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Workers, advocates push lawmakers to increase minimum wage to $15 in NC 2020-02-16 [WWAY]

A Raise To $11 An Hour? That’s Still Not Enough, Union Says At Airport Protests 2020-02-15 [Forbes]

Workers, advocates push lawmakers to increase minimum wage to $15 in NC 2020-02-14 [ABC]

Duke grad workers demand a fair contract 2020-02-10 [Chronicle]

Durham McDonald's Workers Protest Dangerous Conditions 2020-01-25 [Indy Week]

Livingstone College in Salisbury late on paying cafeteria workers 2019-12-31 [WSOC]

N Carolina mayor wants to hike salaries for 900 Fayetteville city workers 2019-12-07 [WLOS]

Workers protest at Charlotte Douglas amid holiday rush 2019-11-30 [WSOCTV]

Justin Parmenter: Why N.C. Governor Cooper Vetoed a Pay Raise for Teachers: It Was a Sham! 2019-11-14 [Diane Ravitch]

UAW ratifies deal with Mack; local agreement rejected 2019-11-05 [Herald Mail Media]

Here are the ‘oppressive’ working conditions at the farms that supply Whole Foods, report shows 2019-10-11 [MarketWatch]

Duke graduate students may lose right to unionize with new NLRB ruling 2019-10-11 [Chronicle]

‘Not me. Us.’: Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders calls for action at Rock Hill rally 2019-09-22 [WBTV]

Low-wage workers gather to build power across sectors in the South 2019-09-20 [Facing South]

Low-wage workers to discuss strategies at summit in NC 2019-09-15 [SFGate]

 VIDEO AT&T workers in WNC among thousands nationwide on picket lines For more info 2019-08-28 [WLOS]

A ‘Liberal Sweatshop’ Is Quashing Its Workers’ Efforts To Unionize 2019-08-26 [Huff Post]

Marker to commemorate sanitation strike 2019-08-26 [Rocky Mount Telegram]

Exploited foreign restaurant workers slept on cardboard between shifts, NC suit says 2019-08-20 [Charlotte Observer]

Mega-Corporation Threatens Legal Action Against 3 North Carolina Teachers 2019-07-21 [Diane Ravitch]

Union: AT&T workers in NC, southeast planning to strike if no new contract 2019-07-21 [WRAL]

Fatal lion attack nets 3 'serious' violations for center 2019-06-29 [Albany Times Union]

New Report Shows A Quarter of STEM workers in Mecklenburg County Are Immigrants: Immigrants were responsible for nearly 30 percent of the population growth in Charlotte between 2012 and 2017 2019-06-22 [New Am Economy]

Jobless workers need an Unemployment Insurance System that works 2019-06-19 [NC Justice Ctr]

Walmart to lay off nearly 600 finance workers 2019-06-19 [Retail Dive]

NLRB officer recommends overruling university objection to new union 2019-05-16 [Elon News]

Workers mourned as NC on-the-job deaths rise 2019-04-26 [WRAL]

Lawmakers, unions seek public-sector collective bargaining 2019-04-26 [Laurinburg Exchange]

Some North Carolina Schools Cancel May 1 Classes as Teachers Set to Protest 2019-04-22 [Epoch Times]

Feds: Apex restaurant shorted workers $53,000 2019-04-19 [WRAL]

Trump’s overtime proposal leaves behind almost 300,000 North Carolina workers 2019-03-28 [Progressive Pulse]

Federal workers protest ‘absurd‘ government shutdown at RDU 2019-03-27 [Milbank Monitor]

Campus Voice: Supporting the Elon Faculty Union: In words and actions 2019-03-03 [Elon News]

Uber to pay $1.3M to settle its oldest nationwide misclassification suit 2019-01-10 [HRDive]

NC restaurant fined over wage, child labor laws 2019-01-09 [Albany Times Union]

Uber to pay $1.3m in misclassification case 2019-01-05 [SIA]

At Elon University, some professors move to unionize 2018-11-30 [News & Record]

Uber drivers propose $1.3 mln deal in nationwide misclassification case 2018-10-17 [Reuters]

“…this was a racist law and violation of workers’ rights and constitutional rights.” 2018-10-15 [Hack the Union]

NC abuses labor law with legislative process to weaken labor rights 2018-10-02 [Toledo Blade]

Judge blocks law that stops farmworker union activities 2018-09-21 [WRAL]

After Florence, uncertainty haunts migrant workers 2018-09-18 [Reuters]

Workers Unite, 1943 2018-08-28 [Our State]

Union organizing effort begins at HAECO Cabin Solutions facilities in Triad 2018-08-24 [Winston-Salem Jrnl]

North Carolina acts deep blue with state worker minimum wage 2018-08-21 [Herald Whig]

North Carolina teachers strike was the result of years of grassroots organizing. And they're not done yet 2018-08-13 [Jacobin]

I support labor unions, because collective bargaining makes us stronger 2018-08-11 [News&Observer]

Tobacco farmworkers fired for speaking out - support the online campaign 2018-07-06 [FLOC]

*Hog Wild* recounts bitter 15-year unionization battle at Smithfield pork plant in NC 2018-06-23 [News&Observer]

New effort to strengthen the bargaining power of NC employee unions 2018-06-15 [ABC]

This month in labour history

1-02-1864 The Collar Laundry Union was formed in New York, the first women's union in US history, led by Kate Mullany. Over the next few years the women increase their wages from $2 to $14 a week. [more]

4-02-1924 IWW members took on the Ku Klux Klan, patrolling the streets of Greenville, Maine, after the KKK tried to threaten IWW union organisers: “We are going to stick, and if the Klan wants to start something, the IWW are going to finish it” [more]

4-02-1869 IWW and SPUSA leader Big Bill Haywood is born in Salt Lake City, Utah. [more]

4-02-1919 The General Strike Committee meets in Seattle, and makes preparations for an all-out labour stoppage [more]

5-02-1913 17-year-old Ida Braiman is shot dead by a contractor during the garment workers' strike in Rochester, NY. [more]

6-02-1919 A total of 60,000 of Seattle's population of 315,000 join the general strike on its first day [more]

8-02-1919 Workers in Butte, Montana responded to a dollar per day wage cut by launching a general strike. To prevent disunity, workers formed a Workers and Soldiers Council to conduct the strike. [more]

11-02-1937 The 6 week-long sit-down strike at General Motors in Flint Michigan ends as GM agrees to recognize the UAW. [more]

12-02-1968 The Memphis sanitation strike by African-American workers began in protest against mistreatment, discrimination, dangerous working conditions, and the recent deaths of two workers. They held out until April and won. [more]

12-02-1968 Sanitation workers in Memphis begin a strike for recognition. During this strike Martin Luther King Jr is murdered [more]

13-02-1913 82-year-old labour activist Mother Jones was arrested in West Virginia for supporting a coal miners strike. Convicted in a military court she was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Pardoned after serving 85 days. [more]

14-02-1818 Frederick Douglass is born into slavery in Maryland. He will go on to become a titanic figure in the struggle against slavery, and in favour of universal suffrage and women's rights. [more]

14-02-1936 Goodyear workers in Ohio strike. They defy union orders to leave the plant & resist 150 sheriff's deputies. Threatening a general strike if a vigilante army was used, they won after a month. [more]

15-02-1913 A strike of rubber workers in #Akron organised by @_IWW union grew to 3,500 strikers. Earlier that month 300 workers at Firestone walked out and were eventually joined by 20K others but police violence & repression forced them to end it. [more]

18-02-1935 Tens of thousands of New Yorkers were stranded by a wildcat strike of elevator operators in the city. [more]

19-02-1986 The Farm Labourers Organizing Committee wins recognition at Campbell's Soup farms after years of struggle [more]

19-02-1866 The first union in Mississippi was created by African-American washerwomen. [more]

20-02-1919 The Elaine massacre took place in Arkansas. After black farm workers tried to organise for better pay, hundreds of African-Americans were murdered and tortured by white racists and security forces [more]

23-02-1910 Workers at the soon to be infamous Triangle Shirtwaist factory decided to end their five month long strike. They had won higher wages and reduced hours but failed to get union recognition. [more]

24-02-1944 320 men, mostly African-Americans were killed in explosion at the Port Chicago naval base. 50 African-American servicemen who then protested against unsafe conditions were court-martialed and sentenced to 8-15 years hard labour. [more]

24-02-1939 US Supreme Court ruled sitdown strikes illegal. [more]

27-02-1881 African-American laundresses in Atlanta, Georgia, went on strike and were successful in raising wages and establishing a union. [more]

27-02-1939 Supreme Court rules that sit-down strikes violate property owners' rights and are therefore illegal. [more]