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OPEIU 8 members honored for award-winning training film


  OLYMPIA (Jan. 29, 2015) — At last weekend’s Membership Assembly of Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU) Local 8, the union’s members who participated in the production and filming of “Weingarten Rights” were presented the International Labor Communications Association’s First Place Award for a video short. Feel free to share this informative video, which was […]

St. Joseph, St. Clare hospital workers in Tacoma win contract


The following is from SEIU HealthCare 1199NW: TACOMA (Jan. 28, 3015) — After months of calling for CHI Franciscan to invest in Tacoma patients and a public hearing, an informational picket, and a one-day strike, workers at St. Joseph and St. Clare hospitals ratified their new contract at 8 p.m. Tuesday that includes a voice […]

TCCH health care workers take their case to board


UPDATE (Jan. 30, 2015) — News coverage in the Tri-City Herald — Tri-Cities Community Health employees picket, may strike — About 150 Tri-Cities Community Health employees have been working under an expired contract since fall 2013, and they may strike after months of negotiations have failed to yield a new agreement. Office and Professional Employees […]

Community to Tacoma council: Three sick days is not enough!


UPDATED (Jan. 28, 2015) — Following the Tacoma City Council’s passage of a paid sick leave ordinance, Healthy Tacoma released the following statement: People should not have to decide between staying home to get well and putting food on the table. It is common sense to make sure we all have the right to access […]

ILWU, community rally Jan. 22 in Tacoma


UPDATE (Jan. 23, 2015) — Here is news coverage of Thursday’s community rallies: ► From KOMO News — ‘We just want to work:’ Rallying cry for West Coast port workers — Some of the loudest full-throated cheers didn’t come from longshoremen. They came for a longshorewoman. “I’m a blue collar laborer like the rest of […]

Union families hard-hit by flooding can get assistance


(Jan. 7, 2015) — In the wake of the severe flooding that has hit areas of Western Washington, the Washington State Labor Council is reminding all that union members and their families who have suffered property loss or damage — or are experiencing other extreme hardship — can apply for assistance through the Foundation for […]

In major win, NLRB says PLU contingent faculty can unionize


The following is from Adjuncts and Contingents Together Washington, a project of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 925: SEATTLE (Dec. 22, 2014) — In a groundbreaking decision with national implications, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled on Friday that contingent faculty at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) can form a union with SEIU […]

Spokane council OKs Quality Jobs standards


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


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


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, […]


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