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McNally Jackson Independent Booksellers’ Workers Opt to Join Union 2019-12-15 [Publishing Perspectives]

Manhattan hotel workers ‘traumatized’ after new boss fires them for union push 2019-12-12 [NYDaily News]

State AFL-CIO Launches Digital Ad Backing Reclassification Of Gig Workers 2019-12-11 [State of Politics]

Nurses in Albany, New York battle for their first union contract For more info  ActNOW!  2019-12-09 [History News Network]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez trolls Amazon over decision to build New York offices 2019-12-07 [Guardian]

New Sculpture By IBEW Union Workers Lights Up Astoria 2019-12-04 [Patch Astoria-LIC]

Uber, Lyft Drivers Could Form Unions Under New York Proposal 2019-12-02 [Bloomberg]

'Not the boys' club anymore': Eight women take a swing at the construction industry 2019-11-30 [NBC]

New York Farms Must Avoid Discouraging Unions 2019-11-30 [Lancaster Farming]

Reaping equality: The farmworkers who bring us our bounty finally have labor rights protected by New York law 2019-11-28 [NYDaily News]

Ocasio-Cortez Demands Solar Company Rehire Workers Fired After Unionizing With Green New Deal in Mind 2019-11-25 [Common Dreams]

Union vs. non-union workers: Which construction sites are safer? 2019-11-23 [SI Live]

School bus drivers call on Gov Cuomo to sign legislation granting them greater job protections 2019-11-19 [NYDaily News]

NYC Boosts Salaries for 1,500 Non-Union Pre-K Teachers 2019-11-19 [The City]

Some Council staffers making near-minimum wage, as talk of unionization percolates 2019-11-14 [Politico]

Nyack Hospital workers rally for better wages, health care coverage 2019-11-11 [Stock Daily Dish]

Vote No on the PSC-CUNY Contract: 7K or Strike 2019-11-07 [Labor Notes]

‘Mistreated, Intimidated and Underpaid’: City Council Workers Rebel 2019-11-02 [NYTimes]

More Than 100 Housing Works Staff Walk Out: Their bosses have interfered with efforts to unionize 2019-10-31 [Bklyn Hts Dumbo]

School nurses often overworked, underpaidSchool nurses often overworked, underpaid 2019-10-27 [Newsday]

CUNY adjunct professors reach contract agreement, win major raise 2019-10-25 [NYDaily News]

PSC Reaches Contract Deal with CUNY 2019-10-25 [PSC-CUNY]

CUNY reaches union agreement that boosts adjunct pay 2019-10-25 [AP]

Drivers, advocates aim to hold ride-sharing industries accountable 2019-10-24 [Amsterdam News]

NYC Transit Union Takes Aim At MTA Staffing With Dirty Subway Contest 2019-10-22 [CBS]

BUILDING BRIDGES: Analyzing Bernie Sanders' Workplace Democracy Plan For more info 2019-10-20 [WBAI Radio]

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]

This month in labour history

1-12-1946 130,000 Oakland, USA workers go on general strike. [more]

1-12-1955 Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus, sparking the Montgomery bus boycott. [more]

4-12-1970 Cesar Chavez sentenced to 20 days in jail for not calling off United Farm Workers boycott of lettuce grower Bud Antle Inc. [more]

5-12-1955 The two main union federations in the USA merge to form the AFL-CIO, electing George Meany as president, [more]

6-12-1907 The worst mining disaster in American history occurs when an explosion in a Monongah mine in West Virginia kills 361 miners. [more]

7-12-1896 In Chicago, 11 activists found the National Union of Steam Engineers of America; the forerunner of International Union of Operating Engineers. [more]

8-12-1916 Bernice Fisher born. US civil rights activist, union organizer, original founder of Congress of Racial Equality. [more]

8-12-2001 230 jailed teachers in Middletown Township, NJ, ordered freed after agreement to end 9day strike & enter mediation. [more]

8-12-1886 The American Federation of Labor (AFL) is founded by 26 craft unions. Samuel Gompers is elected president. [more]

13-12-1924 Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor, dies. [more]

14-12-1995 Boeing machinists in the US win a pay rise and an imporved health plan after a 69 day strike. [more]

14-12-1852 American Socialist Daniel De Leon born. Trade union organiser, journalist and Marxist theoretician who died in 1914. [more]

19-12-1907 A group of 239 coal miners die during a mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania. [more]

19-12-1983 Greyhound bus strike ends when members of Amalgamated Transit Union ratify a contract that slashes wages & benefits by 15% [more]

21-12-1919 Emma Goldman is deported to Russia as part of a post-war crackdown on union and left-wing activists. [more]

21-12-1916 Emma Tenayuca, Mexican-American labour leader, is born. [more]

23-12-1908 AFL officers are found in contempt of court for urging a labor boycott of Buck's Stove and Range Co. in St Louis. [more]

24-12-1913 Seventy three striking miners and their families die in a stampede at the Italian Hall in Calumet, Michigan, after an unknown man enters shouting 'Fire!' [more]

24-12-1913 The Italian Hall Disaster in Calumet, Michigan, results in the death of 73 Christmas party goers held by striking miners. [more]

25-12-1904 Philip Vera Cruz, labour leader & activist in Asian American civil rights movement, is born. Co-founder of United Farm Workers' Union. [more]

25-12-1910 Bomb destroys part of the Llewellyn Ironworks in Los Angeles where a bitter strike is ongoing. [more]

26-12-1877 First national convention of the Socialist Labor Party, the first Marxist party founded in the USA. [more]

27-12-1943 President Roosevelt seizes railroads to avoid a national strike. [more]

29-12-2006 More than 15,000 United Steel Workers members at 16 Goodyear Tire & Rubber plants end an 86-day strike, ratify three-year contract. [more]

30-12-1936 The United Auto Workers union stages its first sit-down strike. [more]

30-12-1936 The most famous of the Depression-era "sit down" strikes in the US begins at GM's Fisher Body plant in Flint, Michigan. [more]

30-12-1899 In the back room of Behrens’ cigar shop in Sedalia, Missiouri, US, 33 railroad clerks form Local Lodge Number 1 of the Order of the Railroad Clerks of America. [more]

31-12-1969 Murder of Joseph Yablonski, United Mine Workers labor leader, by killers hired by a union political opponent. [more]

31-12-1969 Rank-and-file UMWA activist Jock Yablonski is murdered along with his family by hitmen acting on the orders of union president. [more]