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Union Protests Outside Cuellar's San Antonio Office Over His Vote Against Pro-Labor Bill 2020-02-14 [San Antonio Current]

Texas union membership falls to lowest rate on record 2020-02-10 [Chron]

Exxon Baytown refinery union workers reject contract offer 2020-02-03 [Yahoo!]

Exxon Baytown refinery union workers reject contract offer: sources 2020-02-03 [Reuters]

As strike against Asarco enters fourth month, workers remain determined 2020-01-29 [Sentinel]

ASARCO union: 'Not discouraged' after 100 days of striking 2020-01-24 [ABC]

Houston Restaurants Turn To Immigrants Amidst Worker Shortage 2020-01-14 [Houston Public Media]

103 Years Later: Emma Tenayuca's Push For Labor Rights Still Resonates In San Antonio 2019-12-22 [TX Pub Radio]

The American Federation of Government Employees Sends Open Letter to Senator John Cornyn 2019-11-30 [Commerce Gazette]

Minimum wage workers win big union victory in anti-union Texas 2019-10-22 [Raw Story]

Houston Mayor Turner issues order boosting Houston airport worker wages to $12 an hour 2019-10-10 [Houston Chronicle]

Nurses at El Paso’s Hospitals of Providence East Campus declare victory in organizing campaign 2019-10-04 [National Nurses Union]

What the UAW strike looks like from deep in the heart of anti-union Texas 2019-09-25 [TX Observer]

American Airlines demands mechanics unionpay for 'enormous' financial losses from flight delays, cancellations 2019-08-14 [Dallas News]

Medical workers ask El Paso hospital not to host Trump 2019-08-08 [The Hill]

Texas AFL-CIO on El Paso Shootings, White Supremacy 2019-08-05 [Workday MN]

100 union catering workers are planning to get arrested while protesting American Airlines 2019-08-03 [The News]

A rule requiring paid sick leave for workers takes effect Thursday in Dallas. Activists are watching 2019-08-02 [TX Tribune]

Efforts continue to create labor union at the Port of Brownsville 2019-07-19 [KVEO]

Rental Market Leaves Many Minimum Wage Workers Without Affordable Options 2019-07-18 [KERA]

Houston airport worker directly urges Houston City Council to support $15 and a union 2019-07-05 [SEIU]

NNU nurses condemn abusive and unhealthful conditions for migrant children in federal custody 2019-06-28 [National Nurses United]

Firefighters stricken with cancer struggle for workers' comp; new law may help 2019-06-07 [ABC]

Lockout continues at Dow Texas chemical plant 2019-05-22 [IndustriALL]

Paid sick leave ordinances stand in Texas, as bill to outlaw them crumbles 2019-05-21 [San Antonio Express-News]

American Airlines asks court to block disruptive 'slowdown' by mechanics unions 2019-05-21 [Reuters]

 VIDEO Challenge To Hoffa's Support For Trump's Tariffs And Trade War With IBT VP John Palmer For more info 2019-05-19 [LVP]

United Airlines to lay off 100 workers in Houston, outsource jobs 2019-05-18 [Chicago Tribune]

IndustriALL condemns DowDuPont lockout of USW in Texas 2019-05-02 [IndustriALL]

USW Blasts Dow Chemical Co. for Locking Out Texas Workers 2019-04-23 [United Steelworkers]

Dow locks union workers out of Houston-area plant 2019-04-23 [KFGO]

Labor groups to Fort Worth schools: ‘We don’t want any outsourced workers’ 2019-04-23 [Star-Telegram]

The Real Cost of Cheap Groceries 2019-02-08 [Fortune]

Union says time running out for new refinery contract: sources 2019-01-30 [Reuters]

Labor union hosted food drive to help federal workers get back on their feet after the shutdown 2019-01-29 [Daily Texan]

Texas AFL-CIO Citizenship Clinic: The clinic shines a light on the path to citizenship 2019-01-27 [KIIITV]

Union says Shell dragging feet in refinery contract talks 2019-01-26 [Reuters]

TX unions, emboldened by GOP setbacks in midterms, press aggressive agenda 2019-01-18 [Dallas News]

Forbes: Choice Zealots Upset by L.A. Teachers Strike, Plan Texas as Their Next Target for Privatization 2019-01-18 [Diane Ravitch]

Teachers Find Success In Advocacy: Without ability to strike, TX educators must become creative 2018-12-27 [San Marcos Daily Record]

Health Care In Texas Is A Nightmare For Women Restaurant Workers 2018-12-23 [HuffPost]

Workers, parks, NASA to bear brunt of shutdown 2018-12-23 [Houston Chronicle]

Union rallies outside LyondellBasell refinery in Houston over labor talks 2018-12-07 [Reuters]

Sick Leave: A Wage by Any Other Name? Texas 3rd Court of Appeals strikes down Austin’s ordinance 2018-11-22 [Austin Chronicle]

Labor lawsuit says trailer company targeted in massive ICE raid stiffed workers on overtime 2018-11-18 [Dallas News]

Austin Paid Sick Leave Law Axed By Texas Appeals Court 2018-11-17 [Law360]

UPS Vote No Activists Take Over Big Dallas Local 2018-11-15 [Labour Notes]

Documentary Uncovers The Lost History Of Farmworker Activist Maria Moreno 2018-10-26 [TX Standard]

Houston firefighters take battle over pay to voters 2018-10-14 [WETM]

A year after Hurricane Harvey, some cleanup workers are still unpaid 2018-09-19 [The Guardian]

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]