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These Philly baristas are taking on Starbucks. Does their fledgling worker movement stand a chance? 2019-12-02 [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Must Halt Layoff Plan and Arbitrate 2019-11-30 [Bloomberg]

Federal Judge blocks Post-Gazette’s plan to layoff 30 teamsters, cut 40 more to part time 2019-11-30 [Pittsburgh Current]

Union sues to halt sale of cement plant in Lehigh Valley 2019-11-16 [WFMZ]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Lays Off More Than 30 Workers: Union 2019-11-13 [Patch]

Union workers and tribal leaders protest Trump’s support of fracking 2019-10-25 [Environmental Health News]

What to watch for in the UAW-Mack Trucks labor dispute 2019-10-16 [Morning Call]

Who did Pitt U include on its list of union-eligible faculty? 2019-10-16 [Pitt News]

Mack Truck workers set to go on strike, begin picketing Sunday morning 2019-10-13 [Morning Call]

Local Volvo workers set to go on strike 2019-10-13 [Herald Mail Media]

Union protests goPuff with controversial inflatable; non-union workers say it unsafely hogs sidewalk 2019-10-11 [KYW]

Pitt files exception to proposed grad union ruling 2019-10-09 [Pitt News]

WHYY says it will not recognize the union. Now what? 2019-10-09 [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Google contract workers vote to join USW 2019-09-25 [Bloomberg]

UNI stands with Google contract workers as they vote for their union 2019-09-24 [UNI Global Union]

Democratic Candidates Fail to Impress Workers Who Are Dissatisfied With Trump 2019-09-20 [Intercept]

Penn continues to pay unlawful low wages, security guards and their union say 2019-09-18 [Daily Pennsylvanian]

Lehigh County: Striking Advance Auto Parts workers union fires back after court rules they can’t go near warehouse entrance 2019-09-13 [Morning Call]

Bankrupt Philadelphia refiner paid executives millions in bonuses just after fire: documents 2019-09-10 [KFGO]

Seeking better pay, benefits, treatment, hundreds of Advance Auto Parts workers at Lehigh Valley warehouse go on strike 2019-09-04 [Morning Call]

Advance Auto Parts warehouse workers go on strike over labor dispute 2019-09-04 [WFMZ]

‘Particularly dark’ Labor Day for Philadelphia’s unemployed union workers 2019-09-02 [WHYY]

Pittsburgh SEIU Union Workers Protest, Demand Better Wages, Benefits And Retirement Security 2019-08-31 [CBS]

Google Contractors Are Unionizing With a Steel Workers Union 2019-08-31 [Vice]

Union Workers at Trump Speech Had to Be There If They Wanted All Their Pay for the Week 2019-08-20 [People]

Workers at Shell’s Trump event had to attend or lose pay 2019-08-18 [Quartz]

Trump's large union crowd at Shell was given the option of not showing up — and not getting paid 2019-08-17 [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Calls for Action on Bruce Mansfield Power Plant as President Trump Visits Monaca 2019-08-13 [PA AFL-CIO]

Outside Philly HQ, union officials protest their ouster from EPA offices 2019-08-10 [WHYY]

Armstrong Flooring workers, supporters rally to end month-long lockout 2019-08-08 [Lancaster Online]

Coalition Of Walmart Workers Calling For Walkout Over Gun Sales 2019-08-08 [CBS]

Union wants Hahnemann rezoned so site remains dedicated to health care 2019-08-03 [Phila Biz Jrnl]

PES refinery is not planning severance or benefits for union workers: sources 2019-08-03 [Reuters]

How slow-to-act Philadelphia came to pass some of the most cutting-edge worker laws in the nation 2019-07-31 [Philadelphia Inquirer]

‘Someone will call you’: Hahnemann employees report obstacles in finding new work 2019-07-26 [WHYY]

Why 1,400 Philly security guards haven’t gotten a raise, despite a city law requiring it 2019-07-23 [Philadelphia Inquirer]

These workers will pay thousands more for a hospital stay because Hahnemann is closing 2019-07-23 [Morning Call]

PA Court: Pittsburgh has the authority to require employers to provide paid sick leave for workers 2019-07-19 [Albany Times Union]

Three years after strike, Just Born union workers have a deal — without their pension and without their vote 2019-07-18 [Morning Call]

Sanders Joins Union Leaders and Healthcare Workers In Protesting 'Corporate Greed'-Fueled Private Equity Sale of Philadelphia Hospital 2019-07-12 [Common Dreams]

Private Equity’s Latest Scheme: Closing Urban Hospitals and Selling Off the Real Estate 2019-07-11 [Am Prospect]

PA state workers union ratifies 4-year contract 2019-07-02 [ABC]

Philadelphia Energy Solutions was in turmoil over closure rumors. And then employees’ unused vacation days disappeared 2019-06-29 [Pa. Inquirer]

Meeting set to organize workers at Carnegie Library 2019-06-24 [Post-Gazette]

Philadelphia refinery blast puts new spotlight on toxic chemical 2019-06-22 [Reuters]

Housekeepers and nannies in Philadelphia may soon win basic legal rights 2019-06-22 [Vox]

Carnegie Library workers in Pittsburgh plan union organizing drive 2019-06-22 [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Trump NLRB ruling for UPMC upsets decades-old precedent, restricts workplace communications for union purposes 2019-06-21 [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

PLRB orders hearing on faculty union complaint 2019-06-19 [Pitt News]

2 Workers ‘Hanging On For Dear Life’ Rescued From Scaffolding Collapse In University City 2019-06-18 [CBS]

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]