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Southern labor update

The United Auto Workers union is claiming unfair interference by leading Republican officials after losing a union representation election in February at the Chattanooga, Tennessee, Volkswagen assembly plant.
NewsChannel 5 in Nashville reports:

United Auto Workers lawyers issued subpoenas Wednesday for Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, U.S. Senator Bob Corker and key members of the Haslam administration to [...]

You strike, you settle, you get arrested

This is  a press release from Labour Start
Imagine if this happened to you:
Your union is in a dispute with your employer.  You call a strike.  The employer agrees to negotiate.  The strike ends, the workers return to work.
And then the government steps in, announces that what you have done is illegal, and arrests the [...]

Cambodian and Vietnamese workers fight back

Some years ago, I quoted hopefully from an article by Karen Tramontano of the Global Fairness Initiative:
The nation of Cambodia, which endured some of the worst tribulations of the past half-century, has managed in recent years to write at least one hopeful chapter. Cambodia has not only established itself as a competitive force in the [...]

Israel’s Histadrut wins big victories as unions elsewhere struggle to grow

Cross-posted from Eric Lee
This article appears in German in Jungle World with the headline “Per SMS zum Arbeitskampf”.
In early November, Ofer Eini announced the end of his 8-year stint as the head of Israel’s national trade union center, the Histadrut.
The end of the “Eini era” is a good moment to reflect upon some of the [...]

The Death of Mother Jones

Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, an Irish-born dressmaker and teacher who became a tireless fighter on behalf of mill-working children, coal miners and other struggling workers, died on this date in 1930.
She became known as “the most dangerous woman in America”, a phrase coined by a West Virginia district attorney, Reese Blizzard, in 1902, at her [...]

Pins and Needles

On this date in 1937 the pro-labor musical revue “Pins and Needles,” featuring working members of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, opened in New York.

The union sponsored an inexpensive revue with ILGWU workers as the cast and two pianos. Because of their factory jobs, participants could rehearse only at night and on weekends, and [...]

Ancient labor history

According to Today in Labor History, November 23 may or may not be the anniversary of the first recorded (on papyrus) labor strike, by Egyptians working on public works projects for King Ramses III in the Valley of the Kings:
They were protesting having gone 20 days without pay—portions of grain—and put down their tools. Exact [...]

Then and Now

Leverage teams from Unite:
One Grangemouth boss, who as asked not to be named for fear of reprisals, called the police after 25 Unite members working for the union’s Leverage team protested on his driveway with flags, banners and an inflatable rat for about 90 minutes on October 18.
The director was called by his wife, who [...]

The Sunday Times on Falkirk and Ineos

The Sunday Times reports (£) on a story which brings together the Falkirk controversy and more recent events at Grangemouth.  It centres on emails uncovered by Ineos lawyers:
ED MILIBAND is facing a crisis this weekend as a cache of bombshell emails exposes a concerted union plot involving threats, intimidation and dirty tricks to thwart his [...]

Snatching Defeat From the Jaws of Tactical Retreat

To be honest, the tactics adopted by Unite against the Ineos Group reminded me of the above. Fortunately, in addition to the jobs of the super-annulated grandees of this trade union, those of the 800 employees at the petrochemical site which a frozen protozoa on Mars would have been able to identify at [...]