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Archive for: December, 2015

Washington union reps urged to register for DOL webinars

The following is from the U.S. Department of Labor: (Dec. 23, 2015) — The U.S. Department of Labor is hosting a series of webinars specific for Washington State union representatives! Union officers and staff with responsibility for collective bargaining, government affairs and organizing should consider participating in these webinars. Register here to attend. The U.S. Bureau of […]

Let’s reject this TPP, go back to the table, and get it right

(Dec. 18, 2015) — The following guest column was published in today’s edition of The Seattle Times: By JEFF JOHNSON The public has finally been permitted to see the biggest so-called free-trade agreement ever negotiated. It should come as no surprise — given the international corporate interests who sat at the bargaining table — that […]

Support Massage Bar therapists still seeking first union contract

The following is from Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU) Local 8: SEATAC (Dec. 17, 2015) — OPEIU Local 8 represented Licensed Massage Therapists working at the Massage Bar at Sea-Tac International Airport have been negotiating a first contract for more than two years. In August 2013, these professional employees voted overwhelmingly to form a union […]

Seattle School District employees address wage theft issues

The following is from IUOE Local 609: SEATTLE (Dec. 17, 2015) — Local 609 of the International Union of Operating Engineers has settled a drawn out series of wage theft cases on behalf of union members employed by the Seattle School District. In July, Local 609 attained settlements of $11,000 on behalf of six members […]

Driver Unity, America’s most liberal city, burn the TPP…

Tuesday, December 15, 2015   FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION   ► In today’s NY Times — Seattle will allow Uber and Lyft drivers to form unions — The Seattle City Council voted unanimously to approve a bill allowing drivers for Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing apps to form unions. Council members voted 9-0 in favor of […]

Seattle’s for-hire drivers win in historic vote

Council unanimously OKs drivers’ bargaining rights; bill heads to mayor’s desk   UPDATE (1 p.m., Dec. 15, 2015) — AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement today: “The ‘on-demand’ or ‘gig’ economy isn’t really run by apps or machines; it’s powered by the labor of working people. The vote by the Seattle City Council […]

Pacific Power workers OK deal after year of contentious talks

PORTLAND, Ore. (Dec. 15, 2015) — Some of the hardworking utility workers who’ve been battling to keep your power on amid this winter’s wind and rain storms have also been battling for more than a year to get a fair contract. After 14 months of challenging negotiations that included two rejected contracts and strike authorization, […]

Comments needed on Tacoma’s proposed minimum wage rules

TACOMA (Dec. 15, 2015) — The city government is in the process of creating the rules of implementation for the new minimum wage law, which will raise the minimum wage to $10.35/hour in February 2016, $11.15 in January 2017, and $12 in January 2018, thereafter annually adjusted for inflation. Tacoma residents and unions representing members […]

Labor fights for ‘Just Transition’ at Paris climate conference

Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, was part of the labor delegation that attended the Paris Climate Conference (COP 21) on Dec. 6-12, 2015. He and other labor leaders advocated for policies that aggressively address climate change while providing for a “Just Transition” that invests in the communities and working families […]

Freedom of association, Kilmer vs. non-competes, a Koch Xmas…

Monday, December 14, 2015   FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION   ► From Al Jazeera America — Uber and taxi drivers may soon win right to unionize in Seattle — This week, the Seattle City Council will vote on a bill that advocates say gives both app-based drivers and traditional cabbies a means of improving their working […]


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