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Bring the family! Labor Day events across state on Monday

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Labor Day is a celebration of the incredible contributions of America’s working people. Through sweat, sacrifice and innovation, workers built this country and make it run every day. Several of the regional AFL-CIO central labor councils across Washington state are planning Labor Day picnics and events on Monday, Sept. 1 to celebrate and honor the […]

Teamsters at Fred Meyer warehouse vote to OK strike

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The following is from Teamsters Local 117: TUKWILA (Aug. 26, 2014) – Teamster warehouse workers employed at the Fred Meyer grocery distribution center in Puyallup voted overwhelmingly over the weekend to authorize a strike. The final vote was 241-2. Voting took place at the Teamsters Union hall in Tukwila. Fred Meyer’s insistence on subcontracting language […]

ILWU OKs grain deal; lockout ends Wednesday

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The following is from ILWU: SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 26, 2014) — Longshore workers who load grain in Pacific Northwest export terminals have voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with several multinational grain companies. The vote included members of ILWU Local 8 in Portland, and Local 4 in Vancouver, Local 21 in Longview, Local 19 […]

Join nurses’ picket Aug. 25 at Providence Holy Family

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UPDATE — Informational picketing at Providence Holy Family Hospital was a huge success on Monday, Aug. 25 (see more photos here). The Washington State Nurses Association sent this message to The Stand: The Washington State Nurses Association and Registered Nurses at Providence Holy Family Hospital in Spokane thank our labor partners and community members for […]

After a year in prison, join the effort to Free Nestora Salgado

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(Aug. 19, 2014) — Nearly one year ago, on Aug. 21, 2013, Renton resident Nestora Salgado, a naturalized U.S. citizen and leader of a legal indigenous community defense force in her hometown of Olinalá, Guerrero, was arrested. For 12 months, she has been imprisoned in Mexico on false charges and denied the right to see […]

Valley, Deaconess nurses in Spokane win agreement

SEIU HealthCare 1199NW conduct an informational picket outside Valley Hospital in October 2013.

SPOKANE (Aug. 15, 2014) — After campaigning since December 2012, including a strike in sub-zero weather, nurses and hospital workers have won an agreement with Valley and Deaconess Hospitals that will give them a stronger voice to improve staffing and increase the hospitals’ investment in front-line care. “We stood united for our patients and it […]

Major court win for subcontractors’ workers

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By HILARY STERN Special to The Stand OLYMPIA (Aug. 14, 2014) — Beginning in 2007, Orlando Ventura Reyes went to work every night — scheduled for 364 days a year — at a Puget Sound-area Fred Meyer store. He says he made less than the minimum wage, was not paid overtime, and had to find […]

Tentative deal reached to end grain lockout

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (Aug. 13, 2014) — A tentative contract agreement covering Pacific Northwest grain terminals — and potentially ending the nearly 18-month lockout of grain workers by Mitsui-United Grain in Vancouver — was reached late Monday night by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and area grain terminal operators. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service […]

Jorgensen workers forge union with IAM

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The following is crossposted from Machinists (IAM) District 751: TUKWILA (Aug. 12, 2014) — Workers who forge essential components used on aircraft, drilling rigs and ships have voted to join Machinists Union District Lodge 751. By a 3-to-2 margin, workers at Jorgensen Forge Corp. in Seattle voted to join the union on Aug. 7. The […]

Benton demands escort service amid United Grain lockout

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By DAVID GROVES The Stand VANCOUVER, Wash. (Aug. 6, 2014) — What obligation do taxpayers have to provide security indefinitely to a for-profit corporation engaged in a protracted labor dispute so it can continue operating with cheaper workers after locking out its unionized workforce? None, says the Governor’s Office, local law enforcement and labor leaders. […]

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