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$15 minimum wage, paid sick days hang in balance as Democrats debate labor priorities 2020-02-18 [VA Mercury]

Virginia shows challenge of ending right-to-work in the anti-union South 2020-02-15 [Facing South]

Virginia Senate committee advances bill to allow local collective bargaining 2020-02-06 [Ctr Square]

Virginia is a great place for business, but not workers 2020-02-03 [NBC]

Paid family leave. A higher minimum wage. More union rights. Virginia Democrats are pushing worker-friendly laws 2020-01-31 [Daily Press]

Could Democratic General Assembly repeal Va.’s right-to-work laws? 2020-01-29 [VA Biz]

Bernie Sanders Weighs In On The End Of The Cinder Bed Road Bus Strike 2020-01-25 [WAMU]

As Strike Ends, Northern Virginia Bus Workers Get Shoutout From Bernie Sanders 2020-01-25 [DCist]

Virginia Workers Rally For $15 Minimum Wage 2020-01-22 [VPM]

Fairfax County looks at increasing paid leave for employees 2020-01-04 [Fairfax Cty Times]

Sysco Warehouse Workers In Virginia Choose Teamsters Local 822 2019-12-21 [Teamsters]

Virginia Will Focus On Misclassification Of Workers As Independent Contractors 2019-12-21 [Lexology]

Union accuses Amazon contractors of wage-related violations in Virginia 2019-12-21 [Construction Dive]

Metro, largest union approve 4-year contract 2019-12-21 [WTOP]

Metro Agrees To 4-Year Deal With Union Workers That Could End Privatization Efforts 2019-12-11 [WAMU]

Fairfax Connector workers go on strike Thursday 2019-12-09 [Wash Post]

A strike in Virginia will determine the future of the area’s public transit 2019-12-09 [Wash Post]

Virginia AFL-CIO Shares “Great” Letter to the Editor Blasting Gov. Northam for “Shameful” Opposition to Repealing Anti-Union, Anti-Worker “Right-to-Work” Laws 2019-12-07 [Blue Virginia]

Northern Va. Metrobus drivers go on strike; bus lines affected 2019-10-25 [WTOP]

Catholic Labor Network helps Church, unions work together for justice 2019-08-30 [Arlington Catholic Herald]

Workers left in the lurch after 2 Zaxby's fast-food restaurants in Roanoke Valley close abruptly 2019-08-04 [Roanoke Times]

Alexandria VA Bus Drivers Stand Up to Retaliation and Win First Contract 2019-08-02 [Labor Notes]

OmniRide announces reduced services over labor dispute with drivers 2019-08-01 [InsideNova]

Warner introduces bill to protect credit reports of federal workers 2019-02-17 [CBS19news.com]

Trump Winery Applies To Labor Department To Hire 23 Foreign Workers 2019-01-29 [Huff Post]

Why Teachers May Strike in VA 2019-01-29 [Diane Ravitch]

Virginia teachers plan a one-day strike to highlight low pay, poor schools 2019-01-28 [Washington Post]

Democratic Socialist lawmaker wants to repeal Virginia RTW law 2019-01-19 [WHSV]

Virginia PTA Backs Walkout – TSA Workers Go on “Sick Out” Strike – Trumka Likes Warren 2019-01-05 [PayDayReport]

Dem Party Lawmaker Files Bill to Repeal Virginia’s RTW Law 2018-12-31 [Republican Standard]

Veterans Affairs official hung portrait of KKK's first grand wizard in his office 2018-10-26 [WHSV]

Union Members Protest Poor Work Conditions in Augusta County Business 2018-10-26 [NBC]

Daikin union workers rally for better employee rights 2018-10-26 [WHSV]

Daikin workers to rally, claiming mismanagement and rights violations 2018-10-25 [News Leader]

Richmond postal workers push for earlier work day 2018-10-15 [ABC]

Postal workers picket in Hampton to oppose privatization 2018-10-10 [Daily Press]

Amazon’s $15 minimum wage raise to impact Virginia workers 2018-10-04 [VA Biz]

Union: Janitorial workers at Langley Air Force Base says its members are owed four weeks of pay and benefits 2018-09-26 [VA Military News]

In *Hog Wild,* how pork workers took on an anti-union behemoth 2018-09-23 [Virginia-Pilot]

Report says Virginia is worst state for workers 2018-09-08 [NBC]

USW, Yokohama Tire reach tentative labor deal 2018-08-28 [Rubber News]

RPG Enterprise / Planet Direct Mail pays $743,443 in IC misclassification case 2018-08-21 [Staffing Industry]

Vineyards worry about guest worker shortage 2018-08-15 [MoneyWatch]

Virginia forms task force to block worker misclassification 2018-08-13 [Miami Herald]

Amid push for privatization, Metro outsources portion of bus operations 2018-08-13 [Wash Post]

Gov Signs Executive Order Establishing Interagency Task Force On Worker Misclassification And Payroll Fraud 2018-08-11 [Alexandria News]

Union workers protest for better working conditions at Daikin Applied 2018-07-13 [WHSV]

VIDEO: Dramatic rescue of Wilson Bridge construction workers 2018-06-23 [WTOP]

Hundreds of union members show up in Roanoke to protest possible Kroger closing in Norfolk 2018-06-13 [Roanoke Times]

Open Letter to Virginia Democrats: Beware of Union-Jobs Lies Delivered By A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing – A Fossil Fuel Lobbyist Posing as a Friend of Labor 2018-05-15 [Blue Virginia]

This month in labour history

10-04-1930 Dolores Huerta, Mexican-American labour leader, is born. [more]

11-04-1974 United Mine Workers President W. A. “Tony” Boyle is found guilty of first-degree murder, for ordering the 1969 assassination of union reformer Joseph A. “Jock” Yablonski. Yablonski, his wife and daughter were murdered on December 30, 1969. [more]

11-04-1934 Frank Norman is murdered by the Ku Klux Klan for organising citrus workers irrespective of their race. [more]

14-04-1939 'The Grapes of Wrath', John Steinbeck's classic novel about itinerant labor, strikes and the Great Depression, is published. [more]

15-04-1973 housands of members of the United Farm Workers union walked out on strike. They were battling the Teamsters union over the right to represent farm workers. The dispute ended with victory for the UFW. [more]

15-04-1916 The newspaper of the Industrial Workers of the World union announced the formation of its Domestic Workers Union in Denver. [more]

15-04-1889 Birth of labour and civil rights leader A. Phillip Randolph [more]

16-04-1970 A white foreman at a Chrysler plant in Detroit threatened to murder a black worker. When the worker complained Chrysler sacked him. 1,000 workers, white and black, walked out on strike in protest until management backed down. [more]

17-04-1944 Members of the militant machinists' union Lodge 68 in San Francisco began an overtime ban in pursuance of a new contract. They ended up fighting the employer, the government and even the Communist Party. [more]

20-04-1914 As many as 25 miners and family members, including women and children, are massacred by company guards during a strike in Ludlow, Colorado. [more]

21-04-1894 A nationwide strike of coal miners against pay cuts began. 145,000 miners walked out, and despite violent repression and facing starvation they held out for weeks and won some concessions. [more]

21-04-1920 The Anaconda Road massacre took place in Butte, Montana, when mine guards employed by the Anaconda company shot 17 striking miners, killing one. All were shot in the back as they tried to flee. No one was charged for the killing. [more]

21-04-1967 New York Governor Rockefeller signs the Taylor Law, allowing unions in the public sector, but banning strikes. [more]

24-04-1999 The ILWU halts shipping on the West Coast in solidarity with Mumia Abu-Jamal. [more]