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Instacart workers in N.J. may go on strike amid lack of coronavirus protections, pay 2020-03-29 [NJ Advanced Media]

Health care unions demand protections for frontlines of COVID-19 outbreak 2020-03-13 [NJBiz]

Homeland Security worker reportedly told to return to work in Newark, despite coronavirus quarantine 2020-03-01 [NJ]

County Calls on on Colleges, Universities to Hire Union Labor 2020-02-26 [Tap Into Bayonne]

Teacher union files unfair labor practice charges 2020-02-26 [Williamsport Sun-Gazette]

NJ weighs work standards overhaul to address toxicity 2020-02-15 [News12]

After nine years without a contract, PATH workers protest in Jersey City 2020-02-01 [Hudson Cty View]

Teamsters Applaud Passage Of N.J. Legislation Combatting Worker Misclassification 2020-01-23 [Teamsters]

Sweeping Legislative Package Signed to Combat Worker Misclassification, Exploitation 2020-01-22 [Cape May Cty Herald]

Workers begin strike for fairer wages at Westampton IKEA facility 2020-01-20 [Burlington Cty Times]

After Eventful 2019, NJ Positioned as Leading Pro-Employee State 2020-01-04 [NJ Law Jrnl]

Court: Airline’s workers can’t sue as class in pay dispute 2019-12-27 [AP]

Massive Janitorial Strike Averted 2019-12-26 [Clean Link]

Freelancers unite to fight New Jersey bill that may devastate their livelihood 2019-12-24 [CNBC]

Unionized N.J. janitors just got a new contract that raises salaries to $18 an hour by 2023 2019-12-23 [NJ]

AFSCME Local 2218 outreach program donates toys and necessities to local families 2019-12-22 [AFSCME]

As ‘gig economy’ ramps up, lawmakers move bills to curtail misclassification 2019-12-18 [NJBiz]

Janitor’s union votes to authorize strike as contract deadline looms 2019-12-18 [NJTV]

Debate to continue over NJ bill rewriting rules for freelance workers, contractors 2019-12-18 [NorthJersey.com]

Principal created 'hostile work environment' when he sent meme to staff, union says 2019-12-10 [Paterson Press]

Uber Has To Pay Almost $650 Million To New Jersey In Employment Taxes 2019-12-02 [Industry News Chronicle]

Former NJ ILA union official pleads guilty to soliciting, accepting bribes 2019-10-17 [The Hill]

Will N.J. public worker pension fund help tobacco farmworkers form a union? 2019-10-01 [NJ]

Let’s celebrate our immigrant tradition this Labor Day 2019-09-02 [Star-Ledger]

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]

This month in labour history

3-04-1968 In a church in Memphis, Tennessee, 10,000 citizens gather to hear what will be the last speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He will stress the similarities between the labour movement and that of civil rights. [more]

10-04-1930 Dolores Huerta, Mexican-American labour leader, is born. [more]

11-04-1934 Frank Norman is murdered by the Ku Klux Klan for organising citrus workers irrespective of their race. [more]

11-04-1974 United Mine Workers President W. A. “Tony” Boyle is found guilty of first-degree murder, for ordering the 1969 assassination of union reformer Joseph A. “Jock” Yablonski. Yablonski, his wife and daughter were murdered on December 30, 1969. [more]

14-04-1939 'The Grapes of Wrath', John Steinbeck's classic novel about itinerant labor, strikes and the Great Depression, is published. [more]

15-04-1973 housands of members of the United Farm Workers union walked out on strike. They were battling the Teamsters union over the right to represent farm workers. The dispute ended with victory for the UFW. [more]

15-04-1916 The newspaper of the Industrial Workers of the World union announced the formation of its Domestic Workers Union in Denver. [more]

15-04-1889 Birth of labour and civil rights leader A. Phillip Randolph [more]

16-04-1970 A white foreman at a Chrysler plant in Detroit threatened to murder a black worker. When the worker complained Chrysler sacked him. 1,000 workers, white and black, walked out on strike in protest until management backed down. [more]

17-04-1944 Members of the militant machinists' union Lodge 68 in San Francisco began an overtime ban in pursuance of a new contract. They ended up fighting the employer, the government and even the Communist Party. [more]

20-04-1914 As many as 25 miners and family members, including women and children, are massacred by company guards during a strike in Ludlow, Colorado. [more]

21-04-1894 A nationwide strike of coal miners against pay cuts began. 145,000 miners walked out, and despite violent repression and facing starvation they held out for weeks and won some concessions. [more]

21-04-1967 New York Governor Rockefeller signs the Taylor Law, allowing unions in the public sector, but banning strikes. [more]

21-04-1920 The Anaconda Road massacre took place in Butte, Montana, when mine guards employed by the Anaconda company shot 17 striking miners, killing one. All were shot in the back as they tried to flee. No one was charged for the killing. [more]

24-04-1999 The ILWU halts shipping on the West Coast in solidarity with Mumia Abu-Jamal. [more]