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Celebrate Labor Day at union events, picnics

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Labor Day — Monday, Sept. 5 — is a day to recognize and honor the achievements of America’s working people. This year, the annual celebration comes during a critical election cycle. Many of us will spend the day with close family and dear friends at a barbecue, picnic or other community event, including several hosted […]

‘Rock Against the TPP’ teach-in explains dangers of trade pact

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SEATTLE (Aug. 22, 2016) — On Friday at the ShowBox, musicians and activists gathered to use the power of music to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Digital activist group Fight For The Future organized Rock Against the TPP, which brought its free national tour to Seattle to raise awareness about the massive 12-nation trade […]

‘Rock Against the TPP’ is tonight in Seattle

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SEATTLE (Aug. 19, 2016) — Activists plan to use the power of music tonight to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Digital activist group Fight For The Future has put together Rock Against the TPP, which is touring the country to raise awareness about the massive 12-nation trade deal. It’s not too late to get […]

Look for that union label—on your cannabis

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The following is from UFCW Local 367: TACOMA (Aug. 15, 2016) — Taking the cue from other locally manufactured items, like Franz bread and Boeing aircraft, Perma cannabis products proudly declares product is union made through the use of a union label. The first products to contain the union label is their AK-47 and the […]

Another Sakuma walkout, then union negotiates wage increase

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The following from Familias Unidas por la Justicia: BURLINGTON (Aug. 10, 2016) — On Tuesday morning, close to 120 Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) members at Sakuma blueberry fields walked out of the fields once again protesting the offered wage of 56 cents per pound. Workers explained how the management paid 60 cents per […]

Seattle City Council holds hearing on secure scheduling policy

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SEATTLE (Aug. 9, 2016) — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Councilmembers Lisa Herbold and Lorena González on Monday released proposals for a landmark secure scheduling policy for the city. It will provide balance and flexibility for people who work in coffee, fast food, and retail by providing two weeks’ advance notice of their schedules, predictability […]

Yakima Regional Medical Center RNs, community rally for health care

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UPDATE (July 26, 2016) — ► In the Yakima H-R — Yakima Regional nurses rally against corporate owner — Nurses from Yakima Regional Medical rallied Monday to engage with the community prior to heading back into contract negotiations this week. More than 100 turned out for the free barbecue at Milroy Park, where a large […]

March celebrates historic progress at Sakuma

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Although treatment of Familias Unidas supporters raises concerns   The following is from Familias Unidas por la Justicia: BELLINGHAM (July 14, 2016) — Farmworker union members of Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) marched to the Sakuma Berry Processing plant Monday in what has now become an annual tradition. This year there was a celebratory […]

Carpenters, Operating Engineers rejoin WA State Building Trades

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The following is from the Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council: SEATTLE (July 14, 2016) — Effective August 1, the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters and International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 and Local 612 will re-affiliate with the Washington State Building Trades Council. This historic decision will bring nearly 24,000 union carpenters […]

Teamsters Local 117 announces tentative deal with Darigold

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The following is from Teamsters Local 117: TUKWILA (July 14, 2016) — Teamsters Local 117 has achieved a fully-recommended tentative agreement with Darigold over a contract involving 220 dairy workers and lab technicians employed at the company’s processing plants in Seattle and Issaquah. The union and the company reached the agreement late Tuesday night at […]

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