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EvergreenHealth workers win raises, benefits, voice in staffing

The following is from SEIU Healthcare 1199NW: KIRKLAND (Aug. 10, 2017) — Using their strength as members of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, more than 1,000 nursing assistants, social workers, chaplains, dietary and housekeeping staff, and more have brought the $15/hour minimum wage to the Eastside in a new contract agreement with EvergreenHealth. The caregivers also secured […]

Urge against USPS job cuts this Thursday in Burien

BURIEN — The U.S. Postal Service is operating in the black, having posted three straight years of operating profits totaling $3.2 billion since 2013. But you can expect longer lines and service cuts anyway because the agency has plans to eliminate 12,000 clerk jobs in Washington state and across the nation. In the Seattle installation […]

Facebook cafeteria workers unite in Seattle, Menlo Park

‘I finally feel like I can have a real future for me and my son.’   SEATTLE (Aug. 8, 2017) — Last week, nearly 60 cafeteria workers who work for Flagship Facility Services won union representation at Facebook’s Seattle campus. The workers will be members of UNITE HERE Local 8. This announcement comes just weeks after more […]

ILWU’s solidarity caravan backs Lucky Friday Mine strikers

By BRIAN SKIFFINGTON Special to The Stand COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (Aug. 8, 2017) — Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Locals 19, 22, 23, 24 and the Pacific Coast Pensioners Association converged on Hecla Mining Companies corporate offices near Coeur d’Alene on Wednesday, Aug. 2. Seventeen longshore workers from Western Washington joined […]

Seattle-area concrete workers prep for strike

Amid record-setting boom, Teamsters find employers’ lowball offer laughable   TUKWILA (Aug. 4, 2017) — The following was posted earlier this week by Teamsters Local 174: The auditorium at the Teamsters Local 174 Union Hall was packed once again Tuesday with an army of orange shirts, as employees from five Sand & Gravel companies —  […]

For-hire drivers applaud judge’s decision

Drivers call on Uber to stop efforts to block their freedom to have a voice    SEATTLE (Aug. 3, 2017) — Seattle for-hire drivers who are seeking to unionize under the city’s new collective bargaining law applauded a federal judge’s ruling to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce challenging the law. […]

Providence St. Peter caregivers win raises, $15 minimum

The following is from SEIU HealthCare 1199NW: OLYMPIA (Aug. 3, 2017) — The more than 600 Providence St. Peter nursing assistants, dietary and housekeeping staff, sterile processors, and other service workers united in SEIU Healthcare 1199NW have won across-the-board wage increases, a $15/hour minimum, health benefit security, and staffing and quality improvements.  The improvements are […]

Register for Aug. 4 workshop on safety, health organizing

SEATTLE — Union leaders, staff and activists: Put another tool in your organizing toolbox. Learn how you can use workplace safety and health to involve workers and build your organizing campaign. Register now for “Using Workplace Safety and Health as an Organizing Tool,” a daylong workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. […]

St. Joe’s caregivers, supporters picket over wages, staffing

The following is from SEIU Healthcare 1199NW: TACOMA (July 14, 2017) — CHI Franciscan St. Joseph Medical Center made $51 million in profit in 2016, yet is failing to invest in staffing, pay living wages, or offer real career advancement to its staff. That’s why more than 800 nursing assistants, dietary and housekeeping staff, and […]

Join campaign for ‘just transition’ to clean-energy economy

Alliance events set for Thursday in Everett, Olympia; on July 27 in Seattle   The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy is the coalition of individuals, businesses, and more than 170 organizations in Washington state dedicated to addressing the climate crisis, strengthening our economy by creating family-wage jobs, and reducing racial inequality. The Alliance — […]


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