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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]

Coronavirus in NY: Restaurants announce mass layoffs as pandemic puts city in chokehold 2020-03-19 [NYPost]

Transit workers call on MTA for more protections against coronavirus 2020-03-19 [SILive]

The Metropolitan Opera Tells Its Union Employees They Will Not Be Paid After March 31 2020-03-19 [NPR]

Metropolitan Opera Lays Off All Its Union Employees Amid Pandemic 2020-03-19 [Daily Beast]

Cuomo directs state, local government employees to work at home 2020-03-16 [Times Union]

Amid coronavirus, NYSUT urges unions, administrators to maintain open dialogue about health, safety & education 2020-03-12 [Niagara Frontier Publications]

Absolut Care union workers reach tentative deal with new administrator 2020-03-07 [Observer]

One of the First Technology Companies to Unionize: Kickstarter Employees Win Vote 2020-03-02 [Good News Network]

The Workers Circle Fights Injustice with Activism—and Joy 2020-02-25 [Common Dreams]

Fight for Full State and City Funding for CUNY Spring 2020 Budget Campaign For more info 2020-02-19 [PSC-CUNY]

Baristas’ Union Wins Arbitration, Employee Reinstated 2020-02-18 [Cornell Daily Sun]

SEIU nursing home workers launch campaign to raise standards, improve care 2020-02-15 [Observer]

Unions, Mayor Suggest Cuomo Stacked Medicaid Panel to Exclude City Voices 2020-02-14 [The Chief]

Should sex workers still end up in handcuffs? 2020-02-10 [City and State]

Two Natl Grid workers badly burned in Brooklyn, transported to Staten Island hospital 2020-01-30 [SI Live]

Two workers killed in Long Island trench collapse 2020-01-29 [NYPost]

Union accuses Yonkers of slashing benefits for some firefighters who may become disabled 2020-01-27 [Lohud]

NYC Council staffers secure more than enough signatures to unionize 2020-01-27 [Politico]

Union Workers, Politicians Urging New York To Spend Billions On Roads And Bridges 2020-01-18 [CBS]

Delmar nursing home workers to strike amid fears of losing health benefits and jobs 2020-01-16 [Spotlight]

Spectrum Workers Call For Public ISP, Sing Carols After Nearly 3 Years On Strike In NYC 2020-01-16 [Forbes]

Upstate New York's struggle to bring back workers 2020-01-14 [Olean Times Herald]

Cuomo wants NY employers to provide paid sick leave to workers 2020-01-13 [Auburn Pub]

NYC Transit Workers Ratified New 4-Year Contract 2020-01-10 [CBS]

NYC transit workers ratify new MTA contract by wide margin 2020-01-10 [NYDaily News]

Sports Illustrated staffers are looking to form a wider newsroom union, citing concerns about decisions made by Maven management 2020-01-07 [Awful Announcing]

Spectrum’s Electricians Caught in the Switches 2020-01-04 [The Chief]

New York Raises Wages for Tipped Workers — But Leaves Restaurants Out 2020-01-04 [Eater]

In nod to union, De Blasio will seek special permit for hotel development 2020-01-02 [Real Deal]

Tip Wage for Workers in 'Miscellaneous' Industries to End 2020-01-02 [Spectrum]

These tipped workers in NY will get a full minimum wage. Why wait staff isn't among them 2020-01-02 [Ithaca Jrnl]

This Union Defeated Airbnb. Now It’s Taking Aim at a New Target 2020-01-02 [NYTimes]

NY farmers sue to block law that grants workers right to unionize, overtime pay 2020-01-01 [The Hill]

NY to phase out tipped wages in 'miscellaneous' industries 2020-01-01 [Times Union]

Wage Theft Bill To Help Workers Get Paid Is Still Sitting On Cuomo's Desk 2020-01-01 [Gothamist]

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]