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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]

With unanimous vote, food workers serving Phila. International Airport plan to strike 2019-06-18 [Phila Biz Jrnl]

Union Members Approve First, Four-Year Contract with Wabtec 2019-06-13 [Erie News Now]

Unions Vote This Week on Tentative Four Year Wabtec Contract 2019-06-10 [Erie News Now]

USW members authorize strike against Alcoa 2019-06-04 [Pittsburgh Biz Times]

Anti-union groups are targeting home-care workers nationally, but labor in Pa. has already scored a win 2019-06-04 [The Inquirer]

Wabtec union workers hold two-hour informational picket 2019-05-30 [Your Erie]

Wabtec and union leaders at deadlock with contract deadline looming 2019-05-29 [Your Erie]

Bernie Sanders’ campaign is rallying support for upcoming UPMC strike 2019-05-27 [Pittsburgh City Ppr]

Union workers protest at Wabtec shareholders meeting 2019-05-18 [Pittsburgh Biz Times]

Misclassification class action moves forward against Wonder Bread manufacturer 2019-05-11 [Landline Mag]

State House panel considers workers comp 2019-05-07 [Altoona Mirror]

Prisons providing help for employers desperate for workers 2019-05-05 [Penn Live]

Desperate for Workers, Employers Look Behind Bars 2019-05-05 [AP]

Desperate for workers, employers look behind bars 2019-05-04 [Lexington Herald-Leader]

Union seeking to organize Pitt faculty appeals denial of petition for election 2019-04-26 [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

As Supreme Court decides to hear LGBT discrimination cases, which workers are protected in Pa.? 2019-04-22 [Philadelphia Daily News]

No hearing for Pitt faculty union, organizers plan appeal 2019-04-20 [Pitt News]

Organized Labor: A Forece For Good in the Community 2019-04-14 [Citizen's Voice]

Bernie Sanders to speak at nurses convention 2019-04-12 [Citizen's Voice]

W-B, city workers union agree to contract 2019-04-12 [The Citizens' Voice]

Talks continue between Wabtec, union workers in Erie 2019-04-06 [Go Erie]

$3.56M Settlement Ends Cabot Misclassification Suit 2019-04-03 [Law360]

Pa. court shoots down 2 bids to oust AFSCME as exclusive union for state workers 2019-04-02 [Penn Live]

AFSCME DC 47 VP running for at-large Philadelphia Council seat 2019-03-24 [Phila Trib]

Board rules Univ of Pittsburgh grad assistants can hold union vote 2019-03-08 [The State]

Strike over: Wabtec, Erie locomotive workers reach 90-day deal 2019-03-08 [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

This month in labour history

1-08-1917 Frank H. Little, anti-war activist & IWW organiser is lynched in Butte, Montana. He was on IWW's Exec Board when he was killed. [more]

1-08-1942 American Federation of Musicians strikes against recording companies over royalty payments, most settling within a year. [more]

3-08-1821 Uriah Smith Stephens born. A tailor, he led 9 garment workers in founding the Knights of Labor in 1869. [more]

3-08-1981 The PATCO strike begins, effectively shutting down air travel in the US. 2 days later President Reagan fired 11,000 air traffic controllers and broke the union. [more]

4-08-1997 185,000 members of the Teamsters begin a successful 15-day strike at UPS. [more]

5-08-1981 President Reagan sacks 11000 federal air traffic controllers for striking and refusing his order to return to work. [more]

7-08-1894 Eugene Debs & three union leaders arrested following the Pullman strike. [more]

7-08-1919 Actors Equity becomes a recognised union after stagehands honour actors' picket lines. [more]

7-08-1890 Birth of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, IWW organiser and founder of the ACLU. [more]

8-08-1881 United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America forms & becomes one of the largest trade unions in the US. [more]

9-08-1890 Knights of Labor strike on the New York Central railroad; ends in defeat due to scab labour. [more]

10-08-1935 Transport workers in New York descend on a courthouse with money from their own pockets to bail out Mike Quill, their president, arrested after attending a picket line. [more]

11-08-1828 Workingmen’s Party, first US labour party, forms in Philadelphia. [more]

11-08-1894 Troops force 1200 jobless workers out of Washington, DC, including Jack London & Big Bill Haywood. [more]

17-08-1918 95 members of the IWW were jailed for resistance to the First World War. [more]

18-08-1927 Radio station WEVD - named for IWW labour leader Eugene V Debs – goes on the air in New York City. [more]

19-08-1909 IWW issues first edition of the “Little Red Song Book”. [more]

21-08-1831 Nat Turner's slave rebellion begins, Southampton County, Virginia, 56 slaves executed, 120 killed. [more]

23-08-1970 Led by César Chávez, the Salad Bowl strike, largest farm worker strike in US history, begins. [more]

25-08-1925 The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, led by A. Phillip Randolph, is founded. [more]

25-08-1950 President Truman ordered the federal government to seize control of the railroads in order to prevent a planned strike by 1.7m union members. [more]

26-08-1935 United Auto Workers union founded. [more]

28-08-1987 John Sayles's film “Matewan” about attempts to organise a union by coal miners is released. [more]

29-08-1921 West Virginia miners marching to free their imprisoned comrades face state forces and private detectives in the five-day "Battle of Blair Mountain." [more]

31-08-1939 Mexican-American women workers walkout at California Sanitary Canning Company, winning a union contract and wage increase. [more]

31-08-1933 Italian-American labour organizer Giovanni Pippan murdered during organizing campaign of bread wagon drivers in Chicago. [more]

31-08-1999 Detroit teachers start 9-day wildcat strike, winning "books, supplies, smaller class sizes" & 4% raise. [more]