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Bus drivers, supporters calling for Metro to restore service


The following is from Shop Floor 587: SEATTLE (Oct. 31, 2014) — Bus drivers, mechanics, and other members of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 587, in concert with concerned public organizations, are holding a Halloween Speak Out today to deliver the message: “Hey King County, Stop the Tricks! Restore Our Bus Service!” The protest, which […]

Seattle needs community groups for $15 enforcement, report says


SEATTLE (Oct. 27, 2014) — Seattle made history by becoming first city in the nation to adopt a $15 minimum wage, but it will need to strengthen its labor standards enforcement to ensure that workers get the raise due to them — and community groups should play a key role in that effort, according to […]

Higher education summit aims to reverse disinvestment


TACOMA — In an effort to address the state’s declining investment in higher education before the 2015 legislative session, students, faculty, community organizations, and labor unions will meet on Saturday, Oct. 25 in Tacoma to develop strategies and solutions to reverse this trend during the 2015 session. A number of state legislators and policymakers plan […]

Video coverage of this year’s Spokane Labor Rally


SPOKANE (Oct. 20, 2014) — The Spokane Regional Labor Council, AFL-CIO and its affiliates hosted the 22nd annual Spokane Labor Rally on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center. Rank-and-file union members and their families got to meet and mingle, enjoy some good food and drink, and hear from labor-endorsed candidates in […]

Unions endorse oil distribution center proposal in Vancouver


The following is from the Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council, AFL-CIO: VANCOUVER, Wash. (Oct. 17, 2014) – Major construction trade unions in Southwest Washington and Oregon have endorsed the proposed crude oil distribution terminal at the Port of Vancouver and reached an agreement with Vancouver Energy to ensure the project is built with union labor. The […]

After two years, Tacoma Comm. College staff still seeks contract


Rally Thursday, take action to support TCC Student Support Staff   The following is from the Washington Federation of State Employees, Council 28: TACOMA (Oct. 16, 2014) — For more than two years Tacoma Community College (TCC) management has failed to negotiate a union contract with Student Support Staff. These WFSE/AFSCME members have voted two […]

Lee Newgent to lead State Building & Construction Trades


OLYMPIA (Oct. 14, 2014) — Lee Newgent has been appointed Executive Director of the Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO. He will complete the term of Dave Myers, who accepted the position of International Representative for the Electrical Workers (IBEW) union. Newgent, who has served as Executive Secretary of the Seattle Building and […]

Please donate as momentum builds to Free Nestora Salgado


By FRED HYDE Special to The Stand (Oct. 13, 2014) — An international day of protest marked the one-year anniversary of indigenous leader Nestora Salgado’s incarceration in federal prison at Tepic, Nayarit. A resident of Renton, Wash., Salgado is in jail for conscientiously carrying out her legal duties as the elected coordinator of the community […]

Spokane Labor Rally is Oct. 15, then go bowling with WA YELL


SPOKANE — All union members and their family members are invited to join the Spokane Regional Labor Council, AFL-CIO and its affiliates for the 22nd annual Spokane Labor Rally on Wednesday, Oct. 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana. “The Labor Rally has always been a […]

Plymouth Housing employees form union with OPEIU Local 8

Plymouth Housing Group employees hold the NLRB Tally of Ballots certifying their win.

SEATTLE (Oct. 8, 2014) — By an overwhelming margin, Seattle-based Plymouth Housing Group employees voted to form a union with Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU) Local 8 on Tuesday, after a multi-day election process conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. The group of 80 case managers, building assistants and coordinators, janitors and other employees […]


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