019-03-14 [Greenfield Recorder]

UFCW Local 1459 Stop & Shop Workers Authorize Strike 2019-03-11 [UFCW 1459]

Grocery workers vote to authorize strike over contract fight 2019-03-11 [Boston Herald]

 VIDEO Western Massachusetts Stop & Shop union workers vote in favor of a strike authorization 2019-03-11 [WWLP]

This month in labour history

1-08-1917 Frank H. Little, anti-war activist & IWW organiser is lynched in Butte, Montana. He was on IWW's Exec Board when he was killed. [more]

1-08-1942 American Federation of Musicians strikes against recording companies over royalty payments, most settling within a year. [more]

3-08-1821 Uriah Smith Stephens born. A tailor, he led 9 garment workers in founding the Knights of Labor in 1869. [more]

3-08-1981 The PATCO strike begins, effectively shutting down air travel in the US. 2 days later President Reagan fired 11,000 air traffic controllers and broke the union. [more]

4-08-1997 185,000 members of the Teamsters begin a successful 15-day strike at UPS. [more]

5-08-1981 President Reagan sacks 11000 federal air traffic controllers for striking and refusing his order to return to work. [more]

7-08-1894 Eugene Debs & three union leaders arrested following the Pullman strike. [more]

7-08-1919 Actors Equity becomes a recognised union after stagehands honour actors' picket lines. [more]

7-08-1890 Birth of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, IWW organiser and founder of the ACLU. [more]

8-08-1881 United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America forms & becomes one of the largest trade unions in the US. [more]

9-08-1890 Knights of Labor strike on the New York Central railroad; ends in defeat due to scab labour. [more]

10-08-1935 Transport workers in New York descend on a courthouse with money from their own pockets to bail out Mike Quill, their president, arrested after attending a picket line. [more]

11-08-1828 Workingmen’s Party, first US labour party, forms in Philadelphia. [more]

11-08-1894 Troops force 1200 jobless workers out of Washington, DC, including Jack London & Big Bill Haywood. [more]

17-08-1918 95 members of the IWW were jailed for resistance to the First World War. [more]

18-08-1927 Radio station WEVD - named for IWW labour leader Eugene V Debs – goes on the air in New York City. [more]

19-08-1909 IWW issues first edition of the “Little Red Song Book”. [more]

21-08-1831 Nat Turner's slave rebellion begins, Southampton County, Virginia, 56 slaves executed, 120 killed. [more]

23-08-1970 Led by César Chávez, the Salad Bowl strike, largest farm worker strike in US history, begins. [more]

25-08-1925 The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, led by A. Phillip Randolph, is founded. [more]

25-08-1950 President Truman ordered the federal government to seize control of the railroads in order to prevent a planned strike by 1.7m union members. [more]

26-08-1935 United Auto Workers union founded. [more]

28-08-1987 John Sayles's film “Matewan” about attempts to organise a union by coal miners is released. [more]

29-08-1921 West Virginia miners marching to free their imprisoned comrades face state forces and private detectives in the five-day "Battle of Blair Mountain." [more]

31-08-1939 Mexican-American women workers walkout at California Sanitary Canning Company, winning a union contract and wage increase. [more]

31-08-1933 Italian-American labour organizer Giovanni Pippan murdered during organizing campaign of bread wagon drivers in Chicago. [more]

31-08-1999 Detroit teachers start 9-day wildcat strike, winning "books, supplies, smaller class sizes" & 4% raise. [more]