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State to name Tacoma highway after ILWU leader Phil Lelli


OLYMPIA (May 25, 2016) — A portion of State Route 509 leading into the Port of Tacoma will be named in honor of the late Philip Martin Lelli, longtime President of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23 in Tacoma and former Port of Tacoma commissioner. During the 2015 legislative session, Sen. Steve Conway (D-Tacoma), […]

Three-day faculty strike begins at Green River College


The following is an open letter from Karen Strickland, President of AFT Washington, AFL-CIO: AUBURN (May 23, 2016) — Green River United Faculty Coalition/AFT Local 2195 has called a 3-day strike which begins today (Monday, May 23) and ends on Wednesday, May 25. The strike will take place at all four college campuses: the main […]

I-124 would protect women working in Seattle’s hotels


The following is from UNITE HERE Local 8: SEATTLE (May 20, 2016) — In employee break rooms throughout downtown Seattle this week, hotel workers are saying “yes” to Initiative 124, becoming the first signatories to bring the initiative to the ballot. The proposed law would protect Seattle’s hotel housekeepers from sexual harassment and inhumane workloads, […]

Organizing wins fuel excitement at Teamsters 117


(May 19, 2016) — Teamsters Local 117 has been on an organizing tear recently. Over the past two years, the local has brought over 900 members into the union. Bus drivers, parking attendants, clerical staff, warehouse workers, municipal professionals, dentists, construction-industry workers and many others — they are all new members of Teamsters 117. The […]

Heather’s journey: From Purdy to punking iron to foreperson


SEATTLE (May 18, 2016) — The story of Heather Kurtenbach’s journey from Purdy Women’s Correctional Facility in Gig Harbor into her new family — the Ironworkers union — is an inspiration. It made her the hit of the recent 2016 Women Build Nations conference in Chicago, which featured more than 1,500 tradeswomen from all over […]

‘Labor in Olympia’ events begin on May 19


The following is from the City of Olympia regarding some special upcoming events happening there, including some in conjunction with the WSLC’s MayWorks: OLYMPIA (May 17, 2016) — The Olympia Heritage Commission is teaming up with multiple partners to celebrate Preservation Month under the theme, “Labor in Olympia: This Place Matters.”  Part of a national […]

Labor and community back Triumph strikers


SPOKANE (May 16, 2016) — The following was written by Bryan Corliss of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 and posted at the IAM 751 blog: SPOKANE — Machinists Union members on strike against Triumph Composite Systems are gaining support from union workers and community advocates from across Washington state and the nation. On Wednesday, the […]

Rally May 20 at Safeco Field to support Rhino NW riggers


The following is from International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 15: Last year, workers at Rhino NW won the right to bargain collectively with IATSE Local 15, but the company is refusing to negotiate. Instead, Rhino NW brought in new workers to weaken the original bargaining unit. Unfair labor practice charges have been […]

Labor-community event for racial justice May 14 in Renton


RENTON — AFT Washington invites all to attend “Labor & Community: Standing Together in Solidarity for Racial Equity and Justice,” a special daylong event from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 at Renton Technical College’s Resource Center Bldg. C, 3000 N.E. 4th St. in Renton. In partnership with 21 Progress, Sound Alliance, […]

Machinists on strike at Triumph in Spokane


UPDATE (May 11, 2016) — The Machinists Union picket lines that went up one minute after midnight on Wednesday morning outside Triumph Composite Systems are going strong. Feel free to stop by and show your support and solidarity at 1514 S. Flint Road near the Spokane International Airport. Meanwhile, The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review reports today that […]




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