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SPEEA helps Boeing employees win $47 million in back pay

SPEEA’s Rich Plunkett, left, and Matt Kempf hold more than 400 of the “make whole” awards Boeing was ordered to pay employees by an arbitrators ruling. Each sheet represents an award of at least $100,000. For more than a decade, Boeing denied engineers and technical workers at Edwards Air Force Base and in Palmdale the better wages and benefits provided by SPEEA contracts

The following is from Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001: PALMDALE, Calif. (April 21, 2014) — After a 13-year battle, 484 current and former employees of The Boeing Company are receiving nearly $47 million in wages and benefits they were denied because the aerospace giant refused to recognize they were […]

Worker Memorial Day events around state begin April 23


(April 18, 2014) — Across Washington state, Worker Memorial Day commemorations will soon be held to honor and remember those who were hurt or killed on the job, and to renew the fight for safer workplaces. “Each and every day in this country, on average 13 workers die on the job as a result of […]

Sing like Seeger! Feeney-Greer tour rolls through Washington


(April 16, 2014) — Don’t miss renowned labor singer Anne Feeney and riot-folk troubadour Evan Greer as their “Carry It On” Tour, a multigenerational activist music singalong honoring the legacy of Pete Seeger, arrives in Washington state. The tour opens Wednesday night in Olympia at the Washington State Labor Council’s building at 9th and Columbia, […]

King County Prop 1 supporters rally for transit, roads (video)


SEATTLE (April 10, 2014) — Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587 and other supporters of public transit in King County turned out for a rally April 2 in support of Proposition 1, an emergency tax measure to avoid an anticipated 17 percent cut in Metro services and to finance desperately needed road improvements across […]

Labor conferences set for women, emerging and political leaders


(April 10, 2014) — In the coming months, there are several great opportunities for union members interested in expanding their labor education and developing leadership skills. The deadlines to apply to these conferences and apply for scholarships are fast approaching, so please explore these opportunities for yourself and share them with fellow union members who […]

Rally against USPS privatization at Burien Staples on April 10


SEATTLE (April 8, 2014) — Staples and the U.S. Postal Service have cut a deal that jeopardizes Americans’ mail service and all local post offices — along with thousands of good jobs. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has begun replacing full-service U.S. Post Offices with knock-off post offices in Staples stores that are not staffed with […]

Solidarity Day with Harrison employees April 9 in Bremerton


CORRECTION: Note that the time of Wednesday’s rally has been corrected. It will be 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. BREMERTON (April 7, 2014) — Join Harrison Medical Center employees and their union and community supporters for a Solidarity Day to stand united for a fair contract at the Bremerton hospital. It will be Wednesday, April 9 […]

Victim Advocates on military bases get justice through IAM


The following is from the International Association of Machinists (IAM): JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD (April 7, 2013) — After a long and tenacious struggle, 13 Victim Advocates who work under a Service Contract at Joint Base Lewis McChord have gained a bit of justice. The Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor has just […]

‘Shift Change’ documentary to air on KCTS on Sunday, April 6


(Mar. 27, 2014) — Shift Change, the documentary film about worker-owned and cooperative businesses in the United States and Mondragon, Spain, will be showing on KCTS Channel 9 at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 6. Because KCTS-9 also broadcasts via KYVE-47 and various cable and satellite channels, Shift Change will be seen throughout the Northwest and […]

IAM boosts Council FIRE, issues of America’s first inhabitants


(Mar. 26, 2014) — The labor movement has a strong record of advocating for minority groups and women with allied organizations like the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, the A. Philip Randolph Institute, and the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance. Kevin Cummings, Western […]


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