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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]

58 Coal Miners Laid off at Signal Peak Energy as Industry Slumps 2015-12-31 [ABC]

Food stamp numbers high despite lower unemployment 2015-12-28 [Albany Times Union]

Union Ratifies 4-year Labor Contract at Stillwater 2015-12-18 [E&M Jrnl]

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]