Labor

July 16, 1877: The Great Railroad Strike of 1877 Begins – First Nationwide Strike in U.S. History

July 16, 1877: Firemen and brakemen for the Pennsylvania and Baltimore & Ohio Railroads refused to work, and refused to let replacements take their jobs. They managed to halt all railroad traffic at the Camden Junction just outside of Baltimore. The railroad companies had cut wages and shortened the workweek. After a second pay cut…

Historian Peter Linebaugh on “The Incomplete, True, Authentic & Wonderful History of May Day” – Democracy Now!

Happy May Day, folks. Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! discussion of the history of May Day with historian Peter Linebaugh begins around the 29 min. mark of this video. Enjoy! Transcript of this April 29, 2016 show. That’s right, Sunday is May Day, or International Workers’ Day. Organizers and activists across the United States are planning…

Petaluma Federation of Teachers’ May Day Rally in Walnut Park, 3 pm

The resistance continues as labor and immigrant groups across the country organize rallies and marches in celebration of May Day, the International Workers Day. They’re marching right now in Santa Rosa, San Francisco, Oakland and other communities across the Bay Area. Here in Petaluma, teachers will be standing for fair and just working conditions for…

Senator Wolk: Let’s Stop Treating Farm Workers as Second-Class Citizens

From the Courage Campaign: For nearly 100 years, farm workers have been treated as second-class citizens and denied fair overtime pay after eight hours of hard work.(1) And there’s a critical bill headed to the California State Senate floor — Assembly Bill 1066 (Gonzalez) — that would right this wrong and finally acknowledge the financial hardships…

Strike Averted! Santa Rosa & Petaluma Healthcare Workers Gain New Contract

A one-day strike of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and Petaluma Valley Hospital healthcare workers scheduled for Thursday June 9, 2016 has been averted. Here’s a statement from the National Union of Healthcare Workers: Strike averted at Santa Rosa Memorial, Petaluma Valley hospitals Caregivers win significant patient care improvements in tentative agreement reached between NUHW members,…

Tell the Department of Labor: Stand up for Poultry Workers – Credo

From Credo Action: Imagine spending your entire day in a room kept near freezing temperatures, standing for hours in pools of chicken blood, and unable to move from your spot to wash your hands, stretch, or rest. Imagine wearing diapers to work, and restricting how much you eat and drink because you often aren’t allowed…