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Layoffs at Dorchester nonprofit College Bound decried by protesters 2020-06-23 [Dig Boston]

'We Just Want To Be Heard': Black Immigrant Domestic Workers In Mass. Face Confluence Of Pandemic Challenges 2020-06-17 [Bostonmix]

Harvard University grad students get first contract after two-year battle 2020-06-16 [Washington Post]

Somerville School Committee, STA Paraprofessionals reach tentative 3-year agreement 2020-06-12 [Somerville Times]

Hazard pay coming to many state health care workers 2020-04-13 [Telegram]

Union announces hazard pay for health care workers in Massachusetts 2020-04-13 [NBC]

Quincy House Dining Staff Will Not Report to Work After Two Co-Workers Test Positive for COVID-19 2020-04-12 [Harvard Crimson]

Harvard Grad Union Reaches Tentative Workload Agreement With University, Calls for Fully-Funded 'Bridge Year' 2020-04-11 [Harvard Crimson]

IBEW Local 103 donates 20,000 PPE masks to frontline nurses 2020-04-10 [Somerville Times]

Thousands of Mass. Union Members Walk Off Jobs Due to COVID-19 Fears 2020-04-07 [ENR]

Thousands of MA construction workers will strike on Monday over coronavirus safety 2020-04-06 [Real Deal]

At Wayfair, ~550 workers laid off in 'Valentine's Day Massacre' 2020-02-18 [Boing Boing]

How Harvard Aims to Muzzle Unions 2020-01-27 [NY Rev of Bks]

Southie project pits ‘union against union’ with residential proposal 2020-01-20 [Boston Herald]

Harvard and Grad Union Fail to Reach Contract After First Post-Strike Bargaining Session 2020-01-08 [Harvard Crimson]

Harvard Graduate Student Union Returns to Work Following 27-Day Strike 2020-01-03 [Harvard Crimson]

Graduate students at Harvard end strike but are still waiting on pay raises, new benefits 2020-01-03 [USA Today]

Grad Union Strike Delays Grading in Some Courses 2020-01-03 [Harvard Crimson]

School officials treating Andover teachers unfairly after complaints, union says 2020-01-01 [Eagle-Tribune]

Without a Contract, Harvard Graduate Student Union to End Strike Jan. 1 2019-12-30 [Harvard Crimson]

New Labor Ruling Could Prevent Graduate Students From Using Harvard-Provided Email to Organize 2019-12-27 [Harvard Crimson]

Union files unfair labor practice complaint over UMass Amherst Foundation, a private fundraising organization 2019-12-24 [Mass Live]


Coca-cola workers in Needham reach tentative agreement for new union contract 2019-12-10 [Needham Wicked Local]

Harvard and Graduate Student Union Reach Multiple Agreements In First Bargaining Session Since Strike Began 2019-12-19 [Harvard Crimson]

Harvard Grad Union Pressures Corporation Members Ahead of Bargaining Session 2019-12-19 [Harvard Crimson]

'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]

This month in labour history

This month in labour history

3-07-1835 In Paterson, New Jersey, children from the textile factories that manufacture silk go on strike for the 11-hour day and the 6-day week. They win a 69 hour week. [more]

4-07-1840 Tenants in upstate New York issue a 'Declaration of Independence', beginning a five-year Anti-Rent War [more]

5-07-1934 Two strikers are killed fighting police, scabs, and the National Guard during the San Francisco longshoremen's strike [more]

6-07-1892 Striking workers defeat and force the surrender of Pinkerton agents during the Homestead Strike in Pennsylvania [more]

7-07-1905 The Industrial Workers of the World is founded in Chicago. Amongst its leadership at the founding convention were William (“Big Bill”) Haywood of the Western Federation of Miners, and Daniel De Leon and Eugene V. Debs of the Socialist Party [more]

7-07-1919 Actors Equity is recognized by producers after a strike that closed almost all of the country's theatrical productions. Before unionization, actors often had to pay for their own costumes, rehearse without pay, etc. [more]

8-07-1966 The largest strike in aviation history begins, shutting down 60 per cent of the US airline industry for six weeks [more]

9-07-2001 5000 protesters gather outside the Capitol in Columbia, South Carolina to support the ‘Charleston 5’, union activists falsely accused of causing riots when the police charged 2,000 dockers on a picket line. [more]

10-07-1902 112 miners die in an explosion in the Rolling Mill Mine in Pennsylvania [more]

12-07-1933 The Screen Actors Guild holds its first meeting. Among those attending: future horror movie star and union activist, Boris Karloff. [more]

15-07-1959 Half a million steelworkers across the country strike for a pay increase in their new contract [more]

16-07-1934 The San Francisco Labor Council calls a city-wide general strike in support of longshoremen, which succeeds in winning most of the workers' main demands after four days. [more]

18-07-1969 African American hopsital workers in South Carolina win union recognition after a 113-day strike [more]

20-07-1899 Newsboys in New York go on strike against press giants Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst [more]

21-07-1877 The government attempts to violently suppress the great railroad strike in Pennsylvania [more]

22-07-1916 A bomb was is set off during a parade in San Francisco, killing 10 and injuring 40. Labour organizer Tom Mooney,and Warren Billings, a shoe worker, were convicted of the crime, but both were pardoned 23 years later [more]

25-07-1907 Trotskyist labor organizer and leader of the 1934 Minneapolis teamsters' strike Farrell Dobbs is born [more]

26-07-1877 Thirty workers are killed in the Battle of Halsted Street Viaduct during the railroad strike in Chicago. [more]

29-07-1970 The United Farm Workers sign their first collective bargaining agreement with California grape growers [more]

30-07-1975 Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa disappears from a parking lot in Oakland County and is never seen again [more]