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South Carolina again has lowest percentage of workers joining labor unions 2020-01-25 [Post and Courier]

Boeing 737 Max crashes put spotlight on manufacturing practices 2019-12-23 [Post and Courier]

Trump NLRB finds unit at Boeing plant 'not appropriate' for union election 2019-09-22 [Palmetto Biz Daily]

Federal labor board overturns Boeing SC union bid 2019-09-10 [Post and Courier]

Union workers protest AT&T during contract negotiations 2019-08-27 [WSPA]

Fired Boeing South Carolina union workers' discrimination cases headed to court 2019-08-20 [ABC]

Union wins first step against Boeing over fired workers 2019-08-20 [660 City News]

‘This Fight Against McDonald’s is For the American Dream’: Dem Candidates Join Striking Charleston McDonald’s Workers for Union Rights 2019-06-18 [Chronicle]

Congress Turns Up Heat on Boeing for Firing SC IAM Members 2019-05-24 [IAM]

Where does SC teacher labor movement go after 10,000 person march? 2019-05-05 [Post and Courier]

'It's because we were union members': Boeing fires workers who organized 2019-05-03 [The Guardian]

All Out SC teacher protest: 10,000 in 'largest gathering of teachers in history of SC' 2019-05-02 [Greenville News]

South Carolina teachers flex their activist muscles after decades of labor losses 2019-04-29 [Post & Courier]

Boeing’s switch to ‘smart machine’ inspectors draws heat from union 2019-04-21 [Post and Courier]

Poor People’s Campaign leaders honor striking Charleston hospital workers of 1969 2019-03-24 [Post and Courier]

Union has ‘serious concerns’ about ex-SC Gov. Nikki Haley joining Boeing’s board 2019-03-04 [Post and Courier]

Record financial performance gives Boeing’s SC non-union workers a big payout 2019-02-15 [Post and Courier]

IAM alleges improper firings, creating of hostile work environment at Boeing in North Charleston, SC 2018-12-24 [FitsNews]

Machinists say Boeing fired workers over union membership 2018-12-23 [The State]

Bernie Sanders calls out Boeing for firing pro-union North Charleston workers 2018-12-23 [Charleston City Paper]

Bernie Sanders accuses Boeing of harassing, firing North Charleston workers 2018-12-20 [Post and Courier]

More legal Mexican farm workers are coming to SC than ever. But few are protecting them 2018-10-19 [Post and Courier]

Labor union claims improper surveillance of Boeing workers in North Charleston 2018-10-17 [Post and Courier]

Underpaid SC workers want cut of $177M surplus. GOP Governor snubbed after saying no 2018-10-16 [The State]

Lawmakers from both coasts battling over Boeing’s North Charleston union vote 2018-10-02 [Post and Courier]

Gov’t workers ask SC to reconsider decision on taxing bonuses, allowances 2018-08-22 [Inquirer]

SC TV maker laying off most workers, blaming Trump tariffs 2018-08-09 [Chicago Tribune]

Letter: Boeing workers used their right to vote 2018-08-03 [Post and Courier]

Boeing asks for review of North Charleston union vote, setting up potential landmark ruling 2018-06-29 [Post and Courier]

Boeing won't recognize union win at North Charleston site as it appeals vote 2018-06-19 [Post and Courier]

Boeing South Carolina mechanics vote to join Machinists Union 2018-06-04 [IndustriALL]

Union presence could benefit all workers at Boeing North Charleston campus, experts say 2018-06-03 [Post and Courier]

Labor scores rare win, Boeing worker unit unionizes in South Carolina 2018-06-02 [Chicago Sun-Times]

Flight line workers at SC Boeing plant vote to unionize to company's *disappointment* 2018-06-01 [The State]

Boeing Workers At South Carolina Plant Vote To Unionize! 2018-06-01 [NEPR]

NLRB GOPers May Decide Fate of Boeing Union 2018-06-01 [BNA]

Workers to vote on micro union at Boeing South Carolina plant 2018-05-31 [Reuters]

Boeing Election Tests Labor’s Clout in the South 2018-05-30 [BNA]

Boeing technicians in South Carolina to vote on unionization 2018-05-22 [Reuters]

SC teachers, state workers rally to launch competitive pay campaign 2018-05-20 [WYFF]

SC public school teachers, state workers demand better pay at State House rally 2018-05-20 [The State]

Machinists launch another union drive at Boeing 2018-03-07 [The Times]

Boeing vows to fight new petition for union at South Carolina plant 2018-03-06 [Xinhuanet]

Port Of Charleston Drivers Vote To Join Teamsters Local 509 2017-12-16 [Teamsters]

Workers at One of America's Most Sensitive Nuclear Facilities Are on Strike 2017-09-14 [Vice]

Workers at One of America's Most Sensitive Nuclear Facilities Are on Strike 2017-09-13 [Vice]

Lawsuits seek more pay for fired V.C. Summer workers, saying they deserved more notice before layoffs 2017-08-27 [Post and Courier]

 VIDEO SC county admin resigns after telling EMS workers they can kill themselves if they did not like their jobs 2017-08-15 [NBC]

 VIDEO Admin who told EMS workers they can kill themselves if they didn't like job will resign 2017-08-15 [CBS]

Richland County administrator resigns after telling EMS workers to kill themselves if unhappy For more info 2017-08-15 [CBS]

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]