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Chicago’s Koch Foods, whose Mississippi plant was raided by ICE, had history of ‘knowingly hiring and employing illegal aliens' 2019-08-17 [Chicago Tribune]

MS Food Processing Company Is Looking For Workers After ICE Raids 2019-08-13 [NPR]

Documents: Plant owners ‘willfully’ used ineligible workers 2019-08-10 [AP]

Raided Plant Owners ‘Willfully’ Used Undocumented Workers 2019-08-10 [Huff Post]

ICE Raids Targeted Workers Who Fought for Better Conditions 2019-08-10 [TruthOut]

ICE Mississippi Raid That Saw 680 Workers Arrested Took Place On First Day Of School, Causing Chaos For Children 2019-08-09 [Newsweek]

MS Immigration Raids Lead To Arrests Of Hundreds Of Workers 2019-08-09 [ME Public]

DOJ, ICE release 300 of nearly 700 workers detained in Mississippi raid 2019-08-09 [NYPost]

ICE raids targeted company whose workers won discrimination lawsuit 2019-08-08 [Democracy Now]

'Let them go!': Tears, shock over ICE raids at Mississippi food processing plants 2019-08-08 [Clarion Ledger]

MS Immigration Raids Net Hundreds Of Workers 2019-08-08 [NPR]

Minnesota Amazon workers plan Prime Day strike next week 2019-07-10 [ABC]

Thousands of airline food workers vote to authorize a strike 2019-06-24 [WCBI]

Maximus workers protest Mississippi business conditions, seek union 2019-06-08 [AP]

How Mississippi’s abundant low-wage workers earn less today than 50 years ago 2019-05-21 [Daily Journal]

Will Teachers in Mississippi Be Next to Strike? 2019-04-05 [Diane ravitch]

Undocumented workers find it hard to access worker’s comp 2019-03-04 [Gillette News Record]

Activist and labor organizer from 1963 lunch-counter protest photo dies at 84 2019-01-12 [NBC]

Why Prison Privatization is Bad: A Case Study 2018-04-20 [AFSCME]

CWA: Federal contractor underpaying workers at 11 call centers nationwide because of misclassification 2018-02-03 [USNews]

Communications Workers union accuses General Dynamics of wage violations in Hattiesburg 2018-02-03 [The American]

State dangerous for some workers, says report 2017-12-28 [NPR]

Mississippi shipyard union members vote to extend contract 2017-11-29 [AP]

7,000 Ingalls workers vote on new labor contract 2017-11-28 [WLOX]

Ingalls workers to vote on new labor contract 2017-11-23 [WLOX]

Reflections After the Union Loss 2017-11-02 [Jackson Free Press]

UAW takes Nissan to court, accusing it of playing dirty 2017-10-04 [Biz Live]

UAW Accuses Nissan Of Illegally Surveilling Workers Involved With Union Activity 2017-09-30 [Jalopnik]

UAW Alleges Nissan Surveils Workers at Plant Where Union Failed 2017-09-30 [Newsmax]

Canton swarmed by record-setting crowd for Labor Day festival 2017-09-06 [Mountaineer]

UAW’s loss at Nissan auto plant masks genuine progress for organized labor 2017-08-23 [Conversation]

Labor Voices: Nissan union vote was influenced 2017-08-23 [Detroit News]

Why Did Nissan Workers Vote No? 2017-08-12 [Labour Notes]

UAW Confront Renewed Resistance In The South 2017-08-11 [CO NPR]

Labor Lessons from Canton 2017-08-08 [Ricochet]

UAW loses Nissan vote in face of threats and intimidation 2017-08-07 [IndustriALL]

*Nissan, you made us mad*: Union promises to fight defeat 2017-08-07 [Guardian]

UAW accuses Nissan of scare tactics in big loss in organizing drive 2017-08-06 [NY Times]

Nissan workers reject UAW in crucial vote 2017-08-05 [USAToday]

Nissan workers in the South reject UAW, two to one 2017-08-05 [NY Times]

Bernie Sanders and DNC chair Tom Perez attack Nissan for anti-union campaign 2017-08-04 [Wash Post]

A Fight for Civil and Labor Rights: Union Vote Looms at Nissan 2017-08-04 [NBC]

Workers at Nissan plant casting ballots on union 2017-08-04 [Wash Post]

Workers at Mississippi Nissan plant casting ballots on union 2017-08-04 [The National Post]

Sign here! Tell Nissan to respect workers' freedom to collectively bargain on the job! 2017-08-04 [AFL-CIO]

Sanders Rips 'Greedy' Nissan, Backs Workers' Union Effort 2017-08-04 [Common Dreams]

Nissan attacked for one of 'nastiest anti-union campaigns' in modern US history 2017-08-02 [The Guardian]

Nissan workers deserve a voice 2017-08-03 [USA Today]

Bernie Sanders: Nissan dispute could go down as most vicious anti-union crusade in decades 2017-08-03 [The Guardian]

NLRB lodges charge at Nissan ahead of union vote 2017-08-02 [USAToday]

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]