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Nissan to offer severance packages to older US workers 2020-01-29 [ABC]

Some sanitation workers threaten unauthorized strike 2020-01-23 [FOX]

Rudd announces starting wage increase for University of Memphis campus workers 2020-01-14 [Memphis Commercial Appeal]

Duke Energy Beats Suit Over Union Workers' Lost Sick Time 2019-11-28 [Law360]

One of the last original striking sanitation workers of 1968, Baxter Leach, has died 2019-09-02 [Commercial Appeal]

 VIDEO AT&T Southeast workers strike over unfair labor practices 2019-08-27 [NewsChannel5]

Middle Tennessee restaurants pay damages for wage, child labor law violations 2019-08-08 [Fox 17]

BUILDING BRIDGES: Labor is Raising the Roof in Nashville; Wayfair Workers Strike for Immigrants For more info 2019-07-30 [WBAI Radio]

Why the UAW Lost Again in Chattanooga: VW Unionbusting Campaign 2019-06-18 [TruthOut]

UAW loses election at VW Chattanooga by 29 votes 2019-06-18 [IndustriALL Global]

UAW loses election at VW Chattanooga by 29 votes 2019-06-18 [IndustriALL]

VW union vote: Chattanooga workers decide against joining UAW 2019-06-15 [Tennesseean]

Tennessee Volkswagen workers reject unionization 2019-06-15 [Deutsche Welle]

Volkswagen factory workers in the US reject union 2019-06-15 [CNN]

VW Tennessee workers vote against union representation 2019-06-15 [Reuters]

Why the UAW Lost Again in Chattanooga 2019-06-15 [Labor Notes]

Volkswagen Factory Workers in Tennessee Reject Union 2019-06-15 [NY Times]

Workers at Volkswagen Plant in Tennessee Vote Against Union 2019-06-15 [WSJ]

Volkswagen Declares War against Works Council and German Union 2019-06-13 [Labour Notes]

Volkswagen Declares War against Works Council and German Union 2019-06-12 [Labor Notes]

On Eve of Union Vote, Chattanooga VW Workers Describe Rampant Workplace Injuries 2019-06-12 [Labour Notes]

VW Threatening to Close Chattanooga Plant if UAW Wins – Facebook Helping to Bust Union – Tenn Gov Could Drop a Bomb For more info 2019-06-10 [Payday Report]

Hamilton County legislators -- naturally! --say UAW jeopardizes Volkswagen Chattanooga's future growth as union discounts worries state incentives will be harder to come by 2019-06-08 [Times Free Press]

GOP officials rehash old fight against Volkswagen union vote in Chattanooga 2019-06-08 [ABC]

Volkswagen Union Tensions Trigger Battle of the Airwaves 2019-06-06 [Bloomberg]

As VW Election Nears, CEO Stokes Fears over Plant Closing from 1988 2019-06-02 [Labor Notes]

Univ Memphis pay raise not enough to help living wages for employees, union says 2019-06-02 [FOX]

Volkswagen Chattanooga union vote set for June 2019-05-30 [ABC]

Union vote next month at Volkswagen Tennessee plant 2019-05-30 [Star Tribune]

How Volkswagen Has Gotten Away With Union-Busting 2019-05-25 [Labor Notes]

A Tumultuous Week for Chattanooga Volkswagen Workers 2019-05-25 [Labor Notes]

A Tumultuous Week for Chattanooga Volkswagen Workers 2019-05-24 [Labor Notes]

Trump NLRB Cancels UAW Vote at Volkswagen in Chattanooga 2019-05-23 [Payday Report]

UAW trying to organize Volkswagen Chattanooga plant amid battle for new union election 2019-05-18 [Times Free Press]

Action filed that could clear the way for UAW vote at Volkswagen 2019-05-11 [WRCB]

Trump NLRB Places Hold on Union Election at VW as UAW Cries Foul 2019-05-04 [Payday Report]

Trump NLRB grants VW request to hold Chattanooga unionization 2019-05-04 [Commercial Appeal]

TN governor and Volkswagen give middle finger to workers 2019-05-04 [Facing South]

Trump Labor Board Postpones VW Vote while Company Manufactures Climate of Fear 2019-05-04 [Labor Notes]

Anti-union campaign gears up at VW including Gov Lee captive audience visit 2019-05-01 [WDEF]

UAW Accuses Tenn. Gov of Hypocrisy in Anti-Union Remarks at VW Plant 2019-05-01 [Payday Report]

Governor leads anti-union captive audience meeting at V 2019-04-30 [Labor Notes]

Governor Leads Anti-Union Captive Audience Meeting at VW 2019-04-30 [Labour Notes]

Volkswagen Launches “Passive-Aggressive” Anti-Union Campaign As Dark Money Floods into Chattanooga For more info 2019-04-24 [Payday Report]

Punching In: Volkswagen Looks to Pump Brakes on Union Vote 2019-04-22 [Bloomberg]

Volkswagen Abandons Union Neutrality with Anti-UAW Letter 2019-04-19 [Labour Notes]

Trump NLRB postpones VW union vote decision at least 7 days 2019-04-18 [WDEF]

International Chemical Workers Union Council seeks to organize Eastman workers 2019-04-12 [Kingsport Times]

Presidential Candidates Should Debate Union Rights in Chattanooga 2019-04-12 [The Nation]

Third Time’s the Charm? UAW Announces New Election at Volkswagen 2019-04-12 [Labor Notes]

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]