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Tax-subsidized Boeing Co. snubs state again


The following is from the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, IFPTE Local 2001: SEATTLE (Sept. 30, 2014) — The Boeing Company’s decision to move large portions of its Defense, Space and Security division out of the Puget Sound region is the latest snub by corporate leaders to the engineers and technical workers who […]

Support Seattle Hyatt workers’ right to form a union


SEATTLE — Hotel employees at the Grand Hyatt Seattle and Hyatt at Olive 8 called for a boycott nearly a full year ago, after years of struggling for dignity and respect on the job. All are invited to join with these workers and their community supporters for a Solidarity Rally at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. […]

PeaceHealth urged to invest in Whatcom Co.


The following is from SEIU HealthCare 1199NW: BELLINGHAM (Sept. 24, 2014) — Some 300 healthcare workers and supporters gathered in front of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center on Tuesday to call for a greater investment in frontline care.  PeaceHealth, which made $40 million profit in 2013, has hiked employee healthcare costs and failed to keep […]

Teamsters reach tentative deal at Fred Meyer


The following is from Teamsters Local 117: TUKWILA, Wash. (Sept. 23, 2014) — Teamsters Local 117 has achieved a fully-recommended tentative agreement with Fred Meyer over a contract involving 388 warehouse workers employed at the company’s grocery distribution center in Puyallup. The union and the company reached the agreement late Monday night with the assistance […]

Seattle Univ. food workers win first contract


SEATTLE (Sept. 22, 2014) — After organizing to join UNITE HERE Local 8, food service workers at Seattle University overwhelmingly ratified their first union contract on Wednesday. The 150 workers serving students and faculty at Seattle University are employed by Bon Appetit Management Company and will receive substantial pay increases, lower-cost health benefits, and numerous […]

Julian’s Dinosaur Guild fundraiser Sept. 20 in Renton


RENTON, Wash. (Sept. 12, 2014) — In November 2010, three-year-old Julian Blackwell was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia, a rare life-threatening disease in which bone marrow does not make enough blood cells for the body. Julian, the son of M.L. King County Labor Council secretary and OPEIU Local 8 executive board member Valancy Blackwell, didn’t […]

Fred Meyer warehouse talks have broken down, Teamsters say


The following is from Teamsters Local 117: UPDATE (Sept. 12, 2014) — Hundreds of Teamster warehouse workers will meet at 9 a.m. in Tacoma on Saturday, Sept. 13 to take part in a multi-state consumer action aimed at educating Fred Meyer customers in Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, and Washington about the company’s attempt to degrade workers’ […]

Eight arrested in WA-$15 march to Bellevue, beyond


The following is from Working Washington: UPDATE (Sept. 11, 2014) — Culminating a day that saw fast food workers rising through an hours-long march across WA-$15 (formerly I-90), eight were arrested by Bellevue police Wednesday evening over poverty wages. Committed to do “whatever it takes” to defend and expand the principle that everyone deserves to […]

Cities reject extremist group’s push for ‘right-to-work’


By DAVID GROVES The Stand (Sept. 9, 2014) — A right-wing group’s attempt to impose anti-union “right-to-work” collective bargaining restrictions on city governments in Washington state suffered a major setback Monday as its propositions were deemed illegal by city officials in both Sequim and Shelton. Dozens of angry citizens crowded into the cities’ council meetings […]

Rally to support Sakuma Bros. farmworkers Wednesday in Seattle


The following is from the M.L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO: SEATTLE — Farmworkers at Sakuma Brothers Farms in Burlington are taking action to demand fair treatment, decent working conditions and the right to their union. The workers say Sakuma Brothers has responded with grueling captive audience meetings to intimidate them, and by seeking out […]


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