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‘Past Forward’ event on Left Coast Unionism June 24 at UW

SEATTLE (May 22, 2017) — The Labor Archives of Washington and the and Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at University of Washington invite all to mark their calendars for a special event, “Past Forward: The Legacy of Left Coast Militant Unionism and Lessons For Today’s Struggles.” It will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, […]

AT&T workers ON STRIKE from May 19 to 21

UPDATE (May 19, 2017) — AT&T workers in 36 states, including Washington, are officially ON STRIKE as of noon today through Sunday, May 21. Get details. UPDATE (May 19, 2017) — With the addition of landline and DirecTV workers in some states, an estimated 40,000 AT&T workers are set to go on a 3-day strike […]

As Sessions presses racist policy, see ’13th’ on May 13 in Seattle

SEATTLE — If you understand the direct link between America’s shameful history of slavery and the mass incarceration of Black people, you won’t be surprised by today’s news from the other Washington. Attorney General and renowned racist Jeff Sessions just ordered federal prosecutors to pursue the toughest possible charges and sentences against crime suspects, including […]

At pipe trades apprenticeship contest, UA 598 scores hat trick

By JIM HEDEMARK Special to The Stand SPOKANE — Local union pipe trades champions from throughout Washington state competed in Spokane last weekend in four disciplines for top honors and the right to represent the Evergreen State next month at the 11-state UA District 5 regional Pipe Trades Apprenticeship Contest in Concord, Calif. Your Washington […]

Get ready for Letter Carriers’ Food Drive this Saturday

The 25th annual Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive is this Saturday, May 13. The food drive, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and its partners, is the world’s largest one-day food drive, taking place in more than 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District […]

Immigrant rights group sues DOJ after move to block legal aid

The following is from the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project: SEATTLE (May 9, 2017) — Northwest Immigrant Rights Project filed a lawsuit Monday in federal district court challenging an order from the Department of Justice instructing NWIRP to “cease and desist” from assisting unrepresented immigrants in deportation proceedings. The DOJ letter purports to rely on agency […]

Celebrate Mom, support good union jobs while you’re at it

The following is from the AFL-CIO: You have no excuse for waiting until the last minute to find a nice gift for Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14) that also carries the union label. Our friends at Labor 411, the union business directory from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, can help you out. If you want to […]

On May 4, tell AT&T’s CEO: ‘Don’t flush workers’ incentives’

SEATTLE — Union members and community supporters of fair wages and job security are urged to join AT&T Mobility workers represented by the Communications Workers of America as they rally for a fair contract at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 4 outside the AT&T Mobility store in Century Square, 1501 4th Ave. in Seattle. (Download […]

‘People’s Governor’ Mike Lowry passes away at 78

(May 2, 2017) — Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, issued the following statement today regarding former Governor Mike Lowry, who died Monday at the age of 78: During the May Day march for justice for workers, our communities and immigrant workers, I learned of the passing of Governor Mike Lowry. […]

Amazon contractors, community deliver a message of solidarity

UPDATE (May 4, 2017) — SEIU reports: “Security officers Abdinasir Elmi and Betiel Desta — who guard Amazon’s tech campus in downtown Seattle and work for contractor Security Industry Specialists (SIS) — were removed from their scheduling system on May 2, immediately after engaging in legally protected speech at a press conference on May Day […]


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