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Wendt Workers wins first contract 2019-10-19 [BWI]

New York's Coming Debate Over 'Gig Economy' Workers 2019-10-18 [Spectrum News]

Rep. Max Rose partners with CWA union to prevent job outsourcing 2019-10-12 [SI Live]

Unions uniting with local immigrants 2019-10-11 [WBFO]

New Museum and its Workers Union Reach Agreement 2019-10-05 [Bowery Boogie]

Transit workers union demonizes MTA leadership as incompetent in million-dollar campaign 2019-10-04 [NYDaily News]

‘We’re organizing to improve lives’: New York fast-food workers push to unionize 2019-10-01 [Guardian]

1,200 employees at NYU Winthrop vote to join SEIU Local 1199 2019-10-01 [Newsday]

Inside the Carpenters' fight for control of their own union 2019-09-15 [The Nation]

Yoga Instructors Are the Latest Gig Workers to Unionize 2019-09-13 [VICE]

Yoga Teachers Are Unionizing to Heal the Wellness Industry 2019-09-13 [New York]

Families of Sanitation Workers, Unsung 9/11 Heroes, to Get Health Benefits 2019-09-11 [NYTimes]

Cuomo Says More Workers Should Be Classified As Employees 2019-09-10 [State of Politics]

More evidence of TWU Local 100 bus slowdown surfaces in Twitter vid 2019-09-10 [NYDaily News]

Dramatic drop in NYC union membership 2019-09-04 [Crain's NY Biz]

AFL-CIO chief sees Spot Coffee unionization as part of a trend 2019-09-02 [Buffalo News]

Buffalo labor leader sees strengthened movement 2019-08-30 [Buffalo News]

TWU Denounces MTA Contract Call to Roll Back OT as ‘Insulting’: Wants to Have Employees Work Added 3 Days, Use Nonunion Staff 2019-08-28 [The Chief]

Workers at Big Government Lab Sue Over Exposure to a Toxic Chemical 2019-08-23 [NYTimes]

Black, Latina women: How to fix NY's wage gap that pays them cents to each dollar a man makes 2019-08-22 [The Democrat and Chronicle]

Spot Coffee employees vote in favor of Union 2019-08-21 [WGRZ]

New York City Union Uses Its Size to Leverage Improved Maternity Care 2019-08-20 [WSJ]

Buffalo SPoT Coffee workers to vote on creation of union 2019-08-11 [WIVB]

Spectrum May Have Broken Laws in Bid to Oust Union, NLRB Says 2019-08-09 [Bloomberg]

MTA wants to eliminate double-time pay for LIRR workers: report 2019-08-05 [NYPost]

MTA, LIRR union relationship worse than ever; up next is collective bargaining 2019-08-05 [Newsday]

MTA, LIRR union relationship worse than ever; up next is collective bargaining 2019-08-04 [Newsday]

Albany Med nurses air safe-staffing concerns at public forum 2019-08-01 [Albany Times Union]

JFK Airport employee says she had to quit job, move into homeless shelter after supervisors refused to accommodate her pregnancy 2019-07-29 [NYDaily News]

American Airlines accused of punishing workers who use sick time 2019-07-26 [CBS]

BUILDING BRIDGES: Finally N.Y. State's Farmworkers Prevail Over State's Harvest of Shame For more info 2019-07-24 [WBAI Radio]

What's next for the Buffalo fired Spot Coffee workers and the union they tried to form? 2019-07-24 [Buffalo News]

New law enhances farm worker protections 2019-07-22 [Press-Republican]

Union leader on possible MTA cuts: They should really take that off the table 2019-07-21 [Newsday]

Son of mob boss ‘Chin’ Gigante sentenced to 2 years in prison for union shakedown 2019-07-21 [NYDaily News]

Farmworkers are getting these new rights in New York 2019-07-19 [Star Gazette]

GE union workers were upset long before rejecting contract 2019-07-16 [Albany Times Union]

The working man: What Hector Figueroa did to uplift and dignify labor in New York 2019-07-13 [New York Daily News]

Hector Figueroa, Union Leader with Impact, Dies at 57 2019-07-13 [New York Times]

GE main unions, including local in Schenectady, reject new contract 2019-07-11 [Albany Times Union]

Kaleida Health, unions reach agreement on new labor contract 2019-07-10 [WKBW]

City boosts pay for pre-K workers with $15 million deal 2019-07-10 [NYPost]

N.Y. Grants Farm Workers Labor Rights 2019-07-07 [USW]

Judge Upholds Labor’s First Amendment Right To Deploy ‘Scabby The Rat’ In ShopRite Dispute 2019-07-05 [Labor Press]

SPoT Coffee workers say they were fired for attempting to unionize For more info 2019-07-05 [WKBW]

Workers claim SPoT fired them over inquiring about starting a union 2019-07-04 [WBFO]

With New York unemployment on the decline, the need for seasonal workers has increased 2019-07-02 [Democrat & Chronicle]

Workers at the Guggenheim Museum voted to unionize 2019-06-29 [Atsy]

Guggenheim Art Installers, Maintenance Workers Vote to Join Union, the Museum's First 2019-06-29 [NY Times]

Tesla accused of firing pro-union workers at Buffalo solar plant 2019-06-25 [The Buffalo News]

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]