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50-plus groups urge Seattle to pass ‘No Fast Track’ measure


SEATTLE (March 27, 2015) — Representatives of more than 50 local organizations delivered a letter to Seattle’s mayor and city council on Thursday in opposition to granting “Fast Track” trade negotiating authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The diverse coalition of signatories to the letter — which included labor unions; community and faith organizations; environmental, […]

Teamsters at NW Steel and Pipe in Tacoma vote to strike


The following is from Teamsters Local 117: TACOMA (March 26, 2015) — Teamster warehouse workers, operators, and drivers at Northwest Steel and Pipe voted unanimously to strike Tuesday night in a vote that took place outside the company’s facility in Tacoma. “Northwest Steel and Pipe is pushing its workers to the brink of a strike […]

Parents of 43 students kidnapped in Mexico to arrive in Olympia


OLYMPIA (March 26, 2015) — Caravana 43, a group representing the parents of the 43 students kidnapped in late September 2014 in Guerrero, Mexico, will arrive in Olympia to speak to about their children’s experiences and about the human rights violations occurring in Mexico. All are invited to attend their events on Tuesday, April 14 […]

Labor Archives’ Minimum Wage History Project kicks off April 11


SEATTLE — Join the Labor Archives of Washington as they kick off the SeaTac-Seattle Minimum Wage History Project, documenting the historic and nationally recognized campaigns that in 2013-14 succeeded in passing a $15 minimum wage in SeaTac and Seattle. The project will culminate in an online resource for students, faculty, and the general public who […]

Bellingham City Council opposes Fast Track; Seattle vote Mar. 30


Seattle City Council to vote on similar resolution on March 30   BELLINGHAM (Mar. 24, 2015) — The Bellingham City Council unanimously passed a resolution Monday night in opposition to “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority when Congress considers the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. The council’s message: “We do not believe it is sound democratic process to […]

USW members ratify contract, strike ends


UPDATE (March 24, 2015) — The United Steelworkers union (USW) announced Monday night that the new contract was ratified by USW Local 12-591 members at the Tesoro Anacortes oil refinery. All picket activities will cease now at that refinery in a strike that began Feb. 1. USW members working at Tesoro’s Bay-area refineries will vote […]

Bonior appears at Town Hall reception on fair trade Mar. 23 in Seattle


SEATTLE — The Washington Fair Trade Coalition will host a Town Hall Reception featuring former Michigan Congressman David Bonior on Monday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Seattle Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave. (Download the event flier.) This special reception will precede the Town Hall event, which begins at 7:30 p.m. At the Town Hall, […]

Local 117 shows ‘What Teamsters Look Like’


What does a Teamster look like? Like James Borum, a truck driver for Sysco, who raised money to help a co-worker buy cancer treatment equipment. Like Suzette Dickerson, who worked hard at the King County Prosecutors’ office, then volunteered both as a track coach and at her son’s many school activities. Like Cid Avellaneda, a USB route salesman, […]

Space Needle: Give your employees a raise!


SEATTLE (March 19, 2015) — Space Needle workers and community supporters rallied Wednesday to again send the message to Space Needle management that their employees deserve a raise. The group marched to the nearby corporate headquarters to deliver a petition with the signatures of a majority of Space Needle workers and more than 500 supporters […]

Wary of TPP, Seattle City Council panel opposes Fast Track


SEATTLE (March 18, 2015) — The national debate over a proposed trade agreement called the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) drew passionate testimony and action from Seattle city leaders on Tuesday. The Seattle City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Sustainability committee passed a resolution expressing opposition to Trade Promotion Authority (“Fast Track”) bill in Congress and […]


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