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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]

Labor Day surprise: Union membership grows by 81,000 in pro-business Texas 2018-09-05 [Dallas News]

Labor Day surprise: Union membership grows by 81,000 in pro-business Texas 2018-09-01 [Dallas News]

Texas Millennials Move the Needle 2018-08-21 [Dissent]

Union to meet with Smith’s over worker’s pay 2018-07-28 [The Monitor]

Don't Mess with Working People in Texas: Worker Wins 2018-07-04 [AFL-CIO]

Report details workers plights 2018-06-23 [Monitor]

AT&T Layoff Suit By CWA Nixed By Arbitration Clause 2018-06-13 [Law360]

4.3 million Texan workers don’t get paid sick leave, report finds 2018-06-06 [Chron]

This month in labour history

1-12-1946 130,000 Oakland, USA workers go on general strike. [more]

1-12-1955 Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a bus, sparking the Montgomery bus boycott. [more]

4-12-1970 Cesar Chavez sentenced to 20 days in jail for not calling off United Farm Workers boycott of lettuce grower Bud Antle Inc. [more]

5-12-1955 The two main union federations in the USA merge to form the AFL-CIO, electing George Meany as president, [more]

6-12-1907 The worst mining disaster in American history occurs when an explosion in a Monongah mine in West Virginia kills 361 miners. [more]

7-12-1896 In Chicago, 11 activists found the National Union of Steam Engineers of America; the forerunner of International Union of Operating Engineers. [more]

8-12-1916 Bernice Fisher born. US civil rights activist, union organizer, original founder of Congress of Racial Equality. [more]

8-12-2001 230 jailed teachers in Middletown Township, NJ, ordered freed after agreement to end 9day strike & enter mediation. [more]

8-12-1886 The American Federation of Labor (AFL) is founded by 26 craft unions. Samuel Gompers is elected president. [more]

13-12-1924 Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor, dies. [more]

14-12-1995 Boeing machinists in the US win a pay rise and an imporved health plan after a 69 day strike. [more]

14-12-1852 American Socialist Daniel De Leon born. Trade union organiser, journalist and Marxist theoretician who died in 1914. [more]

19-12-1907 A group of 239 coal miners die during a mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania. [more]

19-12-1983 Greyhound bus strike ends when members of Amalgamated Transit Union ratify a contract that slashes wages & benefits by 15% [more]

21-12-1919 Emma Goldman is deported to Russia as part of a post-war crackdown on union and left-wing activists. [more]

21-12-1916 Emma Tenayuca, Mexican-American labour leader, is born. [more]

23-12-1908 AFL officers are found in contempt of court for urging a labor boycott of Buck's Stove and Range Co. in St Louis. [more]

24-12-1913 Seventy three striking miners and their families die in a stampede at the Italian Hall in Calumet, Michigan, after an unknown man enters shouting 'Fire!' [more]

24-12-1913 The Italian Hall Disaster in Calumet, Michigan, results in the death of 73 Christmas party goers held by striking miners. [more]

25-12-1904 Philip Vera Cruz, labour leader & activist in Asian American civil rights movement, is born. Co-founder of United Farm Workers' Union. [more]

25-12-1910 Bomb destroys part of the Llewellyn Ironworks in Los Angeles where a bitter strike is ongoing. [more]

26-12-1877 First national convention of the Socialist Labor Party, the first Marxist party founded in the USA. [more]

27-12-1943 President Roosevelt seizes railroads to avoid a national strike. [more]

29-12-2006 More than 15,000 United Steel Workers members at 16 Goodyear Tire & Rubber plants end an 86-day strike, ratify three-year contract. [more]

30-12-1936 The United Auto Workers union stages its first sit-down strike. [more]

30-12-1936 The most famous of the Depression-era "sit down" strikes in the US begins at GM's Fisher Body plant in Flint, Michigan. [more]

30-12-1899 In the back room of Behrens’ cigar shop in Sedalia, Missiouri, US, 33 railroad clerks form Local Lodge Number 1 of the Order of the Railroad Clerks of America. [more]

31-12-1969 Murder of Joseph Yablonski, United Mine Workers labor leader, by killers hired by a union political opponent. [more]

31-12-1969 Rank-and-file UMWA activist Jock Yablonski is murdered along with his family by hitmen acting on the orders of union president. [more]