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N.J. blueberry farms house workers in storage sheds, pollute groundwater 2019-08-09 [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Municipalities weigh options for future labor deals 2019-08-01 [NJTV]

NJ Task Force on Independent Contractor Misclassification Releases Report, Recommendations 2019-07-26 [Natl Law Rev]

New Jersey Task Force on Independent Contractor Misclassification Releases Report, Recommendations 2019-07-23 [Lexology]

‘Independent contractors’? Gov Murphy says workers being cheated 2019-07-10 [NJ1015]

Murphy signs bills protecting first responders’ benefits 2019-07-09 [NJTV]

NJ EDA Needs to Suspend NFI’s $80 Mil Tax Break 2019-07-09 [Justice for Port Drives / Teamsters]

How Did 'Union Guy' Steve Sweeney Become Labor's Public Enemy No. 1? 2019-06-25 [WNYC]

NJ first in nation to require panic buttons for hotel workers 2019-06-13 [App]

Rutgers part-time faculty approve new contract with raises ranging from 12 to 33 percent 2019-06-01 [North Jersey]

UFCW Local 152 Attends NJ State Assembly Meeting In Support of Expanding Medical Cannabis 2019-05-28 [UFCW Local 152]

Phillipsburg union member speaks out at town council meeting 2019-05-22 [WFMZ]

Some part-time lecturers not happy with new Rutgers contract 2019-05-20 [NJ Spotlight]

Sweeney, jeered off stage by union members, doesn’t back down: ‘I’m ready for a fight’ 2019-05-17 [ROI-NJ]

ExxonMobil union workers at this N.J. research center are going on strike 2019-05-02 [NJ]

Exxon Mobil lab workers in NJ set to strike 2019-05-01 [Morning Call]

Tackling pay inequity, new Rutgers faculty contract could become a national template 2019-04-20 [North Jersey]

Rutgers Faculty and Grads Win Historic Contract! 2019-04-18 [Equity Security]

Hard Rock casino employees vote for union contract 2019-04-12 [Atlantic City]

Amid declining membership, unions attempt to expand the appeal and benefits of organizing 2019-04-09 [NJ Biz]

Rutgers faculty union members, preparing for possible strike, sign up for picket duty 2019-04-02 [North Jersey]

Avi Lyon, former head of Jewish Labor Committee, is dead at 76 2019-04-02 [JTA]

New Yorkers Mark Triangle Shirtwaist Anniversary and Push For Permanent Memorial 2019-03-26 [Bedford + Bowery]

Rutgers faculty union authorizes strike 2019-03-25 [Daily Targum]

Rutgers faculty members vote to authorize their union leaders to call for a strike 2019-03-20 [North Jersey]

Deal between N.J. state workers union and Murphy includes raises, reduced health care costs. Here are the details. 2019-03-08 [NJ Advanced Media]

Program Launched to Increase Women in Construction Trades Unions 2019-03-07 [TAP]

Atlantic City Firefighter union sues the state 2019-03-07 [Press of Atlantic City]

Offshore wind firm partners with South Jersey unions 2019-02-21 [Atl City Press]

GOP senator introduces bill to exempt local school, government workers from $15 min. wage 2019-02-21 [Burlington Cty Times]

Gov. Phil Murphy signs NJ $15 minimum wage bill into law 2019-02-04 [NorthJersey.com]

Undocumented Workers Lose Their Jobs at Yet Another Trump Property 2019-02-02 [NYTimes]

Federal Employees Rally for an End to Government Shutdown 2019-01-22 [SNJ]

Atlantic City Women's March organizers to make announcement Wednesday 2019-01-09 [The Press]

Car wash workers were making $3.50 an hour. Their ex-boss just had to pay them $5M. 2018-12-23 [NJ Advance Media]

NJ Warehouse Workers Say Amazon Jobs Are Unsafe, Grueling 2018-12-15 [Patch NJ]

Workers' rights organizations are questioning the safety of collaborative robots in the wake of an incident at an Amazon fulfillment center 2018-12-13 [Design News]

NJ urged to enforce ‘code of conduct’ for Amazon workers 2018-12-13 [Guardian]

‘Fed Up’ Rutgers Faculty Protest Slow Contract Talks, Threaten to Strike 2018-12-07 [Spotlight]

Rutgers pacts with five labor unions: students demand minimum wage hike 2018-12-07 [NJ Biz]

24 Amazon Warehouse Workers Hospitalized After Bear-Repellent Accident 2018-12-07 [WSJ]

Robot Punctures Can Of Bear Repellent At Amazon Warehouse, Sickening Workers 2018-12-07 [NPR]

Rutgers-Newark Professors Protest Pay Differences Across All 3 Campuses 2018-11-15 [Tap Into Newark]

N.J. hotel workers will head to polls on paid time off, thanks to union 2018-11-03 [NJ]

XPO drivers in N.J. agree to join Teamsters 2018-10-31 [Freight Waves]

New Brunswick, Perth Amboy Mayors Call for Passage of $15 min wage 2018-10-12 [Tap Into]

Port Authority passes airport minimum wage increase proposal that was backed by NY and NJ leadership 2018-09-29 [QNS]

Rutgers workers rally in New Brunswick for contract negotiations 2018-09-23 [My Central Jersey]

800 Newark airport workers get layoff notices after United contractor change 2018-09-12 [NJ]

Why unions are more vital than ever for all workers in NJ 2018-09-11 [NJ Spotlight]

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]