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Archive for: November, 2016

Join us Friday to celebrate Familias’ victoria!

SEATTLE — All labor leaders, rank-and-file union members and community activists who have supported efforts to improve farmworkers’ working conditions are invited to join a special celebration of the Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) union victory. This reception, featuring delicious Oaxacan food provided by La Fonda del Itsmo, will be this Friday, Nov. 18 […]

Emerging Leaders Conference set for Dec. 9 to 11 in Seattle

By KELLY COOGAN-GEHR For The Stand (Nov. 15, 2016) — Labor’s story has as many examples of triumphant solidarity, as it does of internal antagonism, discord, and strife. Mirroring some of society’s most stubborn hierarchies, labor is not exempt from racism, sexism, and even its own sneaky forms of classism (e.g. skilled versus unskilled workers). […]

Mass deportations, TPP dead, White Nationalist House…

Monday, November 14, 2016   NATIONAL ELECTION REDUX   ► In today’s Yakima H-R — Latinos in Yakima concerned about Trump’s words, but say they remain hopeful — Outside Fiesta Foods, a supermarket specializing in Mexican groceries, customers were taking a wait-and-see approach Sunday over president-elect Donald Trump’s stance on mass deportations. “We just do […]

Still waiting for good jobs in Cowlitz County

By MIKE BRIDGES LONGVIEW (Nov. 14, 2016) — For the past four plus years, our Brothers and Sisters in Southwest Washington have been waiting on the promise of new jobs. Today, the wait continues. Millennium Bulk Terminals first applied for permits in February 2012 to redevelop a former Reynolds aluminum smelter into a world-class bulk […]

Fletcher to join SAG-AFTRA forum on racism Nov. 13 in Seattle

The following is from SAG-AFTRA: SEATTLE — A career in the entertainment or broadcast industry can be unbelievably rewarding. It can also be an incredibly frustrating mix of discrimination and lack of opportunity. That’s why SAG-AFTRA has invited new, experienced, and pre-union members — and all other interested members of the community — to a […]

Unwelcome mat, election redux, the country vs. the city…

Thursday, November 10, 2016   LOCAL   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Controversy, competition greet New Seasons Market as it opens on Mercer Island — The store, which is not unionized, has seen its share of controversy even before it opens, with the United Food and Commercial Workers and other advocacy groups organizing an […]

We have a responsibility to get back up and fight like hell

By LYNNE DODSON (Nov. 10, 2016) — It was hard to get up yesterday. I was certain we were going to see our first woman president. But that isn’t what happened. Instead, we have a racist, sexist, xenophobic, lying, sociopath who seems to be possibly the least qualified person to hold the presidency ever. But […]

Election 2016: A referendum on globalization, demographics

By BILL FLETCHER, JR. (Nov. 10, 2016) — Had it not been for the Electoral College, at this moment we would be discussing the plans for the incoming Hillary Clinton administration. That’s right. She actually won the popular vote. Thus, once again, that institution created by the founding slave owners has risen from the grave […]

AFL-CIO will work with Trump, but won’t sacrifice values

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 9, 2016) — The following statement was issued today by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: Donald Trump has been elected president. America is a democratic nation, and the voters have spoken. The AFL-CIO accepts the outcome of this election, and offers our congratulations to President-elect Trump. More than anything, this election is an […]

1433 wins, ST3 wins, Jayapal wins, Inslee wins… aaand that about covers it

Wednesday, November 9, 2016   STATE ELECTIONS   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Voters approve minimum wage increase to $13.50 in Washington state — Washington’s low-wage workers can expect to earn at least $13.50 an hour by 2020 under a ballot measure that won Tuesday night. Initiative 1433, which would also require paid sick […]


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