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MLKCLC hosting Leadership School at Labor Center Mar. 2-4

SEATTLE (Feb. 20, 2017) — Are you a union brother ready to take your shop steward skills to the next level? Do you know a union sister that would be an outstanding business representative? The M.L. King County Labor Council is hosting its first Western Washington Leadership School on March 2-4, part of a suite […]

Stand up, be heard at actions across state this week

Rally in Olympia on Monday, outside GOP offices the rest of the week   (Feb. 17, 2017) — Were you energized by the post-inauguration Women’s Marches? Are you fired up about what’s happening in Olympia and Washington, D.C.? Do you want to add your voice to the thousands who are demonstrating in SUPPORT of public […]

McDermott workshop March 2 in Bellingham to benefit FUJ

BELLINGHAM — All union members, community supporters and the general public are invited to “Making the American Dream Real for Everyone,” a free interactive workshop presented by Mark McDermott, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 2 at Western Washington University’s Academic West Facility 204 in Bellingham. This event is free, but it is also […]

Document Women’s Marches by donating photos, video, signs

SEATTLE (Feb. 15, 2017) — The UW Libraries Special Collections is documenting and collecting items from the Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, Women’s / Womxn’s Marches in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and British Columbia areas. They are interested in your: ► Photographs and video of signs and crowd scenes. High-resolution files from DSLR cameras are […]

Advice from new unionists: Don’t believe anti-union consultants!

One year after organizing with IAM, Cadence workers say threats were hollow   The following is from Machinists Union District Lodge 751 and was posted on their Machinists News blog: EVERETT (Feb. 14, 2017) — After one year of membership in the Machinists Union, union stewards at Cadence Aerospace-Giddens have this advice for workers at […]

St. Pete’s caregivers, supporters picket for better wages, care

The following is from SEIU HealthCare 1199NW: OLYMPIA (Feb. 2, 2017) — Providence St. Peter Hospital is paying its CEO more than $1 million a year while caregivers are unable to afford rent in Olympia. That’s why 600-plus nursing assistants, housekeepers, dietary workers, and others united in SEIU Healthcare 1199NW picketed St. Pete’s hospital on […]

Memorial for ATU 587 President Kenny McCormick is Feb. 4

SEATTLE — Kenny McCormick, 63, President of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 20. Memorial services will be held Saturday, Feb. 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave. (at Seneca). Doors open at 1 p.m. Over the span of his nearly 35 years with King […]

Union membership is up again in Washington state

With 39,000 more members, state is now 5th most unionized in U.S.   (Jan. 27, 2017) — An estimated 539,000 Washington state residents belonged to labor unions in 2016, a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows, an increase of 39,000 from the previous year. Although union membership levels dropped nationally as […]

Seattle Labor Chorus to celebrate 20th anniversary at Feb. 4 concert

SEATTLE — The Seattle Labor Chorus was started in 1997 to back up Pete Seeger at the Northwest Folklife Festival and has been performing frequently at rallies, concerts and picket lines ever since. All are invited to come celebrate their long history at the Chorus’s 20th Anniversary concert on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. […]

Inauguration Day rallies, women’s marches planned statewide

Citizens alarmed about this past election cycle and the impending presidency of Donald Trump are mobilizing across the nation to express their solidarity and their intent to protect human rights, support one another, and fight for social and economic justice. Following are some of the events planned for this weekend: (Please contact us if we […]


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