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PSC Blasts 'Horrible' CUNY Plan To Lay Off 437 John Jay Adjuncts 2020-05-23 [The Chief]

Tell NYS: Protect workers who are sick and dying because of their jobs! 2020-05-22 [AFL-CIO]

Workers press owner of Buffalo nursing homes for hazard pay 2020-05-19 [Buffalo News]

Models who say they were misclassified as contractors win class certification 2020-05-13 [Reuters]

Metropolitan Opera Stage Manager & Stage Director Start Petition to Support Performing Arts Industry Workers For more info 2020-05-11 [OperaWire]

Remote school a stopgap for NY students, not a solution 2020-05-11 [Syracuse]

New York doesn't count nursing home workers infected by Covid-19 2020-05-08 [Buffalo News]

Newly formed Union of Musicians calls for extension of CARES Act benefits

New York Nurses Union Says Hospitals Won’t Be Ready For Potential Second Wave Of Coronavirus If State Reopens Too Soon 2020-05-08 [CBS]

 VIDEO 'Blood Money and Murder On The Job' Amazon 2020 May Day Action In NY, Bezos and The Politicians For more info 2020-05-05 [LVP]

Coronavirus poses a tough question: Did NYC essential workers die in the line of duty? 2020-05-03 [Politico]

Bernie Sanders-backed unionization drive at TCGplayer in Syracuse fails 2020-05-03 [Syracuse]

Amazon’s pandemic labor practices being probed 2020-04-28 [Bloomberg/Daily Maverick]

#ProjectGratitude honors essential workers 2020-04-27 [CBS]

Town offers buyouts to union workers in face of virus-caused shortfall 2020-04-27 [Newsday]

PSC-CUNY: Tell Chairperson Thompson and Chancellor Matos Rodríguez that PSC Will Fight for Every Job at CUNY 2020-04-24 [PSC-CUNY]

Cuomo calls for bonuses for coronavirus front line workers 2020-04-21 [The Hill]

MTA, union say federal guidance on contagion needs overhaul after COVID-19 deaths 2020-04-21 [AM NY]

45 NYC doormen and janitors dead from coronavirus, union says 2020-04-18 [The Post]

Service workers strike at two luxury Manhattan buildings 2020-04-17 [Real Deal]

Belabored Stories: Union Busting in a Disaster 2020-04-16 [Dissent]

 VIDEO Workers Power and The Battle For Health And Safety Against the Virus At Amazon with Amazon Striker Chris Smalls For more info 2020-04-16 [LVP]

NY Health Dept.’s call center workers fear they’re being exposed to COVID-19 2020-04-12 [NYPost]

Labor Dispute Sinks Broadway Benefit for Pandemic Assistance 2020-04-12 [NYTimes]

MTA workers say the agency hasn't done enough to protect them from coronavirus 2020-04-11 [NBC]

UOVO Art Handlers File Labor Board Complaint Saying They Were Laid Off for Union Support 2020-04-09 [Hyperallergic]

NY Unions Say Raises are Being Delayed 2020-04-09 [Spectrum News]

NYCHA Employees, Tenants Fear Getting Sick, Union President Says ‘NYCHA Is Unprepared For This Disaster’ 2020-04-09 [CBS]

Fired union drive leaders claim ‘retaliation’ by LIC art handling firm For more info 2020-04-09 [Queens Eagle]

Dear Jeff Bezos, instead of firing me, protect your workers from coronavirus 2020-04-09 [Guardian]

Union Strong Podcast Episode 36: COVID-19 Heroes 2020-04-09 [NYS AFL-CIO]

Subway and bus workers are bearing a disproportionate coronavirus death toll 2020-04-08 [Politico]

How Gig Workers Are Weathering the Virus Shutdown 2020-04-07 [NYTimes]

Amazon Workers in New York Are Striking for the Second Week in a Row as Coronavirus Cases Pile Up 2020-04-07 [VICE]

Amazon employee fired after coronavirus walkout says company is lying about cases 2020-04-07 [Yahoo!]

Garbage bags and cloth bandannas: union leaders plea for personal protection equipment to fight coronavirus 2020-04-01 [NYDaily News]

Albany Med: 45 health care workers test positive for COVID-19 2020-04-01 [Albany Times Union]

Amazon fires warehouse worker who led Staten Island warehouse walkout 2020-03-31 [CNN]

Amazon fires worker who organized strike over coronavirus response 2020-03-31 [The Post]

Coronavirus fears spur Amazon workers in New York to walk off job until building is cleaned 2020-03-30 [USAToday]

Sheriffs deputies, SCCC workers get new union contracts in Suffolk 2020-03-30 [Newsday]

Nurses Are Living a Heartbreaking Nightmare 2020-03-30 [Labour Notes]

Trader Joe’s Temporarily Closes Two NYC Stores After Staffers Test Positive for COVID-19 2020-03-28 [Eater]

New York City Workers Revolt over Lack of Coronavirus Safety Protections 2020-03-26 [Democracy Now]

 VIDEO UPS Workers, The IBT, H/S and The Coronavirus with NYC Local 804 Former Health and Safety Director For more info 2020-03-26 [Labor Video Project]

109th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire 2020-03-25 [Jewish Labor Committee]

Laid-off eatery workers face health-insurance crisis amid coronavirus 2020-03-23 [NYPost]

NY Gov Issues Statewide Stay-At-Home Order For All Non-Essential Workers 2020-03-20 [BingePost]

Hospitality labor union estimates COVID-19 pandemic will wipe out 90% of jobs 2020-03-20 [KTSA]

Plight of Retail Workers: ‘I’m Scared to Go to Work’ 2020-03-19 [NYTimes]

This month in labour history

1-05-1886 Between 300,000 to half a million workers went on strike and rallies were held throughout the United States, with the cry, "Eight-hour day with no cut in pay". [more]

2-05-1968 4,000 workers in the Hamtramck auto plant in Detroit walked out against speed up. Several black strikers met in a bar opposite and founded the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement to organise black workers. [more]

2-05-1843 "Mill girls" – overwhelmingly female textile workers – walked out on strike in Massachusetts for better conditions. [more]

3-05-1895 Eugene V. Debs and 6 other union railroad leaders are sentenced to 6 months in prison for contempt of court during a hearing over a strike at the Pullman luxury car manufacturing plants. [more]

4-05-1886 A bomb is thrown during a demonstration against police violence in Haymarket Square, Chicago. The ensuing police riot and trials of anarchists, known as the Haymarket affair, eventually give birth to May Day as international workers' day. [more]

5-05-1886 Nine striking workers are shot dead by the National Guard at the Rolling Mills Steel Factory in Bay View, Milwaukee [more]

6-05-1935 The Works Progress Administration is established by executive order - it will provide work for millions of Americans. [more]

7-05-1912 New York City waiters and waitresses walked out on strike [more]

8-05-1926 A. Philip Randolph founds the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. [more]

9-05-1913 The garment workers strike at Cohoes could become an international incident after it emerges that Italian migrant workers are being forced to break the strike. [more]

11-05-1894 Three thousands Pullman railroad workers in Chicago begin a wildcat strike. [more]

12-05-1902 John Mitchell of the UMWA cals for a national strike, beginning the Anthracite Coal Strike which will last five months. [more]

13-05-1980 Douglas Fraser of the UAW becomes the first union representative on the board a major US corporation after Chystler's stockholders vote him on. [more]

13-05-1893 Western Federation of Miners formed in Butte, Montana. [more]

15-05-1946 489 city workers in Rochester, NY were sacked for organising a union. They protested the next day, and sympathy strikes began, growing to a general strike, when bosses caved and reinstated the sacked workers. [more]

15-05-1935 Folk singer, labor organiser and IWW member Utah Phillips is born. [more]

16-05-1934 Minneapolis Teamsters went on strike, shutting down almost all commercial transport in the city. The dispute lasted over three months, ending with most of the workers’ demands being met in a landmark win. [more]

17-05-1946 The US govt seized the nation's railroads to stop a nationwide strike. Workers walked out anyway and only the President's threat to draft the strikers and call up the army to run the railroads forced them back to work. [more]

18-05-1928 "Big Bill" Haywood, former mineworker and founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World revolutionary union, dies in Moscow. [more]

19-05-1920 A gun battle between the people of Matewan and Baldwin Felts detectives leaves ten people dead. [more]

20-05-1926 The first federal legislation asserting workers' right to form unions takes effect today in the rail industry. [more]

21-05-1945 The US government took over the bituminous coal mines to try to break a six-week miners' strike. The miners held out, forcing the govt to grant workers' demands which had been unacceptable to the operators. [more]

22-05-1942 In Cleveland the Steelworkers Organizing Committee voted to become a union: the United Steelworkers of America [more]

23-05-1903 Some 100,000 textile workers, including more than 10,000 children, are on strike in the Philadelphia area protesting against 60-hour weeks including night hours imposed on children. [more]

24-05-1995 After 10 months on strike against 12-hour shifts and wage increases linked to productivity, 2300 workers from 5 Bridgestone-Firestone factories resign themselves to going back to work without a collective agreement. [more]

25-05-1946 President Truman comes within three minutes of drafting the nation's railroad workers into the army to suppress a proposed strike, but the union leaders and employers settle just before the presiden't ultimatum comes into effect. [more]

26-05-1937 UAW organisers are attacked and beaten by Ford security men in Dearborn, Michigan, in an incident which greatly increases support for the union. [more]

28-05-1946 Workers in Rochester, New York, stage a successful one day general strike for the right to form unions. [more]

29-05-1941 Disney Studios animators in LA strike for union recognition. 16 were fired. [more]

29-05-1946 The Rochester general strike ended after just one day with victory for the workers. They won reinstatement for hundreds of city workers who had been sacked for forming a union, dropping of all charges, and recognition of the union. [more]

29-05-1990 The Justice for Janitors strike of ISS cleaners in Los Angeles begins. [more]

30-05-1937 Ten workers are shot dead by Chicago police during a strike at the Republic Steel Mill. [more]

31-05-1921 The Sacco and Vanzetti trial begins in Dedham, Massachusetts. [more]