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Eugene Debs to mining city: “The men who work the hardest have the least to show for it. Those who work the least have all the wealth. Wall Street rules the American continent' 2020-02-10 [MT Standard]

Govt task force looks into payroll fraud in MT construction industry 2020-02-03 [KPVI]

Daines, Gianforte should help secure U.S. workers' pensions 2019-12-30 [Billings Gazette]

Grant for retraining displaced coal plant workers untapped 2019-08-28 [Albany Times Union]

$2M grant for Colstrip coal worker retraining sits unused after two years 2019-08-24 [MT Standard]

Study shows graduate teaching assistants make least money in Montana 2019-07-21 [Bozeman Daily Chronicle]

Three Forks-lockout union leader named Montana AFL-CIO president 2019-07-18 [Bozeman Daily Chronicle]

Nurses’ union? Yes, and why 2019-07-08 [Daily Inter Lake]

Montana Nurses File Charges Against Kalispell Regional Healthcare 2018-12-08 [MTPR]

Victory for Boilermakers at Imerys Talc 2018-11-06 [IndustriALL]

Lockout ends at Three Fork talc plant; workers sign new 3-year deal 2018-11-02 [KPAX]

Locked-out union workers reach agreement with talc plant 2018-11-01 [SFChornicle]

Three Forks labor standoff, lockout ends with agreement, “win” for working Montanans 2018-11-01 [Missoula Current]

‘It’s Time to Get Pissed Off’: In Montana, a Labor Standoff Has National Implications 2018-10-30 [The Nation]

Survey of Missoula workers shows workplace environment tops wage as priority 2018-10-28 [Missoulian]

United States: Imerys locks out Montana talc workers 2018-09-13 [IndustriALL]

Talc mill workers, managers to resume talks amid lockout 2018-08-31 [KULR]

Talc mill workers, managers to resume talks amid lockout 2018-08-30 [News Tribune]

Rally planned for locked-out talc mill workers in Three Forks 2018-08-22 [NBC]

MT Gov. Steve Bullock gives his support to locked-out union workers 2018-08-11 [USNews]

Educators gather in Bozeman for international rural schools conference 2018-08-05 [Independent Record]

Talc plant workers protest in Three Forks after bosses lock them out 2018-08-05 [KPAX]

 VIDEO Union workers to picket round-the-clock after talc mill lockout 2018-08-04 [NBC]

Lockout begins at Imerys Talc plant after union rejects offer 2018-08-04 [MT Standard]

Unionized employees of St. James Healthcare in Butte 'disappointed' after being asked to bargain for award 2018-06-25 [MT Standard]

First Montana newspaper union in modern history formed 2018-04-10 [KPAX]

Missoula Independent staff votes yes for union; next up, contract negotiations 2018-04-08 [Missoula Current]

Missoula Indy Workers Vote Unanimously for Union 2018-04-08 [CWA]

Independent rejects union supporters ad 2018-04-06 [missoulanewsguild.com]

Merger gives state worker union 25,000 members, more political power 2018-01-21 [The Independent Record]

Federal Mediator Steps In To Healthcare Union Dispute 2017-12-30 [NPR]

State cuts developmental disability case management workers jobs 2017-12-24 [NBC]

State employee unions getting ready to merge 2017-11-27 [Great Falls Tribune]

 VIDEO Keystone pipeline protest garners crowd on Great Falls Civic Center 2017-10-12 [Great Falls Tribune]

Montana Supreme Court says city of Billings does not have to pay $2.7M in backpay, union contract too unclear 2017-08-30 [Billings Gazette]

Coal Workers: $4.6M In Federal Money To Help Retraining: They had been left to fend for themselves 2017-08-02 [Across MT Patch]

Union Stillwater miners negotiate 5 percent pay increase with new owners 2017-06-20 [Billings Gazette]

Trumka/Edblad: Despite safety efforts, hard-rock mining remains dangerous work 2017-06-11 [Montana Standard]

Benefis nurses file for union election 2017-03-11 [KTVH]

Bus drivers union files unfair labor practice complaint 2016-11-15 [NBC]

The mysterious 1917 lynching of Frank Little: labor activist who fought inequality and lost 2016-09-21 [Guardian]

Who killed Frank Little? Dozens fingered over the past 99 years 2016-08-03 [Montana Standard]

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is rallying MT union members as they convene in Helena for their annual convention 2016-06-24 [Daily Reporter]

Anger over proposal to privatize VA care 2016-06-21 [Great Falls Tribune]

OSHA: Anaconda plant workers exposed to arsenic 2016-04-08 [Albany Times Union]

Gov takes action to allow home care worker wage increase 2016-02-27 [Lebanon Daily Record]

Stillwater CEO 'relieved' at signing of new labor deal at largest mine 2016-02-02 [Billings Gazette]

‘Union’ is not a four-letter word, labor leader says 2016-02-02 [Great Falls Tribune]

Carroll faculty to appeal ruling denying union 2016-01-29 [Independent Record]

ADF workers vote to join Iron Workers Union 2016-01-16 [KRTV]

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]