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Spokane council OKs Quality Jobs standards

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SPOKANE (Dec. 17, 2014) — The Spokane City Council voted Monday night to approve ordinances designed to create local jobs and more apprenticeship opportunities for family-wage careers. The Spokane Alliance of area labor unions and community supporters packed the council chambers — in what Councilmember Jon Snyder called the biggest turnout of the year — […]

ILWU frustrated by shippers’ finger-pointing over port delays

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By DAVID GROVES The Stand TACOMA (Dec. 11, 2014) — “Are West Coast longshoremen spoiling Christmas?” That Politico headline from earlier this week tells you all you need to know about commercial shippers’ efforts to wring concessions at the bargaining table from thousands of longshore workers in Washington, Oregon and California. Citing competitive pressures in […]

Tacoma Comm. College staffers ratify historic first contract

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TACOMA (Dec. 9, 2014) — After more than two years or bargaining with Tacoma Community College (TCC) management, Student Support Staff made history on Monday by unanimously ratifying their first-ever contract. It gives compensation increases and new workplace rights to some of the most familiar and trusted faces on the TCC campus, including academic advisors, […]

Tacoma council meets Tuesday on paid sick leave

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TACOMA (Dec. 9, 2014) — The good news: Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland has announced that she will introduce a city paid sick leave ordinance today at special City Council meeting at 3 p.m. at Municipal Building North, 733 Market St., Room 16. The bad news: Reports indicate that Strickland negotiated provisions with the Washington Retail […]

County donates van to replace one stolen from Labor Agency

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SEATTLE (Dec. 4, 2014) — In time for the holiday season, King County Executive Dow Constantine and County Councilmember Larry Phillips on Tuesday announced the donation of a surplus county van to help a local service agency deliver food, toiletries and diapers to families in need. The donated van replaces one that was stolen last […]

Free assistance with citizenship applications Dec. 6 in Sunnyside

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SUNNYSIDE, Wash. — Are you or is someone you know a Legal Permanent Resident who wants to apply to become a U.S. citizen? Volunteer immigration attorneys, paralegals and interpreters will be offering free assistance with citizenship applications at a special event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Lower Valley […]

Fast-food strike, day of wage actions Dec. 4

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The following is from Working Washington: UPDATE (Dec. 4, 2014) — Thousands of fast food workers in 190-plus U.S. cities will strike TODAY for $15 and the right to organize — including here in Washington state, where workers will strike and rally for $15 in Bellevue, Kent, Aberdeen, and Olympia. Airport workers, homecare workers, and other poverty wage workers […]

Week of ‘Black Friday’ events slated at every Walmart in state

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(Nov. 21, 2014) — During the week of “Black Friday” holiday shopping, OUR Walmart, community supporters and organizations are collectively planning to have an action at each of the 64 Walmart stores in Washington state. These are part of a nationwide series of actions that will showcase how widespread the call for change at Walmart […]

Sea-Tac Airport workers to Alaska Airlines: Stop robbing us

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The following is from Working Washington: SEATAC (Nov. 20, 2014) — More than 100 airport workers and community supporters with Working Washington protested Alaska Airlines’ efforts to rob SeaTac of its $15 minimum wage Wednesday, culminating in the rush-hour arrest of four people — including Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant — for engaging in peaceful civil […]

Healthcare workers more united after striking CHI Franciscan

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TACOMA (Nov. 19, 2014) — CHI Franciscan should care for Pierce County patients, not Denver executives.  The 1,100 workers who went on strike for better care and better jobs are returning to work today, stronger and more united, and intent on continuing the fight for CHI Franciscan to invest in care and caregivers. CHI Franciscan, […]

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