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Lawsuit Alleges Worker Danger: Poultry Plant Workers Union Points to USDA Line Speed Waivers as COVID-19 Risk 2020-07-29 [Progressive Farmer]

Senator Vargas seeks legislative action to protect meatpacking workers after losing father to covid-19 2020-07-28 [Jrnl Star]

State, prison workers union reach agreement on pay to resolve staffing problems 2019-12-28 [Omaha World-Herald]

Online retailer Hayneedle lays off more than 200 workers in Omaha 2019-05-04 [BH News Service ]

Workers at Shopko warehouse in Sarpy are getting laid off — without promised severance pay 2019-04-15 [Omaha World Herald]

Prison workers disappointed by arbiter wage and labor decisions 2019-03-03 [Neighbor]

Union workers volunteer, providing free electrical repairs for elderly 2018-10-28 [KETV]

Report: Unions Key to Reducing Income Inequality 2018-09-11 [PNS]

ICE raid targeting employers and more than 100 workers rocks a small Nebraska town 2018-08-11 [Wash Post]

Prison and security workers vote to create new union 2018-07-20 [Omaha.com]

Troubled Tecumseh prison must return to 8-hour shifts after state loses labor ruling 2018-04-20 [KWBE]

Troubled Tecumseh prison must return to 8-hour shifts after state loses labor ruling 2018-04-19 [Omaha World-Herald]

Labor union summit held to organize local unions 2018-04-07 [NBC]

Health care premiums, deductibles are going up for Omaha firefighters 2018-02-19 [Omaha World-Herald]

Several workers in StratCom basement got mysteriously sick. The likely cause: carbon dioxide buildup 2017-12-18 [Omaha World-Herald]

Labor union teams up with nonprofit to keep seniors safe in their homes 2017-10-22 [Omaha]

Prison workers voice worries about morale, turnover 2017-10-22 [Seattle Times]

Despite steady profits, railroads have laid off thousands — and more cuts are likely on the way 2017-08-27 [Omaha World-Herald]

State senators weigh ending deductions for union dues 2017-03-21 [Idaho Statesman]

Bill to end automatic collection of union dues from state paychecks faces some pushback 2017-03-21 [Omaha World-Herald]

US: Mexican communities brace themselves for a Trump administration 2016-11-29 [Equal Times]

Union: Drywallers working in Douglas County Courthouse were misclassified, denied appropriate compensation 2016-11-02 [Omaha World-Herald]

State, U.S. team up to protect workers from misclassification 2016-09-03 [Omaha World-Herald]

Picket line stands against VA system privatization in Grand Island 2016-08-07 [Omaha World-Herald]

Prison workers want better pay, chance to be heard, culture study finds 2016-06-02 [Omaha]

OPS teachers union spars with district over pay for substitutes 2016-05-21 [Omaha]

They’re ‘taking from us’ — Western Electric retirees say prosperous union pension fund being raided 2016-02-18 [Omaha World Herald]

Fed Appeal court: Tyson does NOT have to pay for off-the-clock work 2015-08-27 [Times Union]

Omaha is first stop on U.S. labor secretary’s tour to promote minimum wage hike 2015-08-18 [Omaha]

City’s ‘last, best and final’ police contract offer OK’d – but it's probably not final 2015-07-22 [Omaha World-Herald]

Bellevue, union reach labor deal after five years 2015-06-28 [Omaha]

Metro Letter Carriers Set Record For Stamp Out Hunger Food 2015-05-15 [WOWT]

Council approves city-fire union labor deal, which includes new health insurance fund 2015-05-13 [Omaha World Herald]

Stamp Out Hunger drive: Food will be collected for needy by letter carriers 2015-05-04 [Omaha]

NetJets pilots protest over labor dispute; gain Warren Buffett's attention 2015-05-03 [Omaha]

New OPS teachers contract would provide healthy raises over next 3 years, boost starting pay 2015-05-02 [Omaha World Herald]

13th state to protect pregnant workers job security 2015-04-19 [National Women's Law Center]

Omaha fire union running own health plan a ‘radical shift’ 2015-04-06 [Omaha]

This month in labour history

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]