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Construction unions have led the way on safe reopening during the pandemic 2020-05-19 [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Pa.’s largest nurses’ union accuses hospitals of misinforming state officials about PPE 2020-05-15 [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

How workers at a South Philly nursing home managed to get raises and hazard pay 2020-05-14 [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Philly’s essential workers are risking their lives for low pay: ‘I can’t not go to work’ 2020-05-11 [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Philadelphia Union deliver KN95 masks to 4 hospitals as part of Fight for Philly campaign 2020-05-08 [KYW]

Pa. leads nation in virus-stricken meat plant workers, CDC says 2020-05-03 [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Acts of Kindness: Laborers’ Local Union 413 deliver PPE and lunches to front line workers 2020-04-28 [DE Cty Times]

SEPTA avoids work stoppage after union presses safety demands 2020-04-23 [Philly Voice]

Philly Workers Organizing During COVID-19 2020-04-16 [Hack the Union]

SEIU nurses says distant corporate owner of Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton was unprepared for COVID, putting chemo patients, babies at risk 2020-04-11 [Washington Post]

Union: 164 workers test positive for COVID-19 at Cargill Meat Solutions 2020-04-11 [PA Homepage]

Union: York County 911 dispatchers forced to work five 12-hour shifts per week— plus overtime 2020-04-08 [York Dispatch]

PA AFL-CIO Kicks Off Convention on Zoom 2020-04-07 [PA AFL-CIO]

Essential Union Workers Demand Better COVID-19 Protections 2020-04-05 [Your Erie]

Pa. to stop paying 9,000 state employees amid coronavirus fallout 2020-04-04 [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Black Garbage Workers Go on Wildcat Strike in Pittsburgh as General Strike Wave Spreads 2020-03-26 [Payday Report]

Union Grocery Workers and Retail Workers to Get Increased Wages 2020-03-22 [Erie News Now]

Union: Hundreds of Philadelphia airport layoffs amid virus 2020-03-20 [Yahoo!]

Hundreds of PHL Airport workers are being laid off amid coronavirus outbreak 2020-03-19 [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Union authorizes strike at Farrell steel plant 2020-03-07 [WKBN]

United Steelworkers agree to continue working under expired ATI contract 2020-03-03 [Trib Live]

We're Out. Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Moves Union Convention From Philadelphia to Pittsburgh Over Labor Dispute 2020-03-03 [Daily American]

APSCUF approves coaches contract 2020-02-09 [Indiana Gazette]

Painters union launches national boycott of PPG in Pittsburgh 2020-02-04 [WITF]

Union Workers Call for Boycott of PPG Paints 2020-01-31 [KDKA]

Appeals Court Blocks Adjunct Union 2020-01-30 [Inside Higher Ed]

Minimum wage increase would benefit more than 2 million workers in Pennsylvania by 2025, researchers say 2020-01-29 [FOX]

What comes next for Philadelphia’s domestic workers? 2020-01-22 [WHYY]

Pitt is wasting its money on union battles 2020-01-15 [Pitt News]

What it means to workers when city steps up labor law enforcement | Editorial 2020-01-14 [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Must Rehire Workers Despite Appeal 2020-01-10 [Law360]

Scabs Hired for Striking Langeloth Factory Employees 2020-01-09 [Intelligencer]

Why these Philly teachers say the school district is afraid of them winning the union election 2020-01-07 [Phila. Inquirer]

Striking United Auto Workers Local 1311 workers replaced by permanent workers 2020-01-07 [WTOV]

Pittsburgh Paper Flouted Order To Rehire Drivers, Union Says 2020-01-07 [Law360]

In 2019, thousands of Pa. workers lost their jobs with little notice. Our lawmakers can fix that 2020-01-04 [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Newspaper Guild wins health care arbitration against Post-Gazette 2020-01-01 [Pittsburgh Biz Times]

New overtime rules should help 60k workers 2020-01-01 [Citizens' Voice]

61,000 workers soon eligible for overtime pay 2019-12-31 [Lehigh Valley Live]

USW 5114: Striking miners to vote again 2019-12-28 [CDA Press]

Erie Federal Credit Union offering assistance program to workers affected by Erie Coke closure 2019-12-26 [Your Erie]

USW Members Approve Contract Covering 9,400 WestRock Workers 2019-12-21 [USW]

Sanders rides the bus Downtown with UPMC worker to talk about health care 2019-12-15 [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Philly’s Einstein Medical Center spent $1.1 million on ‘union avoidance.’ It isn’t alone 2019-12-11 [Phila Inquirer]

Human Service Workers at Persad Center Vote to Join the USW 2019-12-07 [USW]

U.S. bankruptcy watchdog takes aim at Philly refiner’s executive bonus plan 2019-12-07 [CNBC]

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]

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]

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

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]

25-05-1805 A Philadelphia shoemakers' strike was broken when workers were arrested and accused of violating an English law proclaiming criminal any conspiracy to force a collective increase in wages. [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]

29-05-1946 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]

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