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Time and Again: Jefferson City's Mass Grave and the City Workhouse 2020-02-15 [KRCG]

Judge voids 2017 KC Teamsters election, orders feds to oversee next vote 2020-02-15 [KC Biz Jrnl]

News-Leader employees vote to establish union 2020-02-04 [SBJ]

McDonald's workers say they’re not trained to handle increasing violence 2020-01-31 [KSDK]

Missouri unions add 47,000 members, putting total at a 15-year high 2020-01-23 [St Louis Today]

Springfield News-Leader Journalists Move To Form a Union 2020-01-07 [KSMU]

MO stops withholding union dues for prison guards, service workers 2019-12-27 [ABC17]

Auto worker strike stretches into 12th day: 'Everybody's hanging in there' in Wentville 2019-09-29 [St Louis Post-Dispatch]

On this Labor Day, stand with Truman Medical Center workers for everyone’s good 2019-09-02 [KS CIty Star]

TMC tech and lab workers push for unionization 2019-08-15 [Kansas City Biz Jrnl]

Kansas City fast-food workers celebrate vote to increase federal minimum wage 2019-07-21 [KSHB]

Workers push for change at Goodfellow Federal Complex following environmental audit 2019-07-21 [St Louis Post-Dispatch]

In the wake of natural disasters across the state, the Missouri AFL-CIO has created the Missouri Working Families Relief Fund 2019-07-13 [MO AFL-CIO]

Columbia Public Schools Teachers union seeks injunction in lawsuit over contract talks 2019-06-04 [Columbia Daily Trib]

Judge doubles Steak and Shake misclassification bill to $7.7M 2019-05-17 [HR Dive]

Workers allege racism at Harley-Davidson plant 2019-05-05 [Yahoo!]

Workers allege racism at Harley-Davidson plant in Missouri 2019-05-05 [AP]

Workers allege racism at Harley-Davidson plant in MO 2019-05-04 [Boston 25]

MU union seeks $15 minimum wage for workers 2019-04-26 [Columbia Daily Trib]

Building Union Diversity program enrolling new classes 2019-04-05 [The American]

Community comes together to help St. Louis federal workers hurt by shutdown 2019-01-22 [NBC]

Union membership rises in Missouri, bucking national trend 2019-01-19 [St Louis Post-Dispatch]

Kansas City labor leaders claim union-busting by MO Democratic chair; vow to cut support 2019-01-13 [KC Star]

GOP Christian Cty state senator to reintroduce RTW legislation 2018-12-30 [CCHeadliner]

Mother Jones labor history being told through new marker, exhibits 2018-12-26 [ST Louis NPR]

Missouri rejects RTW 2018-12-25 [MDJonline]

Audio: Missouri Senator alarmed by Right-to-Work bill making quick return after major defeat 2018-12-13 [KTTN / KGOZ]

Missouri GOP Senator alarmed by ‘right to work’ bill making quick return after major defeat 2018-12-11 [MissouriNet]

Local union saves $250,000 worth of brand new clothing to donate to veterans groups 2018-12-07 [FOX]

*We're here for them*: Local Union Workers helping Veterans in need 2018-12-07 [KMBC]

As Elections Loom, Workers In Trump Country Reckon With Tariffs Fallout 2018-11-01 [KSMU]

3 unions sue state over Merit System change 2018-10-12 [News Tribune]

Ford idles 2,000 Kansas City plant workers as sales fluctuate 2018-10-06 [Detroit Free Press]

No Prop A means a happier Labor Day for unions in Missouri 2018-09-03 [FOX4KC]

‘Paycheck protection’ labor reform faces court challenge from seven Missouri unions 2018-08-28 [KS City Star]

Why Missouri RTW Went Down in Flames 2018-08-25 [Labor Notes]

Missouri union membership is down, but some industries are bucking the trend 2018-08-17 [St Louis Biz Jrnl]

Labor protest claims DelCo cheats workers: owner says he is a victim of union bullying 2018-08-15 [Springfield News-Leader]

How Missouri Beat RTW 2018-08-15 [Dissent]

For Missouri Unions, the Battle Is Far from Over 2018-08-14 [Am Prospect]

Organized labor won big in Missouri right-to-work election. What should unions do next? 2018-08-11 [KS City Star]

OPEIU congratulates working people on victory in MO 2018-08-09 [Longview News-Jrnl]

MO voters reject RTW law passed by GOP to cripple labor unions 2018-08-09 [Newsweek]

Voters Deal Major Blow to GOP Union-Busting Efforts 2018-08-08 [Mother Jones]

Teachers union claims the St. Louis Public School Administration is handing out raises to select teachers like a family business 2018-08-08 [KMOX]

Unions notch win in deep-red Missouri with rejection of right-to-work law 2018-08-08 [CNN]

Voters just blocked the right-to-work law Republicans passed to weaken labor unions 2018-08-08 [VOX]

Voters overturn RTW 2018-08-08 [Huff PO]

Missouri votes on initiative to approve or repeal legislature-adopted right-to-work-for-less law 2018-08-07 [AP]

MO RTW vote seen as bellwether for national policy 2018-08-06 [KMOV]

This month in labour history

1-02-1864 The Collar Laundry Union was formed in New York, the first women's union in US history, led by Kate Mullany. Over the next few years the women increase their wages from $2 to $14 a week. [more]

4-02-1924 IWW members took on the Ku Klux Klan, patrolling the streets of Greenville, Maine, after the KKK tried to threaten IWW union organisers: “We are going to stick, and if the Klan wants to start something, the IWW are going to finish it” [more]

4-02-1869 IWW and SPUSA leader Big Bill Haywood is born in Salt Lake City, Utah. [more]

4-02-1919 The General Strike Committee meets in Seattle, and makes preparations for an all-out labour stoppage [more]

5-02-1913 17-year-old Ida Braiman is shot dead by a contractor during the garment workers' strike in Rochester, NY. [more]

6-02-1919 A total of 60,000 of Seattle's population of 315,000 join the general strike on its first day [more]

8-02-1919 Workers in Butte, Montana responded to a dollar per day wage cut by launching a general strike. To prevent disunity, workers formed a Workers and Soldiers Council to conduct the strike. [more]

11-02-1937 The 6 week-long sit-down strike at General Motors in Flint Michigan ends as GM agrees to recognize the UAW. [more]

12-02-1968 The Memphis sanitation strike by African-American workers began in protest against mistreatment, discrimination, dangerous working conditions, and the recent deaths of two workers. They held out until April and won. [more]

12-02-1968 Sanitation workers in Memphis begin a strike for recognition. During this strike Martin Luther King Jr is murdered [more]

13-02-1913 82-year-old labour activist Mother Jones was arrested in West Virginia for supporting a coal miners strike. Convicted in a military court she was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Pardoned after serving 85 days. [more]

14-02-1818 Frederick Douglass is born into slavery in Maryland. He will go on to become a titanic figure in the struggle against slavery, and in favour of universal suffrage and women's rights. [more]

14-02-1936 Goodyear workers in Ohio strike. They defy union orders to leave the plant & resist 150 sheriff's deputies. Threatening a general strike if a vigilante army was used, they won after a month. [more]

15-02-1913 A strike of rubber workers in #Akron organised by @_IWW union grew to 3,500 strikers. Earlier that month 300 workers at Firestone walked out and were eventually joined by 20K others but police violence & repression forced them to end it. [more]

18-02-1935 Tens of thousands of New Yorkers were stranded by a wildcat strike of elevator operators in the city. [more]

19-02-1986 The Farm Labourers Organizing Committee wins recognition at Campbell's Soup farms after years of struggle [more]

19-02-1866 The first union in Mississippi was created by African-American washerwomen. [more]

20-02-1919 The Elaine massacre took place in Arkansas. After black farm workers tried to organise for better pay, hundreds of African-Americans were murdered and tortured by white racists and security forces [more]

23-02-1910 Workers at the soon to be infamous Triangle Shirtwaist factory decided to end their five month long strike. They had won higher wages and reduced hours but failed to get union recognition. [more]

24-02-1944 320 men, mostly African-Americans were killed in explosion at the Port Chicago naval base. 50 African-American servicemen who then protested against unsafe conditions were court-martialed and sentenced to 8-15 years hard labour. [more]

24-02-1939 US Supreme Court ruled sitdown strikes illegal. [more]

27-02-1881 African-American laundresses in Atlanta, Georgia, went on strike and were successful in raising wages and establishing a union. [more]

27-02-1939 Supreme Court rules that sit-down strikes violate property owners' rights and are therefore illegal. [more]