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Transit Workers Union Backs Members Who Refuse Transporting Minneapolis Police 2020-05-30 [Huffington Post]

Police arrest CNN reporter Omar Jimminez and crew on live television 2020-05-29 [Youtube]

Transit workers union backs members who refuse transporting Minnieapolis police 2020-05-30 [Huffington Post]

Minnieapolis protests: CNN crew arrested as fires rage in Minnieapolis; Trump calls protestors 'THUGS' suggest looting will lead to shooting 2020-05-29 [Washington Post]

Journalist assaulted in Minneapolis 'over perceived sexual orientation' 2020-05-22 [IFJ]

Unions Hold Vigil For Workers Exposed to COVID-19 2020-05-03 [Workday MN]

Hormel union workers ask for reclassification as first responders to help protect them from COVID-19 2020-04-16 [ABC]

Inside the Union Where Coronavirus Put 98% of Members Out of Work 2020-04-11 [Workday MN]

Coronavirus In Minnesota: Metro Transit And Union Join Forces To Secure More Face Masks 2020-04-08 [CBS]

St. Paul classes canceled as city’s public school teachers strike 2020-03-10 [MPR]

Delta Catering Workers ‘Left In Poverty’ To Protest At MSP Airport 2020-02-15 [CBS]

SEIU Union Members Announce Vote Authorizing 7-Day Strike 2020-02-08 [CBS]

HealthPartners union votes in favor of strike 2020-02-08 [MPR]

HealthPartners workers vote to authorize strike 2020-02-08 [Kare11]

As one union reaches an agreement with the Univ MN, another waits in limbo 2020-02-02 [MN Daily]

It’s Time For Bold Action, and Unions are Up To The Challenge 2020-02-01 [Workday MN]

Unions to Make Their Case for Challenging Swine Slaughter Rule 2020-01-27 [Bloomberg]

St. Louis County snowplow drivers reach tentative labor deal, union says 2020-01-20 [StarTribune]

Plow driver strike continues, but mediation set between Teamsters, St. Louis County 2020-01-20 [ABC]

Union plow driver strike continues through second day, no end in sight 2020-01-17 [KBJR]

Teamsters Union Rejects Final Contract Offer from St. Louis County 2020-01-12 [FOX]

Plow Drivers In St. Louis County Reject Contract Offer, Could Walk Off The Job Next Week 2020-01-12 [CBS]

Alorica to close Mendota Heights call center; says 158 workers affected 2020-01-09 [Star Tribune]

Struggling dairy farmers seek out Latino workers 2020-01-05 [Examiner]

Snow plow drivers threaten strike in Minnesota county 2020-01-03 [AP]

St. Louis County snow plow drivers plan to strike 2020-01-03 [City Pages]

Honeywell laying off 90 aerospace workers in Golden Valley 2019-12-31 [StarTribune]

MN State faculty file $1.6M in claims for back pay 2019-11-02 [Brainerd Dispatch]

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]

This month in labour history

1-05-1886 Between 300,000 to half a million workers went on strike and rallies were held throughout the United States, with the cry, "Eight-hour day with no cut in pay". [more]

2-05-1968 4,000 workers in the Hamtramck auto plant in Detroit walked out against speed up. Several black strikers met in a bar opposite and founded the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement to organise black workers. [more]

2-05-1843 "Mill girls" – overwhelmingly female textile workers – walked out on strike in Massachusetts for better conditions. [more]

3-05-1895 Eugene V. Debs and 6 other union railroad leaders are sentenced to 6 months in prison for contempt of court during a hearing over a strike at the Pullman luxury car manufacturing plants. [more]

4-05-1886 A bomb is thrown during a demonstration against police violence in Haymarket Square, Chicago. The ensuing police riot and trials of anarchists, known as the Haymarket affair, eventually give birth to May Day as international workers' day. [more]

5-05-1886 Nine striking workers are shot dead by the National Guard at the Rolling Mills Steel Factory in Bay View, Milwaukee [more]

6-05-1935 The Works Progress Administration is established by executive order - it will provide work for millions of Americans. [more]

7-05-1912 New York City waiters and waitresses walked out on strike [more]

8-05-1926 A. Philip Randolph founds the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. [more]

9-05-1913 The garment workers strike at Cohoes could become an international incident after it emerges that Italian migrant workers are being forced to break the strike. [more]

11-05-1894 Three thousands Pullman railroad workers in Chicago begin a wildcat strike. [more]

12-05-1902 John Mitchell of the UMWA cals for a national strike, beginning the Anthracite Coal Strike which will last five months. [more]

13-05-1893 Western Federation of Miners formed in Butte, Montana. [more]

13-05-1980 Douglas Fraser of the UAW becomes the first union representative on the board a major US corporation after Chystler's stockholders vote him on. [more]

15-05-1935 Folk singer, labor organiser and IWW member Utah Phillips is born. [more]

15-05-1946 489 city workers in Rochester, NY were sacked for organising a union. They protested the next day, and sympathy strikes began, growing to a general strike, when bosses caved and reinstated the sacked workers. [more]

16-05-1934 Minneapolis Teamsters went on strike, shutting down almost all commercial transport in the city. The dispute lasted over three months, ending with most of the workers’ demands being met in a landmark win. [more]

17-05-1946 The US govt seized the nation's railroads to stop a nationwide strike. Workers walked out anyway and only the President's threat to draft the strikers and call up the army to run the railroads forced them back to work. [more]

18-05-1928 "Big Bill" Haywood, former mineworker and founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World revolutionary union, dies in Moscow. [more]

19-05-1920 A gun battle between the people of Matewan and Baldwin Felts detectives leaves ten people dead. [more]

20-05-1926 The first federal legislation asserting workers' right to form unions takes effect today in the rail industry. [more]

21-05-1945 The US government took over the bituminous coal mines to try to break a six-week miners' strike. The miners held out, forcing the govt to grant workers' demands which had been unacceptable to the operators. [more]

22-05-1942 In Cleveland the Steelworkers Organizing Committee voted to become a union: the United Steelworkers of America [more]

23-05-1903 Some 100,000 textile workers, including more than 10,000 children, are on strike in the Philadelphia area protesting against 60-hour weeks including night hours imposed on children. [more]

24-05-1995 After 10 months on strike against 12-hour shifts and wage increases linked to productivity, 2300 workers from 5 Bridgestone-Firestone factories resign themselves to going back to work without a collective agreement. [more]

25-05-1946 President Truman comes within three minutes of drafting the nation's railroad workers into the army to suppress a proposed strike, but the union leaders and employers settle just before the presiden't ultimatum comes into effect. [more]

25-05-1805 A Philadelphia shoemakers' strike was broken when workers were arrested and accused of violating an English law proclaiming criminal any conspiracy to force a collective increase in wages. [more]

26-05-1937 UAW organisers are attacked and beaten by Ford security men in Dearborn, Michigan, in an incident which greatly increases support for the union. [more]

28-05-1946 Workers in Rochester, New York, stage a successful one day general strike for the right to form unions. [more]

29-05-1946 The Rochester general strike ended after just one day with victory for the workers. They won reinstatement for hundreds of city workers who had been sacked for forming a union, dropping of all charges, and recognition of the union. [more]

29-05-1941 Disney Studios animators in LA strike for union recognition. 16 were fired. [more]

29-05-1990 The Justice for Janitors strike of ISS cleaners in Los Angeles begins. [more]

31-05-1921 The Sacco and Vanzetti trial begins in Dedham, Massachusetts. [more]