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Supreme Court rules in favor of Firefighters Union in dispute with Brainerd City Hall 2019-10-10 [Star Tribune]

City’s Firing of All Full-Time Union Firefighters Broke the Law 2019-10-10 [Bloomberg]

60 Amazon Workers Walked Out Over Warehouse Working Conditions 2019-10-04 [Vice]

MN labor unions divided over the Green New Deal 2019-09-15 [Miami Herald]

Starbucks delivery drivers in Midwest, including Minnesota, in labor dispute 2019-09-11 [Star Tribune]

Univ MN workers voice discontent with contracts 2019-09-02 [MN Daily]

Why the Green New Deal is a touchy subject for Minnesota labor unions 2019-08-31 [MNPost]

Twin Metals, labor unite 2019-08-24 [Ely Echo]

Proposed Twin Metals Mining Group Signs Union Labor Deal 2019-08-22 [FOX]

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]

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]