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Join UFW Facebook event Dec. 14 to support Darigold workers

The following is from the United Farm Workers of America: By now, you’ve heard about the Darigold campaign and Starbucks, which is a major buyer of the milk this huge co-op supplies. The unsafe and unhealthy practices at various Darigold dairies do not match with the reputation that Starbucks tries to put forward — practices like […]

Northwest Justice Project staff (OPEIU 8) ratifies first contract

SEATTLE (Dec. 10, 2018) — Continuing the national trend of increased organizing among doctors, lawyers, nurses, and teachers, 180 employees at the Northwest Justice Project (NJP), a statewide law firm committed to combating injustice and improving access to the civil justice system, voted last year to form a union with Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU) Local […]

Kim England named Harry Bridges Endowed Chair at UW

The following is from the The Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at the University of Washington: SEATTLE (Dec. 3, 2018) — The Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies is proud to welcome Kim England, Professor of Geography at the University of Washington, as the Harry Bridges Endowed Chair in Labor Studies (2018-2020). Endowed in 1992, the […]

‘Working class hero:’ Former WSLC VP Don Houtchens dies

BELLINGHAM (Nov. 30, 2018) — Don Houtchens, retired USW leader and longtime Vice President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, passed away on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22 at the age of 69. A resident of Bellingham, Houtchens graduated from Kelso High School and received his Bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University. He worked in oil […]

Sea-Tac Airport’s jet fuelers vote to authorize strike

The following is from Teamsters Local 174: SEATAC (Nov. 26, 2018) — A group of nearly 150 aircraft fuelers have authorized a strike against their employer, escalating their fight for a first contract with Swissport. The workers, who fuel nearly all aircraft departing from Sea-Tac International Airport, have been working to negotiate a first contract […]

UW Postdocs, supporters decry university’s bargaining delays

The following is from UW Postdocs United: SEATTLE (Nov. 16, 2018) — A majority of the 1,100 Postdocs at the University of Washington overwhelmingly (90%-10%) voted to unionize in May, but there have only been six bargaining sessions in the ensuing six months. Postdocs have proposed a comprehensive set of contract provisions to improve equity, […]

Community supports, rallies with Providence caregivers in Everett

‘Providence Has Lost Its Way’ exposes company driven by profits, not patients   The following is from SEIU Healthcare 1199NW: EVERETT (Nov. 16, 2018) — On Thursday, scores of nurses, chaplains, nurse assistants, social workers, physical therapists and other caregivers rallied with community members to launch “Providence Has Lost Its Way,” an effort to inform […]

With deal, paraeducators’ strike ends; schools to open Monday

UPDATE (Nov. 17, 2018) — The Peninsula Daily News reports: Schools will reopen Monday after the Port Angeles Paraeducators Association approved a new wage agreement Friday night with the Port Angeles School District, ending a two-day strike. UPDATE (Nov. 16, 2018) — The Peninsula Daily News reports that Port Angeles paraeducators remain on strike Friday […]

Learn how new trade policies affect us at WFTC breakfast

SEATTLE — All union members and community supporters are encouraged to get their tickets now for the Washington Fair Trade Coalition Breakfast on Wednesday, Nov. 28 hosted by IAM District Lodge 751, 9125 15th Pl. S. in Seattle. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and the program will be from 8 to 9 a.m. Keynote speaker […]

PNLHA issues call for papers for 2019 Convention in Portland

Labor history group plans to commemorate 100th anniversary of the Seattle General Strike and Centralia Massacre at May 3-5 event.   PORTLAND, Ore. — Next year, the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association will be involved in several activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Seattle General Strike and the Centralia Massacre, which both happened […]


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