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The 1985 Hormel strike was one of Minnesota’s most contentious labor disputes 2019-08-12 [MNPost]

Amazon workers in MN walk off the job over parking issues 2019-08-10 [Ars Technica]

Amazon workers in Minnesota stage another protest 2019-08-09 [CNET]

Carpenters picket to highlight wage theft laws; contractors targeted dispute claims 2019-08-03 [Twin Cities Pioneer Press]

Under Minnesota’s new wage theft law, bosses who don’t pay workers could face prison 2019-07-22 [DL-Online]

‘Beat The Machine’: Amazon Warehouse Workers Strike To Protest Inhumane Conditions 2019-07-17 [The Verge]

The Amazon Prime Day strike shows how to take on Amazon – and win 2019-07-17 [Guardian]

Amazon workers are celebrating Prime Day with a protest 2019-07-16 [Vox]

Amazon workers’ Prime Day strike begins in Minnesota 2019-07-15 [CNBC]

100 Amazon workers in Minnesota, most of them East Africans, strike just before big sales days 2019-07-15 [Washington Post]

Amazon’s Workers Plan To Disrupt Prime Day With An Organized Strike 2019-07-15 [Z6]

Amazon warehouse workers plan Prime Day protest over work conditions 2019-07-09 [WBNS]

Amazon workers at Minnesota warehouse plan to strike on Prime Day: Report 2019-07-09 [ZDNet]

Amazon staff will strike during Prime Day over working conditions 2019-07-09 [Engadget]

Amazon Workers Plan Prime Day Strike Despite $15-an-Hour Pledge 2019-07-08 [Bloomberg]

Judge sides with workers in Guthrie Theater labor dispute 2019-07-08 [MPR]

Minneapolis City Council proposes crackdown on wage theft to parallel state law 2019-06-22 [StarTribune]

Locked-out workers get first checks in $1.25M case against Twin Cities trucking company 2019-06-18 [StarTribune]

MN workers allege wage theft at state-subsidized project in Thief River Falls 2019-06-07 [City Pages]

Metropolitan Airports Commission replaces union customer service workers at MSP Airport 2019-06-04 [FOX]

 VIDEO MSP Workers Plan To Take Action After Losing Jobs 2019-06-04 [CBS]

Contracts for 13,000 nurses at Twin Cities hospitals expiring with no new deal 2019-06-01 [Star Tribune]

In MN, Wage Theft Will be a Felony 2019-05-24 [Workday MN]

Minnesota lawsuit accused Raimondo nominee of threatening union workers 2019-05-22 [Providence Jrnl]

Three Amazon workers allege discrimination at Shakopee warehouse 2019-05-16 [StarTribune]

MyPillow to lay off 150 workers in Shakopee as it launches new venture 2019-05-10 [MN Bring Me The News ]

Public unions in Minnesota in crosshairs of new legal campaign 2019-04-24 [StarTribune]

Injured workers have another legal tool thanks to the MN Supreme Court 2019-03-17 [StarTribune]

Group of East African AmazonWorkers walk off job at Amazon in Shakopee 2019-03-10 [Shakopee Valley News]

Abdirahman Muse: The Organizer 2019-02-06 [Minneapolis City Pages]

Local TSA union rep details the shutdown's effects on federal workers in MN 2019-01-11 [MPR]

In some local unions, #MeToo has galvanized members 2018-12-16 [Workday MN]

Amazon workers stage protest outside fulfillment center in Shakopee 2018-12-16 [WCCO]

Workers protest outside Minnesota Amazon warehouse 2018-12-16 [TechCrunch]

Hundreds March on Amazon Fulfillment Center 2018-12-15 [Gizmodo]

Somali-American Amazon workers demand better conditions 2018-12-15 [Phys.org]

Somali Workers in Minnesota Force Amazon to Negotiate 2018-11-21 [The Times]

Steelworkers and U.S. Steel Have Tentative Agreement 2018-10-16 [ABC]

Union leaders after abuse allegrations: We stand with Keith Ellison 2018-10-12 [FOX]

In Minnesota and Across the Country, Organizing Power Begets Political Power 2018-10-06 [AFL-CIO]

Court upholds Minnesota law letting union rep Medicaid home care workers 2018-08-15 [Reuters]

Minnesota program helps women, minorities get job training 2018-08-13 [The Star-Tribune]

Labor has a big stake in St. Paul’s fight for $15 2018-08-03 [Workday]

With support from more unions, St. Paul labor federation gains strength 2018-08-02 [Workday]

Free program helps women, minorities join the trades 2018-07-28 [The Post-Bulletin]

Minneapolis police union endorses Tim Pawlenty, who doesn’t like unions 2018-07-23 [City Pages]

Minnesota Launches Union-Backed Home Care Job Board 2018-07-15 [Home Health]

Duluth labor pushes back on Janus ruling 2018-06-28 [The News-Tribune]

Union workers protest U.S. Supreme Court ruling 2018-06-28 [The Star-Tribune]

Metro Transit Bus Driver Punched in the Face Pushing for Better Safety 2018-06-26 [ABC]

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]